How You Acquired the Last Book You Read

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

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1. Two questions in one: what was the last book you finished, and how did you get it? Bookstore? Library? Kindle Store? Gift? Theft?

Would you recommend it? (OK, three questions.)

2. Are there any books, movies or TV shows that you're purposely waiting to read or watch? I bought The Wire DVDs last year and enjoy knowing they're there the next time I have several months to kill. Also in that category: every Simpsons episode since 2001. When I'm bored and 70, I won't be upset the early seasons were so much better.

3. This one comes from reader Diane:

What is the oddest situation you've come home to find? In my case, I came home from college to change for work one night to find the SWAT team camped out ON my house. Seems the guy behind us had gone a little nuts and shot at a cop, so they were taking up strategic positions.

4. The other night I received possibly the weirdest story pitch in the 4+ years I've been receiving weird story pitches. "A celebrity numerologist would like to discuss the number 12 and what it means for Bernie Fine."

This led to some fun emails where we tried to top it. (My contribution: "Homer Simpson's work phone number is the same as the number for Chong's Chinese, which employed Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years. Let's explore other 555 numbers and their overlap.") What's the weirdest mental_floss story you could come up with? There's a chance we might actually want to run it.

Have a great weekend!

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What Shows Up When You Google Yourself?
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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!


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