On Fridays, we ask a series of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...
1. A couple weeks ago we featured photos from Seph Lawless's new book, Black Friday: The Collapse of the Modern Mall. Today we have a copy to give away! Everyone who leaves a comment is eligible, but we'll start with a mall-themed topic: what now-defunct store do you miss most?
2. What's a book you read in school and hated, but you've since reread it and changed your opinion?
3. Here's a question I first asked in 2009, but we got some great responses so I'll ask it again:
The guy we hired to replace our old radiators was a friend of a friend, and he was very nice and chatty. He told me all about his son—a wide receiver for Texas A&M. The details were impressive and crazy specific: "Last week he set the school record for receiving yards by a sophomore." "He's a bit undersized, but with the success of guys like Wes Welker"—then with the Dolphins and not very well known—"he might have a better chance of getting drafted in a couple years." "He's on the track team, too—Big 12 champion sprinter as a freshman!" He was such a proud dad.
I Googled the man's son—not because I didn't believe him, but because I absolutely believed him, and I wanted to root for the kid, too. There was nobody by that name on the Texas A&M football team. Or at Texas A&M. Perplexed by the lie, I kept searching and found out the kid was an athlete. On his high school track team. Junior Varsity. Couldn't find anyone comparing him to Wes Welker, though.
People lie about stuff all the time. But what's the most bizarre, completely unnecessary lie you've ever been told?
4. Your turn! If you've got a question for the group, ask it now. Have a great weekend! And if you'd rather just buy yourself a copy of Seph's book, you can do that here.