I bought a book at the Dollar Store recently, my go-to store these days because of my somewhat straitened circumstances. This book was by John Hodgman, the guy who used to portray the PC in those Apple vs. PC commercials in which Justin Long portrayed the Mac.
Anyway, it seems as if Mr. Hodgman is an actual comedian who is actually funny. He’s got two books out, of which I bought the second. It is hysterical, at an almost Monty Pythonesque level.
The book is called More Information Than You Require, and I heartily recommend it, especially if you can snag the hardback as I did for just one dollar.
Anyway, what made me want to post this was a (for me) laugh-out-loud section that struck home. The book is divided into several sections, each supposedly offering previously little-known information on the subject at hand ( presidential nicknames, cooking owls, etc.).
The section I was reading began innocuously enough…
“Something about the oyster that you did not know is that it is host to a parasite.
There is a tiny crab that lives inside the oyster that covets its pearl. Known as a ‘pea’ or ‘oyster’ crab, it is one of the only living creatures that feeds almost exclusively on envy, apart from writers of short stories.”
So true I almost laughed myself into unconsciousness…