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Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 12 years ago, in 2012, on the World Wide Web.

Here’s a thing. It’s an idea I picked up from Facebook. (Not a meme. There are no memes.)

  1. Grab the closest book to you.

  2. Turn to page 52.

  3. Post the 5th sentence. Copy these instructions along with the post.

This actually turned out to be impossible to fulfill. The nearest book at hand[1] was Property is Theft! A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Anthology. But p. 52 of that book doesn’t have 5 sentences. (It just has a short paragraph closing out the Introduction of the anthology.) The second nearest book was John Stoltenberg’s Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice; but p. 52 of my edition is the blank back of a section title page. I finally got a book that could possibly meet the requirements of the game with the third-nearest; so, by way of a game attempt, here’s the right sentence from the right page of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, by Michael Davis (Viking, 2008). This is from a chapter which is mostly following some folks working on Captain Kangaroo at CBS, who would later end up as key figures in the Children’s Television Workshop. Anyway, sentence 5 is the especially enlightening record of the fact that:

[Jon] Stone worked for two game shows that, as he recalled, bent the rules.

–Michael Davis (2008), Street Gang, p. 52.

Well, so have I, just now, I suppose.

  1. [1]I am not counting Distro booklets which I printed myself. In any case hardly any of those have 52 pages.

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  1. WorBlux

    But I say, for example, if a solid be a certain substance, and lines, and surfaces, whether it be the province of the same science to take cognizance of these things, and of the accidents of each genus about which the mathematical sciences demonstrate, or if it be the province of a different one? The Metaphysics – Aristotle, Translated by John H. McMahon.

  2. Phil Ebersole

    But sometimes they cut their hair into such wild patterns that attempting to imitate them, Wood sniffed, “would torture the wits of a curious barber.”

    From Charles C. Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of America Before Columbus

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