People Who Have Never Read A Book

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  1. Xanatic*

    Xanatic* Justified & Ancient

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    It's been said that the entire middle east's book sales are equivalent to that of Greece. Some people could learn a lot from books.
     
  2. INT21

    INT21 Justified & Ancient

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    Andy X,

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    Spudrick68 said:
    John Lydon is an avid reader and has said that an education is nothing to be afraid of, and I think that he's right. When asked what his ambition was he said to read every book ever written.

    Except the ones written by hippies of course.

    You mean things like 'Desolation Angels' and 'The Dahma Bums' by Jack Kerouac ?

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  3. Bigphoot2

    Bigphoot2 Carbon Based Infestation

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    Ah but you were ever in a stagecoach being held up by outlaws he would have known what to do.
     
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    Bigphoot2 Carbon Based Infestation

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    Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

    I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.

    Groucho Marx
     
  5. INT21

    INT21 Justified & Ancient

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    Bigphoot,

    ..Ah but you were ever in a stagecoach being held up by outlaws he would have known what to do...

    Yes, book a seat on Virgin next time.

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  6. Andy X

    Andy X Portent

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    A schoolfriend once asked, when he was round our house, 'why have you got so many books?'. In later life I've been asked the same sort of questions: "what do you need all these books for?" etc. I don't even have that many.

    My Dad used to laugh about how a relative once said, when he'd bought a book or two, "...but you've already got loads of books!", as though books are like tins of baked beans. To be fair, quite a few of them are: is it really necessary to own two Dan Browns, for example ;)

    Another schoolmate struggled badly with reading (he's very bright but quite dyslexic). The school completely failed him, with one teacher pretty much telling his parents that he was probably retarded and so nothing could be done - this, incredibly was in the 1980s. To his credit he found some literature that appealed to his interests, such as the Fleming James Bond novels and those 'Target' Doctor Who books and managed to teach himself to read through sheer enthusiasm.

    I think my grandad did something similar, having received little formal education, and having gained in fluency through his own efforts became an avid reader. Which brings me on to...

    My grandad used to say that both my Dad and I would 'read the label on a sauce bottle', and he wasn't wrong - although it seemed to escape his notice that he'd do the exact same thing - which makes me wonder if reading at the table (considered bad manners until quite recently) might be a symptom of some genetic quirk :)
     
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  8. INT21

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    When I was in the middle East I practiced my Arabic numbers by reading car registration plates.

    Have you noticed that while the Arab script is written and read from right to left, the numbering system is read from left to right; same as we do.

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  9. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Maybe that's a tacit acknowledgement that they have to fit in with what the rest of the world is doing?
     
  10. INT21

    INT21 Justified & Ancient

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    Except we derived our number system from them. And it is believed they got it from India.

    If you take the second, third and fourth digits of the Arabic number system and rotate them anti-clockwise 90 degree you can clearly see 1,2,3,4. No need to rotate the '1'.

    The Greeks were late into the game and the Roman system was useless for calculation.

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    He used to flog acid at Hawkwind gigs - that would seem to pretty much cement his hippy credentials to me.
     
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    Not quite the rest of the world. Chinese languages are usually written right to left...there's a few folk there.
     
  13. Andy X

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    Interesting; didn't know that (can only imagine his sales pitch), but would you describe Lemmy as a hippy? I'd place Lydon more in his camp - however it might be described.
     
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    I have read (wouldn't necessarily vouch for the truth of this) that in some circles: with the numerals which we use being often called "Arabic" numerals (got by us -- as mentioned above -- from the Arabs) -- as opposed to Roman ones; the numerals as used in the Arab world (different in detail, functioning the same way), are referred to as "Semitic" numerals. At first sight, seems a little odd -- "Semite / Semitic" suggesting first-off, things Jewish; and, Arabs and Jews... but both are in fact Semitic peoples -- both supposedly descended from Noah's son Shem.
     
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    both supposedly descended from Noah's son Shem...

    Glad you used the word 'supposedly'.

    Animals two by two ?

    Yeah well.

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  16. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Who did Shem marry? The mystery of the ages...
     
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    Clear Light Junior Acolyte

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    I'd classify them both the same way I classify myself - freaks! (man).
     
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    A sheep?
     
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  19. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Highly likely, 'cos there was no woman on the Ark for him to marry.
     
  20. INT21

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    ramonmercado said:

    A sheep?

    Highly likely, 'cos there was no woman on the Ark for him to marry.
    ..

    BaaaBra ?

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  21. Clear Light

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    Surely it would be an ape, seeing as we are all descended from a common ape like ancestor. :chimp::chimp::chimp::chimp::chimp:
     
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    Or even a monkey: it would explain the surname Gibbons.
     
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    I've got Gibbons in my family tree. Little buggers make a hell of a mess.
     
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    Gibbons are also apes.
     
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    You are of course correct, I keep associating them with baboons etc.

    They are known as lesser apes as distinct from great apes but it is unwise to say this to their faces.
     
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    ...and the idea of a funky baboon is frankly preposterous.
     
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    And as for Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Baboon...
     
  28. maximus otter

    maximus otter Recovering policeman

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    l don’t think anyone would buy a Stanley Baboon’s Stamp Catalogue.

    On the other hand, a hairdresser named Fidel Baboon would be hilarious.

    maximus otter
     
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    Same goes for Baboon's Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire.
     
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    Is it true that tourists still show up at Lewis Grassic Gibbons' preserved house and demand to see the monkeys?
     

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