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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
From Chesil Beach to the Great Unwashed

We were reading Random House’s Doubleday Broadway Blog ”Mikey NYC” this morning and found some really cool things. One is the video above of a Powell’s Books trailer for a short film about Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, which he’ll be reading from tonight at the Y to kick off its U.S. release.

Treading in more whimsical, light-hearted and a bit risqué waters is Karl Shaw’s 5 People Who Died During Sex and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists. Here we learn:

  • Pope Benedict XII was such a hardened boozer that he inspired the expression “drunk as a pope.” (From “10 Historic Drunks")
  • As a special honeymoon treat, Prince Charles read Princess Diana passages from the works of Carl Jung and Laurens van der Post. (From “History’s 10 Least Romantic Honeymoons")
  • Alfred Hitchcock suffered from ovophobia—fear of eggs. (From “10 Phobias of the Famous")
  • King Louis XIV only took three baths in his lifetime, each of them under protest. (From “10 Great Unwashed")

  • Of course, we believe it’s best to practice moderation when drinking with others, Jung is acceptable on a first date, eggs can be your friend, and there are better ways to exhibit political activism.

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