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Tell me something I didn't know!
on 12 March 2006
I'm thinking of writing a companion volume called "Stating the Obvious: a load of stuff you already knew but I want to jump on the bandwagon too." For instance, take the very first entry: "Harpo Marx was mute". Did you think Harpo was mute? No, me neither. Similarly, did you believe that Frankenstein was a monster, that Pagans were devil-worshippers, that JFK said "I am a doughnut" or James Cagney "you dirty rat"? Or, and this clinched it for me, were you under the impression that "'It's' is a possessive pronoun"?
Admittedly there is some interesting stuff in here, but the amount of trivial bits and pieces that most people would already know, just makes the whole thing a bit feeble and patronising.