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Here are a few Mental Floss articles I wanted to share with you.  If you’re unfamiliar with Mental Floss, it’s a nerd’s dream magazine, and their website has great content, too.  I used to read it daily at work, but unfortunately it was blocked a couple of years ago.

I remember being an enthusiastic participant of Book It as a kid.  The once-a-month outing with my family to our local Pizza Hut was always a special treat.  And FREE PIZZA!  Here’s how Mental Floss analyzes it…

A funny encounter that The Bestie and I had last weekend made me want to share this post about the history of Little Golden Books.  Rach was perusing the Shel Silverstein shelf and another woman was looking through the Little Golden Books section, looking for The Pokey Little Puppy for her friend.  When I moved on to the antique section, I found an OLD copy of PLP and quickly and enthusiastically brought it over to her.  She was incredibly grateful.

I wasn’t so much interested in the article as a whole, but one of the 10 Works of Literature that Were Really Hard to Write  was exceptional, especially since it reminded me so much of Johnny Got His Gun:

2. The Tale Told in the Blink of an Eye The Diving Bell and the  Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Many authors have struggled through illness and injury to write their  masterpieces, but none more so than Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of  French fashion magazine Elle. In 1995, at  the age of 43, Bauby suffered a major stroke and slipped into a coma. He  regained consciousness two days later, but his entire body—with the exception of  his left eyelid—was paralyzed.

Still, Bauby was determined to write. Using only his lucid mind and one eye,  he began working on his memoir, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Each  night, he’d lie awake editing and re-editing the story in his mind, memorizing  every paragraph as he hoped to relay it. By day, his transcriber would recite  the alphabet to him over and over. When she reached a letter Bauby desired, he’d  wink. Each word took about two minutes to produce, and during the course of a  year, Bauby managed to tell his story of life in paralysis. His moving and often  funny prose won critical acclaim, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly  became a bestseller throughout Europe. Sadly, Bauby died of pneumonia in 1997,  soon after the first edition was published in France. He missed not only the  English translation, but also the award-winning film adaptation released in  2007.

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