June 20, 2008

Friday Fun: Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book

The Onion is always very funny, if sometimes cutting a little too close for comfort:

GREENWOOD, IN—Sitting in a quiet downtown diner, local hospital administrator Philip Meyer looks as normal and well-adjusted as can be. Yet, there's more to this 27-year-old than first meets the eye: Meyer has recently finished reading a book.

Yes, the whole thing.

"It was great," said the peculiar Indiana native, who, despite owning a television set and having an active social life, read every single page of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. "Especially the way things came together for Scout in the end. Very good."

*snip*

According to behavioral psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Schulz, Meyer's reading of entire books is abnormal and may be indicative of a more serious obsession with reading.

"Instead of just zoning out during a bus ride or spending hour after hour watching YouTube videos at night, Mr. Meyer, unlike most healthy males, looks to books for gratification," Schulz said. "Really, it's a classic case of deviant behavior."

8 comments:

Holden said...

I'm a regular reader of the onion. Yeah, I know what you mean about cutting close. This one http://www.theonion.com/content/news/e_mail_from_aunt_accidentally got sent around my family.

Sarbani said...

Good........

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Laughing out loud! This is too funny..... I keep reading about what the digital age is doing to our attention spans, and this captures that concept perfectly.

aaron & allee said...

That was hilarious! What a sad commentary on today's day and age.

Chris said...

I really enjoyed this post. It really is depressing that people read so little these days.

You might also enjoy this comic:
http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/061808/legalize-books.gif

Cheers!

-Chris

annie said...

Nice post Keep the good work

renderedtruth said...

I think the Onion has a tendency to have a smug middle class bias and are sophomoric. The old National Lampoon had a sharper and more cultured point of view. I seldom laugh when I read the Onion.

This snippet is a good example of the dull work that they peddle. It appeals to both sides of a cultural dispute over the arts. The low brow anti elitist can view the subject as a guy who thinks he is special for merely reading a book. The literate see it as a comment on the low culture's pointless use of thier leisure time.

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