Whilst looking up something on the internet the other day I came across a bit of whimsy, the type of thing that we did when we were youngsters but which is still a bit of a giggle to do now.
The item read as follows:
Open your nearest book.
Go to page 73.
Go to the second paragraph.
Go to the third sentence.
This sentence will define your life.
I’m reading a book at the moment called The Battle of Brisbane, Australians and the Yanks at War, the story of two days of rioting and fighting between American military personnel and Australian servicemen and civilians in Brisbane in 1942. The battle was the culmination of resentments and tensions that had built up as increasing numbers of US soldiers were stationed in the city. It may form a future post on Bytes.
Knowing that a random selection of a line out of a book would hardly define my life, I nonetheless reached for the above book that was with me next to my laptop and I looked up the line on page 73.
It reads as follows:
“In the darkness, he tried to strangle her.”
I mentioned it to my wife and asked her to try it with the book nearest to her, a whodunit that she is currently reading, Stuart McBride’s Dying Light.
Her line reads:
“It should have been more than enough reason for him to dislike the pushy wee shite, but for some bizarre reason it wasn’t.”
Try it yourself with your friends.
And a couple of other giggles:
1. Pick a number between 1 and 10, not 1 or 10.
2. Multiply that number by 9.
3. You now have a 2 digit number. Add the 2 digits.
4. Take away 5.
5. If 1 = A, 2 = B, 3 = C etc, find the letter that corresponds to your number.
6. Think of a country’s name beginning with that letter, the first one that comes to mind.
7. Take the second letter of that country’s name.
8. Think of an animal beginning with that letter, the first one that comes to mind.
9. Think of the colour of that animal.
Comment: There are no grey elephants in Denmark