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Reading the Britannica

Andy Ratto is reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and blogging about it. Quite unpretentiously and charmingly.

He’s including references he doesn’t understand. E.g., on page 29 of the first volume there’s a reference to the “pangolin.” Andy consults Wikipedia to discover that they are scaly anteaters. Presumably he didn’t look up “pangolin” in the Britannica because he’s checking the volumes out of the library one at a time.

He also promises to note particularly profound moments, ridiculously obtuse parts and the bios that end in murder or suicide. He is also blogging interesting facts, such as:

“The smallest arthropods include some parastic wasps, beetles of the family Ptiliidae, and mites that are less than 0.25 millimeter in length, despite their complex structure, and may weigh less than the nucleus of a large cell.”

Andy is a college student majoring in poli sci, and is in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. G-d speed, Andy!

(Thanks to the EBlogger — a blog about the Britannica — for the link.) [Technorati tags: ]

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