Sometimes you run across a book that you can't help but pick up and laugh about. The visit to the library today turned up one such book for me... Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy by David Bickel. While a very short read (took me all of about 30 minutes), it had me laughing out loud in more than one place, as well as reading passages to my wife (who didn't seem to "appreciate" the humor as much as I did).
Bickel has a tongue-in-cheek creepiology scale that goes from 1 to 10, with 10 being described as "perhaps a tattoo on Janet Reno's back of a ventriloquist dummy biting a pygmy whose right eye is actually a mole with some hair growing out of it." Yes, I guess that *would* be really creepy. The rest of the book consists of pictures and situations that he considers creepy, along with some rather witty descriptions and a creepiology value. Dick Cheney smiling registers a 7.71 on the scale, while hairless cats get a 9.47. Grown men in Boy Scout uniforms? 9.29. People who drive really old cars get a 6.71, and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood gets a 9.10. Come on... admit it... Mr. Rogers was "different"...
Much of the humor comes from Bickel's commentary. For instance, the Bazooka Joe comic character rates a 7.27, which seems rather high... until you realize this kid must have suffered a major injury to be forced to wear an eyepatch, and he hangs around with a kid who wears a turtleneck over his mouth. When Bickel puts it that way, I have to wonder if perhaps poor old Joe shouldn't have been a bit higher on the scale...
Creepiosity was a fun way to spend an hour today, and I'm not sure I'll look at some things quite the same way again. And that's probably a good thing. :)
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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