Page 56 Meme

Via Steve.

  1. Grab the nearest* book
  2. Open the book to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

*Note: nearest means the one which is closest to you, as opposed to that one on your shelves which is really cool or will make you look clever.

In my case, the book nearest to me was Man Walks Into A Bar, which is a joke book and currently the only book on my desk.

The line is: “We’ve just dug up your garden and found 20.”

4 Responses to “Page 56 Meme”

  1. Seb Crump responds:

    From the manual for my camera 5th sentence on page 56: “In this mode, up to 3 picture in black & white, standard, of sepia in the selected modes are automatically recorded each time the shutter button is pressed.”

    Very useful, as I hadn’t discovered this setting and did want to do that a couple of weeks ago.

  2. Reed responds:

    My closest book - ‘On Writing Well’ by William Zinsser. Sentence 5, pg 56 - “It must cajole him with freshness, or novelty, or paradox, or humor, or suprise, or with an unusual idea, or an interesting fact, or a question.”

    “It”, in this context, being the first sentence of a piece of writing.

    Why yes, I am doing NaNoWriMo, how did you guess?

    The above comment about camera manuals was by my husband. You couldn’t make it up.

  3. Joe Dolson responds:

    Well, it took me a while to figure out what book was actually closest, since (unusually) I actually didn’t have any books sitting on my desk. So, after determining which set of bookshelves was actually closest, here we are:

    The book: “Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook.”

    “Make the design appealing to all users.” Page 56, Sentence 5

    As advice, I think that one is possibly a bit wonky, but that’s what it is.

  4. Christophe Strobbe responds:

    It would be better if your Majesty were to pursue a policy of mercy.

    Wu Ch’êng-Ên: Monkey. Translated by Arthur Waley. (Penguin Classics) This is a Chinese classic also known as “Journey to the West”.

    I first reached for Christian Heilmann’s “Beginning JavaScript Development with DOM Scripting and Ajax”, but “Monkey” was closer. Otherwise, the result had been:

    item value is John

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