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Samuel Beckett Used to Drive Andre the Giant to School | Geekosystem
"Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize winner (literature) and esteemed playwright, probably most noted for Waiting for Godot, bought some land in 1953 near a hamlet around forty miles northeast of Paris and built a cottage for himself with the help of some locals. One of the locals that helped him build the cottage was a Bulgarian-born farmer named Boris Rousimoff, who Beckett befriended and would sometimes play cards with. As you might’ve been able to guess, Rousimoff’s son was André the Giant, and when Beckett found out that Rousimoff was having trouble getting his son to school, Beckett offered to drive André to school in his truck — a vehicle that could fit André — to repay Rousimoff for helping to build Beckett’s cottage. Adorably, when André recounted the drives with Beckett, he revealed they rarely talked about anything other than cricket."
unlikelypairs  folklore  carcommuting  commuting  trivia  cricket  samuelbeckett  andrethegiant 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Rogue Semiotics » Turris Babel
"Athanasius Kircher’s illustration of the Tower of Babel, as posted on the just-found blog of the Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society. You may wish to follow up with Kircher’s sketch demonstrating exactly why the tower couldn’t have reached the moon (it would have been so large that it would have tipped the Earth out of balance.

The Kircherblog, in the spirit of the man, covers everything from Kircher’s own notorious cat piano to feral children (a topic of interest to Kircher because of the chance they might spontaneously speak the original Adamic language) to buildings made out of trees and shaped as elephants.

Sometimes I still love the internet as a child loves its favourite bear. This is why."
anthanasiuskircher  roguesemiotics  internet  love  cv  depth  trivia  towerofbabel  turrisbabel  web  online  likewanderingthroughthelibrary  libraries  wonder  beauty 
april 2011 by robertogreco
The 50 most interesting articles on Wikipedia « Copybot
"Deep in the bowels of the internet, I came across an exhaustive list of interesting Wikipedia articles by Ray Cadaster. It’s brilliant reading when you’re bored, so I got his permission to post the top 50 here. Bookmark it, start reading, and become that person who’s always full of fascinating stuff you never knew about."
wikipedia  lists  reading  toread  history  trivia  bestof  ephemera 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Monitor | The battle for Wikipedia's soul | Economist.com
"The internet: The popular online encyclopedia, written by volunteer contributors, has unlimited space. So does it matter if it includes trivia?"
collaboration  wikipedia  culture  debate  encyclopedia  knowledge  internet  trivia  trends  publishing  politics  pokemon  pokémon 
march 2008 by robertogreco
RulesofThumb.org - Homepage
"A rule of thumb turns information you have into information you need. The goal of this website is to gather every rule of thumb on earth into one gargantuan, easily searchable online reference database that will be accessible from anywhere in the world a
advice  collaboration  database  ruleofthumb  information  howto  patterns  quotes  social  international  trivia  tips  rules  knowledge 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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