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What I Learned from Reading the Entire Encyclopedia - A.J. Jacobs

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/09/16/My_Life_As_An_Experiment_AJ_Jacobs Author A.J. Jacobs describes details he retained from reading the encyclopedia cover to cover. He explains that while 98% of what he read has been forgotten, many odd facts - like the number of nipples on a possum - are "stuck." ----- An acclaimed journalist and a best-selling author, A.J. Jacobs takes journalistic commitment to a whole new level. His experimental and "experiential" undertakings have led him from conquering all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica to outsourcing his entire life to India (yes, even his children's bedtime stories). In the 2007 best-seller, The Year of Living Biblically, stoning adulterers and growing facial hair were just part of the fun when he decided to follow the literal rules of the Bible in a modern America. Join us as Jacobs dishes on his unorthodox lifestyle as detailed in this year's The Guinea Pig Diaries. - Commonwealth Club of California AJ Jacobs is an editor at Esquire magazine. He's the author of The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, about his year spent reading the encyclopedia from a-ak to Zywiec. He is also the author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, about his attempt to abide by all the rules in the Bible, from the Ten Commandments to stoning adulterers. He also wrote the articles My Outsourced Life and I Think You're Fat.
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