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Molly Cule
159242.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:02 am Reply with quote

If you were a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and you were able to slow down time, who would you call for the million pound question? The Britannica. It's a thought. Not a very good one, but I will share it with you anyway.

159247.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:06 am Reply with quote

Linkage with "Enquire Within Upon Everything" (and indeed to Everything).

Molly Cule
159273.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:40 am Reply with quote

James Tytler who edited the second edition of the Britannica for 16 shillings a week is credited as being the first person to join the mile high club

Dr James "Balloon" Tytler was the first man in Britain to fly in a hot air balloon, a feat he accomplished on August 27, 1784 in what is now Holyrood Park. His remarkable achievement is seldom remembered, partly because he was not a member of the aristocracy of the day - he was born in Fearn, near the east coast of Ross and Cromarty in the far north of Scotland. He also had a reputation as a drunkard and a womaniser. He even claimed to have made love to the daughter of an Edinburgh dentist on one of his early balloon flights. But now his colourful character could become better known as a result of a film of his life planned to start shooting next year. Cheekily entitled "Mile High" in reference to his amorous exploits, it is hoped to attract a big name star for the movie. Tytler was a scholar who took over the editorship of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, expanding it from three to eleven volumes. His drinking exploits were also legendary and a Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen published in 1856 noted that he could still write excellent prose while completely legless! Eventually he fell into debt and emigrated to America - where he established what would eventually become the National Geographic Magazine.

159275.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:48 am Reply with quote

Ersch and Gruber's enormous Allgemeine Encyclopädiec contains the longest article in any encyclopaedia, that on Greece, which fills 3,668 pages in volumes 80–87.


Molly Cule
159280.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:01 am Reply with quote

Wikipedia now has 7.5 times the number of articles and four times as many words as the Britannica online.

159389.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:43 am Reply with quote

Don't miss out on Conservapedia. Plenty of comedy value there.

Molly Cule
160290.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:30 am Reply with quote

Mike Myer’s father Eric was a door-to-door salesman for Britannica’s. In 1957 he was a awarded a ring as ‘salesman of the year’, Mike Myers wears this as his wedding ring.
Mike Myer’s parents emigrated to Toronto before Myers was born. He learned comic timing by joining his father on encyclopedia-sales calls. "People from Liverpool are really funny. It's a poor city, and they don't own anything except their own bodies, so it makes them very sexy and funny." His dad used sly humor to convince customers "they needed this unwieldy appetizer tray of little snippets of knowledge."
Austin Powers was based upon Mike Myer’s father, throughout the making Myers thought ‘what would Dad find funny?’ His production company is called Eric’s boy.
Mike owns the last letter ever written by Beatles singer George Harrison, given to him very shortly after Harrison's death and while Austin Powers in Goldmember was in production. The letter compliments him on the Austin Powers movies and asks him for a "Mini Me" doll.

160292.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:35 am Reply with quote

Creator of Austin Powers, Mike Myers’ first big break on television was on The Wide Awake Club.

Myers began his career in inauspicious circumstances alongside Timmy Mallett and Michaela Strachan on The Wide Awake Club. He appeared with comedian Neil Mularkey, as double-act “The Sound Asleep Club”.



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