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September 15th, 2007

Today's brainiac

I just received a call at the store from one of those individuals whose voice alone instantly tells me that their shoe and IQ sizes probably come perilously close to matching. They were looking for a book that sounded suspiciously like a textbook.

ME: What kind of book is it?

THEM: It's...uh...I...uh...don't know...

ME: I need to know where to look for it.

THEM (beat...beat...): It's a reading book.

ME (unsuccessful at restraining my laughter): Almost all books are reading books.

THEM: Oh.

This rocket scientist went on to ask for books on writing. But of course.