I went to a party on Saturday, at the house of a couple of friends. Because of where the food and the chairs were located, I happened to be standing next to a bookshelf, and talking to a couple of people.
During a lull in the conversation, one guy glanced at the bookshelf with a quizzical expression on his face, and muttered, “What the heck is this?” He reached for the shelf and pulled out a battered copy of The Straight Dope by one C. Adams.
I was extremely excited, of course, and explained all about Cecil’s column and his status as the World’s Smartest Human. This fellow seemed suitably impressed-- at the book’s contents, if not my elocution-- and said he would check out the website when he got home.
Considering how addictive this site usually is, I think I’ve converted a brand-new Teeming Million. (Hi, Nathan!) I’m so proud of myself.
(I also spent a quick couple of minutes talking to the book’s owner, sharing our views on the Dope. Unfortunately, I had to leave the party before learning much more than the fact that he lurks on this MB. (Hi, Geoff!))
Anyone else have a story on how they helped increase the number of the Teeming Millions?
Of course I don’t fit in; I’m part of a better puzzle.