People on the Street Were Asked to Name Any Book, It Went Badly…

It seems like every year we read reports which state that fewer and fewer people are reading books and that the medium is struggling to compete against other forms of entertainment such as music and films. We like to think there are still plenty of bibliophiles out there but, as Kimmel reports, the fact is that the average American will read only four books a year while one quarter of all adults in the US will not read a book at all this year.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel decided to see how bad things are by sending out a camera crew onto the streets to ask them to name any book. Not a book they’ve read, not a classic or a modern book, just ANY book from the Bible to Twilight. The results weren’t very encouraging. WARNING: Book lovers will be triggered!

As you can see, a fair few people were completely unable to name any book and those that did got it wrong. Moby Dick wrote a book about a horse? The Lion King was a book before becoming a hit animated film for Disney?

Before you get too wound up, lets remember that they only showed the people who couldn’t name a book, we hope that plenty of people were able to think of at least one book. It’s also worth keeping in mind that plenty of people go blank when put on camera, so lets not be too judgemental. Still, it’s hard to believe that titles such as the Bible, the Quran, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings didn’t come to mind.

Dr Seuss Parodies To Make You Laugh

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Dr Seuss became popular in the 20th century and still remains a favourite today. His rhythms and rhymes, although simple, create fun tongue-twisters and fast-paced tales.

His style has been copied, styled out, and parodied the world over, referenced in popular culture, and we have selected some of our favourite Seuss parodies from the years.

Enjoy these very silly parodies and clever covers dedicated to Dr Seuss.

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Drunk History UK’s Best Literary Figures

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Drunk History UK is possibly the funniest show around right now, with its heady mix of famous faces, perfect lip syncing, and gratuitous swearing.

Each comedian takes on a figure or story from history and explains in as much factual detail as possible who they were and what they became known for.

The comedian gets as sloshed as they possibly can while attempting to still speak coherently- telling us the tale of their historical figure. As well as some of the big royal and military names through history, they touch on some of our best known writers- Byron, Potter, Shelley, and more…

Check out some highlights here.

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CBeebies Bedtime Story read using Makaton sign language

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CBeebies has been running their bedtime stories for years now, using a host of well-known faces and voices to tell a little story before bed. They try to be as inclusive as possible and recently had a story enhanced with the addition of Makaton sign language. Makaton is a type of signing that is meant to support speech and work alongside the person as they are speaking.

Comedian and actor Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2), had learned Makaton for his son Henry who was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a baby. Sadly Henry passed away in 2018 age 2 and a half, but Rob, with the help of CBeebies, honours him by showing how inclusive and accessible Makaton can be.

Check out the sweet CBeebies story told by Rob Delaney himself using Makaton sign language. The story is Ten in the Bed, written and illustrated by Penny Dale.

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The Best of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ Authors Game

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Whose Line Is It Anyway has been around since 1988, originating in the UK with a handful of comedy geniuses- Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, John Sessions, and Rory Bremner, among others. Consisting of short games that test the comedians’ improv skills, with plenty of audience participation, it soon became a televisual favourite.

The format has since been adopted by the USA but this pure comedy brilliance started with this original UK series… Enjoy these 10 snippets of their fantastic ‘Authors’ game.

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‘Good Omens’ Official Trailer Released

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Last year, it was announced that Amazon had begun work on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hit 1990 book Good Omens, which tells the story of a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale who work together in order to prevent the Rapture. It was later revealed, much to the delight of fans, that David Tennant had been cast as Crowley and Michael Sheen was to be Aziraphale. Read More

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Final Trailer is an Explosion of Reveals

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The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is here and I just don’t know where to start!

Firstly let me say that violin solo is everything, the soundtrack sounds absolutely amazing and I am beyond excited to see the next instalment of this fantastic series.

And now, but, but, Nagini! Given how many animagi are in the original Harry Potter series, I shouldn’t be all that surprised that the snake that become a horcrux was originally a person, a woman at that. In the trailer you see Nagini in her human form transforming into snake, we’re hoping it’ll be explained how she ended up being trapped in snake form.
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One Comment

  • Howard says:

    I’ve read scores maybe hundreds of books, an avid reader. I don’t remember the titles or authors. I remember the books. The stories. I’m a musician. I know scores of songs by heart. Couldn’t tell you who wrote most of them.

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