There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.
("A Short History of Nearly Everything")
More Quotes from Bill Bryson:More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to.
Germans are flummoxed by humor, the Swiss have no concept of fun, the Spanish think there is nothing at all ridiculous about eating dinner at midnight, and the Italians should never, ever have been let in on the invention of the motor car.
Boston's freeway system is insane. It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his childhood crashing toy trains.
To an American the whole purpose of living, the one constant confirmation of continued existence, is to cram as much sensual pleasure as possible into one's mouth more or less continually. Gratification, instant and lavish, is a birthright.
When you tell an Iowan a joke, you can see a kind of race going on between his brain and his expression.
There seemed to be a mystifying universal conspiracy among textbook authors to make certain the material they dealt with never strayed too near the realm of the mildly interesting and was always at least a long-distance phone cacll from the frankly interesting.
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