Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Book of Awesome - Neil Pasricha (2010)

3.5 stars

I was browsing thorough a book-store, when the spine with The Book of Awesome emblazoned along it jumped out at me. I picked it up and flipped through it. It is full of amusing anecdotes of the small things in life that makes us smile. It is based on a blog called 1000 Awesome Things which posts one awesome thing in life every weekday. It has also won 3 Webby awards.

Pasricha started the blog because at the time "if you flipped open the newspaper it was filled with the same stuff every day. The polar ice caps were melting, there were pirates storming the seas, the economy was on the verge of collapse, and there were wars going on all over the world."

One of my favourite inclusions:

“For a sperm to meet an egg it means your mom met your dad. But it's not just them. Think about how many people had to meet, fall in love, and make love for you to be here. Here's the answer: a lot. Like a lot a lot.Before they had you, none of your ancestors downed in a pond, got strangled by a python, or skied into a tree. None of your ancestors choked on a peach pit, was trampled by buffalo, or got their tie stuck in an assembly line.None of your ancestors was a virgin.You are the most modern, brightest spark of years and years, and years of survivors who all had to meet each other in order to eventually make you...Your Middle Ages Grandpa met your Middle Ages Grandma while they both poured hot oil from the castle turrets on pillaging Vikings. “She liked his grunts and he thought the flowers in her hair made her heaving bosoms jump out.Your Ice Age Grandpa crossing the Bering Bridge in a woolly mammoth fur met your Ice Age Grandma dragging a club in the opposite direction. He liked her sabertoothed necklace and she dug his unibrow.Your ancient rainforest Grandpa was picking berries naked in the bush while your ancient rainforest Grandma was spearing dodos for dinner. She liked his jungle funk and he liked her cave drawings. If it wasn’t for the picnic they had afterward, maybe you wouldn’t be here.You’re pretty lucky all those people met, fell in love, make love, had babies, and raised them into other people who did it all over again. This happened over and over and over again for you to be here. Look around the plane, coffee shop, or park right now. Look at your husband snoring in bed, your girlfriend watching TV, or your sister playing in the backyard. You are surrounded by lucky people.

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