“Eenie, meenie, minie, mo” is based on a counting system that predates the Roman occupation of Britain, that may even be pre-Celtic.”
~Bill Bryson, Made in America
“Readers from Toad Suck, Arkansas, to Idiotsville, Oregon – and everywhere in between – will love Made in America, Bill Bryson’s Informal History of the English Language in the United States.
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“Tune your television to any channel it doesn’t receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.”
~Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
“In Bryson’s biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us.
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