Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Flatulent Frank the Bookman

From Sunday's Thee New York Times Book Review, I learned this about a well-known book publisher house:
Doubleday, a proudly “middlebrow” company, was founded by Frank N. Double­day, who suffered from flatulence. As a result, none of the characters in the books he published were allowed to pass wind.
This explains why Samwise Gamgee never "cut the lembas bread" during his strenuous hike up Mount Doom.

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