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Thursday, 9 September 2010
In Troubled Water
Q: You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?
A: I really can't see that happening, since I
1/ don't have a bath tub
2/ never read in the bath tub even back in the days when I had one
I actually never understood how anyone can read in the bathtub.
It's WET in there! So if one of my favourite books ever ends up in a bath tub, it will be someone else's fault - and tub! And my pleasure (?) to yell at them. And their problem to find a replacement!
Going in search of an illustration of this activity that I never indulged in, however, I came upon some advice. There is a WikiHow article on it. Just as I suspected, it seems rather complicated, and comes with a warning: "Start with a magazine or cheap paperback that you don't mind getting wet. Never read a library book or other valuable book in the tub, just in case you drop it in."
Whatever did we do before the Internet was there to give advice?