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Thursday, November 30, 2021

It’s 2006, so that means goodbye to Encyclopedia Brown. In his place is a Wikipedia version of the boy sleuth.

Sadly, Wikipedia Brown’s crime-solving business doesn’t fare so well when his precious reference facts can be manipulated at will by an Internet-enabled Bugs Meany and Sally Kimball. The kid’s psyche is fairly shattered as a result.

I read a couple of the EB books back in the day. However, they didn’t stick with me at all; I remember pretty much nothing about the series.

(Via Sarcasmo’s Corner)

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/30/2006 10:04:02 PM
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  1. Wow. I think I can remember everything from them. Then again, my entire year of first grade was spent reading them (and Hardy Boys) since the teacher, Mrs. Inkrott, had no idea what she was supposed to do with me. I remember spending a lot of time sitting in a little red plastic chair in the back of the room, thinking making 25 cents a day (plus expenses) was a good living. I particularly liked the one with the guy with the kangaroo.

    Sobol wrote “two-minute mysteries” and “more two-minute mysteries” that came out when i was in teh fifth grade or so, but all the mysteries were in the same vein as the encyclopedia brown ones, so they weren’t any fun. I have no doubt that my adoration for Veronica Mars comes from my early life as an EB reader. I wanted to BE encyclopedia brown. he was my hero.

    Comment by tim in tampa — 12/01/2021 @ 12:55:20 AM

  2. I guess I was more of a Curious George guy. I developed a particular affinity for the monkey when he had to go the hospital for an operation in one adventure book; it was a comforting read when I myself wound up in the hospital during 3rd grade.

    Plus, that monkey went into outer space! That bookworm detective never did that!

    Comment by CT — 12/01/2021 @ 09:17:53 PM

  3. Yeah, I totally never got you Curious George kids.

    Comment by tim in tampa — 12/02/2021 @ 10:45:55 PM

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