From the Prologue
Here's a sample from The Book of Wrong Answers Volume 1
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Yes, I know. There is no right way to read any book - especially not The Book of Wrong Answers, right?
I, myself, typically read the first and last paragraph of any book that I am about to bring into my home. Then I read the beginning bits.
But with this one, I highly recommend beginning at the beginning, and then working your way through.
Why? Because The Book of Wrong Answers is a journey. And if you start out in the wrong part of the journey, you may get lost along the way. That would be a waste of your ticket, wouldn’t it?
Introduction to The Remarkable Fools Society’s Book of Wrong Answers, Volume I
I am the Scribe and Grand Blowhard of the Remarkable Fools Society and the narrator of this tome. Here is your introduction to the Book of Wrong Answers, Volume 1, a meandering and ridiculous collection of parables and tall tales intended to help you take life less seriously. It is also recruitment propaganda. Come, my friend, join us. It will raise all our spirits.
First, What is The Remarkable Fools Society?
The Remarkable Fools Society is an ancient, secret society, born out of the first joke and forging on despite all attempts at seriousness. We are a motley crew, dedicated to the production and promotion of levity, absurdity, and ridiculousness.
Though confidentiality matters restrict me from naming current members, notable past associates include Charles Chaplain, PT Barnum, Karim Shir'ei, Nai Teh, and Roland the Farter.
Given our universality and illustrious history throughout the span of recorded time, our motto had for many years been the highfalooting Latin phrase, Stultorum Plena Sunt Omnia, or Fools Are Everywhere. But given the uptick in gravity and embarrassingly overt seriousness in the world we had to change tactics. Highfalooting mottos were just adding to the problem. In keeping with our vows of absurdity and the predominance of American cultural imperialism in the late Twentieth Century, our motto got an update in the 1980’s, when we briefly had a Yankee corporate idiot in charge of marketing:
We’re here on behalf of the forces of levity. We’re working to increase our market share.
Working to increase our market share? I can almost hear you scoffing, “That’s the best you could come up with?” I know. It’s an embarrassment.
Which is why it’s perfect for a society of remarkable fools!
It was a statement that sounded good at the time to the fool who coined it, and was destined to age poorly (in fact they both did). It’s perfectly foolish to cling to it today.
Everyday fools, regular, run-of-the-mill fools (ROMFS) require a humdrum serious sounding Latin motto.
Remarkable fools need a motto that will tip the balance of comfort in the direction of the awkward and absurd.
We’re an ancient society acting, playing, laughing, dancing, singing, eating, belching, and farting on behalf of the forces of levity.
And it’s important that we forge bravely onward, each of us with a foot in our mouth, hopping from the familiar towards the absurd reaches of the end of the universe.
We live in a world heavily biased towards gravity, that turns on seriousness, self-righteousness, and self-importance. Remarkable Fools are here to name the absurdity of existence, point out posturing, and laugh at the futile strivings of kingpins and their minions. And in so doing, we are here to experience the marvel of life and make connections with it and our shared existence on this minuscule marble of a planet floating in the depths of space and time.
The Book of Wrong Answers Volume 1 will be available on May 15.