Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Three Things

1.  I do not understand the people who lick their fingers, whenever they have to turn a page in a book.  What does having wet fingers have to do with page turning?  If anything, I would think having wet fingers would make it more difficult to get a grip on something, not less difficult.

I get a little uneasy about germs, when I see people who lick their fingers before touching book pages.  It's like every page of the book has been contaminated by their mouth germs.  I hope they spray library books with disinfectant, just in case.

2.  According to Jude Blume's Facebook account, they're making a movie out of her book Tiger Eyes.  Those of you who have been reading this blog for a long time will remember that I reviewed this book in July, 2009.  At that time, I stopped reading the book five chapters in, because it was "depressing as hell".  This does not make me excited for seeing the movie.

3. Does anybody know what these punctuation marks are: « » ?  I think they might be French quotation marks, but I'm not sure.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know this has ABSOLOUTLEY NOTHING to do with this post but...what do u think of "The Hunger Games" Michael???

Anonymous said...

There's a hilarious Red Skelton sketch where he is reading a book, and every time he turns a page, he licks the fingers on one hand but turns the page with the other. I bet I could find it on YouTube somewhere...

...Ehh, I don't see it.

Joanna :) said...

My elementary school librarian used to lick her fingers a lot before turning a page. I bet I could ask her if she still works there! I was thinking the "french" markings were rotated caret signs. Maybe they are 'dead' quotation marks? :D
I never read any of the Judy Blume books. They don't seem "depressing as hell." They seem "boring as hell." No offensive Michael or Judy Blume. Maybe my librarian read us one of her books, and I was not paying attention because of her finger-licking. She also had a really small pinky toenail that was always painted red. Weird childhood memory. :D

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about French, but those punctuation marks are used as quotation marks in Spanish. I've read books in class that use those marks that way.

The Red Wolf said...

Yeah, those quotation marks are used in French but they're not always use for dialogue; sometimes they use a dash. I know, I live in a French province.

Emily said...

People lick their fingertips to be able to separate the pages of a book better. At least, that's my reason.

About the quotes: http://spanish.about.com/od/writtenspanish/a/angularquotes.htm

Justice said...

Believe me Michael, licking your finger (or even just breathing heavily on it to cause condensation) really does help sometimes. I don't lick my finger every time I turn a page, though; just occasionally if I'm having trouble getting a grip and/or separating the pages. And I have thought about the germ factor, so I try not to do it with library books. :)

Moriah said...

I don't know why people lick their fingers when turning a page in a book either.

-Moriah

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I love the randomness of this post. :)

Kira said...

Germ freaks unite!!!!!! ^_^

Seriously ... I think I have OCD. I wash my hands an estimated eight times a day ... that doesn't even include the frequent fingertip-cleansing and hand sanitizer squirts. O_O

I don't like it when teachers lick their fingers when they're passing out a stack of papers. Where did this habit originate from? It bothers me.

A side note: I've actually read Tiger Eyes (as well as every other Judy Blume teen book). While it was "depressing as hell" sometimes, it wasn't bad.

Anonymous said...

1. Yes, it make turning the page slightly harder (and unsanitary) when you lick your fingers.
2. Maybe it is a bit boring (or bad), but I've never read that book.
3. Yes, these are French quotation marks (known as guillemets, named after Guillaume Le Bé (1525–1598)) which are often used in writing, such as newspapers (e.g. «Que pensez-vous?» Demandai-je, French for "What do you think?" I asked.).

Anonymous said...

haha never thought you'd write something as depressing as hell. .D

MJ said...

Halarious! Great points!

Anonymous said...

Michael, if you haven't read the Hunger Games yet, YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!!!

Hannie said...

@Kira! Your ALIVE?! XD

Anyways, Michael I TOTALLY agree with you on the "people licking their fingers before turning a page" thing. *Shudder* That's actually VERY gross.

Hannah said...

1. Licking your fingers and turning the page bothers me too. My pervy biology teacher does it all the time.

2. Some Judy Blume books are good and some are weird. Whoever wrote "Superfudge" was probably high . . . on life ;)

3. Those I believe are french quotation marks. I know English (haha) and I don't know what they are. Maybe they are greater or lesser than signs ;)