Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Some interesting facts about ULYSSES

1. ULYSSES has been translated into several languages, including English.

2. During President Reagan’s first inauguration, the Bible he swore upon was actually a copy of ULYSSES cleverly disguised and put in place by Russian spies. This insidious plot to ruin American not only failed but backfired. Many scholars say the decline of the Soviet Union began at this moment.

3. In Venice, California, there is a cult of witches and sorcerers who use ULYSSES exclusively to fashion their spells, curses, and blessings.

4. If you stacked all the copies of ULYSSES ever printed, it was probably more trouble than it was worth.

5. A copy of ULYSSES once took the lives of several American soldiers in WW II. A German corporal, reading ULYSSES in the latrine, got so impatient with it he tossed it over the side. The book collided with a grenade that the American ambushers had just thrown. The live grenade fell back among the sneaking Yanks and killed three of the five.

6. The National Security Administration uses the original text of ULYSSES as the standard for encryption/decryption protocols.

7. NASA recorded ULYSSES on tape for their Space Shuttle astronauts to listen to as a sleeping aid.

8. If James Joyce were alive today, he’d be the world’s oldest man.

9. The General Theory of Relativity, which relates mass to the curving of spacetime, states that if a person is near a copy of ULYSSES, he or she will not age as fast. That is why you will see copies of ULYSSES in the offices of many plastic surgeons.

10. I only know of 9 interesting facts. Perhaps you know others.


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