Monday, May 7th, 2012

Nine Red Herrings Or Otherwise Extraneous Facts From 'Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective'

• "[H]e went home and asked his mother for a big piece of cardboard. She gave him a dress box from the Bon Ton Store, which she had been saving."

• "Encyclopedia did not lift his eyes from his book, How to Build a Nuclear Reactor."

• "The Tigers were busy racing garter snakes."

• "The [egg]-spinning field was the smooth marble slab under the statue of Thomas Edison."

• "The Browns were having left-over meatloaf for dinner one night when the telephone rang."

• "He stopped to look at the stuffed mountain lion Mr. Eckstrom, the taxidermist, had just put in the window of his shop."

• "Encyclopedia hopped down and put the tooth in his pocket. He was going to give it to Charlie Stewart, who collected teeth and kept them in a flowered cookie jar."

• "'I couldn't find one of my sneakers,' the boy detective said, looking around him."

• "'Mom,' said Encyclopedia, 'can I have another piece of pie?' Mrs. Brown signed. She had taught English in the Idaville High School before her marriage.

Tom Scocca would like to add the additional note that Encyclopedia's given name is "Leroy Brown."

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hockeymom (#143)

"His father smoked a pipe while reading the paper. Encyclopedia Brown could just make out the headline, 'Cheney: Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq'."

Flashman (#418)

"As he was led through Mr McGillivray's parlour, Encyclopedia noticed an 1899 Mauser, its stock worn to a dull oxblood lustre, mounted above the mantelpiece."

Encyclopedia noted carefully the position of the pie in relation to the window. "Hmm. If it were in the window this whole time, it should be cooler." He carefully stepped over the brain matter and discarded fetus to reach the pie.
"Cherry. Hmmm." Said Encyclopedia.

zidaane (#373)

"Encyclopedia fumbled with the top button on Sally's pants as she lifted herself slightly. Sally was breathing heavier now and he could detect a faint whif of Rumplemintz and Gitanes."

melis (#1,854)

Baddest man in the whole damn town indeed.

This is currently the best comment thread on the internet, and nobody even cares.

melis (#1,854)

Forget it, Jeremy. It's Encyclopedia Brown.

brainfuree (#233,302)

i like your side….

ellagood (#232,241)

Sally Kimball was one bad ass bitch.

Some years back someone I knew wrote "Encyclopedia Brown And The Case of Mongol Hordes" :

I still wish I'd written it.

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