Today’s world is full of nostalgia.
Everywhere you look, people are yearning for “the good old days”, such as when kids could play in the woods all day without supervision. When you could eat undercooked meat or seafood without a care in the world.
And when writers were writers. When books were, well, real BOOKS instead of this electronic crap.
Continue reading HOW ABOUT SOME OLD-TIMEY EROTIC LITERATURE?
Reading books will never be the same in today’s Internet age. Everybody wants things fast, fast and new, new.
But sometimes a book captures the world’s imagination, and everybody upon everybody feels the need to go out and buy it (or borrow it from the local library), curl up in a cozy sofa, and escape into a fantasy world.
Continue reading THE MOST POPULAR BOOKS OF ALL TIME
It is summer, and summertime can only mean one thing: the dreaded SUMMER READING LIST.
Remember those? You would be given a list of super-boring books that you absolutely had to read over the carefree sunny days spread out before you, and everyone always did the exact same thing: everyone waited until two days before school was back in session for the Fall and rushed out to the store to buy the Cliffs Notes versions.
Smart kids would have purchased the Cliffs Notes earlier in the summer, while inventory levels were high. Pity the kids who rushed to the local bookstore only to find the dreaded SOLD OUT sign on the rack.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
(Case Studies in Critical Controversy)
Continue reading WHAT’S THE BEST AMERICAN NOVEL EVER WRITTEN?
If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Old Country (Germany, Italy, France, etc), you’ll be amazed at how history surrounds you at every turn when you do finally make it over there.
Everywhere you look will be some ancient building or piece of art, forever preserved for the never-ending crowds of ooh-ing and aahh-ing tourists. Even just stepping out of the high-speed, modern train station in Venice is like stepping immediately into the 14th century (get to Venice while you can, before it sinks away into the sea forever – it’s worth the trip).
Continue reading THE 1800’S WERE A VULGAR, OBSCENE TIME IN HISTORY
Do you remember the FRACTURED FAIRY TALES segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show?
That’s where the show would tell slighty edited, oddball versions of classic stories – occasionally with a modern twist.
Continue reading FAIRY TALES FOR THE REST OF US
How unique is your name?
Sure, you may have replaced a “y” with an “i” (let alone decided that dotting the i with a smiley face would be “your thing”). Your parents may have given you a unique spelling of a typical name, in order to differentiate you as being “special” when you finally go off to school… much to the chagrin of those confused teachers, or the future ability for your child to every find a personalized license plate at SOUTH OF THE BORDER souvenir shop.
Continue reading HOW UNIQUE IS YOUR NAME? (CHANCES ARE, YOU’RE JUST ONE IN 546)
Web Watch knows that not everybody is religious.
There are those people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter (“C&E’ers”). Some who only attend on High Holy Days.
There are people who attend Mass every Saturday night, if only because they have other things to do on Sundays.
Each person has their own religious beliefs, and everyone can practice their religion in the best manner for their personal spiritual well-being. And we’re okay with that.
Continue reading HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ THE BIBLE? APPARENTLY, NOT AS OFTEN AS YOU THINK
One of the better job interview questions you can ask to get to know the candidate a little better is “what was the last book you’ve read?”
Chances are, especially if the job candidate is a bit younger than average, they’ll be hard-pressed to come up with an answer as they’ve typically spent most of their waking hours online or texting their friends.
It tends to catch people off-guard as they struggle to remember any book that wasn’t required for class that they happened to read just for fun.
Continue reading THAT BOOK YOU’RE READING SAYS YOU’RE A TOTAL DOUCHE
Web Watch wouldn’t be able to cover as many websites as we do without being able to read quickly and comprehend what we’re poking our heads into.
Reading fast is one thing; knowing what we just read about is something else entirely.
But the question can come up as you outpace your friends and family in reading the BIG BANG THEORY VANITY CARDS before they’re off the screen as to exactly HOW FAST CAN YOU READ?
Continue reading HOW FAST CAN YOU READ?
Just file this under the category of “Why didn’t we think of this?”. There has to be a target market for this type of thing…
Continue reading VIDEO FUN: NSFW AUDIOBOOKS
Web Watch isn’t the best to tell you what you should or shouldn’t be eating, most likely because we would never listen to a thing we say about this (“do as we say, not as we do” doesn’t apply to us, it seems).
But our good friends over at EAT THIS, NOT THAT have come up with a list of the FIVE GROSSEST THINGS YOU’RE EATING that will probably make you think again about the crap that you’re putting into your body every day.
Continue reading THE 5 GROSSEST FOODS YOU’RE EATING RIGHT NOW
With all of today’s technologic gadgets and whizbang toys, parents everywhere often find themselves struggling to get their kids to expand their minds instead of simply sitting in front of a computer, mindlessly chatting with their friends on Club Penguin or Facebook.
And there’s nothing wrong with encouraging kids to read a little bit more once in a while.
It won’t hurt you. Heck, today’s kids really liked those Harry Potter books, and even some parents did too — even though Harry Potter really was a childrens book. Even JK Rowling admitted that.
So when the magazine SCHOLASTIC PARENT & CHILD decided to put together their own list of the 100 GREATEST BOOKS FOR KIDS, you knew that there would be some high-quality classics on here.
So parents – we have two questions for you:
- How many of the following books have you read yourself?
- How many of the following books do you know your kids have read?
Continue reading THE TOP 100 GREATEST CHILDRENS BOOKS OF ALL TIME
Web Watch is pleased to bring you yet another in our ongoing series of WEBSITES THAT HAVE BEEN TURNED INTO BOOKS, following in the footsteps of CAKE WRECKS and F*** MY LIFE that we’ve talked about in the past.
We know, we know.
Why didn’t we think of it?
All it takes is a really awesomely great idea, and you start a blog. Eventually, you start making so much traffic that mainstream press (and Web Watch) start writing about you. Soon, the book publishers begin calling — and that’s when you cash in and retire to the Bahamas.
Today’s entry on this list is entitled IT WAS OVER WHEN… (tales of romantic dead ends). Continue reading FINISH THIS SENTENCE: IT WAS OVER WHEN….
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader
Show of hands: how many of you read while sitting on the toilet?
Yeah, we thought so — reading (or using your smartphone or iPad) while dropping the kids off at the pool has become a habit by almost everyone. Web Watch cringes at those who take their office paperwork with them to the bathroom stall before a meeting, knowing that the next stapled handout we receive may be covered in fecal matter.
Yeah, not a pretty image to think about, is it? But you’re going to think about it next time you see your boss head to the bathroom before your next staff meeting, aren’t you? Yeah, we thought so. Continue reading IS READING WHILE IN THE BATHROOM GOOD FOR YOU?