The other afternoon, upon realizing that there was, in fact, a Chick-Fil-A not a couple miles from my doorstep and that my long, self-willed exile from the loving breast was over, I headed out for a Chick-Fil-A sammich and a box of nuggets to celebrate.
I must have driven past this particular restaurant dozens of times over the last few years and it just never registered on my consciousness, because it's right in front of Barnes & Noble and B.D.'s Mongolian Grill, two of my favoriter destinations in the north part of town.
Having forgotten a book, and being unable to properly digest food without reading, I stopped in B&N and was almost immediately successfully marketed to by the following title sitting prominently on a shelf at eye level: The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities. This looked right up my alley.
The author, Matthew White, a self-described atrocitologist, necrometrician, and quantifier of hemoclysms, maintains the website Necrometrics.com, among others, and delivers black humor with a deft wit. I've been pretty much engrossed in the book since. You should read it.
Oh, and in the "The More You Know..." category, as a Pratchett fan, I got a wry chuckle learning that, during the religious tumult of the Reformation (where we are using 'tumult' as a polite term for 'bloodbath'), Scottish trouble-making evangelist John Knox railed against the seeming alliance of Catholic queens in Western Europe in the pamphlet The first blast of the trumpet against the monstruous regiment of women... Heh. Now I get it, Terry.