I was a socially awkward kid. When I was 10, my “best friend” was the family World Book Encyclopedia set. I would bring a different volume to school almost every other day, just so I have something to browse through during breaks. It made me instant bully magnet.
Then again, homework was a breeze.
Encyclopaedia Brittanica, you put up a good fight. Now rest in peace.
Speaking of encyclopedias…
Long before The L-Word, the all-girl group Betty sang about atoms (among other things) in HBO/ Children Television Workshop‘s Encyclopedia:
I miss this show. Used to watch it every day during summer in the i Channel.
(You know you’re a 90s kid if you find yourself explaining to today’s kids that the i Channel was not a channel devoted to Apple products, but rather the channel with the coolest cartoons. At least before the Bananas in Pyjamas came into the picture.)
I read the encyclopedias cover to cover. The bullies never bothered me though, even they realized that if you were my friend, you were guaranteed to pass. And the converse.