Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 6, 2014

A world of difference from A to Z

(Continued)

By the way, the aardvark article in our 1989 edition hadn’t changed since when I was in elementary school. I believe it could be improved by adding a New Yorker-like cartoon, maybe two aardvarks sitting in a park on a blanket laden with picnic food. Then one anteater says to the other: “Now, we just wait.”

Every item in the World Book is followed by the writer/researcher’s name. The aardvark entry, for example, was written by Dr. Anne Dagg, who, Google tells me, is still a zoologist at the University of Waterloo. But the aardwolf article that follows was written by Frank Golley, a real estate agent in Georgia. When it got down to the publishing deadline, World Book couldn’t find a real expert, so they just picked a guy who had one as a pet.

My only other gripe with my beloved World Book is how they begin the Indiana section: “ Indiana is a small state...it covers the smallest area of any state in the Midwest…no other state west of the Appalachian Mountains is smaller.”

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: “Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States.”

Wikipedia makes Indiana sound much more appealing.

I say this as the second smartest person in my marriage.

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