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February 10, 2014

DICK WOLFSIE: Hiding on the shelf

(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, whom 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.

Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at Wolfsie@aol.com.

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