On John

So I’m reading a history currently commenting on the Reformation. Just now I came upon this sentence:

It is found in the writings of such men as Wyclif and Huss…

Now for the purposes of this post it is of little consequence as to what “It” is that is found in the writings of Wyclif and Huss, rather it is my thought when reading this of “Hu, they are both Johns.”

And then my brilliant thought for the day: “Why not publish a book entitled On John: A Bathroom’s reader through History.” It would be the History of the World, told through short biographies of consequential Johns. Just think, the Popes, Politicians, Poets, and Plebeians that have made the name “John” notable throughout time. The Evangelist, the Baptist, the Vicars of Christ numbered one through twenty-three, Wyclif, Huss, Donne, Kings John one through eight of England, and those of Denmark, Scotland, Poland, et al.

I’m a genius.

~ by jeorgesmith on 8 October 2007.

4 Responses to “On John”

  1. Humble, too.

  2. “John Jacob Jinglehimer Smith…!”

    Right. This would probably be really interesting.
    I’d buy it – especially if you received royalties.

  3. What is the hero to heretic ratio among Johns? In general would you say it’s favorable to be named after a John?

    I would assume that being a heretic has a certain ignominious effect on the future popularity of your name. I mean, when was the last time you met an “Arius”? How has the good fame of the name “John” been so well preserved?

  4. Freakin’ awesome.

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