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A.J. Jacobs

Originally posted December 2004

The Know-It-All

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How much do you remember of what you learned in high school? If you're like most of us, or if you're like A.J. Jacobs, you probably don't remember much. The difference between you and me, and A.J. Jacobs, is that he did something about it. He bought the Encyclopedia Britannica -- the entire set of books -- and read it. All of it. From first page to last.




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A.J. Jacobs is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically. He is the editor at large at Esquire magazine. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, and is an occasional correspondent for NPR. He lives in New York City with his wife Julie and their children.

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