138-Life in a Cupboard  

In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell two stories about people who spent years confined in miserably small spaces. North Carolina slave Harriet Jacobs spent seven years hiding in a narrow space under her grandmother's roof, evading her abusive owner, and Irishman Patrick Fowler spent most of World War I hiding in the cabinet of a sympathetic family in German-occupied France.

We'll also subdivide Scotland and puzzle over a ballerina's silent reception.


During a printers' strike in 1923, New York newspapers put out a paper with 10 nameplates.

Henry Hudson's journal reports an encounter with a mermaid in 1610.

Sources for our feature on Harriet Jacobs and Patrick Fowler:

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 1861.

Jean Fagan Yellin, Harriet Jacobs: A Life, 2004.

Jean Fagan Yellin, ed., The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers, 2008.

Daneen Wardrop, "'I Stuck the Gimlet in and Waited for Evening': Writing and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 49:3 (Fall 2007), 209-229.

Christina Accomando, "'The Laws were Laid Down to Me Anew': Harriet Jacobs and the Reframing of Legal Fictions," African American Review 32:2 (Summer 1998), 229-245.

Georgia Kreiger, "Playing Dead: Harriet Jacobs's Survival Strategy in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," African American Review 42:3/4 (Fall 2008), 607-621, 795.

Anne Bradford Warner, "Harriet Jacobs at Home in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," Southern Quarterly 45.3 (Spring 2008), 30-47.

Miranda A. Green-Barteet, "'The Loophole of Retreat': Interstitial Spaces in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," South Central Review 30:2 (Summer 2013) 53-72.

Anna Stewart, "Revising 'Harriet Jacobs' for 1865," American Literature 82:4 (2010), 701-724.

John Devine and Chris Glennon, "WWI Film to Tell How Irish Soldier Spent Four Years in Cupboard," Irish Independent, Jan. 6, 2000.

Frank Moss, "He Lived in Cupboard for 4 Years: True-Life Adventure," Answers 127:3287 (April 30, 1955).

"By the Skin of His Teeth," Top Spot, Nov. 28, 1959.

"Left-Hand Door," Time 9:12 (March 21, 1927), 16.

Tony Millett, "WW 1 Centenary: The Soldier Who Came Home to Devizes After Four Years in Hiding Behind German Lines," Marlborough News, Aug. 1, 2014.

"Cupboard Used by Trooper Patrick Fowler as Refuge During the First World War," Imperial War Museums (accessed Jan. 22, 2017).

Listener mail:

Wikipedia, "Islay" (accessed Jan. 21, 2017).

Stand Still, Stay Silent, "Old World Language Families," Oct. 14, 2014.

Reuters has two photos from the 1999 molasses flood in Delft, the Netherlands.

Listener Vadas Gintautas' bluegrass band:

This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Sid Collins, who sent two corroborating links (warning -- these spoil the puzzle).

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035: Gillian Mandich – Getting Into The Flow | Master Your Morning Routine | Nourish In Nature  

Today we are speaking with holistic health expert, Gillian Mandich. She is currently completing her PhD, specializing in health promotion. Gillian has a passion for sharing her wealth of knowledge with the world through magazines, radio, TV and her popular podcast - The Holistic Health Diary. Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious.

In this episode, we discuss:

Gillian's passion for health and wellness was sparked by her mom
Make sure you are keeping life FUN!
Start your day with gratitude
The importance of quality sleep
The (disgusting) details on tongue scraping
Movement should come before meditation
Successful people have a solid morning routine
"There is yoga for everybody and yoga for every body"
Key concepts for managing childhood obesity
Gillian winning the Oxygen Magazine Model Search
How your diet is like your bank account
Spend time with people who make you better and inspire you
It's time to stop and appreciate nature
Getting into the flow
Saying no to someone is saying yes to yourself

Links to things we mentioned:

Gillian Mandich's website
Holistic Health Diary (Gillian's podcast)
The Five-Minute Journal
5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs A Tongue Scraper
Dr. Tung's Natural Oral Care
Julie Piatt
Jai Release Meditation Program
032: The Best Health Apps… Ever! (minicast)
Headspace app
Adrenaline MMA Training & Fitness Center
Yoga Tune Up - therapy balls
Seane Corn
034: Frank Giglio – ReWild Your Life | Eat Local & Thrive | Deep Nutrition With Fermented Foods
Find A Spring
Mastin Kipp
033: Rich Roll – Anti-Hack Your Life | Mood Follows Action | Hard Work > Talent

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332: AJ Jacobs | Life as an Experiment  

Experiment with your own life.

"I wouldn't say fail faster, I'd say fail more. For every ten failures you're going to get one success."-AJ Jacobs

The Cheat Sheet: Digital reminders: how to use them to become happier. (10:00) How to use the Song of Solomon to get a date. (14:40) Radical honesty: can it be effective in dating and relationships? (19:30) Cafeteria Religion defined. (24:45) The Odysseus Strategy:what it is and how to use it to make yourself happier. (27:35) Posture affects your testosterone levels: true or false? (44:40) And so much more...

If you lived your life as an experiment and you became a human guinea pig what would that be like? What would you try out and what do you think you could learn? Our guest for episode 332 has done this several times and discovered so much through each experiment. AJ Jacobs is a four-time New York Times best-selling author who has used his life as an experiment on several occasions, and then written about it to share with all of us.

For example, he once spent a year living life according to the rules of the Bible! He has also tried to become the healthiest person alive, the smartest person alive and many other adventures.  AJ is here to talk about those experiment adventures and so much more on the 332nd episode of The Art of Charm.

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AJ Jacobs has experienced many things in his life, most of which we never will. He once stoned an adulterer in Central Park; he's read the encyclopedia from A to Z and he followed George Washington's 101 rules for living with civility. Instead of following in his footsteps, we can live vicariously through him by reading his books and listening to today's episode.

Aside from stoning an adulterer (it was not as violent as it sounds), AJ gained a lot from his year of living biblically. One of the most profound lessons he learned was the lesson of gratitude. One of the Bible's rules is to give thanks and he found himself giving thanks hundreds of times a day. He'd be thankful the elevator took him to the proper floor and that it didn't fall to the basement. Finding things to give thanks for made him a happier person overall. We also talk about how to use the Song of Solomon from the Bible to get dates!

After his year of living according to the Bible, he joined the ranks of most of us in treating religion like a cafeteria. He took the rules that made him happiest and followed those. AJ says we all do this to some degree; we pick and choose which rules to live by and which don't serve us, even the most conservative among us does this.

On that same note of picking and choosing, AJ talks about our information diet and how to more carefully watch what we are consuming every day. His general rule of thumb is if something doesn't make him happier, he limits or removes it from his information diet.

AJ gives us a personal example: he has a tendency to read about rare diseases or disorders on the Internet and he's found doing so leads him down a dark hole, so he has stopped doing this. We can follow suit and stop reading negative things on the Internet, listening to negative news or reading Internet comments on our sites if people are trashing us.

Though we discuss plenty more, including what George Washington and George Clooney have to teach us about success, one final topic we'll mention here is that of embracing failure. He has studied some of the greatest achievers in history and he's noted this about their success: they had to fail A LOT in order to have the successes they did. He gives us a few specific examples including Picasso and E.E. Cummings.

AJ gives us other insights on his discoveries through treating his life like an experiment, tune in to find out the rest! It was a pleasure to have AJ on the show, I want to thank him for joining us and to thank you for being here too. Enjoy the episode and we'll see you next time.


If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let AJ know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter:

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Resources from this episode:

AJ Jacobs' web site
The Year of Living Biblically, AJ Jacobs' latest book
AJ Jacobs' other books
AJ Jacobs on Twitter
Global Family Reunion, AJ's latest experiment

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Poet Gillian Clarke - Ice  

The National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke discusses her collection Ice which was shortlisted for last year's TS Eliot prize. Inspired by the snowy winters of 2009 and 2010, the poems in Ice move through the seasons : from Gillian's experience of being snowed in to the sound of an icicle as it begins to melt. From the bluebells of Spring (inspired by a Renoir painting at the National Museum of Art in Cardiff) through to a hot summer's day and on to the harvest moons of autumn to New Year's Eve. They also include Gillian's earliest childhood memories, such as the opening poem Polar, which recalls the toddler Gillian lying on a polar bear rug which her father bought in a junk shop; and memories of a more collective nature - mining disasters and ancient British mythology. The land, language, history and myths of Wales are all present in these poems. Gillian says a love of language and an inherent ability to articulate is something the Welsh are brought up with, learnt from the early days of attending Chapel; and she says that being National Poet of Wales is no different than getting up at a family occasion and giving a verse or two, a tradition which lies at the heart of her culture. James Naughtie presents and a group of readers ask the questions. Recorded at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. June's Bookclub choice : Quarantine by Jim Crace. Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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401 Paul Rust, Gillian Jacobs, Paul F. Tompkins  

The co-creator and co-stars of the new Netflix original series LOVE, Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs return on this week's Comedy Bang! Bang! They'll talk all about their new show in full detail (including how many butts we will see), Gillian shares what was appealing about her role as an actress, and Paul brings some fresh New No-Nos. Then, composer and lyricist Alan Thicke of Growing Pains arrives to write a theme song for Paul and Gillian's show LOVE.

180 Gillian Jacobs, Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus  

Community’s Gillian Jacobs returns to bury the hatchet with Scott on today’s Comedy Bang Bang! Gillian brings awareness to the fact that the Zynga corporation is out to get her and wedding bells are heard when she falls for co-host Garry Marshall. Also joining us is first time guest and college senior Tracy to share what she learned on her travels in Italy. Will the newly married Garry & Gillian prevail over Tracy in a game of Would You Rather? You will have to listen to find out!

92. Gillian Jacobs  

It took a minute or 92 for people who watched Gillian Jacobs' stunning performance in Don't Think Twice to connect her with Community's Britta Perry. That she could inhabit such different roles so believably without ever having trained in comedy or improv is a tribute to her talent. Whether it's a tribute to Julliard is up for debate. A quirky, independent kid jettisoned by friends who saw her as a drag on their popularity, Jacobs threw herself into theater; later, Julliard almost threw her back out. It took her awhile to realize control can't fix an alcoholic parent or a conventional performance. But eventually, the kid who comes home with gum in her hair may also come home with a stronger sense of self. We talk to Jacobs about scaring herself silly, hanging out at celeb hot spots like the La Brea Tar Pits and playing the sex and drug addicted wrecking ball Mickey on Netflixs Love. Which we love.

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Gillian Alexy Interview | AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On  

AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On edition, is a long form interview series featuring actors, actresses and their upcoming projects as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode host Frank Moran interviews Gillian Alexy. Gillian Alexy (born 18 February 1983) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles as […]

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549: Leanne Jacobs, Author of "Beautiful Money"  

How would you describe your money, or your relationship, with money in one word? Some of us might use the word “complicated." Others might say their relationship is “automatic”, which is definitely true in my life. Leanne Jacobs wants us all to have a beautiful relationship with money. So, what does that mean?

Leanne Jacobs is a dear friend and a friend of the show. She was actually on episode 16 (one of our first shows in 2015 when we launched). She is a holistic wealth expert. Leanne’s out with a new book now entitled Beautiful Money: The Four Week Total Wealth Makeover. The promise of the book is this: “Connect and align your inner self with clear and specific external actions and you can achieve true wealth.”

Her book is based on her popular Beautiful Money Course, and she also has the Beautiful Money Podcast, where I was a guest on the show. I have to admit, when I first heard the concept of“beautiful money”, I thought it was a little abstract. And I thought it was going to get a little too woowoo for my taste because, you know, I’m pretty rational and pragmatic. I like action driven steps and so I was happy to hear that it really delivers just that.

Leanne doesn’t tell you to light candles and do sciences and repeat money mantras in your head. Instead, she really talks about how we can be accountable to ourselves, the shifts and changes that we need to make to really align our values with our money and achieve thus, beautiful money. I urge you, if you want to learn more about Leanne, go back to episode 16 where she talked about her own volatile journey with money and work and the vicious cycle that a lot of us get in to chasing the money, right?

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Strategic? Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Jacobs a NO-SHOW for IBF Same Day Weigh-In  

We are mere hours away from the middleweight showdown of Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs. Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs, but the breaking news doesn't stop.    Jacobs failed to come to the IBF second day weigh-in according to a press release sent out. As per the IBF rules you have to come in at most 10lbs. higher than the contracted weight. GGG was 169.7 and Jacobs' weight is unknown.    As a result the IBF will not be available to Jacobs if he wins tonight. Will this have any effect on the fight tonight?   Nestor “Nes” Gibbs, BoxingMD, and Matthew “The Editor” will talk about today’s event with the TBV family.   Join us and, of course, we will be taking live calls on air from you the voice of the people. From Alumni to first-time callers, we encourage everyone to call 1-425-569-5241 to voice your opinion.    Be sure to subscribe to us on and to receive one email a few minutes before we go live.   Stay updated by following us on Twitter @Thaboxingvoice   Please consider leaving a review of the podcast on iTunes helps tremendously to raise the visibility of the podcast

Golovkin vs. Jacobs Update: Jacobs Hire's Super Team Virgil Hunter Chris Algieri  

Welcome back fight fans, it's only just been a few days since our last episode but already so much has happened. From news to rumors to breaking headlines. Today's topic's of discussion are Daniel Jacobs showing the world how serious he is taking this fight against Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. Jacobs has hired the services of Virgil Hunter trainer of Andre Ward and will be holding camp in the gym of Andre Ward. Chris Algieri was also added to the team as a nutritionist and cook for Jacobs as well as longtime mentor and trainer of Jacobs Gary Stark Sr.   Headlines:   Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Burns?   Terence Crawford Fires Back About Ducking Pacquiao   Juan Manuel Marquez Still wants a shot at Cotto?   Freddie, to train Chavez Jr., for Canelo Fight?   Nestor Gibbs and Boxing MD Enrique "The Casual Fan" Steven, "The Producer" even Matthew "The Editor" will discuss this breaking news topic with the TBV family.   Join us and, of course, we will be taking live calls on air from you the voice of the people. From Alumni to first-time callers, we encourage everyone to call 1-425-569-5241 to voice your opinion.  Be sure to subscribe to us on and to receive one email a few minutes before we go live. Stay updated by following us on Twitter @Thaboxingvoice   Please consider leaving a review of the podcast on iTunes helps tremendously to raise the visibility of the podcast  

474 Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Paul F. Tompkins  

"Love"-ers Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust join Scott to talk about grilling auditionees for their show and why fire hydrants belong in the New No-Nos. Plus, children's entertainer Big Chunky Bubbles returns to discuss his favorite chowders and the proper methods of meat sculpting. Finally, the gang plays the Comedy Bang Bang Dating Game to see which of the lucky men makes the perfect husband for Gillian. This episode is sponsored by HBO's "Jerrod Carmichael: 8," Seeso ( code: BANGBANG), ( code: BANGBANG), ZipRecruiter (, and JackThreads.

Episode 385 - Gillian Jacobs  

Community's Gillian Jacobs made Marc nervous when she was an audience member at one of his stand-up sets. Luckily, nothing gets rid of nerves like bonding with someone over a shared fascination with morbid Los Angeles murder stories. During their garage chat, Gillian also explains the stunning choice she made that led her to an acting career. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari's Berries. Use the offer code WTF for Mother's Day savings. 

119 Gillian Jacobs,Andy Daly  

They say laughter is the best medicine. If that is the case, take out your IV and put it your earbuds because we have a great new episode of Comedy Bang Bang for you! We have two first time guests: Gillian Jacobs and Andi Callahan. We all know Gillian from NBC's Community and if you aren't a fan of Andi yet, you will be once you hear his hilarious tales of working as a nurse. The laughs just keep coming this week, so protect your funny bone and get me 119 CCs of CBB, stat!

Telemann à Hambourg en 1730 (5/5)  

durée : 00:28:30 - Musicopolis - par : Anne-Charlotte Rémond - ## Programmation musicale ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) CD 610799 _Kapitänsmusik_ TWV 15:2a (1724) Oratorio "Freuet euch des Herrn, ihr Gerechten" I. Choeur Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein, direction Ludger Rémy CPO 777 176\-2 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Kapitänsmusik_ TWV 15:2a (1724) Oratorio "Freuet euch des Herrn, ihr Gerechten" III. Aria "Wie wunderbar sind deine Werke" Magdalena Podkoscielna, soprano, Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein, direction Ludger Rémy CPO 777 176\-2 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Kapitänsmusik_ TWV 15:2b (1724) Sérénade "Geliebter Aufenthalt" Aria "Ihr saumenden Wellen" Matthias Vieweg, baryton, Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein, direction Ludger Rémy CPO 777 176\-2 ♫ **Johann Mattheson** (1681\-1764) _Magnificat a due cori_ (1716) Choeur "Meine Seele erhebet den Herren" Kolner Akademie Orchester Damals und Heute, direction Michael Alexander Willens CPO 777 274\-2 ♫ **Johann Mattheson** (1681\-1764) _Die heylsame Geburt_(1716) Trio "Dir Gott und Mensch sei ewig Ehr' und Ruhm" Ursula Eittinger, alto, Andreas Post, tenor, Stephen McLeod, basse Kolner Akademie Orchester Damals und Heute, direction Michael Alexander Willens CPO 777 274\-2 ♫ **Reinhard Keiser** (1674\-1739) _Der geliebte Adonis_ (1697) Ein Mägdlein und ein Orgelwerk Jan Kobow, ténor, Ensemble United Continuo Pan Classics PC 10237 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Brockes\-Passion_ TWV 5:1 (1716) I. Abendmahl. Sinfonia Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, direction René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMU 902013.14 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) Brockes\-Passion TWV 5:1 (1716) 16\. Jésus "Mein Vater !" Johannes Weisser, baryton, Jésus, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, direction René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMU 902013.14 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Brockes\-Passion_ TWV 5:1 (1716) 72\. "Verwegner Dorn, barbarsche Spitzen !" Daniel Behle, ténor, l'Evangéliste, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, direction René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMU 902013.14 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) Brockes\-Passion TWV 5:1 (1716) 106\. Trio Drei glaubige Seelen (3 âmes croyantes) "Oddonerwort" (O tonnerre) Birgitte Christensen et Lydia Teuscher, sopranos, Marie\-Claude Chappuis, mezzo\-soprano, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, direction René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMU 902013.14 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Sonate en trio en sol mineur_ TWV 42 (1740) I. Mesto Ensemble Amarillis, Héloïse Gaillard, hautbois et direction Ambroisie AM 112 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Sonate en trio en sol mineur_ TWV 42 (1740) I. Mesto Ensemble Amarillis, Héloïse Gaillard, hautbois et direction Ambroisie AM 112 ♫ **Georg Philip Telemann** (1681\-1767) _Brockes\-Passion_ TWV 5:1 (1716) 117\. Choeur "Ich bin ein Glied an deinem Leib" RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, direction René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMU 902013.14 ## Bibliographie **Georg Philipp Telemann**, _Autobiographies_ (Symétrie 2013) **Gilles Cantagrel**, _Georg Philip Telemann_ (Papillon 2003) **Laure Gauthier,** _L’Opéra à Hambourg_ (1648\-1728) (Pups 2009) **Romain Rolland**, _Voyage musical au pays du passé_ (1919) ## Lien [The German Spy: Or Familiar Letters From A Gentleman On His Travels Through Germany, To His Friend In England (1740)]( - réalisé par : Béatrice Trichet

31 - Marc Jacobs' Real Color Blind Spot, Patagonia's Ethical Outdoor Wear, and Kaepernick's Protest Upsetting the Right People  

Brand Eff Up: “After claiming he does not see color, designer Marc Jacobs issues a formal apology,” Mic “Marc Jacobs and the Appropriateness of Appropriation,” NY Times ( What’s Up? “Poll: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick most disliked player in league,” ESPN ( “The Story Behind Wieden + Kennedy's #BlackLivesMatter Website Statement,” Adweek ( What’s Next? “PATAGONIA’S PHILOSOPHER-KING,” New Yorker ( Diggin’ in the Crates: M: Steven Pressfield “The War of Art” Turning Pro,” and “Do the Work” P: Isabel Wilkerson, “The Warmth of Other Suns”

502: Bert Jacobs | Life is Good  

Bert Jacobs (@Lifeisgood) is co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. He's also the co-author of the recently published Life is Good: The Book.

The Cheat Sheet: Why is optimism so important? How did Bert Jacobs and his brother John turn a t-shirt company that operated from a van into a multi-million dollar business celebrating optimism? Gratitude is just one "superpower" unlocked by practicing optimism -- we talk about nine more. Learn how these superpowers allow you to overcome obstacles and embrace opportunities. Less is more: why do simple things often resonate more than the complex? And so much more...

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Daniel Jacobs-Peter Quillin Review Jacobs Shocks World But Will He Get Credit?  

 WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs shocked undefeated challenger Peter Quillin with a first round TKO in the all-Brooklyn main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday in front of 8,443 fans at Barclays Center.   Brooklyn's Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) won the "Battle For Brooklyn," a matchup of top middleweights facing off in the prime of their career in their hometown.    One minute into the fight, Jacobs landed a straight right to Quillin's temple and pounced with an onslaught of punches while his opponent was against the ropes. Quillin stumbled forward and referee Harvey Dock looked in Quillin's eyes and halted the fight without the challenger ever touching the canvas.    After the fight, Dock told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) could not comprehend where he was and "was not able to continue."   We will without a shadow of a doubt be taking live calls on air from you the voice of the people. Call 646-478-3068 to voice your opinion, remember you can express your opinion in writing by becoming part of the team and writing for the site contact Nestor Gibbs at    Be sure to subscribe to us on and to receive one email a few minutes before we go live. Stay updated by following us on Twitter @Thaboxingvoice    Please consider leaving a review of the podcast on iTunes helps tremendously to raise the visibility of the podcast  

Ep136 - A.J. Jacobs  

AJ Jacobs likes to experiment on himself and once he sets himself a challenge will do whatever it takes to meet it. He spent eight hours a day reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He spent a year trying to be the healthiest man alive. And, most amazingly, he spent an entire year trying to fulfill every commandment of the bible. That’s not just the basic ten…he followed the rules about not sitting on a chair used by a menstruating woman, he stoned adulterers (in a way that he couldn’t get arrested for) and he found out the real secret behind Ezekiel bread. In this interview, we talk about the many books that have come out of his self-experiments and what they have taught him. We also talk about his latest project to construct a family tree for the entire human family. So far, the largest family tree is 77 million people. AJ’s on it and you can be too by visiting He’s even hosting a reunion for the entire human family. You’re invited. So is his 17th cousin Gwyneth Paltrow and his 18th cousin Olivia Wilde. You’re his cousin too. AJ Jacobs is the author of The Year of Living Biblically, Know-it-All, My Life as an Experiment and Drop Dead Healthy. Visit him on the web at, follow him on twitter @ajjacobs or like him on Facebook at It’s the least you can do. He is your cousin after all. Books Year Living Biblically J Jacobs The Know It All Humble Become Smartest My Life as Experiment Jacobs Drop Dead Healthy Humble Perfection

#112 AJ Jacobs on His Life as an Experiment  

Bestselling author and renowned NYC journalist, AJ Jacobs is a living, breathing experiment. On this episode of Bulletproof Radio, AJ reveals his methods behind hacking into (what he calls) the three domains of self-improvement. Jacobs talks about his quest to become the smartest person, what happened when he lived (quite literally) according to the Bible, and his humble quest for bodily perfection. Also catch tips on how to act your way into a new way of thinking. Enjoy! � � A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine, a commentator on NPR and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine. His first book is called The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (Simon & Schuster, 2004). The memoir ��which spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list � chronicles the 18 months Jacobs spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to learn everything in the world. It was praised by�Time�magazine,�Newsweek,�Vanity Fair,�USA�Today, Janet Maslin in the�New York Times�and AJ's uncle Henry on Follow him on Twitter @ajjacobs!

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