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“Today -day -ay, I consider myself -self -elf the deadest man -man -an on the face of the earth -earth -th.”   – Umberto Eco

Italian author -thor -or Umberto Eco -eco -co died at the spry age of 84 -four -or.

Don’t worry, I won’t be doing that echo shit for the whole post.

Umberto’s father urged him to become a lawyer, but he entered the University of Turin to shroud himself in medieval philosophy and literature.

Eco became a scholar of semiotics.  Think Tom Hanks’s character in Dan Brown’s novels.

Eco wrote novels about solving mysteries via uncovering the mysteries of ancient and medieval symbols.  But he did it much differently than Dan Brown.  He did it all smarty-pants style.

His first novel, The Name of the Rose, contained entire chapters devoted to discussions of Christian theology and heresies.  Yet it was a huge bestseller made into a movie starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.  [No, I didn’t see it either.  No one did.]

What Dan Brown did was echo Eco’s style and dumb it down, giving us very readable books


Eco was also a complete bad-ass.

with little substance.  [And with every chapter ending with someone seeing something that changed everything… but we won’t reveal what has been seen for two or three more chapters because that’s how Danny Boy creates suspense.]

Foucault’s Pendulum has been called “the thinking man’s Da Vinci Code“.  Which is doubly funny because Dan Brown is one of the characters in the novel.  Eco made a “grotesque representation” of him.  I’d love to give an example… but I would have to read the book.

Eco only read The Da Vinci Code because everyone kept asking him about it.  He said that it was full of “silly, sub-Christian superstitions.”  

So, to be clear: Eco.  NOT a Dan Brown fan.

Mr. Eco was brutally murdered by a smoke monster on a mysterious time-traveling island.  He is survived by a plane full of heroin.

This hit puts Jami in a tie for the lead with Pirate!  She also breaks the triple digit mark!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, still continues to live.  

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Jami: 100 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 80- (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 60 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10)

Mortician’s Daughter: 30 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30)

Age of Aquarius: 30 (William Guest – 30)

Harmony: 20 (Harper Lee – 20)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Marvin Minsky – 20)

Gianna: 20 (Robert Stigwood – 20)


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