With the passing of Encyclopedia Brown author Donald Sobol, I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve learned in life from the Boy Detective. Here goes:
Penguins don’t live in the Arctic (and if there’s a stuffed one in an Arctic exhibit, a thief has probably filled it with stolen money).
Even-numbered book pages are always on the left.
Tennis players have one forearm that is bigger than the other.
Bugs Meany is the best bully name ever.
Don’t mess with Sally Kimball.
What do you remember learning from Encyclopedia Brown?
And some links:
The Ten Most Ridiculously Difficult Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sad Readers
I just remember how much I loved this series when I was a kid. How he was so smart and it was cool!
Carin Siegfried says
Ambergris is an essential component in perfume, and it comes from whales, something gross. I think maybe whale vomit?
Stonewall Jackson was only called Stonewall by Confederates, and the Second Battle of Bull Run was the Confederate name for that battle (I forget the Union name.)
Red, being the color at the lowest end of the color spectrum, is nearly impossible to see at night, poorly lit.
Off the top of my head, 25 years after I read the books, these are the bizarre facts I remember from Encyclopedia Brown.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Carin, we read the ambergris story just a few weeks ago. Immediately after finishing, my son and I Googled pictures. I had no idea!
The Union name is Manassas.