1. Grab the book closest to you. Don't choose!
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name of the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.
I can't use the book closest to me; it has only 65 pages. Nevertheless, it's a great book. It's an abridged and edited version of Vatsayana's classical text with *ahem* "philosophical" implications. Hey, who said
Since I can't cite from that book, I will from this one instead: The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Natural and Paranormal Mysteries," by Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker.
This particular passage talks about the shitty luck that came with owning the Hope Diamond, which was found in India, and brought to Europe in the mid-17th century. Throughout the years, it acquired the nickname "The Diamond of Doom."
"[Jean-Baptiste] Tavernier (who brought the Hope Diamond to Europe) travelled to India in the hope of recouping his losses, but was mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs. Meanwhile, the dreaded diamond passed successively into the hands of several royal owners, and each suffered a grim fate. King Louis XIV, formerly a monarch of unparalleled magnificence, lost much of his empire and all of his popularity; Princess de Lamballe was beaten to death, and both King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were executed."
I'm passing this meme to the following (with consequences less dire than if they ever find themselves owning the Diamond of Doom):
Only if they want to do it, of course. Those of you who haven't done this one yet, feel free!