A. J. Jacobs

Born: March 20, 1968

Occupation: Journalist

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It comes back to the old question: How can the Bible be so wise in some places and so barbaric in others? And why should we put any faith in a book that includes such brutality?

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I thought religion would make me live with my head in the clouds, but as often as not, it grounds me in this world.

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Let me tell you, though: being the smartest boy in the world wasn’t easy. I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t want this. On the contrary, it was a huge burden. First, there was the task of keeping my...

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I always thought the name of Utah’s major newspaper was some sort of weird misspelling of the word “desert.” But no, Deseret is the “land of the honeybee,” according to the Book of Mormon. I...

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A few weeks later, I’m in a fluorescent-lit classroom in Chelsea awaiting the start of the official Mensa test. I’m sitting next to a guy who’s doing a series of elaborate neck stretches, like we’re...

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Scrabble - The game is available in Braille. That’s a nice fact. This makes me feel better about humanity for some reason. I can’t really explain why.

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The year showed me beyond a doubt that everyone practices cafeteria religion... But the important lesson was this: there's nothing wrong with choosing. Cafeterias aren't bad per se... the key is in choosing...

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Sometimes miracles occur only when you jump in.

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Jealousy is a useless, time-wasting emotion that's eating me alive.

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I am officially Jewish, but I’m Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant.

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I'm still agnostic. But in the words of Elton Richards, I'm now a reverant agnostic. Which isn't an oxymoron, I swear. I now believe that whether or not there's a God, there is such a thing as sacredness....

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There's a beauty to forgiveness, especially forgiveness that goes beyond rationality. Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great & powerful one

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Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great and powerful one.

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I’m not a fan of ‘write what you know.’ If you don’t know, find out. I knew nothing about the Bible before I started writing ‘The Year of Living Biblically.’ That was kind of the point –...

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I’d recommend learning to accept rejection. Become friends with rejection. Be nice to rejection, because it’s a huge part of being a writer, no matter where you are in your career.

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Its sort of my job to feel good.

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I have little shame, no dignity – all in the name of a better cause.

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Giulia Melucci has written a wonderfully funny and moving book. It's like Eat, Pray, Love, with recipes.

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Very few people changed the world by sitting on their couch.

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If my former self and my current self met for coffee, they'd get along OK, but they'd both probably walk out of the Starbucks shaking their heads and saying to themselves, “That guy is kinda delusional.”

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In trying to avoid one sin I've committed another.

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I love it when the Bible gives Emily Post-like tips that are both wise and easy to follow.

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Plus, in one of his e-mails, the guy said he didn't like pancakes. What kind of asshole doesn't like pancakes?

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Behavior shapes emotions.

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I know that you should always say yes to adventures or you'll lead a very dull life.

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More people die on a per mile basis from drunk walking than from drunk driving.

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A loud noise will get your fight-or-flight response going. This, over the years, can cause real cardiovascular damage.

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The World Health Organization ... estimated that 1.6 million years of healthy living are lost every year in Europe because of noise pollution.

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A 2002 Oxford study showed counting sheep actually delays the onset of sleep. It's just too dull to stop us from worrying about jobs and spouses.

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I've never before been so aware of the thousands of little good things, the thousands of things that go right every day.

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Think of negative speech as verbal pollution. And that's what I've been doing: visualizing insults and gossip as a dark cloud, maybe one with some sulfur dioxide. Once you've belched it out, you can't...

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I've started to look at life differently. When you're thanking God for every little you - every meal, every time you wake up, every time you take a sip of water - you can't help but be more thankful for...

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The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self. Honor him or her. Treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one.

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The whole bible is the working out of the relationship between God and man. God is not a dictator barking out orders and demanding silent obedience. Were it so, there would be no relationship at all. No...

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It's a different way of looking at the world. Your life isn't about rights. It's about responsibilities."--Mr Bill Berkowitz

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This is what the Sabbath should feel like. A pause. Not just a minor pause, but a major pause. Not just lowering the volume, but a muting. As the famous rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel put it, the Sabbath...

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I was very good at sitting. But I just read so much research about how horrible sitting is for you. It's like, it's really bad. It's like Paula-Deen-glazed-bacon-doughnut bad. So I now move around as much...

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I was what they call 'skinny fat' - a body that resembled a python after swallowing a goat.

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My goal? To test out every diet and exercise regimen on planet earth and figure out which work best. I sweated, I cooked, I learned to pole dance. In the end, I lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and...

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The best we can do, to paraphrase Pollan, is to eat whole foods, mostly plants, and not too much.

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I've rarely said the word "Lord," unless it's followed by "of the Rings.

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My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.

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