Today, on this day in history, a local man read “The Economist” magazine, in full, meaning every page even the advertising announcements, the first kind of man to do so in recent times. According to the Guiness Book of Records, the last man to accomplish this feat in 1984 was a librarian.
What makes this feat even more impressive is the fact that this man is not even employed. After two years of hearing bad news about the economy, and fretting about the poor state of his own personal economy, the local man decided to be proactive and do something about it, by reading “The Economist.”
Doing so he documented the whole experience in his blog, which went something like this:
- 1. Started with the “The world this week” section. Updated my mind with knowledge of the current wars raging in countries I did not know existed, of other countries experiencing sharp economic downturns, and the like, I turned my attention to the next section.
- 2. Carefully read all articles in the “Leaders” section, paying particular attention to the first Leader. That lead me to the next Leader and so on, until there were no more Leaders. I moved on.
- A word from our sponsors. There were more than a word in fact, and I read them all.
- 3. The “Briefing” articles and special reports were eye openers. My eyes were still open and remained so for the duration of the reading.
- 4. The “Letters” section was fun. All letters started with the word “Sir,”. I can also write a letter that starts that way, and I am writing myself a mental letter to that effect.
- 5. The “On Economist.com” section introduced their website. My next project would be to read the Economist Website, in full, in one seating! It can’t be much harder than reading the print version, can it?
- 6. Next came the really hard part. I meticulously ploughed through sections labeled: “United States”, “The Americas”, “Asia”, “Middle East and Africa”, “Europe”, “Britain”, “International,” “Lexington”, “Banyan”, “Charlemagne”, and “Bagehot”, oh my…
- 7. The “Business” articles came next. Starting with the “Face value” article, I updated my brain with what’s worth mentioning about the happenings of the business world.
- 8. Then came the “Finance and economics” section. Although I came out learning nothing new besides the fact that I know nothing at the start, I did read each and every word in the order they were placed in sentences.
- 9. Still reeling from the previous section I moved onto the “Science and technology” articles. I feasted my eyeballs on complex scientific stuff. Amazing stuff.
- 10. “Books and arts” was a breeze and the “Obituary” article was the most interesting one. This last one detailed the life of a recently deceased individual of whom I know nothing about. Well, now I do, next to nothing, which is something.
- 11. The “Economic and financial indicators” consisted of mostly numbers. I am better at reading numbers than I am at reading letters, so I must say that with my now depleted energy level and attention span made it through this section in photofinish style, finally resting my eyes on the blue box information on the bottom of the page.
You think reading the economist is an easy task? I dare you to read this article. Then multiply that feeling by a million.