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An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
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Dec 16, 11

bookshelves: travel, television-tie-in
Read from November 02 to December 14, 2011

Lessons to be found reading about Karl Pilkington's journey to the Seven Wonders -- otherwise known as the folksy wisdom of a round-headed Manc twit:

#1. Ricky Gervais is a serious asshole. #2. Stephen Merchant will never be happy in his friendships. #3. Round heads were meant to be capped by a Fez. #4. Michael Palin is a much better celebrity to follow around the world. #5. In Cairo no one "walks like an Egyptian" because they're all driving. #6. Every city that's ever been influenced by England has a shitty hotel called The Windsor. #7. Pavlov would have ejaculated while watching the Muslim call to prayer. #8. Ricky Gervais really is an asshole. #9. KFC is way cooler in Cairo (they have an outlet staffed entirely by deaf folks, and special methods of ordering to accommodate their handicap) -- same shitty food, though. #10. Cruelty abounds when a chance to be on camera presents itself. #11. Karl Pilkington is obsessed with his poo time. #12. There's sand in Egypt. Lots of it. #13. Dr. Zahi Hawass is smarter than I thought; he missed his appointment with Karl Pilkington. Wise man. #14. There are Western wackos everywhere -- even lying in sarcophagi. #15. The world is a pretty beautiful place. #16. A drag queen in Rio de Janiero, named Celso, just might be gay. #17. Hostels are dirty and unsecure. #18. Nude beaches are for naked people. #19. Christ the Redeemer is a wonder of the world (here I thought it was Epcot Center). #20. Stephen Merchant is a pushy bastard. #21. One can actually go to Brazil without watching a football game (but why would anyone do that?). #21. The Samba is exhausting. #22. Brazilians have much more comfort with their bodies than balding, round-headed Mancs. #23. India is crowded! #24. India gives one dysentery. #25 Indians worship cows. #26. Freaks and gurus, gurus and freaks abound in India. #27. Ricky Gervais is a fuckwit. #28. Karl wasn't familiar with Kipling, apparently. #29. Mexicans love danger and make great chicken. #30. Chichen Itza has better curb appeal than the Great Pyramid. #31. Ricky Gervais is like a burrowing tick that only a pair of sharp tweezers can remove. #32. Mexico is loud during a festival. #33. Fireworks can blow off digits. #34. Tequila isn't yummy, it's disgusting, especially when you eat a worm. #35. The Mayan descendants remain thoroughly screwed -- just like the rest of the North American indigenous peoples. #36. If your voice bounces off a step pyramid, it echoes. Wow! #37. The Great Wall of China isn't so great. #38. The Chinese eat crazy shit. #39. Karl Pilkington needs walls and a door to take a poo. #40. Stephen Merchant wants to be Henry Higgins, and Karl's his Miss Doolittle. #41. Fingers are weapons on the hands of Kung-Fu masters. SKEDOOSH! #42. Ricky Gervais would have made a successful plantation foreman. #43. Ricky Gervais is a cunt -- and not in the good way. #44. Dogs taste like beef instead of chicken. #45. Apparently, Muslim men aren't impressed when bald headed Mancs date sixteen year olds. #46. Israel is dangerous. #47. Ricky Gervais is a son of a bitch. #48. Karl Pilkington is too forgiving and far too trusting. #49. Jesus is alive and well and driving a blanket laden motorbike in Jerusalem. #50. The Dead Sea keeps boogers afloat. #51. Petra appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. #52. Sleeping in a cave isn't so bad. #53. You can discover a place, even if other people are sitting there cooking dinner and living life when you arrive. #54. Folks in the jungle don't need to worry about nudity. #55. Connect 4 can be played solitaire. #56. Poo is Karl Pilkington's sole concern. #57. Ricky Gervais will use anyone to succeed. #58. Machu Pichu is really high up. #59. This is the book for you if you want to know the state of toilets the world over. #60. Stephen Merchant isn't such a bad guy. #61. It's kind of hard not to love Ricky Gervais. #62. Karl Pilkington could be pitied, if he wasn't such an ungrateful git.
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message 1: by JP (new)

JP Capili I think it's a better experience if you watch the actual TV show.


Brad I did that first, so this is the late night taking a poop re-experiencing of Karl.


Brad Now that I've finished, John Paul, I gotta say the best way to experience Pilkington's trip is to watch the show and read the book. They really are companion pieces.


message 4: by mark (new)

mark monday awesome review!


Brad Thanks, mark.


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