|So what's the deal with all of these
It's really just a hobby. It all started back in 1994 when my
Jamie got her first e-mail account. She kept begging me to send
e-mail, but I could never think of anything to say. I decided to
just start sending summaries of the weird stories that I had read over
the years. Several months later, I wanted to learn how to program
web pages, but I couldn't think of anything to put on a page. For
lack of anything better to use, I decided to just cut-and-paste in some
of the e-mail that I had sent to Jamie. I then plopped the
title "Useless Information" (virtually no thought was put into it) at
top, and my web site was born. To my surprise, other people
heard about my site, and I just started expanding it until it became
you see here today. In case you are curious, this web site
receives about three million hits per year.
As for the book Einstein's Refrigerator, that was just a fluke. You read all the time about authors that spend years trying to sell their manuscript. I took the complete opposite approach. I never even tried. Writing a book was the farthest thing from my mind. Then, a literary agent in New York stumbled across my web site and thought that it would make a good book. He contacted me, but I really wasn't interested. I just had too much on my plate at the time. My friend Barb, however, got on my case and had me call him. The rest just fell into place. Hey, I even got a full page in the National Enquirer from this thing. (Click on the image to read it. Warning: It will take a while to download on a slow modem.) You know that you're something when you make the Enquirer...