You're on a Desert Island With One Author...

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. You're on a desert island. You can pick one author to be stranded with—not the author's books, the man or woman him- or herself. Which author would you choose as your companion?

2. I just saw the episode of Cheers where Nick Tortelli pesters the regulars to invest in his Vegas orangutan act. What's the strangest money-making opportunity a friend or acquaintance has pushed on you? Did the friendship survive?

3. About six years ago, when I was working in advertising, one of my agency's clients was a major skincare company. We were charged with redesigning their website, and our contact said he wanted "to create the WebMD equivalent for skin." It was lofty but smart and way more exciting than churning out banner ads. I pictured myself interviewing scientists and looking at lots of weird pictures of scary skin conditions (then developing a hand-washing compulsion and shutting myself in).

Those visions were soon dashed. What kind of access would we get to the company's researchers? "None." Where would I be getting the information required to create the world's preeminent source on skin? "Google it." When do you need this? "Three weeks." The project was doomed from the start. After some back-and-forth (about three weeks' worth, actually), we ended up just transcribing the skin tips from the lotion bottles and calling it a day.

What's the most ill-conceived project you've ever been assigned?

4. Let's play a pick-up game of Show & Tell.

Share one YouTube clip you think will make (some segment of) us smile. Mine is narrowly aimed at anyone who grew up following the glory days of the WWF. I can't remember exactly how I stumbled upon this, but it sucked me in for the full 8:44:

Captain Lou has to loose 40lbs within the next 10 days or he's out of wrestling!! Thankfully Hulk, Andre and JYD have ideas to help Captain get into better shape.

I just learned that Brad Garrett provided the voice of Hulk. Seems like a good way to end the column.

Have a great weekend!

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