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Ephemera 2009 (7)

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

A White House petition:

We petition the Obama Administration to:

place Ayn Rand on the ten dollar bill.

Ayn Rand is the perfect candidate for the woman on the ten dollar bill.

1. An immigrant who fled oppression

2. Success story in literature, philosophy, and Hollywood- a true rags to riches story. She embodies the American dream

3. Authored the most read book by an American author

4. Has influenced more people than any other woman in American history male or female.

If she isn’t in the running to be on the ten then no other woman should be on that list.

Published Date: Jun 19, 2015

Issues: Economy, Government Reform, Women’s Issues

Signatures needed by July 19, 2015 to reach goal of 100,000 98,754

Total signatures on this petition 1,246

[emphasis added]

Well, now we know that approximately 1,246 bookish fourteen year olds paid for admission to a movie theater just to watch food-court baked potatoes on the big screen.