Encyclopaedia Britannica Quotes (1 quote)
When I was a small boy [my father] used to sit me on his lap and read to me from the [Encyclopaedia] Britannica say, about the Tyrannosaurus rex, and it would say something like, This dinosaur is twenty-five feet high and its head is six feet across. My father would stop reading and say, Now, lets see what that means. That would mean that if he stood in our front yard, he would be tall enough to put his head through our window up here. (We were on the second floor.) But his head would be too wide to fit in the window. Everything he read to me he would translate as best he could into some reality.