[Kohler said] “One square yard of drag will slow a falling body almost twenty percent.”
Langdon nodded blankly.
He never suspected that later that night, in a country hundreds of miles away, the information would save his life. (Dan Brown, Angels & Demons, p. 29)
I actually laughed out loud after that paragraph. Also, it reminded me of this:
“‘Little did he know.’ That means there’s something he doesn’t know, which means there’s something you don’t know, did you know that?
POP NAME THAT MOVIE! I haven’t awarded a Pilcrow in some time. No cheating.
2. …The Da Vinci Code:
“This morning,” Kohler challenged, “when I typed the word ‘Illuminati’ into the computer, it returned thousands of current references. Apparently a lot of people think this group is still active.”
“Conspiracy buffs,” Langdon replied. He had always been annoyed by the plethora of conspiracy theories that circulated in modern pop culture. The media craved apocalyptic headlines… (p. 51)
Cashed in on that one, didn’t ya, Dan?
Also, what kind of brilliant scientist with all sorts of computer technology at his fingertips would refer to a web search as “typing the word into the computer”? None. That’s the answer: none brilliant scientists.
Seriously, though, I loved The Da Vinci Code. One of the few “unputdownable” books I’ve read in my life. Great fiction. Dixie tells me Angels & Demons is just as good.