1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
Not so easy. I take it that the Guide to Cardholder Benefits for my credit card does not qualify as a "book" (it doesn't have the requisite number of pages in any case, despite being still too voluminous). Then it's a tie between The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and In Defense of Food - an Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan, which are just about equidistant from me at the moment. Since we just had a long post of bird pictures, I'm going to post from Pollan's book (the Sibley excerpt would have been the beginning of the chapter on Loons - Gaviiformes).
However, being the precise lawyer that I am, I am going to follow rules 3 and 4 literally. Rule 4 states only that one should "find the fifth sentence". It does not state that one should then post that fifth sentence. Instead, only rule 4 expressly asks us to "post" the "next" (presumably following) three sentences. So here we go, sentences 6, 7 and 8 from p.123 of the aforementioned Pollan:
"This has serious implications, as half of the U.S. population may be deficient in at least one of these micronutrients." Most of the missing micronutrients are supplied by fruits and vegetables, of which only 20 percent of American children and 32 percent of adults eat the recommended five daily servings. The cellular mechanisms Ames has identified could explain why diets rich in vegetables and fruits seem to offer some protection against certain cancers.
I tag the Octopus, the Monotonous Forest, Opera Chic, the Blogging Bassist and Mr. Argue. I was tagged by the Mun.