The history of Powell's Books according to John Hodgman
  1. The store was born during the written word revolution of 1895 fought beneath what is now the Willamette River
  2. The bloody grammatical fuss claimed more than 250,000 lives, many of them fish
  3. Then came the 1927 book massacre when thousands of pulp novels suffered irrevocable dog ears and egregious coffee stains