No, Arthur Fonzerelli is not a girl and he did not steal a Bible. That I know of, anyway. I used this picture because when I Googled "cool pictures of the Bible" to find one for this blog post, this was the third one there. It's from beautyofthebible.com, and I have no idea why, and I think it's awesome.
Anyway. I saw someone tweet that the most shoplifted book ever is The Bible, and that reminded me of one of my favorite, most memorable stories ever from working for my college student newspaper. Had to share.
Some girls on the school's basketball team broke into another girl's dorm room and stole a bunch of stuff. I mean, tons of stuff. CDs, movies, a television, makeup, earrings, more jewelry, clothes, books, money. And a Bible.
It was memorable in part because it was my first time just royally pissing people off as a journalist. I typically didn't do a lot of stories that made people mad. I liked writing happy stuff. But I was the editor of the paper, and we had to get the story done quickly, and my adviser said I need to stop being a wuss and just do it, so I did.
When the girls found out I was writing about them, they were SO NOT HAPPY. One said she was going "take this all the way to the top" and talk to the president of the college about it. The other just threatened to beat me up. Their coach yelled at me in front of everyone in the school cafeteria.
It was not fun.
What was fun was getting the list of things the girls eventually returned. I laughed so hard. They returned every single thing—except the Bible.