The Grail Code 
One year

There’s been a shameful lack of hullabaloo from the hullabaloo industry, but has just celebrated its first anniversary.

We’ve accomplished a lot in that one short year. Just to take one example, we’ve driven The Da Vinci Code off the top of the bestseller lists. Not that we took its place, but I like to think that out combination of solid history and good-natured raillery is the reason people aren’t talking much about Dan Brown anymore. I also like to think that the Tooth Fairy will make me a millionaire. There are a lot of things I like to think.

Turning to more easily quantified accomplishments, The Grail Code has accumulated six foreign-language editions in just one year, which is actually an impressive accomplishment. I say six because the Croatian edition is in the works right now. I realize that I spend so much time making things up that you might think I’m joking about a Croatian edition, but I’m honestly not.

We’ve also reached a wide audience through radio appearances all over the dial (well, probably mostly at the lower end of the dial), which brings our message to the vast numbers of people who can’t read but like to talk about books anyway.

Finally, we’ve entertained literally dozens of readers right here on the Web, which brings us back to the subject of our first anniversary.

I believe it is customary on these momentous occasions to look both backward into the past and forward into the future. It seems like a good idea, anyway.

To take care of the past first, I’ve come up with a little index of this site. No, not a useful index—anybody could do that. This is an index of a number of the surprising and unusual subjects that have come up over the past year. You could click on the links right away, but that’s cheating. What you’re supposed to do is try to guess in what context each subject came up, and then click on the links to see whether you were right. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Or, to keep our expectations more realistic, doesn’t that sound like a way to waste time while you wait on hold and wonder whether the receptionist has forgotten about you and gone to lunch?

As for looking to the future, in a very short time there will be a new page on this site: a collection of Grail illustrations, mostly from the nineteenth century, which—for reasons I’ll talk about shortly—was the great golden age of Grail art.

Meanwhile, here’s that index:


Amnesty International



Berra, Yogi

Buchanan, James


Caesar, Julius





Erie, Lake





John the Baptist

Johnson, Samuel

Malaprop, Mrs.


Morris, William




Remington typewriter

Somers, Suzanne


Stevenson, Robert Louis

Sturmey-Archer AW three-speed hub


Wells, H. G.





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