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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - A.J. Jacobs
The release this week of a major new survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center revealed several intriguing points, but the one that caught my eye was that 42 percent of those polled assert that having a good sense of humor is essential to their Jewish identity.
After almost dying — or rather, thinking he was dying — of tropical pneumonia during a family vacation in the Dominican Republic, author A.J. Jacobs decided to write his next book about his attempt "to become as healthy as humanly possible."
The book is designed, contributor A.J. Jacobs said, to be edgy.
Speaking by phone from a New York City park while watching his son play in a baseball game, Mr. Jacobs quoted late-night band leader Paul Shaffer: "If there is a God, then God is the ultimate being and He has the ultimate sense of humor."