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Is He a Dot, or Is He a Speck? He's No Impact Man!

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 14, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 14, 2009 |

If you do anything you wouldn’t normally do for an extended period of time, it seems, almost anyone can get a book and movie deal. Look at Morgan Spurlock: Eat delicious McDonald’s food three times a day made him a millionaire. A.J. Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, and wrote a book called The Five Most Unrealistic Depictions of Gay Characters in Film,, then he decided to live as the Bible dictates for a year and wrote The Year of Living Biblically,, which is also being made into a movie. That seems to be all it takes. In fact, the latest to jump on the gimmick living bandwagon is Colin Beavan, who hijacked his family and forced them to live an entire year without making a negative environmental impact. Or, what I like to call: Living with Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate.

Watch as he makes his wife’s life miserable! As he gives up TV, cars, magazines, taxis, elevators, and all the joy’s known to man.

Jesus, what the hell do you have left? Anyway, I recall reading about this guy a few months ago in the NY Times. I think he also decided not to flush a toilet? Could that be right? The trailer doesn’t suggest that the lifestyle is any way I’d want to live, but it does look compelling, if only to watch and see if the family disintegrates under the ridiculousness of all these rules.

But best of all for Beavan, he gets a documentary and, from what I can tell, a feature film is also being made about it. A little suffering is apparently worth a lot of cash — think of all the TVs he’s going to be able to buy now!

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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