"You don't know what that is?/How to spell that?/Who that is? Then you ought to go look it up..." Typically not a bad idea...but for me it is...go ahead, make me, and kiss me goodbye for the next few hours. It is, seriously, like turning a junkie loose in their addiction.
I have learned TONS of fun stuff because I went to look something up and read half the "R" encyclopedia...Or "T" or "M" Or "C-Ch"... :) Oooh, and then you occasionally have to cross-reference, and read more...and the next thing you know, you have 6 encyclopedias out and don't know where the day went...
I have discovered CRAZY cool words because of similar situations involving the Dictionary.
I admit, I have picked up a dictionary or encyclopedia for fun. On purpose, to look up nothing in particular.
Oh, and the internet? I hit all the hyperlinks. That lead to another, and another, and another.
The funny thing is, I do the same thing in church. I have learned to cut myself off [occasionally]and NOT FOLLOW ALONG in my Bible. Because I don't follow along. For one I read too fast, and then I want to know what happened before, and then after, then one thing leads to another and while I started off in Matthew, I wind up in Leviticus. It never fails. I do love it. But I am really torn. Does the "fun reading" in the Bible give a good example? Or listening? OR is both listening...and it's just God talking? But what OUGHT I be doing? I genuinely would like my kids to do both, so I don't know what I should do...I'm still trying figure that one out!
Next thing I'll know, I will read that it is a sickness on one of my chomosomes. And who knows what other diseases I will discover through those hyperlinks??? :)