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Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown appeared Britain's High Court yesterday on behalf of Random House U.K., which is being sued by two authors who claim Brown's book imitates the central theme of their older work, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. While defending the originality of his work, Brown revealed a little bit about himself: he never watched television as a child. His father used to devise codes and games for Brown to find his Christmas presents. Blythe Brown, his wife, does most of his research and is said to be "forceful."

All we need is a stint with home-schooling, and we'd be able to define the Dan Brown Code as emasculation with a dash of crazy minus proper socialization.

'Da Vinci Code' Author Testifies in London [NYT]