Nope! I used to when I was a kid, but having to pretend to look surprised on christmas day when I already knew what I was getting kind of spoiled the whole thing.
I did it ONCE
When I opened the SPIROGRAPH!!!!!!!!!! OMG! A SPIROGRAPH!!!!!!!! it had all these pages of completed patterns.... I managed to convince my parents they must have been samples to show someone HOW to do it
(Well... lovely white paper was in short supply back then... I couldnt throw it out)
I have NEVER ever looked ever ever again. I think it was more the fact I lied to my parents.
But I do read the last page first when I get a book........
And don't worry Tony... the excerp from Snuff is random... reveals NOTHING!
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