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Schott's Original Miscellany
Ben Schott
1582343497
Aug 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ever wonder how one ties a sari? Or who makes the Queen of England's pork sausages? How about which three films managed to take all five of the top Oscar awards (picture, director, actress, actor and screenplay), or which Burmese kings died "curious deaths"? Answers to these questions and hundreds more can be found in this delightfully eclectic collection of facts, diagrams, quotations and symbols. Charmingly designed (with its various typefaces, columns and occasional graphics, it looks a little like an old-fashioned almanac), Schott's slim volume was an unexpected bestseller in England. Now the 28-year-old British designer-photographer has updated the book for American readers. Among its additions, the North American version includes a chart of cattle branding symbols, a list of notable Canadians and a...


The Book of 1,001 Trivia Questions
Rick Campbell
0760735611
October 2002
Paperback
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Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Trivia Quest

0375826130


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Book Description
This fun trivia book is a must-have for Star Wars fans young and old.

From the Inside Flap
This fun trivia book is a must-have for Star Wars fans young and old.


The Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History and Fun Facts Behind the Magic
Louis A. Mongello
1887140492
June 2004
Paperback
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Staten Island Parent, August 2004
Louis A. Mongello tests reader's knowledge of theme parks & resorts... & reveals little-known facts.

Didier Ghez, The Ultimate Disney Books Network, May 17, 2004
Finally a trivia book about Walt Disney World. That one was long overdue.

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The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge
Times The New
0312313675
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Bill Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything
"I wish I'd had this book 25 years ago. It is certain to become an indispensable tool for fact fanatics."

Review
"I wish I'd had this book 25 years ago. It is certain to become an indispensable tool for fact fanatics." --Bill Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything

"In short, this is the largest, most up-to-date and affordable one volume desk reference available today and is an absolute must for every home, dorm room and library." -- Tucson Citizen


A Short History of Nearly Everything

076790818X


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Book Review
From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. To accomplish this daunting literary task, Bill Bryson uses hundreds of sources, from popular science books to interviews with luminaries in various fields. His aim is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space. With his distinctive prose style and wit, Bryson succeeds admirably. Though A Short History clocks in at a daunting 500-plus pages and covers the same material as every science book before it, it reads something like a particularly detailed novel (albeit without a plot). Each longish chapter is devoted to a ...


The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities: A Treasury of Trivia
Nino Lo Bello
076075862X
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the Publisher The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities offers over 500 tidbits of knowledge about one of the most fascinating countries in the world: the Vatican, and its most famous inhabitant: the Pope. This treasure trove of trivia has answers to questions about the pope and the Vatican that you didn't even know you had. This book will prove fascinating for Catholics - and trivia buffs of all backgrounds!


Guinness World Records 2006
Guinness World Records
1904994024
August 15, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Guinness World Records 2006 is crammed with hundreds of new photographs, over 1,500 new and fully updated records and - for the first time ever - giant gatefold features that really bring these incredible records to life. As well as listing the world's largest, tallest, heaviest and most extreme, this year you'll find exclusive celebrity interviews, key sporting facts at your fingertips in the all-new sports reference section, and a host of exciting new categories that bring the best-selling book of all time into the 21st century, such as the X Games, Digital Music, and Computer Games. Plus, as always find the answers to all your nagging questions: * Who's had more plastic surgery that anyone else? * What's the largest object ever stolen? * Why - and how - did one man eat an aircraft? * Where will you find the largest extreme sports...


Quizzing: Everything You Always Wanted to Know, but Didn't Know Where to Look: The Ultimate Trivia Book
Ranjit Thomas
0595005713
July 2000
Paperback
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Book Description

Hundreds of questions on a variety of topics - art, business, discoveries, films, literature, mathematics, music, mythology, sports, war, and lots of others; things you knew, didn't know (and thought you knew but didn't!) You'll never have a dull moment with this extraordinary compendium of fascinating facts, interesting information, and tantalizing trivia.

Why were women not permitted to watch the ancient Olympics? How did the misconception that spinach contains a lot of iron arise? Why did the founders of Hewlett-Packard price their first product at $54.40? Which mathematical concept owes its origin to soldiers dying of mule kicks in the Prussian army? Why do people say ''Cheers'' before drinking? What is keraunothnetophobia? Whose screen-test result read: "Cute as a fox"?

If you're even remotely interested...



Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge
Will Pearson
0060568062
May 2004
Paperback
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Chicago Tribune
"For the discerning intellect, Mental Floss cleans out the cobwebs."

Newsweek
"A lot like that professor of your who peppered his tests with raunchy jokes: it makes learning fun."

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Amazing Mets Trivia
Ross Adell
1589790359
January 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This book will test the memories of Met fans of all ages with hundreds of questions and facts about the players.


Does Anything Eat Wasps : And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientist (Corporate Author)
0743297261
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof? Why do people have eyebrows? Why do pineapples have spines? How much does a head weigh? What affects the color of earwax? How quickly could I turn into a fossil?Have you ever thought up a question so completely off-the-wall, so seemingly ridiculous, that you couldn't even find the courage to ask it? Maybe at the sports bar you were transported by the beauty of your beer to wonder, "How long could I live on beer alone?" Or, cycling through the park, you mused, "Did nature invent any wheels?" Or looking up at the night sky, you had a moment of angst, "What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared -- if it were vaporized or stolen by aliens?"Full of fun factlets, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a runaway bestseller around the...


Schott's Sporting, Gaming, & Idling Miscellany
Ben Schott
158234406X
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Following on the heels of Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany comes this compendium of trivia of the recreational persuasion, packaged to look not unlike a 19th century almanac or reference guide. Included are Naismith's original rules for basketball (dating from 1892), the contestants and winners of every Superbowl through XXXIX, a glossary of fox hunting terms, different types of fish bait (and the fish each are most likely to attract), a list of questions used by Gamblers Anonymous to assess the degree of a person's addiction and innumerable other morsels. Devoid of any organizational logic, the book is not intended for serious, cover-to-cover reading, but serves as a bet and argument settler that will find itself at home next to the cash register at sportsbars.Copyright ©...


The Big Book of American Trivia
J. Stephen Lang
0842383131
November 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
It's an extravaganza of the trivia kind! Impress your friends (or stump them) with knowledge about all things American--geography, history, entertainment, people, culture, and quirky miscellany. More than 3,000 questions (and answers) provide countless hours of fun as you learn fascinating facts about our marvelous country. The Big Book of American Trivia is perfect for parties, family gatherings, and vacations. This is trivia and Americana at their best!


What Makes Flamingos Pink
Bill McLain
0060000244
Jan 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The subtitle of this book nicely describes what lies inside: intriguing, puzzling, and downright trivial. Each topic is posed as a question, which is then answered. The answers, written in a narrative style, have just enough detail to make them useful but not overwhelming. Many of the answers also include a "Did you know?" section that provides related information or facts that are tangential to the actual answer but quite interesting. The work is written in a conversational, accessible style that will appeal to many readers. McLain (Do Fish Drink Water?), who as webmaster for Xerox leads a team that fields inquiries addressed to the company, has a great deal of experience answering questions. Although the questions and answers are interesting, this book has limited value as a reference work. There are not enough...


Baseball Bafflers: Quizzes, Trivia, and Other Balllpark Challenges
Fastball Makov (Editor)
1579121675
April 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
It's the ultimate collection for armchair umpires and baseball fanatics: Fun and perplexing facts, trivia, games, quotes and zany moments from our nation's favorite pastime. The only thing a true baseball fan enjoys as much as cheering on his or her team is swapping stats, facts, trivia and golden moments from the Great American Sport. This thoroughly enjoyable compilation of all-things-baseball includes such fan-talizing topics as Little-known Rules, Trick Plays, Quotes of the Game and Funny Moments. And, perhaps most fun of all, readers can play coach, making such tough calls as these: - Can a runner ever steal first base? - What happens when a catcher fields a ball with his mask? - Can a game continue with eight players on the field? With information and anecdotes, this big little book is sure to hit a homerun...


The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World
Adam Jacot de Boinod
1594200866
March 16, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
What began as a fortuitous discovery, when BBC researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod noticed that an Albanian dictionary contained 27 different words each for eyebrows and mustache, has become, after his obsessive 18-month journey through hundreds of foreign dictionaries, a very funny and genuinely informative guide to the world's strangest--and most useful--words. There are many books out there that invent, Sniglets-style, the words that the English language doesn't have but needs. What The Meaning of Tingo shows is that, like natural cures waiting to be found in the plants of the rainforest, many of the words already exist, in the languages of the world's other cultures. Who couldn't find a use for "neko-neko," an Indonesian word for "one who has a creative idea which only makes things worse," or "skeinkjari," a term from...


Official NASCAR Trivia: The Ultimate Challenge for NASCAR Fans
NASCAR
0061073040
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
NASCAR, the No. 1 spectator sport in America, brings you this exciting jam-packed trivia book that takes you around the country to each of the 20 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race tracks. From Daytona International Speedway, to the California Speedway, Pocono Raceway to the Atlanta Motor Speedway, you can test your skill and knowledge of NASCAR facts and lore.

Modeled after the NASCAR Winston Cup Season, NASCAR Trivia lets you rack up points as you answer hundreds of questions on everything including: drivers cars track lengths individual race events and highlights dates and so much more! Tally your score at each track and see if you too have the stuff of a NASCAR champion. Drivers, start your engines....



An Incomplete Education : 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't
Judy Jones, William Wilson
0345468902
April 25, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
You'll find everything you forgot from school--as well as plenty you never even learned--in this all-purpose reference book, an instant classic when it first appeared in 1987. The updated version takes a whirlwind tour through 12 different disciplines, from American studies to philosophy to world history. Along the way, Judy Jones and William Wilson provide a plethora of useful information, from the plot of Othello to the difference between fission and fusion. It's not a shortcut to cultural literacy, the authors write in their introduction, but it's an excellent "way in" to the building blocks of Western civilization: the "books, music, art, philosophy, and discoveries that have, for one reason or another, managed to endure." Think of it as finishing school for your brain; study up and you'll...


The Major League Baseball Book of Fabulous Facts and Awesome Trivia: From the Legendary to the Obscure, 500 Baseball Questions Covering All the Numbers
Ken A. Shouler
0061073733
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
What baseball team was the first all-professional team?
What team won its first five World Series appearances?
The first radio broadcast of a Major League game occurred in what year, in what city, and on what station?
This player hit the first All-Star Game home run in what year? In The Major League Baseball Book of Fabulous Facts and Awesome Trivia, baseball aficionado Ken Shouler packs in more than 500 Q&As, covering the game's all-time greats and not-so-greats, teams past and present, legend and lore, colorful personalities, and, of course, the numbers. Test your knowledge with dozens of quizzes on remarkable game moments, historical turning points, and mind-blowing statistics. Licensed by Major League Baseball and checked by the Baseball Hall of Fame, this book brims with bafflers, stunners, and...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Extraordinary Book of Facts : And Bizarre Information (Bathroom Readers)
Bathroom Readers' Hysterical Society
1592236057
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Extraordinary Book of Facts combines the most intriguing, enlightening material from nine previous Bathroom Reader favorites into one concise volume. Flush with delightfully useless — and sometimes even useful — information about sports, movies, music, politics, American and world history, and much more, the book is the most extensive reference guide in the series to date. Contained within this handy, portable tome are the fascinating narratives, terrific trivia, and easy-to-read lists that fans have come to delight in, as well as quotes, facts, findings, and historical tidbits. Weird and wonderful factoid footers on the bottom of each page are perfect for super-quick trips, while quizzes and puzzles enliven lengthier stays. Arranged for simple and speedy...


All-American Sports IQ Test: The Ultimate Playbook of Trivia, Teasers, Puzzles and Puzzlers
Sporting News (Editor)
0892047356
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Sporting News, boldly going where no publisher had gone before, takes you into a new dimension of sports trivia. Fun for sports fans of any level, the third edition of So, You Think You Know Sports? Is a collection of games, puzzles, teasers and visual tests that attack the trivia genre from a whole new perspective. _ask celebrity guests _ntify celebrity sports personalities _ve a variety of sports puzzles _d the missing athletes So You Think You Know Sports includes hundreds of questions with a creative twist. As the title says, it's the "ultimate playbook" for those who enjoy their trivial pursuits.

About the Author
Sporting News Books is the premiere sports book publisher with over 15 new titles each year. From basketball to football,...


2,201 Fascinating Facts: 2 Vols. in One
David Louis
0517395746
December 12, 1988
Hardcover
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Book Review
Some people -- like me -- enjoy reading books containing lists of peculiar or droll facts. Such books are arguably the precursor of much of the net. But if you find yourself away from your WWW browser, and feel the need to snarf oddities even when offline, you'll be glad to know there's a book in which you can learn that: the average American's vocabulary contains 10,000 words there are more than 40,000 characters in Chinese script in downtown Lima, Peru, there is a brass statue of Winnie-the-Pooh and, being a poet, my personal favorite from this book is that: one can see the stars during the day from the bottom of a well. Fascinating!

Book Description
Did you know that:
—in 1740 a cow was found guilty of sorcery in France and publicly hanged?
—the principality...


Red Herrings and White Elephants : The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day
Albert Jack
0060843373
January 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Knutsford Guardian (UK)
"Amusing and informative...[takes] you on a trip through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language."

Book Description

Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from?

From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone unturned, the English language is peppered with hundreds of common idioms borrowed from ancient traditions and civilizations throughout the world. In Red Herrings and White Elephants, Albert Jack has uncovered the amazing and sometimes downright bizarre stories behind many of our most familiar and eccentric modes of expression:

If you happen to be a bootlegger, your profession recalls...


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