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What is the origin of the word ‘bluetooth’? Which UK football ground is flanked by Bloemfontein & South Africa roads? When walking round Rondebosch Common, why is it wise not to go widdershins?
These are a few of the questions put to John Maytham by 567 CapeTalk listeners in the Rapid Fire insert on the late drive-time show. Join him on a tour of the oddest, arcane and most surprising questions – and be tickled by the weird and wonderful answers.
Did you know there are 17 possible types of symmetric wallpaper pattern? Do you know what 'casting out the nines' is? Or why 88 is the fourth 'untouchable' number? Or how 7 is used to test for the onset of dementia. Number fanatic Derrick Niederman has a mission to bring numbers to life. He explores the unique properties of the most exciting numbers from 1 to 200, wherever they may crop up: from mathematics to sport, from history to the natural world, from language to pop culture. Packed with illustrations, amusing facts, puzzles, brainteasers and anecdotes, this is an enthralling and thought-provoking numerical voyage through the history of mathematics, investigating problems of logic, geometry and arithmetic along the way. ***PRAISE FOR THE REMARKABLE LIVES OF NUMBERS*** 'A hugely entertaining pick-and-mix of history, culture and mathematical puzzles.' BBC Focus 'This book is a complete joy. It made me smile. A lot.' Carol Vorderman 'Entertaining and engaging... Once you start reading it's just like the number system itself - impossible to stop.' Ian Stewart 'A fun book... definitely challenging.' Vanity Fair 'All sorts of fascinating mathematical minutiae.' Time Out
This is the perfect book for trivia and quiz night enthusiasts all over South Africa! Although there are other internationally published pub quiz books on the market, this is the only quiz book published in South Africa. The book is filled with both international and South African-specific quiz questions. Find instructions on how to host your own quiz night with friends, or just have some great family fun during load shedding. Put your brain to the test in speed quizzes and anagram rounds, general trivia and wipeout rounds. Attempt to correctly guess the who am I? questions, and as a bonus there’s an entire quiz dedicated to sport.
Did you know that there are at least 1.5 million ants for every person on earth? Or that goats and sheep have rectangular pupils? And that elephants can be right- or left-tusked? The advantages of instilling a lifelong love of reading in a child don't need to be spelt out. And what better way to get them reading than with short, bite-sized, fascinating and fun facts? This book is filled with quirky yet interesting facts about anything and everything - animals, the body, food, the universe, books and more. And it is not just for children. Everyone can learn something in this treasure chest of knowledge, whether you are 5 or 50 years old. With no long and drawn-out explanations, it is a quick and easy read that can fill a few minutes of spare time or ensure a few hours of informative entertainment. Impress people with your wide knowledge about random topics and 'use it, don't use it' information.
Are you ready to test your brainpower against the best and the brightest minds in the country? Every year, Mensa hosts the Brain of Mensa event - a gruelling knockout competition to root out the smartest quizzers - many enter, but only one remains standing to claim the title. The Mensa Quiz is, for the first time ever, a compilation of the questions in these yearly competitions. Work your way through over 1,500 head-scratching, perplexing puzzles, questions and logic challenges. Finally find out if you have what it takes to go up against the best of them - and maybe next year you will be competing to become the next 'Brain of Mensa'.
All the fun of Portico's bestselling Strangest series, now in quiz form! Test your London knowledge with this fascinating book, packed with fun and challenging quiz questions based around the weirdest events from the illustrious history of this wonderful city. Quiz categories include: Ancient traditions London eccentrics Getting about Ghosts and ghouls Corridors of power Monumental monuments Quirky buildings Just plain weird Whether you're testing your friends, practising for pub quizzes or just reading it in an armchair, this book will take your London knowledge to a whole new level. Word count: 30,000 words.
Should You Buy This Book? includes 60 humorous flow charts that everybody is sure to find vitally important in their day-to-day lives. Questions such as "How will you die?", "Who is your greatest nemesis?", "Which ill-advised animal should you have as a pet?" and the always crucial "The sun has exploded and all life on earth will end in eight minutes. What should you do?" are all answered in superb binary detail so that you never need worry about them again. What's more, each flow chart is illustrated with amusing images for those who can't be bothered to read a simple diagram. It is the only book on the market that answers both "Which board game should you play?" and "Should you use the time machine you just found on the street?" in the same place! Ultimately, Should You Buy This Book? provides the final answer to the question: "Can a book solve all of my problems?"
A celebration of talent, friendship and girl power! Want to know how Ariana Grande is challenging double standards, why Yara Shahidi thinks it's so important to be yourself or how Millie Bobby Brown follows her dreams each and every day, You Go, Girl! is the perfect guide to the lives of your fave feminist icons from around the world. Packed with 30 profiles, quizzes and fill-in fun, be inspired by these amazing girls and discover their top tips for achieving your own dreams.
This brand new edition, redesigned in hardback for 2019, makes the
perfect gift for the rugby obsessive in your life.
Het jy geweet dat daar ten minste 1.5 miljoen miere vir elke persoon op aarde is? Of dat bokke en skape reghoeke pupille het? En dat olifante links- of regstandig kan wees? Om van kleins af 'n voorliefde vir lees by 'n kind te kweek, hou vanself-sprekend voordele in. En watter beter manier om lees aan te moedig as met kort, happiegrootte, fassinerende en prettige feite. Hierdie boeke is vol eienaardige, dog interessante feite oor enigeiets en alles - diere, goggas, die liggaam, kos, die heelal, boeke en meer. En dit is nie net vir kinders nie. Elkeen kan iets leer uit hierdie skatkis van kennis, of jy nou 5 of 50 jaar oud is. En met geen lang en uitgerekte verduide-likings nie, is dit vinnig en maklik om te lees - net reg om 'n paar minute ekstra tyd te vul of om ure se insiggewende pret te he. Beindruk mense met jou wye kennis oor verskeie onderwerpe en inligting wat jy kan gebruik, of nie.
500 teasing puzzles and conundrums to test your word power and rack your brain with this mixed collection from the MindGames section of The Times, featuring six different types of puzzle. The perfect gift for all word puzzle fans, with more than 500 assorted word puzzles and conundrums, this collection contains these favourites: * Lexica - 144 letter grid challenges * Polygon - 144 word circle puzzles, how many words can you create? * New Concise Quintagram - 64 new crossword-type challenges. A five-clue quick crossword with one important difference: there is no grid. * New Cryptic Quintagram - 64 new crossword-type challenges. A five-clue cryptic crossword with one important difference: there is no grid. * Word Watch - expand your vocabulary with 96 multiple-choice word quizzes * Codewords - test your powers of logic with 52 word and number grids
A daily fix of stats, trivia, and ballfield lore for baseball fans. The green of the field; the roar of the crowd; the crack of the bat when it connects with the ball, knocking it out of sight: This is the calendar that takes obsessive baseball fans right to the ballpark. Every day is packed with stats, history, and fascinating factoids. There are immortal records: Name the National League player who holds the record for stealing home the most times in a season*: A) Jackie Robinson, B) Pete Reiser, C) Tim Raines, D) Lou Brock. Quotes: My own little rule was two for one--if one of my teammates got knocked down, then I knocked down two on the other team.--Don Drysdale, Hall of Fame pitcher. Plus awards, famous firsts, dubious distinctions, and more. *B: Dodgers outfielder "Pistol Pete" Reiser stole home seven times in 1946.
Check out the weird and wonderful facts in this massive encyclopedia of alphabetized oddities:
* HUMANS ARE THE ONLY ANIMALS THAT ENJOY SPICY FOOD (there's a reason no one sells Tabasco-flavored cat food)
* NAPPING CAN SAVE YOU FROM A HEART ATTACK (assuming you are not operating heavy machinery at the time)
* PSYCHOLOGISTS CAN ASSESS YOUR PERSONALITY FROMHOW YOU DIP FRIES IN KETCHUP (nice fries, sociopath)
* SURFING THE INTERNET ACTUALLY MAKES YOU SMARTER (but not as smart as reading this book will)
Now the next time someone tells you smugly that Pluto isn't a planet, you can counter with any one of these hundreds of weird facts and remain king or queen of the cocktail (or kegger) chatter.
Readers of all ages will be astonished and stumped by these interactive mysteries. In brief paragraphs and black-and-white illustrations, award-winning author Sandy Silverthorne and John Warner present 100 puzzles, each with a logical "aha" answer...that may require thinking outside the box. Clues and answers are included in separate sections. Rex is surprised when the phone rings. He answers it and writes down a message. He doesn't know the person who called or the person being called. He will never meet them. What is going on?.
Get ready for a brain-teasing trip through the best bits of Ireland: spot a couple of brightly coloured shamrocks in a hidden pair puzzle; brush up on your knowledge of Irish cities in a word search and discover the legend of the Salmon of Knowledge... Get quizzical with this stunning compendium of entertaining activities and surprising facts about the Emerald Isle.
Pit your wits against some of the brightest minds in Britain by taking up the challenge of this ultimate quiz of 2000 questions from the Brain of Britain archives. Brain of Britain is the longest-running of all the broadcast quiz shows open to the public in Britain. With questions covering a wide range of general knowledge topics, let Russell Davies guide you through this challenging and entertaining set of 50 quizzes. Includes a fascinating history of the programme and the characters and stories that have made it so successful. In the appendix Russell offers a compelling account of the life of the programme's German-born inventor and first question-setter John P. Wynn.
Make use of those dull moments on the lav by teaching yourself how a starfish eats a clam, how to say `Hello' in every European language and what the dot over an i is called. Covering all types of trivia, from science and natural history to the different types of moustache, this little book contains enough fascinating facts to keep you learning throughout the year. `A great way to get shit done' Loo Quarterly
THE MULTI-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF WEIRD
What's the perfect boredom buster for any occasion, be it a cozy night at home or a long family road trip? A riddle! And this irresistible little tin contains 50 of them.
The most popular quiz show on British TV, "A Question of Sport" is the longest-running sports quiz programme anywhere. It is now hosted by Sue Barker, ably supported by bantering team captains Matt Dawson and Ally McCoist who are always ready to take the mickey out of each other, not to mention themselves; regular viewers, who number around 6,000,000 for each show, always know they are in for an entertaining half-hour. The "A Question of Sport Quiz Book" has over 8,000 questions from the show and includes all the familiar favourites such as Pictureboard, Home and Away selections, What Happened Next? And Which Year Do These Events Have in Common? as well as a host of general questions on a vast array of spots. So, if you're a fan of the show or just a dedicated sports fan, the "A Question of Sport Quiz Book" will keep you and your friends absorbed for hours.
Ever wanted to show just how much you know about roses? Or see if you can remember the Latin name for Japanese Maple? RHS Gardener's Quiz & Puzzle Book is designed to test your horticultural and botanical knowledge with puzzles to delight and challenge. Featuring over 400 lavishly illustrated questions, from anagrams to garden history, from obscure tools to identifying plants based on their leaves - there are questions for every level of gardening knowledge. Including... - Solve anagrams to improve your knowledge of Latin names - Test your ability to identify plant anatomy with annotated diagrams - Feature pages contain quizzes on specific themes such as botany, vegetables, houseplants, pests and plant care ...and much more.
It is brimming with strange and amusing stories about the Bond actors, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, behind the scenes at the film set, and amazing facts about Ian Fleming's original novel. Whether you want to learn about the casting of the six personifications of Bond and their respective success, discover Fleming's lesser known literary achievement, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (aka James Bond for children), or unearth the mystery surrounding the true composer of the James Bond theme, there is something for every enthusiast to dip into.
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