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An ornithological quiz book packed with challenging questions for birders, based on the popular 'Bird Brain of Britain' contest at the annual BirdFair. The British Birdwatching Fair, held every August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, attracts over 30,000 visitors every year. One of the most popular attractions in the events marquee is the 'Bird Brain of Britain' contest. Each of the four contestants must answer a set of questions on their nominated specialist subject, and a second set on general (ornithological) knowledge. The participants have included popular presenters and experts throughout the years, including Stephen Moss, Chris Harbard, Mark Andrews, Nigel Redman, Mike Dilger and David Lindo, among many others. The book will feature the questions asked in the contest over its 30-year lifespan. Many seemingly simple questions turn out to have complex answers, and some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. The questions are difficult and varied enough to test any birder's knowledge, and will provide many hours of challenging entertainment. Be they trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling or strange, the varied bird trivia included makes this compilation as entertaining and enlightening as it is educational.
Why 60 seconds in a minute? Who invented zero? What exactly is pi? Why do mathematicians hunt prime numbers? And how can you get a number bigger than infinity? To find out, take a tour through 200 important, fascinating and unusual numbers - the easy and entertaining way to grasp mathematics. Numbers in Minutes demystifies the maths surrounding the key numbers including: zero, 1-40, negatives, percentages, prime numbers, fractions, decimals, pi, exponentials, imaginary numbers, squares and cubes, roots and powers, Fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, millions and trillions, a googol, 'perfect,' 'kissing,' 'vampire' and 'weird' numbers, infinity, infinity+1 and other sizes of infinity... Every number is explained in a few short paragraphs with a helpful picture, making the maths simple to understand and remember.
This superb book contains hundreds of quizzes and a wealth of fascinating information on a huge variety of subjects. The quizzes are divided by difficulty level and subject matter. Many are themed along the classic lines of music, sport, geography, politics, entertainment, etc. and many more. Pot luck quizzes are also included. This book contains all you will need for setting your own quizzes, or for brushing up on your general knowledge before you try your next competition.
How well do you know your words?; Buxom used to mean obedient; A cloud was a rock; Raunchy originally meant dirty; Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.; Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past.; Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table...; Focusing on 100 surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.; So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity - our dictionary is indeed accidental.
The Book of the Year is back, with yet another pro-rogues gallery of
the most amazing, audacious and absolutely absurd news of 2019.
In what detention block was Princess Leia held? What was the diameter of the Death Star? Who retrieved C-3P0's head in the Battle of Geonosis? These questions and more will challenge even the most die-hard Star Wars (R) fans. Now available in paperback, this bestselling trivia book of 2,500 original questions covering little-known facts, entertaining quotes, and tough trivia from Star Wars (R) Episodes I-VI is the ultimate test for the true Star Wars (R) devotee. (c) and TM Lucasfilm Ltd. Used Under Authorization
Cut down on your screentime (alone or with your family)-learn the US presidents, create your own language, master chopsticks, perfect your poker face, and much more. There's more to life than looking at your smartphone. Beyond that tiny screen there's a whole world of fun, cool, and weird things you could be doing instead! This book presents the alternative to sitting and Googling . . . actually reading a book! Here's a list of suggestions of things that you could be doing instead of being on your phone. They are broken down into categories-nature, science, history, geography, words and language, food, sports and fitness, the arts, etiquette, and games: Figure out when the sun is going to set Teach a parrot to talk Get power from a potato Grow crystals Know your bones Brush up on your US presidents Learn the capitals of European countries Know the top 10 largest countries by area Try cockney rhyming slang Compose a haiku Learn Morse code Master chopsticks Make an egg stand up Take your own pulse (or someone else's) Make an origami bird Tie a bow tie And much more! Whether you want to fill five minutes or an entire afternoon, this handy book is bursting with fascinating trivia, amazing facts, and suggestions to free you from your iPhone screen-from the useful to the fun to the downright bizarre. Become the most interesting person you know: put down your phone, pick up a book-this book-and learn something new!
The perfect Christmas gift for any music lover . . .
‘Hepworth has more insider knowledge and knows more rock anecdotes than any man alive’ The Herald 'Unmissable for music enthusiasts' Woman & Home
The Rock and Roll A Level is here to rescue the pop quiz from the grip of bores who know the chart position of everything and the value of nothing.
It’s for the people who like pop music because it tells them so much about real life, the people who learned about America from the songs of Chuck Berry, about Europe from the albums of David Bowie and about all manner of things from the songs of Steely Dan.
It’s the first quiz book where the answers are as interesting as the questions.
It’s the first quiz book where general knowledge matters as much as an adolescence spent reading the NME or Smash Hits.
It's a proper education.
"The Horror Book of Lists" is the compendium of all things macabre and mysterious, terrifying and gory - from films and TV to literature to comic books and video games - that every Horror fan has been dying to read. Drawing on the extensive knowledge of its three authors, as well as the many contributions of Horror genre celebrities, "The Horror Book of Lists" will appeal to the audience that routinely makes the novels of Stephen King, Anne Rice and Dean Koontz number 1 bestsellers; films like "Hostel" tops at the box-office; and video games like "Silent Hill" huge successes.
Push your powers of observation as you search for each word in these perplexing large print puzzles. Hidden and camouflaged on each page, the variety of words waiting to be discovered will engage you from breakfast until bedtime.
RY CLV RNGH? Can you find the connection between Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes, David Brent and Ford Perfect? Only Connect is the ultimate test of knowledge and lateral thinking. Since 2008 the fiendishly difficult quiz show has been challenging contestants to find connections between apparently unrelated clues. The Only Connect Quiz Book collects over 200 of the most entertaining and perplexing challenges from the team behind the BBC's hugely popular quiz show - including many new (never broadcast) questions. Covering each of the show's four rounds - Connections, Sequences, the Connecting Wall and Missing Vowels - and with introductions from presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell, here is your chance to put your own sleuthing and quizzical knowledge to the Only Connect test.
A comprehensive category killer, with over 6,000 varied questions on every topic imaginable - as well as some you might not imagine. The 400 quizzes are a mixture of general knowledge and specialist rounds all aimed at the popular pub or society quiz market on science and technology; nature and the universe; human geography; history; life as we know it; arts and culture; sports and games; popular culture; celebrities and trivia. The questions are up-to-date, interesting and, unlike much of the competition, accurate.
Which major UK retailer has the same name as Odysseus's dog in Greek mythology? In the original version of the Band Aid hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', who sang the opening line? Which is the only US state whose name can be typed on a single row of a QWERTY keyboard? Travel writer and quiz fan Mark Mason decided to combine two of his greatest loves by setting off on a tour of Britain's quizzes. From a pub quiz in Edinburgh to a charity quiz in Hampshire, from a corporate quiz in Birmingham to a journalists' quiz in Parliament, he finds answers aplenty while asking some questions of his own. Just what is it that attracts us to these tests of our knowledge? What are the ingredients of the perfect quiz question? And which is the only English city whose official name begins with H? The only travel book ever to discuss Winston Churchill's use of language and reveal Donald Duck's middle name, QUESTION TIME is an affectionate tribute to Britain and one of its most cherished institutions - the quiz. 'A must-have book for any quiz lover' THE TIMES
- Like 'Trivial Pursuit' for art lovers of all ages - 600 trivia questions on every aspect of art - learn while having fun! Who painted Guernica? In which museum can La Joconde be seen? How many arms has the Venus de Milo? What is Rodin's first name? Which Dutch Painter was inseparable from his wife, Saskia? Which art movement was born in England in the mid-nineteenth century? What is the name of the world's oldest auction house? The aim of the game is to be the first to reach a set score by correctly answering a set of questions. With the family, or between friends, these multiple choices questions are accessible to everyone and will help you to perfect your artistic knowledge while having fun!
Loaded with meaty trivia and tasty, bite-sized facts! mental_floss is proud to offer a delicious, hearty helping of brain-food that's sure to fire up your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories that will satisfy even the hungriest mind! Ingredients include: 5 tiny nations that get no respect * 4 civilizations nobody remembers * 5 classics written under the influence * 4 things your boss has in common with slime mold * 3 schools of thought that will impress the opposite sex * 4 things Einstein got wrong * 5 classical tunes you know from the movies * 3 famous studies that would be illegal today * 2 religious mysteries solved by chemistry * 5 scandals that rocked art, and much more ...
Why is the night sky dark? How do dolphins sleep without drowning? Why do hangovers occur? Will time travel ever be a reality? What makes a knuckleball appear to flutter? Why are craters always round?
There's only one source to turn to for the answers to the most puzzling and thought-provoking questions about the world of science: Scientific American. Writing in a fun and accessible style, an esteemed team of scientists and educators will lead you on a wild ride from the far reaches of the universe to the natural world right in your own backyard. Along the way, you'll discover solutions to some of life's quirkiest conundrums, such as why cats purr, how frogs survive winter without freezing, why snowflakes are symmetrical, and much more. Even if you haven't picked up a science book since your school days, these tantalizing Q & A's will shed new light on the world around you, inside you, below you, above you, and beyond!
__________ 'My favourite geeks. Hilarious. Sideways. Brilliant.' Tim Minchin In a year dominated by Russian collusion and Brexit confusion, The Book of the Year returns with another dose of barely believable yet wholly unimpeachable facts and stories from the past twelve months. Every week for the past four years, Dan, James, Anna and Andy - the creators of the award-winning, chart-topping comedy podcast No Such Thing As A Fish - have wowed each other and millions of their listeners with the most astonishing trivia they have learned over the previous seven days. Now, once again, they have put down the microphones, picked up their pencils, and transformed a year's worth of weird and wonderful happenings into one uplifting book that you won't be able to put down. Discover how Peruvian mummies affected the World Cup, and why Love Island contestants are experts in game theory - as well as hundreds of stories that may have passed you by entirely, including the news that: * NASA sent a man with a fear of heights to the International Space Station. * An ice hotel in Canada caught fire. * Mark Zuckerberg's private data was compromised while he was talking to Congress about compromised data. From Kim Jong Un's personal potty to Jeremy Corbyn's valuable vegetables, The Book of the Year 2018 is an eye-opening tour of yet another incredible year you didn't know you'd lived through.
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