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A festive treat filled with quiz questions, trivia, witty facts and longer stand-up style pieces from the stars of the hit BBC quiz show Pointless. A Pointless History of the World is a journey through time pulling out some of the most 'pointless', comedic and interesting events - from the obvious to the obscure - and combines brilliant quiz content from the show with Richard and Xander's own brilliantly funny and incredibly intelligent quick-witted stand-up style writing. Interactive, hilarious and jam-packed full of quiz questions that will have every Pointless fan vying to be crowned the Pointless champion in their own household this Christmas.
Do you know when the Duke of Albemarle arranged Britain's first boxing match, between his butler and his butcher? Or when the first speeding fine was issued for exceeding 2 mph in a built-up area? The Times On This Day is a fascinating delve into often significant, and sometimes unusual, moments throughout history. From the Register section of The Times, discover the connections between people, events and places across the centuries and learn intriguing facts about world and British history and popular culture. * A day-by-day approach to the key events for each day across the years * Familiar and lesser-known events are connected across the ages * Uncover little-known historical facts about your own special dates * Educational and entertaining facts in equal measure * Contains a helpful index arranged by year to help you find those key event anniversaries These fascinating facts, trivia, events, milestones and landmarks are selected from the fields of history, warfare, politics, medicine, science, sport, space exploration, literature, popular culture, etc. Together they offer a blend of key events that have shaped world history or society in one form or other.
Which is the smallest book in the Bodleian Library? Who complained when their secret pen name was revealed in the library's catalogue? How many miles of shelving are there in the Book Storage Facility? What is the story behind the library's refusal to lend a book to King Charles I? And, what is fasciculing? The answers to these questions and many more can be found inside this intriguing miscellaneous collection of curious facts and stories about the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Home to more than 12 million books and a vast array of treasures including the Gutenberg bible, J.R.R. Tolkien's hand-painted watercolours for 'The Hobbit', Shakespeare's First Folio and four thirteenth-century copies of Magna Carta, the Bodleian Library is one of the most magnificent libraries in the world with a fascinating history. 'Bodleianalia' delights in uncovering some of the lesser known facts about Britain's oldest university library. Through a combination of lists, statistics, and bitesize nuggets of information, it reveals many of the quirks of fate, eccentric characters, and remarkable events which have contributed to the making of this renowned institution. The perfect book for trivia-lovers and bibliophiles, it also offers readers a behind-the-scenes peek into the complex workings of a modern, world-class library in the twenty-first century.
THE MULTI-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF WEIRD
From BuzzFeed's quiz-making genius - a witty and irresistible collection of whip-smart and pop-culture-savvy quizzes that reveals secrets and quirks you never knew about yourself. Who hasn't clicked on an online quiz that suggests your choice of Pop Tart flavour (or favourite Jonas brother) will reveal your relationship status or hidden personality traits? (Hint: hundreds of millions of people have done this, and counting!) Perfect for all ages and backgrounds, this fun, light-hearted and thought-provoking collection features both brand new and popular quizzes directly from BuzzFeed's viral sensation Rachel McMahon, whose brilliant quizzes attracted more than 135 million views in 2018 alone. Featuring additional irreverent commentary and breakdowns of quiz outcomes not previously published on such topics as who is your celebrity boyfriend based on what frozen yogurt you like to finding out which Beyonce song best matches your personality, What Kind of Quiz Book Are You? is an entertaining and laugh-out-loud collection like no other.
Which are the oldest museums in the world? What is a cabinet of curiosities? Who haunts Hampton Court? What is on the FBI's list of stolen art? 'A Museum Miscellany' celebrates the intriguing world of galleries and museums, from national institutions such as the Musee du Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to niche collections such as the Lawnmower Museum and the Museum of Barbed Wire. Here you will find a cornucopia of museum-related facts, statistics and lists, covering everything from museum ghosts, dangerous museum objects and conservation beetles to treasure troves, museum heists and the Museum of London's fatberg. Bursting with quirky facts, intriguing statistics and legendary curators, this is the perfect gift for all those who love to visit museums and galleries.
Licensed to thrill, this amazing collection will delight and entertain every Bond fan, unearthing a selection of surprising and intruiging facts about the much-loved fictional spy, and the books and films that he has starred in. Published to coincide with the release of the 25th Bond film, Shatterhand. 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. Be transported to the exotic locations, amazed by the spectacular gadgets and thrilled by the infamous villains. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.
Ponder, if you will ... Has anyone ever seen a live Cornish game hen? Why do quarterbacks say "Hut"? Why do "sea" gulls congregate in parking lots of shopping centers? What does the "Q" in Q-Tips stand for?
Pop culture guru David Feldman demystifies these questions and much more in "Are Lobsters Ambidextrous?" Part of the Imponderables(R) series--the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's everyday mysteries--and charmingly illustrated by Kassie Schwan, this book provides you with information that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don't have. And think about it, where else are you going to find out what happens to the caffeine left over from making decaffeinated coffee?
Jeremy Beadle and Ian Harrison have combined forces to display their extensive knowledge on a series of "Firsts, Lasts and Onlys" trivia books. Chronologically categorised, these books examine the key moments in history when human endeavour has created a breakthrough, a triumphant conclusion or a unique one-time only event. "Military's First, Lasts & Onlys" reveals a compendium of facts, trivia, events and information on key moments in Military history. Further "Firsts, Lasts & Onlys" titles include trivia on Crime, Football and Rugby.
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. Keep your mind alert with 200 new word search puzzles, arranged in themes, and presented in a handy format. Relax and give your brain a workout at the same time. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home. Challenge yourself to find the words hidden in the grids, all based on interesting themes to provide an enjoyable pastime.
A Pointless History of the World is a complete and meticulously researched series of essays on our rich and glorious past. Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, two of the world's foremost experts on Things Before Their Time take you on a step-by-step journey through history. From the Big Bang to the Fall of the Roman Empire, from the Ice Age to the Evolution of Language, from Henry VIII to Last of the Summer Wine: all of civilisation is here. A publishing first, this thoroughly comprehensive and highly ambitious quest through Time and Space is interspersed with questions for all the family from TV's most popular tea-time quiz show, Pointless. This is Alexander and Richard's biggest book yet. The book no historian can afford to be without, it comes complete with introduction and footnotes.  Highly selective  Largely cobbled together from what we can remember from school  That's not even a thing  Under no circumstances to be used for reference  Um...
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. Reach for your trusty pen or pencil and tackle this bumper collection of word challenges at your leisure. Arranged in themes, they will provide a mental workout and relaxation therapy at the same time. Solutions easily found at the back of the book. Relax and give your brain a workout. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home.
Q: What's inside this bumper quiz book? A: More than 500 brand new, up-to-date quizzes and 10,000 questions. Covering everything from pop stars to death stars, rounds are a mixture of themed and pot luck with questions from teasers to ones that will scramble even an egghead's brains. Perfect for playing with friends and family! Q: Who is it for? A: You, your mum, your dad, your family and friends, the man down the road and two halves of the crowd at your local. Each quiz provides good clean fun for all. The answers are quick and easy to find so that anyone can pick this up and become a quiz master.
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. Run your own pub quiz with 500 brand new general knowledge quizzes. With 10,000 questions arranged in easy, medium and difficult categories, you can set the pace as quiz master for your friends and family, or pit yourself against the Collins Quiz Master in a battle of wits. Q: What's inside this book? A: 500 quizzes covering everything from pop stars to death stars. Each round is a mixture of themes and potluck, with the questions heading from friendly teasers to ones that will scramble even an egghead's brains. Q: Who is it for? A: You, your mum, your dad, your family and friends, the man down the road and two halves of the crowd at your local. Each quiz provides good clean fun for all. The answers are quick and easy to find so that anyone can pick this up and become the ultimate quiz master!
For years, Kenneth C. Davis has enlightened and enthralled us, opening our minds and tickling our fancies with his wonderfully irreverent, fun, and factual Don't Know Much About(R) books. He has carried readers on wild and edifying rides through history, mythology, geography, the Bible, the Civil War, even across the universe. Now, following on the heels of his triumphant "New York Times" bestseller "Don't Know Much About(R) Anything," comes "Don't Know Much About(R) Anything Else," his latest one-stop potpourri of intriguing information. Chock-full of delightful historical snippets and fascinating people, remarkable milestones and boneheaded blunders, and eye-opening, brain-boggling facts about simply anything and everything in the world, here is the ideal companion for those long car rides, plane flights, quality family hours, or relaxing downtime.
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. 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
Did you know? Nessie is not the only monster supposedly living in a Scottish loch. Loch Morar has its own: Morag. The first Open golf Championship was played in Scotland, at Prestwick in 1860. As well as television, insulin, chloroform and the telephone, Scotland has given the world kaleidoscopes, contour lines, tinned salmon and Andy Murray. This miscellany of all things Scottish will have you quoting Burns, reeling off famous battles and fizzing with fascinating trivia in no time. As well as getting the low-down on the who, what, when and where of Scottish history - including profiles of William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie - you'll gain plenty of insight into the food, drink, landscape, culture and everything else that makes Scotland exceptional.
Fifty brain-busting trivia questions about history, geography, pop culture, and more make for an unforgettable after-dinner duel between friends and family!
The 176 illustrated, brainbusting puzzles in this collection push word-descrambling skills to the limit, and also challenge the reader's knowledge of history, science, geography, and popular culture, resulting in hours of entertainment and cognitive exercise. For more than 40 years, millions of newspaper readers have delighted in solving Jumble(R), which appears in hundreds of national papers and in these puzzle books that offer hours of challenging wordplay and fun. Each page features a series of mixed-up words coupled with clues, and one letter from each word is used to form the answer to the puzzle.
Here are the answers to questions that have been keeping you and your loved ones up nights, questions that have driven families to feuds, questions that nag and nag just won't let go. Have you ever wondered juts what purpose those warning labels on mattresses are supposed to serve? Or what happens to the trend that wears off tires? And how many meals have you spent pondering the perennially baffling question of why hot dogs come ten to a package while hot dog buns come in eight?
"Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?" has the solutions to these and scores of other Imponderables. David Feldman's witty and irresistible compendium of knowledge goes where other reference books fear to trend, uncovering closely guarded secrets, revealing long-hidden facts, and, like all other invaluable works of detection, never letting well enough alone. Whether you want to settle those arguments about the difference between a kit and a caboodle, or just curious about dry cleaning, Teflon, Wayne Gretzky, or chocolate bunnies, "Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?" is indispensable.
Attractive, take-anywhere, write-in quiz book that offers a daily dose of self-discovery "Who Are You? Test Your Personality" is perfect for a handbag, briefcase, or knapsack This entertaining and enlightening quiz book is great to have on hand anytime and anywhere, be it a long commute, a waiting room, or an evening at home. "Who Are You? Test Your Personality" is a a collection of 40 tests designed to answer who you are, how you got that way, and what, if anything, you can or should do to change.Each quiz can be taken in just a few minutes and is easily scored. With a fun, modern cloth cover, elastic closure and overall great package you will want to show off this clever quiz book wherever you go Other titles in this series: "Who Are You? Test Your Emotional Intelligence""How Smart Are You? Test Your Math IQHow Smart Are You? Test Your IQ"
The Mensa Big Brain Workout has been compiled by some of the world's most renowned puzzle writers. It contains more than 500 challenging puzzles of a huge variety, from word and number puzzles to logic problems, spatial problems and lateral thinking puzzles with three different levels of difficulty. Although Mensa puzzles are challenging, they remain accessible to the average reader. You don't have to be the possessor of a high IQ to solve them - all you need is a bit of logic and a lot of persistence.
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