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In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, what is the name of Tom Bombadil's wife? Which character does Scarlett Johansson play in the 2012 film The Avengers? Who is the protagonist of the video game The Legend of Zelda? Which barbarian hero carried a sword called "Graywand"? How well do you know the who, where, what, when and how of science fiction and fantasy? Do you dare face the ultimate test of knowledge drawn from the greatest novels, movies, comic books, video games and televisions shows in the history of these genres? Complete with questions ranging from easy to mind-bogglingly hard and including true or false, multiple choice, short answer, and match-up sections, this fun-filled book is the perfect gift for all lovers of science fiction and fantasy.
Find out just how British you jolly well are: 500 multiple choice questions based on the Home Office Citizenship test Can you beat the 51% of British 18- to 24-year-olds who failed the test? Includes genuine, nationality-defining questions such as: What are the contents of the 1689 Bill of Rights? What qualifications does the Queen have? Who was/is Richard Arkwright, Sake Dean Mahomet, John Petts or David Weir? Which of the following truly originated in Britain? A. St George B. Tea bag C. Pubs D. Fish and Chips Grab your family or friends and test yourself with 500 sample questions. The answers will inform, surprise and above all, make you laugh. Are you the bee's knees or Britain's biggest plonker? These questions are based on the official Home Office handbook that prepares newcomers for the test they have to pass to obtain UK citizenship. Filled with questions on the Salmon Act of 1986 and the reasons Brits keep pets, chances are that unless you've studied and memorised the book from cover to cover, you'll probably lose the plot. With Brexit and all this talk of sovereignty, the question of what it really means to be British has never been so important, so here is your chance to see how you measure up to your county's expectations. The best of British luck to you!
Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey out of London along the banks of the River Thames to discover the secrets and stories of England's most famous waterway. Discover the Thames's literary heritage at Pangbourne, near Reading, famous as the home of The Wind in the Willows's Kenneth Grahame, then explore Mapledurham House, the inspiration for its famous Toad Hall. Explore Henley-on-Thames, where the first Oxford and Cambridge boat races were held, then marvel at Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. As he follows the river from source to sea, visiting its towns, villages and places of interest, Winn unearths a fascinating array of facts, folklore, landmarks and legends that are guaranteed to have you exclaiming 'I Never Knew That!'. Illustrated with line drawings this charming gem of a book is guaranteed to inform and delight in equal measure.
With a background in amateur boxing, Ralph Oates has written a number of successful boxing books. His latest quiz book focuses on over fifty world championship boxers from history including Muhammad Ali, Joe Calzaghe and Frank Bruno. Some of the questions will appear easy, while others will make you think twice about something you felt certain you knew. This book attempts to provide knowledge and entertainment, not just for the connoisseur but the casual fan who takes an interest in the sport. This title is published by Candy Jar Books and is distributed worldwide by Untreed Reads.
This IS the CLASSIC If you are a Star Trek addict, this is the book for YOU The author has dedicated hundreds of hours watching episode after episode, over and over again - at regular speed, in extra slow motion, and in stop action. It contains everything you ever wanted to know (and perhaps some things you don't) about the original Star Trek series. As a Trekkie you can't be without it For an author bio and photo, reviews and a reading sample, visit bosonbooks.com.
What is the Higgs Boson? Where did life come from? And what are you looking at when you're looking at Modern Art? Put your knowledge to the test - and learn to think and talk like a genius. The Genius Test takes you on a journey through humanity's most brain-bending ideas, from the big bang and the origins of life to chaos theory, existentialism and special relativity, challenging you to understand and providing the tools to help you master the big ideas. Shortcuts to becoming a genius include: * Are you a Genius? quizzes - questions to test your knowledge * The 10 things a Genius would know * Talk like a Genius - intellectual conversation gambits * A Bluffer's summary The Genius Test challenges you to understand 50 subjects including: The Hard Problem of consciousness; the human genome; Evo-devo; the human brain; A.I.; Fermat's Last Theorem; the Riemann Hypothesis; Goedel's Theorem of Incompleteness; Post-modernism; Modern architecture; Keynesianism; Semiotics and Structuralism; Schroedinger's cat; DNA; Deconstructivism; the mind-body problem; Superstrings; Quantum Theory; The Big Bang; black holes...and many more.
Truly stranger than fiction, this daily illustrated collection of unusual trivia provides readers fascinating detail on some of the weirdest moments in history. Drawing from a range of subjects including politics, sports, the arts, pop culture, and more, each day of the year explores one What the . . . fact or event in entries that go beyond the factoid to uncover odd moments through the ages (like the day first pig actually flew [November 4, 1909] or the United States ran out of toilet paper [December 19, 1973]). With dozens of illustrations and hundreds of pages of daily or dip-in-and-out entertainment, What the Fact?! gives trivia fans a way to learn something new and strange every day.
Did you know that 'Almost' is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order? Or that 'Stewardesses' is the longest word you can type solely with your left hand? Or that fireflies aren't flies, they're beetles? From information about words and their uses, useful lists of things you never knew had names, palindromes, famous lines from literature and film, to bizarre test answers and much, much more, The Wonderful World of Words is bursting with truly oddball facts about words and language - and will have you hooked from the very first page. An essential guide for anyone interested in a humorous look at the world of language.
"When it comes to history, few authors are more adept at mixing historical facts with fun than J. Stephen Lang." -David S. Duchek, Salem (Ohio) News This entertaining collection of questions and answers about America's leaders provides hours of brain-teasing fun! Every conceivable subject including famous firsts, hidden vices, family relationships, bad habits, strange pets, and last words is covered. Quick quizzes reveal the only president to earn a Pulitzer Prize, who submitted the first trillion-dollar budget to Congress, who kept alligators in the White House, who was the first to pay federal income tax on his presidential salary, and who was the first president--and, in fact, the first American--to have a Medicare card. This third edition includes information on both Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
The QI Annuals are the nearest things to having the hit BBC1 TV show live in your living room. Top comedians and brainiacs, from Stephen Fry and Alan Davies to guests such as Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson, Jeremy Clarkson and Rowan Atkinson, have joined top cartoonists and illustrators, and the estimiable QI elves themselves in the first three QI Annuals, covering the letters E, F and G (starting at A is so overrated). Collected by the writers of the BBC show, QI, and authors of the worldwide bestsellers The Book of General Ignorance and 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, here is a hilarious and informative selection of the QI team's fun facts. Featuring the likes of Stephen Fry, Alan Davies and many other QI guests, this bumper paperback edition is the perfect Christmas gift for pub quiz experts, fans of Guinness World Records and lovers of all things QI.
Why do your fingers go wrinkly in the bath? What kind of animal can have 21 limbs? Who would really win a fight between a T.Rex and Godzilla? Test your knowledge of all things scientific with the biggest, brightest and most mind-bending quiz book this side of the Big Bang. Featuring 100 brain-melting Q&As, with enlightening explanations provided throughout, this is the ultimate examination of what you know about space, chemistry, quantum physics, science fiction and much more.
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