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Beautifully repackaged, updated, and expanded second edition delivers even more carefully researched and illuminating facts across a wide variety of topicsHardcover package makes this a terrific gift itemThe award-winning journalists at the Chicago Tribune have researched dozens and dozens of topics, providing in-depth, riveting information that will pull readers in regardless of the page they open toCurated from the popular weekly feature column in the Chicago Tribune, this book shares the best factoids and most relevant trivia for a diverse national audiencePerfect light read for home, commuting, or summer vacationFun and irreverent tone great for specialty shops
Do YOU dream of one day winning your local pub quiz? Wouldn't it be great to wipe that smug smile off the face of the weekly winners? How To Win Your Pub Quiz is a glorious celebration of a great British institution - the pub quiz - and your 100% guarantee* of ultimate quizzing victory. Written by a self-confessed quizaholic, this funny guide to pub quizzing expertly describes how to turn your crap team into a winning machine! By supplying you with everything you need to know to tackle those tricky questions and rounds, as well as loads of other super hints, tips and trivia, this unique companion will have you completely destroying the competition in no time. So, put your thinking caps on people - let's get quizzical! *Not an actual guarantee. 25, 000 words
Celebrate the big 3-0 with this thrilling 30th edition of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader-and cheers to 30 more! What's even more trusty and awe-inspiring than Old Faithful, the Yellowstone geyser that erupts 17 times a day? Uncle John and the Bathroom Readers' Institute! Every year for the past three decades, Uncle John and his team of tireless researchers have delivered an epic tome packed with thousands of fascinating factoids. And now this extra-special 30th anniversary edition has everything you've come to expect from the BRI, and more! It's stuffed with 512 pages of all-new articles sure to please everyone, from our longtime readers to newbies alike. You'll get the scoop on the latest "scientific" studies, weird world news, surprising history, and obscure facts. Here's just a sampling of what's in store: From foe to friend: presidential rivals who are buddies now What you never thought to do with those old CDs you have lying around Saddam Hussein revealed...and it's not pretty James Bond author Ian Fleming and his most titillating book titles The creepiest murderabilia that no one would want...except these people The origins of Project Gutenberg and its free e-books All-new editions of our most popular series, including Terrible Typos, Phrase Origins, and You Call This Art? Myths and facts about our friends-nos amis-the French The most horrifying things ever lost or found And much, much more!
Why did Uuq become Fl? Why is the sky blue? Why is the sky black? What is spaghettification? There's a problem with the typical quiz. It always features far too much sport, 1980s pop and celebrity gossip - and not nearly enough science. How Many Moons Does the Earth Have? is the ultimate solution. Test your knowledge to the limit with a sizzling collection of brain-stretching, science-based questions in two eight-round quizzes. Turn the page to get the answer immediately - and as each answer page explores the subject in more depth, this the only quiz that's just as entertaining to read from beginning to end as it is to play competitively. Where was the Big Bang? What links the elephant Tusko and Timothy Leary? What is the significance of 6EQUJ5? Science explainer extraordinaire Brian Clegg tells all...
So you think you know the Bible? Then you probably know the answers to these questions: How many total dreams did Joseph have in the book of Matthew? What two weapons were the disciples carrying at the Last Supper? In Acts, what was the first name given to Christianity? What is the last word of the last book of the Bible? Don't know? That's okay. That's why you want to buy this book. The Extreme New Testament Bible Trivia Challenge contains over 2,300 questions, arranged in the order they appear, with at least one question from every chapter in the Bible (that's 260 chapters). If you love the Bible, then you want to know everything there is about it. Read through the questions on your own or have fun challenging your family, friends, church, or study group. The more you get to know the Bible, the more comfortable you become with it. The more comfortable you are with it, the closer it grows to your heart.
These oddball stories about real-life crimes will make you shake your head. Loaded with dozens of entertaining and amusing articles about actual crimes, this latest book from Portable Press will definitely leave you scratching your head. Dumb crooks, celebrities gone bad, unsolved mysteries, odd laws, and more-Strange Crime has plenty of stories that will make you ask yourself, "What could they possibly have been thinking?" This easily portable paperback book is ideal for readers on the go. Take it to school, to work, to jury duty!
An amusing and possibly informative anthology of Notes and Queries, the Victorian magazine for which no subject was too odd or obscure. Recommended for history, literature, and trivia buffs. How did the Honorable Miss E. St. Leger become a Freemason? Did Lord Byron meet a hippopotamus, or was it only a tapir? Whence the popular prejudice against redheads? These were among the topics discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries, a weekly magazine founded in London in 1849 as "a medium of inter-communication for literary men, artists, antiquaries, genealogists, etc." Its motto was "When found, make a note of"-a saying of Captain Cuttle, the hook-handed old salt of Dickens's Dombey and Son. Some subscribers to Notes and Queries contributed brief notes on curious facts they had uncovered; other sent in arcane queries to be answered. The result was rather like an erudite Internet discussion board, complete with its flame wars and trolls. This book anthologizes the most interesting exchanges from the First Series of Notes and Queries (1849-55). Here, ordered by subject-with judicious footnotes, of course-are delightfully pedantic remarks on the daily life and amusements of olden times, the doings of faeries, revolting folk remedies, strange forgotten, poetry good and bad, and oddities of natural history, among many other things. Also included is a selection of advertisements from the magazine, for such products as Grosjean's Celebrated Trowsers, Rimmel's Toilet Vinegar (good for several purposes), and the Rev. Edmund Saul Dixon's treatise on Ornamental and Domestic Poultry: Their History and Management. Original drawings add an extra touch of humor throughout, and a lively introduction describes the history and workings of Notes and Queries. Full of useless information and Victorian fustiness, Captain Cuttle's Mailbag will fascinate trivia buffs and time travelers alike.
Think you can spot the fake?
Think again. It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS. Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths. And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup.
Was Cleopatra the last Egyptian pharaoh?Can you "really" make diamonds out of tequila?Is the platypus actually poisonous?
A flip of the page reveals whether you're right or wrong as well as more information on the true trivia--and why you might've fallen for the fake fact. You'll really need to know your sh*t if you plan on correctly calling bullsh*t.
In which street is the Diogenes Club? A Study in Pink is a problem deserving how many nicotine patches? Who is found dead in a locked chamber, with a poison dart above his ear? Which company employed a full-time secretary to answer Sherlock-related mail? What kind of creature swallowed the Blue Carbuncle? And in which TV episode can we find a cross-dressing Jude Law? From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's immortal stories to Sherlock and Elementary, through a century of Sherlock on the silver screen and on television, The Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book is packed with 1000 questions to test the wits of every armchair detective. Whether your favourite Holmes is Rathbone or Brett, Cumberbatch or Miller, whether you search with magnifying glass or mobile phone, here are clues, codes and conundrums to challenge the sharpest of sleuths. A must for every true Sherlock fan.
Obscure and addictive true tales from history told by one of our most entertaining historians, Giles Milton
The first installment in Giles Milton's outrageously entertaining series, History's Unknown Chapters: colorful and accessible, intelligent and illuminating, Milton shows his customary historical flair as he delves into the little-known stories from the past. There's the cook aboard the Titanic, who pickled himself with whiskey and survived in the icy seas where most everyone else died. There's the man who survived the atomic bomb in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And there's many, many more.
Covering everything from adventure, war, murder and slavery to espionage, including the stories of the female Robinson Crusoe, Hitler's final hours, Japan's deadly balloon bomb and the emperor of the United States, these tales deserve to be told.
"A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase." -- Anonymous. Babies are life's little miracles. Everything about them -- from conception to birth and beyond -- is fascinating. Book of Babies includes intriguing scientific facts, strange stories, famous stars and their little ones, and cultural traditions from across the globe.
A math-free introduction to the greatest scientific ideas of the last 2,000 years As smartphones, supercomputers, supercolliders, and AI propel us into an ever more unfamiliar future, How to Speak Science takes us on a rollicking historical tour of the greatest discoveries and ideas that make today's cutting-edge technologies possible. Wanting everyone to be able to "speak" science, YouTube science guru Bruce Benamran explains-as accessibly and wittily as in his acclaimed videos-the fundamental ideas of the physical world: matter, life, the solar system, light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, and much more. Along the way, Benamran guides us through the wildest hypotheses and most ingenious ideas of Galileo, Newton, Curie, Einstein, and science's other greatest minds, reminding us that while they weren't always exactly right, they were always curious. How to Speak Science acquaints us not only with what scientists know, but how they think, so that each of us can reason like a physicist-and appreciate the world in all its beautiful chaos.
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