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Have you ever wondered... Why the Queen asks permission to enter the City? Where in London you are required to drive on the right? What is the history behind Pearly Kings and Queens? From the garden suburbs to the action-packed centre, the city of London reveals layer upon layer of history, culture, delights - and secrets. Whether you're intrigued by London's rich history or fascinated by its glittering cultural scene, For the Love of London will take you on a tour encompassing architecture, royalty, landmark events, historical figures, crime, culture and a host of surprising facts about the world's finest city.
WARNING: This book will blow your mind. Matthew Santoro is a fact-filled YouTube sensation. Now comes his first ever book packed full of trivia, laughs and facts that seem too mind-melting to be true. From videogame characters that were based on real people to myths you still believe about space, Santoro brings together the world's most amazing facts in mind-boggling Top Ten lists and myth-busting revelations. Did you know that it's illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament? Or that under extreme pressure peanut butter can be turned into diamonds? If you like to learn new things and laugh a little while you're at it, you won't believe what you'll discover inMind = Blown. www.youtube.com/MatthewSantoro
A collection of hilarious games for any adult party night.
WHT CNNCTS THS CLS? Britain's most fiendishly difficult quiz is back. Do you have what it takes to make it to the grand final? With their first bestselling quiz book, the Only Connect team tested your lateral thinking with killer connections, challenging sequences and byzantine walls. Now, Only Connect question-setter (and former champion) Jack Waley-Cohen returns with a NEW collection of 200 cryptic, brain-busting questions, including many never-before-broadcast and all-new ones exclusive to the book. Organized into a series of discrete 4-round games, each game increases in difficulty, as you try to reach the grand final. It's like having your very own full series of Only Connect at home. With a healthy dose of trivia between games (What are the greatest ever Only Connect questions? Who is the best team of all time?) and an introduction by presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell, The Only Connect Quiz Book will take you skills to a new level. So limber up your frontal lobes, and get ready to pit your wits against the toughest quiz on TV.
Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is arranged into thematic chapters:1) 1) The ocean environment - animals, geography, geology, weather, coasts, islands2) 2) Ship types and parts - from the first boat to the latest cutting-edge technology1) 3) People - heroes, heroines, pirates, sailors, captains 2) 4) Disasters, battles, wars3) 5) Literature - stories, myths, legends, proclamations, acts, orders 4) 6) Nautical sayings and slang Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is about ships, people and the sea. However, unlike many other nautical compendiums, the focus of this book is on the unusual, the overlooked or the downright extraordinary. Thus, someone most of us do not know, Admiral William Brown, is given equal coverage to Admiral Nelson. Without Admiral Brown releasing Garibaldi, modern Italy might not exist. And without the barely known genius John Ericsson designing the Monitor, the Confederacy might have won the American Civil War. Readers will be stimulated to read more about the remarkable men - explorers, admirals and trawlermen - who have shaped our world. The sea has had a remarkable effect upon our language. We hear the terms `steer clear of', `hit the deck', `don't rock the boat', `to harbour a grudge' and the like, and give little thought to them. In the pages of this book, the reader will find the origin of 'bumpkin', a 'brace of shakes', 'born with a silver spoon', 'booby prize', 'to take on board', 'above board', 'bombed' (in the sense of being drunk), the 'blues', 'blind-side', 'blind drunk', 'the pot calling the kettle black', 'reach the bitter end', 'wasters', 'ahoy', 'all at sea', 'to keep aloof', 'piss-artist', 'taken aback', 'barbecue'' and 'bamboozle'. Other colourful terms, which have passed out of common usage, such as 'bring one's arse to anchor' (sit down), 'belly timber' (food) and 'bog orange' (potato) are also included, as well as important pirate haunts, technical terms, famous battles, maritime inventors and ship speed records.
Hundreds of challenging Pub Quiz questions await you in this fun pack. Each card contains themed questions, with answers on the reverse so you can give yourself a mental workout, challenge your friends or organize your own Pub Quiz!
The perfect gift for Christmas Which Haruki Murakami novel shares its title with a Beatles song? In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie's surname? What is heavy-drinking Rachel Watson known as in the title of a 21st-century bestseller? And what do you get if you add the number of Bennet sisters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to the number of Karamazov brothers in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov? With four hundred questions covering books from literary classics to modern bestsellers, through iconic children's books and books you say that you've read but really you haven't, The Penguin Book Quiz is as appropriate for making you look well-read at a party as it is for a book-loving family to tuck into after Christmas dinner: it's as enjoyable to read as it is to play. Featuring the work of everyone from Antony Beevor to Zadie Smith, books from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses, and with movie, music, television, theatre and literary references abounding, this entertaining quiz tickles the fancy (and the brains) of light and heavy readers alike. Answers: - Norwegian Wood - Bucket - The Girl on the Train - Eight (five sisters, three brothers) 'Unceasingly enormous fun' Alan Connor, author of The Joy of Quiz 'I'll definitely be buying copies of this book as gifts' Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing 'The greatest social lubricant since the invention of alcohol' John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal
Based on the 'Briefings' columns that appear in every issue of The Week, here is a book that addresses the key issues of our day and breaks them down into bite-sized questions and answers. Each one takes minutes to read yet provides objective and meticulously researched perspectives on the major matters of our times. How did Darwin change the world? What exactly is Sharia law? Which was the world's worst industrial accident? Is computer hacking getting more serious? Can Aspirin cure cancer? What was the legacy of the Iran-Iraq war? Ranging across a wide array of subjects - from medicine, science and politics, to history, geography and finance - about which we are often less informed than we would like, this is a fascinating book to dip into.
We would all like to be better informed. Here is a book that makes it easy.
Now for the first time you can get facts and trivia about three all-American topics in one place with "The All-American Most Wanted(TM) Boxed Set," comprising "Country Music's Most Wanted(TM)," "NASCAR's Most Wanted(TM)," and "Wrestling's Most Wanted(TM)," Read about everything from the most flamboyant wrestlers to the best "before they were famous" stories of country singers to the NASCAR drivers with the most career wins, plus so much more. There are thousands of funny stories, amazing anecdotes, and tidbits you won't learn anywhere else. If you're a fan of fiddlin', racin', or rasslin', then "The All-American Most Wanted(TM) Boxed Set" is for you.
Why do elephants have such big ears? What's the difference between fog and mist? How did earthworms travel from Europe to North America? Be the brainiest guest at the wedding, the smartest slacker in the break room, and the cleverest delegate at your next networking event. Whether you're cramming for the quiz, trying to impress your friends, or simply in need of a knowledge fix, WHO KNEW? is the book for you. Filled with nuggets of wisdom to bolster your brain cells, there are plenty of tales here to surprise and delight even the most ardent trivia fan. From the plagues of the Middle Ages and the rules of Roman architecture to culinary customs, presidential assassinations, and the contents of James Bond's glass. And with a nifty test at the end of each section to keep you on your toes, you'll be ready for Mastermind in no time. Galvanize your grey matter with this classic compendium, as you find yourself asking: who knew?
Celebrating Edinburgh's diverse riches, this quiz book invites you to come on a wide-ranging exploration of Scotland's hilly capital. Peel away its many layers in the company of one of Edinburgh's top Blue Badge tourist guides. These 22 tours will inspire you, your family, colleagues and friends to leap from page to pavement in the entertaining company of a local expert. Have fun!
This superb book contains a wealth of fascinating information on a huge variety of subjects. There are hundreds of quizzes, 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 included. This book contains all you will need for setting your own pub quizzes, or for brushing up on your general knowledge before you try your next competition.
Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him fifty ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do. Not stuff you can download from the internet, but really important things. You never know when you might need to land an A330 Airbus, or deliver twins. And there may well be a moment when being able to play a bit of classical music on the piano is absolutely crucial to your success with women. So read, learn and be prepared - you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
10,000 questions, and over 300 individual quizzes make up this superb book, containing a wealth of fascinating information on a huge variety of subjects perfect for quiz aficionados, divided by difficulty level and subject matter. Many of the quizzes are themed, along the classic lines of music, sport, geography, politics, entertainment etc. but there are also more specialist subjects such as Gardening, The Olympics, Medicine and Health and Festivals. Potluck quizzes with a mix of all subjects are also included to keep you on your toes. A section at the rear of the book also gives tips and advice on how to host your own quiz at home, the pub, or any place keen quizzers congregate. So whether quiz master or quizmaster, this is the book for you.
A bumper collection of 2,800 questions and answers to test even the most ardent quiz fanatic.
Mensa Mighty Brain Teasers is a wide-ranging collection of over 500 puzzles, games, tests and questionnaires that will dramatically increase your levels of self-knowledge. It is split into four sections. The first includes intriguing word, number and logic puzzles as well as some challenging practical problems. The second section is concerned with increasing self-knowledge and involves a wide variety of tests and games to increase your creativity. The next section is all about lateral thinking. It contains dozens of cunning puzzles with the most unexpected solutions. Finally, there is a superb collection of logic puzzles that will provide a test for even the most experienced puzzle-solver. With a total of more than 500 puzzles, readers of all abilities will be entertained for days. Mensa is the world's premier brain brand. All the puzzles in this book have been compiled by members of this world famous organization.
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.
Organized into eight chapters, Listomania covers questions of human behavior, trivia facts about geography (past and present), etymology, mythology, ancient and recent history, as well as pop culture. Some of the lists included are:
10 Tiny Terrors: a list of the ten most petite world leaders (yes, some were shorter than Napoleon )43 Famous People Who Were Adopted (e.g. Steve Jobs, Debbie Harry, Mark Twain, Alexander the Great)15 Movies Featuring Giant Rabbits10 Top Cheese Eating Countries( note correspondence to the top ten happiest countries)8 Dastardly Ponzi Schemes38 Ancient Cities (That People Still Live In)28 Prehistoric Creatures Named for Famous People or Cool Things (e.g. Dracorex Hogwartsia, Attenborosaurus, and Psephorus Terrypratchetti)
Illustrated in full color with playful images, graphs, charts, captions, and photographs, this colorful book brings a new face to trivia and is sure to wow readers, surprise them, and make them laugh from cover to cover. Listomania functions as a practical information resource as well as a fun and quirky gift for readers of any age.
Do you know... Who holds the world record for the fastest marathon run in flip flops, or dressed as a beer can? The stories behind the running legends known as 'Grandma' and 'The Buckeye Bullet'? Why a race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is known as the Trail of Tears? Running is the simplest, the most natural, the most wildly liberating and gloriously exhilarating of sports. All you need is a pair of trainers - and not even that, if you're one of those barefoot-runner types - and you're set. But the strength, determination and stamina required to get to the top of your game is something to be admired and aspired to. Collected here are all the most fascinating insights into the world of running - from its illustrious history to tales of modern-day greats - that you could ever need to inspire your next run. This miscellany is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy of hitting the road, whether you're on your first 5K or your latest ultramarathon!
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