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  • Sex: A User's Guideby Stephen Arnott

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 7.99

    Everything you always wanted to know about the one subject that never gets old? When it comes to sex, a little knowledge goes a long, long way. Here, at last, is the perfect little book to tease your imagination and test your sexual IQ (ever heard of the Turtle Stirs position?). From techniques to tall tales, from the physiology of sex to an astounding... more...

  • mental floss presents Instant Knowledgeby Editors of Mental Floss

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 5.99

    Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world, Instant Knowledge will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail parties, the watercooler, or any powwow. To experience the clean, rich... more...

  • Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?by New Scientist

    Atria Books 2007; US$ 14.00

    What time is it at the North Pole? What's the chemical formula for a human being? Why do boomerangs come back? Why do flying fish fly? Do the living really outnumber the dead? Why does lightning fork? Why does the end of a whip crack? Everyone has at one time or another thought up odd questions like these, questions... more...

  • The Book of General Ignoranceby John Mitchinson; John Lloyd

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 22.00

    Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the... more...

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    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.21

    An ideal gift book with personality and charm, Bertha Venation is a legendary editor's lifetime collection of the amazing names of actual people, with his own inimitable wit, commentary, and stories. Roger Gotobed . . . Ida Slaptor . . . Formica Dinette . . . Honeysuckle Weeks . . . Gay Beach . . . Sappho Clissit . . . Dimple Mystery This colorful... more...

  • The New York Times Second Book of Science Questions and Answersby C. Claiborne Ray

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.00

    What would kill you if you fell into a black hole? Once people finally get to Mars, how will they get back? What makes the holes in Swiss cheese? Are there any carnivorous plants that are harmful to humans? Are there really caterpillars that scream to protect themselves? How do birds have sexual intercourse? Why don?t woodpeckers damage their brains?... more...

  • Don't Know Much About Anything Elseby Kenneth C. Davis

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.21

    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 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... more...

  • Let's Play Doctorby Mark Leyner; Billy Md Goldberg

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 14.95

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your purchase of this book means that the admissions committee has thoroughly reviewed your application and we are pleased to welcome you to the Why Do Men Have Nipples School of Medicine.* *A not quite fully accredited institution Let?s Play Doctor is your instant guide to becoming a Real Fake Doctor. At the Why Do Men Have Nipples... more...

  • If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People?by John Lloyd; John Mitchinson

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 21.99

    John Lloyd and John Mitchinson have proven themselves to be masters at digging up obscure facts, abstruse information, and amusing anecdotes and presenting them effortlessly, somewhat slyly, with either great wit or at least a little bit of tongue in cheek. Their gifts are on full display in Quote Interesting, a lively, wonderfully enjoyable anthology... more...

  • You Are One-Third Daffodilby Tom Nuttall

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 12.99

    Did you know that most toilets flush in E-flat? Or that American Airlines once saved $40,000 by removing a single olive from each salad served in first class? Well, now you will with this clever, fun, and occasionally shocking compendium of facts from around the world. Organized into witty categories, including ?Battle of the Sexes: Facts About... more...