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  • The Areas of My Expertiseby John Hodgman

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 9.99

    Hot on the heels of the #1 bestsellers The Onion's Our Dumb Century and Jon Stewart's America comes The Areas of My Expertise , the brilliant and uproarious #15 bestseller (i.e., a runaway phenomenon in its own right-no, seriously) - a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom - all of it completely unresearched,... more...

  • The Book of General Ignoranceby John Mitchinson; John Lloyd

    Crown Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.99

    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...

  • Bad vs. Worseby Joshua Piven

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 11.99

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  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fun FAQsby Kara Kovalchik; Sandy Wood

    DK Publishing 2008; US$ 12.95

    Frequently Asked Questions-Answered! Part game book, part trivia book, and part information resource, this guide includes over 1,000 amusing, interesting questions (and their answers, of course) about hundreds of popular subjects-from history to sports, business to science, movies to art, literature to comic books. * Over 1,000 questions... more...

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

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • The Pocket Idiot's Guide to More Not So Useless Factsby Dana Sherwood; Sandy Wood

    DK Publishing 2007; US$ 14.95

    People love weird facts. And judging from the success of the original Pocket Idiot's Guide to Not So Useless Facts, readers love the collection of wacky and interesting facts and factoids. Now, back by popular demand is The Pocket Idiot's Guide to MORE Not So Useless Facts, with completely new entertaining and insightful facts. Gathered by an expert... more...

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

    Crown Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Not So Useless Factsby Dana Sherwood; Sandy Wood

    DK Publishing 2006; US$ 14.95

    People love weird facts. And judging from the success of the original Pocket Idiot's Guide to Not So Useless Facts, readers love the collection of wacky and interesting facts and factoids. Now, back by popular demand is The Pocket Idiot's Guide to MORE Not So Useless Facts, with completely new entertaining and insightful facts. Gathered by an expert... more...

  • The Book of Originsby Trevor Homer

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 12.99

    Read Trevor Homer's posts on the Penguin Blog. Everything?from the mundane (the pencil) to the catastrophic (the atom bomb)?has an origin, but often it?s not what we expect. A few things you may not have known: ? Gandhi was married at age thirteen! ? Chinese fortune cookies are an American invention and were not eaten in China until the 1990s... more...

  • An Incomplete Educationby Judy Jones; William Wilson

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 20.99

    When it was originally published in 1987, An Incomplete Education became a surprise bestseller. Now this instant classic has been completely updated, outfitted with a whole new arsenal of indispensable knowledge on global affairs, popular culture, economic trends, scientific principles, and modern arts. Here?s your chance to brush up on all those subjects... more...