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  • The Areas of My Expertiseby John Hodgman

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.00

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as Poor Richard?s Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is... 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,... more...

  • Bad vs. Worseby Joshua Piven

    Penguin Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.95

    Skim or whole milk? Aisle or window seat? Easy. Don Corleone or Darth Vader as your father? Not so much. Welcome to the pinnacle of lose-lose decision-making, courtesy of the bestselling author of  The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook . In  Bad vs. Worse , readers are presented with a series of impossible choices, as well as the facts, figures,... more...

  • Bertha Venationby Larry Ashmead

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • 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 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...

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

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    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 ฎ 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...

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

    Crown Publishing Group 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...

  • 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...