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  • The Lazy Intellectualby Richard J Wallace

    Adams Media 2010; US$ 16.95

    It's a small attention span world out there, and not everyone's interested in paging through lengthy tomes to deepen their intellect. They want their information. And they want it now. This book fills that void next to the recliner as the go-to reference whenever work conversations or bar trivia have you feeling stupid. The top ten academic subjects... more...

  • The First Book of Secondsby Matthew Murrie; Steve Murrie

    Adams Media 2010; US$ 13.95

    Susan Lucci, Al Gore, and the Buffalo Bills all received top billing by coming in second. But that's not normally the case--most runners-up dwell in obscurity. Finally , there's a book that celebrates the many unsung qualities of those who faltered on their way to the top! Inside, you'll discover little-known second-acts with entries that highlight... more...

  • Pocket World in Figures 2018by The Economist

    Profile Books 2017; US$ 14.65

    For more than 25 years, Pocket World in Figures has been informing and entertaining readers around the world with its blend of the serious, the quirky and the downright surprising. Where else would you find out, in a single volume, that 98% of Suriname is forest, that Switzerland sells the most expensive Big Macs or that the UK spends the most... more...

  • Basketball's Most Wantedby David L. Hudson

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 6.95

    All-American George Glamack was known as the "Blind Bomber" because his eyesight was so poor that he couldn?t see the basket. Bobby Bailey once fouled out of a game in three minutes. The first professional basketball player, Fred Cooper, earned sixteen dollars per game. Swedish player Mats Wermelin scored all 272 points in a game. Boston Celtics coach... more...

  • Aviation's Most Wantedby Steven A Ruffin

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 12.95

    Ever since the caveman gazed longingly at the winged creatures above him, mankind has been enamored with the idea of flight?of just taking off and soaring away. Steven A. Ruffin celebrates that spirit, that sense of wonder, with Aviation?s Most Wanted?: The Top 10 Book of Winged Wonders, Lucky Landings, and Other Aerial Oddities . With dozens of... more...

  • Washington, DC's Most Wantedby Norman Polmar

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 6.95

    Long a family-friendly tourist destination and educational mecca for students, Washington, DC, is immediately recognizable for its world-class museums and monuments riddled with symbolism. Washington?s other signature stamp?politics?attracts visitors of a different kind. Power players from around the globe gather in the nation?s capital to make history.... more...

  • Imponderablesby David Feldman

    HarperCollins 2004; US$ 10.99

    Did you ever wonder why you never see baby pigeons? Or why a thumbs-up gesture means "OK"? At last the solutions to some of life's most baffling questions are gathered here in one volume. Written in an informative and entertaining style and illustrated with drawings that are clearly to the point, Imponderables gets to the bottom of everyday life's... more...

  • Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledgeby Editors of Mental Floss

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    Loaded with meaty trivia and tasty, bite-sized facts! mental_floss is proud to offer a delicious, hearty helping of brain-food that's sure to fire up your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories that will satisfy even the hungriest mind!... more...

  • The Explainerby Slate Magazine

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 12.95

    What happens to recalled meat? What?s the difference between a serial killer and a spree killer? How do you stop a lava flow? Does homeowner?s insurance cover murder? And what is Ovaltine anyway? Answers to these and other fascinating questions you never thought to ask, from the writers at Slate Magazine An entertaining and genuinely informative... 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...