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  • Playersby Tim Harris

    Random House 2009; US$ 28.19

    It may be natural to play games, but the sports we love aren't natural at all. Each and every one of them has been invented, tweaked, pushed and pulled to come up with better rules, cleverer tactics and more effective techniques. There are no prizes for guessing who invented the Cruyff Turn or the Fosbury Flop - but who invented the header or the... more...

  • mental_floss: The Bookby Will Pearson; Mangesh Hattikudur

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 14.86

    The geniuses at mental_floss are back with mental_floss: The Book , a funny, surprising, fact-packed compendium of more than 200 of the Greatest Lists in the History of Listory. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the award-winning mental_floss magazine, authors Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, and Ethan Trex offer a cornucopia of additive, edifying,... more...

  • Pedant's Revoltby Andrea Barham

    Michael O' Mara Books 2011; US$ 9.99

    A go-to book for settling many an unresolved dispute that sheds light on a wide range of facts that we have always believed to be true, but which are, in fact, completely false. It exposes common myths and fallacies that have become entrenched in everyday thought. more...

  • The Greatest General Knowledge Quiz Bookby Chris Cowlin

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 5.49

    What does the average human head weigh? From where in the United Kingdom did the Titanic set off on her maiden voyage? Can you name the manager who took charge of the England football team in 1977? In which year did the United Kingdom first win the Eurovision Song Contest with Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet on a String’? If you can answer these... more...

  • The Medicine Cabinet of Curiositiesby Nicholas Bakalar

    Henry Holt and Co. 2009; US$ 15.99

    Delightful doses of medical miscellany about wacky doctors and their curious patients, from their smallest bones (the stapes) to their heaviest organs (the liver) In this addictive collection of trivia, Nicholas Bakalar, the "Vital Signs" columnist for The New York Times , spoons out the things you never realized you really want to know about... more...

  • I Call Bullshitby Jamie Frater

    Ulysses Press 2011; US$ 4.99

    IS THAT SMART-SOUNDING PERSON SPOUTING KNOWLEDGE, OR ARE THEY FULL OF IT? Do you want the real facts to counter and correct the steaming piles of myth and misinformation you hear all the time? This fascinating collection tells exactly what you need to know so the next time you hear someone repeat one of these common falsehoods, you?ll be ready... more...

  • Now You Know Baseballby Doug Lennox

    Dundurn Press 2010; US$ 19.99

    Everyone will know the score with this grand slam of Q&A that?s sure to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Doug Lennox hammers it out of the park by filling us in on who?s won the most Cy Young Awards and the five ways that a player can be called ?out.? This is a treasure trove of baseball lore. more...

  • Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!by Neil Patrick Stewart

    F+W Media 2011; US$ 13.95

    Think you can spot the fake? Think again. It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS. Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths. And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup. Was Cleopatra the last... more...

  • The First Book of Secondsby Matthew Murrie; Steve Murrie

    F+W Media 2010; US$ 13.95

    With the exception of a few consolation prize?winning legends (Susan Lucci, Al Gore, and the Buffalo Bills come to mind for their mediocrity), most runners-up aren't even remembered. But now the not-so-amazing achievements of those who faltered on the way to the top get their due, including: The second tallest U.S. president The second man to set... more...

  • Questionby Lee Hoyle

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 2.99

    Lee Hoyle - philosopher, man on the street or genius? Perhaps after reading this book you will make your own mind up. Unedited from his original manuscripts, this eBook contains a large number of 'mini articles' with Lee's thoughts on everything from films to planets, cranes to drugs and almost everything inbetween. This book will almost... more...