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  • Bertha Venationby Larry Ashmead

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 6.99

    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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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/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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Book of Originsby Trevor Homer

    Penguin Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    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$ 35.00

    Judy Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. William Wilson was also a freelance writer. Wilson went to Yale and Jones to Smith, but both have maintained that they got their real educations in the process of writing this book. William Wilson died in 1999. From the Hardcover edition. more...