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  • 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...

  • American History Revisedby Seymour Jr Morris

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 16.99

    ?American History Revised is as informative as it is entertaining and humorous. Filled with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets, the book does more than revise American history, it reinvents it.? ?James Bamford, bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, and The Shadow Factory     This spirited reexamination of American history... more...

  • Bubble Gum and Hula Hoopsby Harry Oliver

    Penguin Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.00

    The fascinating and funny origins of everyday objects-bliss for history hounds, language lovers and trivia buffs. In this delightful volume, Harry Oliver reveals the most unusual and unexpected stories behind the household necessities, toys, common objects, technological advances, and everyday items we all take for granted. Who hasn't wondered:... more...

  • This Day in Footballby T. J. Troup

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2009; US$ 9.99

    A full football season of facts, history, and nostalgia, this book will tell you the date the record for passes attempted was broken (94 on 11/1/53) as well as the game in which a defensive tackle lined up as a tight end to make the only touchdown reception of his career (William Perry, Chicago Bears, 11/3/85), and much, much more. more...

  • Take Me to Your Leaderby Ian Harrison

    DK Publishing 2007; US$ 25.00

    From pictures of dressed-up dogs to Bond Girls, and extreme sports to extreme weather, Take Me To Your Leader is packed with information that is curious, compelling, intriguing, and indispensable. With its innovative visual take on trivia, pop culture, and strange-but-true tales, this is an exciting, original, and hilarious look at humans and the... more...

  • Bargumentsby Doug Hanks

    Gallery Books 2008; US$ 9.99

    If you could marry into any family, which would you choose? Who talks about sex more: men or women? Is it harder to be a pitcher or a running back? Name the best television theme song of all time. Who would win in a war: Texas or California? These are just a few of the entertaining, provocative, endlessly debate-worthy questions... more...

  • Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?by David Feldman

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 10.65

    Are you the type of person who stays up nights wondering how they get the paper tag into Hershey's Kisses? Or why portholes are round? Even if you don't lose sleep over such matters, you have to admit that such questions are, well, worthy of consideration. Here, from David Feldman, creator of the Imponderables® series, are the latest questions... more...

  • The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Listsby

    Ulysses Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    BIZARRE STUFF, AMAZING FACTS, ASTONISHING MYSTERIES, NATURAL WONDERS, LITTLE-KNOWN PEOPLE, USEFUL TIPS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE From crime, movies and music to science, history and literature, this book offers an incredible array of intriguing top-10 lists, including: •Urban Legends—Debunked •Influential People Who Never Lived •Ancient Methods of... more...

  • What Makes Flamingos Pink?by Bill McLain

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 7.99

    Do spiders sleep? Why are barns red? Why is there a crescent moon on outhouse doors? Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes? As the Xerox Corporation's official webmaster, Bill McLain often fielded as many as 1,000 questions a day on just about everything under the sun -- and beyond. The wildest, funniest, and even most astute... more...