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  • 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...

  • The Book of General Ignoranceby John Mitchinson; John Lloyd

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 22.00

    Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more, The Book of General Ignorance is a witty... more...

  • Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?by New Scientist

    Atria Books 2007; US$ 15.99

    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, questions... 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...

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

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.21

    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...

  • 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...

  • An Incomplete Educationby Judy Jones; William Wilson

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 35.00

    When it was originally published in 1987, An Incomplete Education became a surprise bestseller. Now this instant classic has been completely updated, outfitted with a whole new arsenal of indispensable knowledge on global affairs, popular culture, economic trends, scientific principles, and modern arts. Here?s your chance to brush up on all those subjects... more...

  • American History Revisedby Seymour Morris

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 18.00

    ?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...