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  • The Quote Verifierby Ralph Keyes

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 21.99

    Our language is full of hundreds of quotations that are often cited but seldom confirmed. Ralph Keyes?s The Quote Verifier considers not only classic misquotes such as ?Nice guys finish last,? and ?Play it again, Sam,? but more surprising ones such as ?Ain?t I a woman?? and ?Golf is a good walk spoiled,? as well as the origins of popular sayings... more...

  • Ask Beardersby Bill Frindall

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 14.11

    What is the highest number of runs a player has scored in Test matches without ever being dismissed? Did P. G. Wodehouse name Bertie Wooster's valet, Jeeves, after a county cricketer? Why is Ashley Giles known as the 'King of Spain'? Who scored the 1,000th century in Test cricket? ... more...

  • Never Shower in a Thunderstormby Anahad O'Connor

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 8.99

    The New York Times's intrepid health reporter investigates the truth about sex, eating, exercise, and other health conundrums   For more than two years, the New York Times's science and health columnist Anahad O'Connor has tracked down the facts, fictions, and occasional fuzziness of old wives' tales, conventional-wisdom cures, and other... more...

  • Maximum Entropy and Bayesian Methods in Applied Statisticsby James H. Justice

    Cambridge University Press 1986; US$ 57.00

    This collection of papers contains contributions showing the use of the maximum entropy method in many of the fields in which it finds application. more...

  • The Indispensable Book of Useless Informationby Don Voorhees

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 12.95

    Nothing you'll ever need to know is in this book The #1 New York Times bestselling series continues to prove that there are plenty of things in this world no one needs to know about. Why bother learning that... * Poland sells a drink called Fart Juice? * ATMs in Vatican City are in Latin? * a two-year-old learns about ten new words... more...

  • The Second Book of General Ignoranceby John Lloyd; John Mitchinson

    Crown Publishing Group 2011; US$ 19.95

    From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.   The original Book of General Ignorance was published in 2006. It has since been translated into twenty-six... more...

  • God and Logic in Islamby John Walbridge

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 24.00

    Investigates central role of reason in Islamic intellectual life, predicting rationalism will be vital to revival of Islamic intellectual culture. more...

  • A Brief History of Timby Kathy Clugston

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 14.11

    Rather than explaining our origins, A Brief History of Tim addresses our history and culture at the level we most deeply desire - the trivial. By simply removing one letter, the world is tweaked with immensely enjoyable results: For those who think contemporary art is a load of rubbish, there's the Tat Modern. Find out... more...

  • The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sundayby The New York Times

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 26.99

    A handy, smaller, and more focused version of our popular New York Times knowledge books?organized by weekends and topic Fell asleep during history class in high school when World War II was covered? Learned the table of elements at one time but have forgotten it since ? Always wondered who really invented the World Wide Web? Here is the... more...

  • mental_floss: The Bookby Will Pearson; Mangesh Hattikudur

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 14.99

    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...