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  • Uncle John's Ultimate Bathroom Readerby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Uncle John?s all-new 8th edition is packed with everything that Bathroom Reader fans have come to expect from this stellar series--short, medium, and long articles covering a whole host of topics--everything from dumb crooks to funny quotes to forgotten history. Read about . . . - Ice cream origins - Olympic cheaters - Celebrity mummies - The first... more...

  • The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Partiesby David Matalon; Chris Woolsey

    Crown/Archetype 2006; US$ 19.00

    Banish awkward silences, boring weather talk, or (worst of all) the embarrassing conversation gaff with this pithy, hilarious guide to effortless party banter. We?ve all been there. You?re at a party, surrounded by the most important people in your life. You?re cool. You?re casual. You?re witty and urbane. Until suddenly, quite unexpectedly, things... more...

  • How Did They Do That?by Caroline Sutton

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 8.49

    The totally satisfying answers to more than 100 questions that drive normal people?not to mention infomaniacs and trivia buffs?crazy. Questions about matters great and small, from ancient times to yesterday. Illustrated with illuminating technical drawings and unusual vintage photographs. How did they spend $40 million making Heaven's Gate? How... more...

  • Why Rattlesnakes Rattleby Valeri R. Helterbran

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    This entertaining book gives surprising explanations for the facts, tales and lore associated with day-to-day living and the world around us. Learn why birds perched on power lines aren't electrocuted; the origins of such expressions as "swan song" and "willy nilly;" and the science behind such phenomena as ball lightning, blue glaciers, red tide,... more...

  • The Book of Niceby Josh Chetwynd

    Workman Publishing Company 2013; US$ 8.95

    Nice is the secret ingredient to a better life. It makes us happy. It may even be what makes us civilized?when we say thank you, shake hands, send flowers, we?re doing the nice things that bring people together. ?A compulsive and chunky book for lovers of trivia, popular history, customs, and culture?and a perfect gift to say ?you?re nice?? The... more...

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    Ulysses Press 2014; US$ 15.99

    CRAZY-BUT-TRUE FACTS, PECULIAR OCCURRENCES, DESPICABLE CRIMES, BIZARRE RECORDS, UNBELIEVABLE CREATURES, AND MANY MORE SHOCKING ODDITIES Delving into the shocking side of pop culture, science, and history, Listverse.com's Epic Book of Mind-Boggling Lists offers a wealth of fascinating reading with over 200 lists and more than 2,000 interesting... more...

  • Get Luckyby Chas Newkey-Burden

    Transworld 2014; US$ 12.68

    Have you ever wondered how Simon Cowell developed the Midas touch? Or how Mo Farah won two Olympic golds? Curious to know how Barack Obama focusses before an election? How Marilyn Monroe always looked so glamorous? Or how Dan Brown pens his latest bestseller? Packed full of entertaining trivia and hilarious anecdotes, Get Lucky chronicles the luck... more...

  • Now I Know Moreby Dan Lewis

    F+W Media 2014; US$ 14.99 US$ 12.29

    "Every story in the book is interesting, and Lewis includes a 'bonus fact' at the end of each story, which is a mini mind bender on its own." --BoingBoing "A mind-tickling encyclopedia... Now I Know is a treat in its entirety...an oasis of learning about what you don't yet know...but are glad you found." --Brain Pickings Dan Lewis, creator of... more...

  • Isms and Ologiesby Arthur Goldwag

    Quercus 2013; US$ 5.99

    What's the difference between an anarchist and an anarcho-syndicalist, a Platonist and a Neo-Platonist? And how modern can Modernism really be if all the famous modernists are dead? To those who've been humiliated by a knowing reference to Wahhabism at a dinner party, caught short by a casual allusion to Orphism at a private view, or flummoxed by... more...