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- Cleis Press [Start] 2014; US$ 14.95
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson?s grandson was an ax murderer? Do you delight knowing that some dinosaurs were as teeny tiny as hens? Wonder what it?s like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it?s named after Alice in Wonderland ? In A People's History of the Peculiar , historian Nick Belardes has dug... more...
- Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 11.65
1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year's groaning sack of astonishment. Prepare to be knocked sideways... Orchids can get jetlag. Lizards can't walk and breathe at the same time. There are 177,147 ways to tie a tie. Ladybird orgasms last for 30 minutes. Traffic... more...
- Crown Publishing Group 2006; US$ 12.99
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...
- 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...
- John Blake 2007; US$ 5.99
From why kamikaze pilots wear helmets and why New York City is called the Big Apple to why catnip affects cats and whether Nostradamus was able to predict the future—the answers are all collected here! This indispensable companion for any lover of obscure knowledge answers frequently asked questions, while also pointing out commonly held misconceptions.... more...
- Red Wheel Weiser 2006; US$ 13.95
This isn?t a book of statistics and it isn?t a book of science. It has nothing whatsoever to do with actuaries or accountants. Number Freaking is a book of surreal sums and absurd arithmetic: it?s doodling with numbers, doing sums in your head just for fun, playing dice with the universe. It?s the art of putting numbers where none existed before... more...
- Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95
Did you know that cats were once used to deliver mail in Belgium? That the ?huddle? in football became popular after a deaf player began using it to prevent other teams from reading his sign language? That the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese in a year? Organized from A to Z, there are over 1,000 trivia tidbits for you to peruse. Start... more...
- Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 9.99
Mind-blowing statistics and crazy connections?from the number-crunching genius behind a popular blog. Based on findings on Correlated.org, this surprising and very funny book presents bizarre-but-true correlations between seemingly unrelated things. Based on daily polls and statistical analysis, in CORRELATED , Gallagher reveals: ? People... more...