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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
by , Ella Morton

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English

Pages

481

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<DIV>It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.<BR /><BR /> Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.<BR /><BR /> Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.<BR /><BR /> Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.</DIV>
Guinness World Records 2018: Meet our Real-Life Superheroes
by Guinness World Records

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<p>The record-breaking records annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features.</p><p>There is so much to explore inside. Go on a whirlwind tour of the planet’s most amazing places, from the largest swamps to the deepest points on Earth. Find out what happens when you give an octopus a Rubik’s Cube, and why all you need to defend yourself from a crocodile is a rubber band! You’ll also find all your favorite records and categories such as Big Stuff, Collections, Mass Participation and Fun with Food, plus the year’s most significant sporting achievements.</p><p>Our editors have also taken inspiration this year from the world of superheroes – both fictional and real-world – so look out for our feature chapter charting your favorite caped crusaders in comic books, TV shows and movies. We also meet the real-life record-breakers with genuine superpowers, such as the Canadian strongman vicar who can pull a jumbo jet and an actual cyborg who uses technology to augment his senses. You’ll also learn all about the science of superheroes, such as who the fastest and strongest superheroes would be if they came to life, and who would win in a royal rumble between Superman, Batman, Hulk and Dr Strange!</p><p>Also new this year is a celebration of the superlative with infographic poster pages that explore the most exciting absolutes, such as the longest, tallest, fastest and heaviest. Does the longest sofa outstretch the longest train? Is the tallest Easter egg bigger than the tallest snowman? Find out in this amazing new edition. You’ll also find these special pages available as free poster downloads at guinnessworldrecords.com!</p><p>From science to showbiz via stunts and sports, there are real-life heroes all around us in all shapes and sizes, achieving the extraordinary every day. There’s only one book where you’ll find so many amazing facts all in one place, and that’s <b><i>Guinness World Records 2018</i></b>!</p>
Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interes...
by Dan Lewis

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

September 18, 2013

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<b>Praise for the Webby Award-winning newsletter:</b> "I eagerly read 'Now I Know' every day. It's always fresh, always a surprise, and always interesting!" --Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia<BR><BR>Did you know that there are actually 27 letters in the alphabet, or that the U.S. had a plan to invade Canada? And what actually happened to the flags left on the moon?<BR><BR>Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with <i>Now I Know</i>. From uncovering what happens to lost luggage to New York City's plan to crack down on crime by banning pinball, this book will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.<BR><BR>Covering 100 outrageous topics, <i>Now I Know</i> is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn.
The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American Hi...
by Bill O'Neill

Language

English

Pages

163

Publication Date

December 03, 2017

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<b>Slept through high school history? Need a more entertaining refresher than a dusty textbook? Want to learn more about America and its interesting history?</b> Pick up The Great Book of American Trivia, the ultimate compendium of American trivia and little-known facts. A quick read packed with information from cover to cover. <b>Here you will find out:</b><br /><br /><ul><li>Which US president survived an assassination attempt - and didn’t even pause his speech?</li><li>What holiday’s origin story was actually just a tall tale to unite a country at war?</li><li>Where in the world can you find an American mountain range - that isn’t in America?</li><li>How did an earthquake lead to the Trail of Tears?</li><li>What First Lady gossip shook up an entire presidential cabinet?</li></ul>Overstuffed like the Thanksgiving turkey with answers to these questions and more facts - sometimes fun, sometimes serious, but always as true as we can confirm amongst America’s fables - The Great Book of American Trivia takes on the real drama behind the quaint stories we found as students in US history books. A novelty amongst trivia books, here you’ll learn the real stories, the mysteries, and the fascinating tidbits about American history from its first inhabitants to present day.<br /><br />Whether you know nothing about America’s past or you consider yourself an expert, you’ll learn something new and find yourself entertained as you discover or relive the nation’s troubles, mistakes, triumphs, and challenges. Dig in now and start learning the interesting stories that shaped America into what it is today.<br /><br />
The Big Book of Random Facts Volume 8: 1000 Interesting Facts And...
by , Seann Brown

Language

English

Pages

98

Publication Date

November 20, 2017

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Do you love the strange, the weird, and the seriously outrageous? If so, this book is for you!<br /><br />Packed with 1000 of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating trivia facts on the planet, you can astound your friends with your knowledge, and learn a whole new set of conversation starters. Ideal for parties and get togethers, The Big Book of Random Facts is sure to make you laugh, cringe, and drop your jaw! <br /><br />Learn such useful (or not so useful) nuggets of information as:<br /><br /><ul><li><b>The fear of your mother in law is real, it is called pentheraphobia!</b></li><li><b>The world’s first selfie was taken way back in 1839</b></li><li><b>Segway owner, Jimi Heselden, died in 2010 by riding a Segway off a cliff – ironic!</b></li><li><b>A hangover is a medical condition, called veisalgia</b></li><li><b>New staff to Google are called Noogles</b></li></ul>The next time you are hungover, you can ring in sick with a real medical condition! The next time you are forced to meet up with your mother in law and it strikes fear into your heart, you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that your phobia is real. <br /><br />Covering subjects such as history, geography, the human body, food, sport, celebrity, the animal world, space, and technology, you’re sure to learn something new. You might even be intrigued to learn more about the subjects we touch upon. <br /><br />Whatever you use this book for, it is sure to be a talking point amongst you and your friends!<br /><br /><br />
Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Ma...
by Michael Farquhar

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

April 21, 2015

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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).<br /><br /> Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.
Uncle John's OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader
by Bathroom Readers' Institu...

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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What's even more trusty and awe-inspiring than Old Faithful, the Yellowstone geyser that erupts 17 times a day? Uncle John and the Bathroom Readers' Institute! Every year for the past three decades, Uncle John and his team of tireless researchers have delivered an epic tome packed with thousands of fascinating factoids. And now this extra-special 30th anniversary edition has everything you've come to expect from the BRI, and more! It's stuffed with 512 pages of all-new articles sure to please everyone, from our longtime readers to newbies alike. You'll get the scoop on the latest "scientific" studies, weird world news, surprising history, and obscure facts. Here's just a sampling of what's in store:<br /><div><br /><li>From foe to friend: presidential rivals who are buddies now<br /><div><br /><li>What you never thought to do with those old CDs you have lying around<br /><div><br /><li>Saddam Hussein revealed…and it's not pretty<br /><div><br /><li>James Bond author Ian Fleming and his most titillating book titles<br /><div><br /><li>The creepiest murderabilia that no one would want&hellip:except these people<br /><div><br /><li>The origins of Project Gutenberg and its free e-books<br /><div><br /><li>All-new editions of our most popular series, including Terrible Typos, Phrase Origins, and You Call This Art?<br /><div><br /><li>Myths and facts about our friends—nos amis—the French<br /><div><br /><li>The most horrifying things ever lost or found<br /><div><br /><div><br />And much, much more!
The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts...
by , Dwayne Walker

Language

English

Pages

174

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two?<br /><br />It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, “Wow, I never knew that!” <br /><br />With this book, you can be that person. <br /><br />You can read it in just a few minutes a day.<br /><br />Chapters are bite-sized and easy to read, meant for normal people instead of war historians!<br /><br />Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions to test your knowledge. <br /><br />You’ll zoom through this book and be hungry for more. <br /><br />Get ready to impress your friends with your knowledge – not just of the main events of World War Two, but of all the gritty details and weird true facts. By the time you finish this book, you’ll have a fact for every occasion, from the first moment someone thought about having a second World War, to the most recent blockbuster movies about it.<br /><br />So get ready to meet characters from Adolf Hitler, rejected art student, to Jack Churchill, the broadsword-swinging male model. Find out why World War Two started in the first place, and why it’s never a good idea to invade Russia in winter. Learn why the United States was going to stay out of the war, how Canadians stole airplanes for the British, and what an orange soft drink has to do with the Nazis.<br /><br />Some of the things you’re going to learn are sad. Some are scary. Some are sexy. And some are downright strange! It’s everything your history teacher never got around to telling you.<br />
The DIY Balloon Bible Themes & Dreams: How To Decorate For Galas,...
by Sandi Masori

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

December 08, 2017

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Are you looking for a way to decorate an upcoming Gala, Bar Mitzvah, School Event, Anniversary, Quinceanera, Wedding, or just a random themed party just because? In this book, Sandi Masori, “America’s Top Balloon Expert”, shows how to make more than 40 different designs covering 9 different popular party themes. The designs in this book are up to date, tried and true designs that Sandi actually sells to her event clients. These are the most popular designs for galas, anniversaries, milestone birthdays, school events, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras, weddings and more! Amaze your friends and wow your relatives. In addition to step by step instructions and photos, there is a link to a video for each recipe, so if you learn better by watching, you’re covered there too! <br /><br />And did we mention that most of these designs are air-filled? That’s right, most of them don’t require any helium! Instead they use frames (that you can build- it’s in the book), and common air. Be the hit of every party and have fun at the same time. Get your kids or friends involved and make a party out of making the party! <br /><br />Author Sandi Masori, has been in the balloon industry since 1994 and began making educational videos for the industry in 2002. She's authored 5 best-selling books on balloons and has made numerous local, national and international tv appearances talking about balloons and showing what can be done with them. When she's not decorating events with her local balloon company, Balloon Utopia, she's either writing the next book, recording how- to videos at You Tube, or hanging out with her kids.<br />
Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked: Explaining the What If...
by Joseph Pisenti

Language

English

Pages

214

Publication Date

November 09, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<b>#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Looking for trivia books filled with fun facts and trivia questions and answers? <i>Answers to Questions You've Never Asked</i> will entertain you for hours</b><br /><p><br /><b>Fun facts for kids of all ages:</b> When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get from the ocean, how do you qualify as a country and why did Vikings wear those silly helmets? These are just a few of the strange questions that bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka <i>RealLifeLore</i>.<br /><p><br /><b>Trivia questions and answers:</b> In his channel, Pisenti presents illogical truths in a logical manner. In his debut book, Pisenti builds on this nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analysis of empires, economies, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. Why, you ask? Because someone has to. Using line drawings, graphs and charts, Pisenti not only details the absurd, but he also provides explanations on why things are…and why they aren’t. Answers to:<ul><br /><li>Where can I move to so that I’m never tempted by McDonalds again?<br /><li>How far into the Pacific does Trump’s wall stretch?<br /><li>If Plato came back to life, what would he think of modern democracy?<br /><li>Why do all empires fail?<br /><li>Who decides what countries are allowed to participate in the Olympics?<br /><li>What makes Finland so great?</ul><br />Witty, thought-provoking and occasionally snarky, <i>Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked</i> is for anyone who beams with curiosity and has a belly-button.

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