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

Language

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>
The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from th...
by Thomas Morris

Language

English

Pages

367

Publication Date

November 20, 2018

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<b><b>"Delightfully horrifying."--</b><b><i>Popular Science</i></b><br /><b>One of Mental Floss's Best Books of 2018</b><br /><b>One of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018</b><br /><br /><b>This wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of a bygone era in all its jaw-dropping weirdness. </b></b><br /><br />A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris delivers one of the most remarkable, cringe-inducing collections of stories ever assembled. Witness Mysterious Illnesses (such as the Rhode Island woman who peed through her nose), Horrifying Operations (1781: A French soldier in India operates on his own bladder stone), Tall Tales (like the "amphibious infant" of Chicago, a baby that could apparently swim underwater for half an hour), Unfortunate Predicaments (such as that of the boy who honked like a goose after inhaling a bird's larynx), and a plethora of other marvels. <br /><br />Beyond a series of anecdotes, these painfully amusing stories reveal a great deal about the evolution of modern medicine. Some show the medical profession hopeless in the face of ailments that today would be quickly banished by modern drugs; but others are heartening tales of recovery against the odds, patients saved from death by the devotion or ingenuity of a conscientious doctor.<br /><br />However embarrassing the ailment or ludicrous the treatment, every case in <i>The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth</i> tells us something about the knowledge (and ignorance) of an earlier age, along with the sheer resilience of human life.
Christmas Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ...
by Jonathan Green

Language

English

Pages

184

Publication Date

November 01, 2009

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<B>Discover the meaning of the season’s traditions!</B> Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Christmas the way we do? In this whimsical book, Jonathan Green tells you all about the fascinating stories behind our most beloved holiday traditions. Make yourself cozy by the fireplace, open up this fully illustrated treasure trove, and learn: <li> Why we sing carols <li> Why we burn Yule logs <li> Why we hang stockings <li> Why we kiss under the mistletoe <li> Why we send greeting cards <li> Why there are twelve days of Christmas <li> And what <I>is</I> figgy pudding?</li> Each chapter explores a different custom and its history: when and where it started, how it has changed over the centuries, and why we still love to recreate it today. You’ll learn why holly and ivy are important symbols, who Good King Wenceslas was, and why we eat turkey for Christmas dinner. Additional fun facts and trivia are sprinkled throughout, accompanied by classic illustrations. This is the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for curious-minded friends and family this holiday season!
The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is W...
by , John Lloyd

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

August 07, 2007

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<b>Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. </b><br /><br />Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,<i>The Book of General Ignorance</i> is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.<br /><br />Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! Check out THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following: <br /><br /> <b>How long can a chicken live without its head?<br /> </b>About two years. <br /><br /> <b>What do chameleons do? <br /> </b>They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states. <br /><br /> <b>How many legs does a centipede have?<br /> </b>Not a hundred. <br /><br /> <b>How many toes has a two-toed sloth? <br /> </b>It’s either six or eight. <br /><br /> <b>Who was the first American president?<br /> </b>Peyton Randolph. <br /><br /> <b>What were George Washington’s false teeth made from? <br /> </b>Mostly hippopotamus. <br /><br /> <b>What was James Bond’s favorite drink? <br /> </b>Not the vodka martini.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
by Peter Block

Language

English

Pages

357

Publication Date

January 31, 2011

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This <i>Third Edition</i> to Peter Block's <i>Flawless Consulting</i> addresses business changes and new challenges since the second edition was written ten years ago. It tackles the challenges next-generation consultants face, including more guidance on how to ask better questions, dealing with difficult clients, working in an increasingly virtual world, how to cope with complexities in international consulting, case studies, and guidelines on implementation. Also included are illustrative examples and exercises to help you cement the guides offered.
The Quotable Book Lover
by Skyhorse Publishing

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

July 01, 2013

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<B>This “uniquely valuable reference” filled with over five hundred quotations is a bibliophile’s delight (<I>Library Journal</I>). </B><BR />  <BR /><I>A room without books is like a body without a soul. </I><I>—Cicero</I><BR />  <BR /> This collection of quotations about books captures the wisdom and wit of such legendary figures as: Aeschylus, Ernest Hemingway, John Ruskin, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Scribner, Maya Angelou, Franz Kafka, George Bernard Shaw, Jane Austen, Helen Keller, Wallace Stevens, Francis Bacon, Malcolm X, Robert Penn Warren, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Groucho Marx, William Carlos Williams, William Faulkner, John Milton, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Frost, George Orwell, W.B. Yeats, and many more.<BR />  <BR /> Encompassing the many facets of books and the pleasures and puzzlements they afford, <I>The Quotable Book Lover </I>includes chapters on writing, reading, and bookbinding, among other subjects. It’s a treasury that bibliophiles can browse through for hours—as well as a useful tool for anyone who works with books.
Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starter...
by , Ashley Kusi

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

April 26, 2017

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<h2>Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starters for Connecting, Building Trust, and Rekindling Intimacy</h2><br />Do you find it difficult coming up with <b>thought-provoking conversation starters</b> or topics to discuss with your partner?<br /><br />Do you want to discover <b>insightful questions</b> that can lead to having deeper, exciting, and more meaningful conversations as a couple?<br /><br />Don't have much to talk about except the day-to-day life activities?<br /><br /><h2>If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone.</h2><br />We all want to have better, more substantial and <b>engaging conversations</b> every day with our significant other.<br /><br />However, knowing where to start or the right questions to ask can be a challenge when things become routine. That's why we wrote <em>Questions for Couples</em>.<br /><br />We have used these open-ended questions to get to know each other more deeply, have better conversations, and improve our relationship. We believe these questions will do the same for your relationship too.<br /><br /><h2>In <em>Questions for Couples</em>, you will discover:</h2><br />1. <b>469 Thought-provoking conversation starters for connecting, building trust, and rekindling intimacy in your relationship.</b><br /><br />2. Fun, engaging, and open-ended questions that will lead to some of the best conversations you have had in a while with your partner, bring you closer and really get you learning about each other.<br /><br />3. <b>Creative conversation starters for communicating and expressing your feelings, needs, and desires.</b><br /><br />4. Refreshing questions you can discuss with each other on a weekly basis to help you grow your relationship, as well as personal development. Simply select 365 questions that you love, and use them for a 365 Days of Questions Challenge with your partner.<br /><br />5. <b>Thought-provoking questions that will help you talk about things you might never think of on your own, which is especially helpful if you are looking for something new to talk about.</b><br /><br />6. Inspiring conversation starters for setting yearly goals as a couple, so you can grow together while achieving them.<br /><br />7. <b>Exciting sex questions that will get you talking and sharing your sexual desires, so you can have better and more satisfying sex.</b><br /><br />And much more.<br /><br /><h2>You can have great conversations when you know what questions to ask. </h2><br />You just need the right questions. <br /><br />Open-ended questions that will <b>spark deeper conversations</b>, so you can discover and learn more about yourself, and your partner.<br /><br /><h2>Whether you are dating, in a committed relationship, engaged, married, or in a long-distance relationship, this book is for you.</h2><br /><em>Questions for Couples</em> will get you talking for hours, even if you have very little to talk about. Plus because it’s pocket-sized, you can easily take this book everywhere; for road trips, coffee dates, to date nights dinner or events, the beach, vacation trips, etc. <br /><br />Scroll to the top to download your copy of this questions book for couples <b>today.</b><br /><br />Click the BUY NOW button at the top of this page.
Uncle John's Actual and Factual Bathroom Reader (Uncle John's Bat...
by Bathroom Readers' Institu...

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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It’s an actual fact—Uncle John is the most entertaining thing in the bathroom!<BR><BR>Uncle John and his team of devoted researchers are back again with an all-new collection of weird news stories, odd historical events, dubious “scientific” theories, jaw-dropping lists, and more. This entertaining 31st anniversary edition contains 512 pages of all-new articles that will appeal to readers everywhere. Pop culture, history, dumb crooks, and other actual and factual tidbits are packed onto every page of this book. Inside, you’ll find . . .<ul><li>Dogs and cats who ran for political office</li><li>The bizarre method people in Victorian England used to resuscitate drowning victims</li><li>The man who met his future pet—a stray dog—while running across the Gobi Desert</li><li>Searching for Planet X—the last unknown planet in our solar system</li><li>Twantrums—strange Twitter rants that had disastrous effects</li><li>The true story of Boaty McBoatface</li></ul>And much more!<BR>  
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, ...
by David McRaney

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 27, 2011

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<b> An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. </b><p>You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.</p><p>Based on the popular blog of the same name, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: </p><ul> <li>Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. </li> <li>Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. </li> <li>Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. </li> <li>Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it. <p></p> <p>Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.</p> </li></ul>
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
by Knopf

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

April 23, 2013

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<p>Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”<br />  <br /> Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in the kitchen, the top of the refrigerator as his desk, dreamily fondling his “male configurations”. . . Jean-Paul Sartre chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), ingesting ten times the recommended dose each day . . . Descartes liked to linger in bed, his mind wandering in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where he experienced “every pleasure imaginable.”<br /><br /> Here are: Anthony Trollope, who demanded of himself that each morning he write three thousand words (250 words every fifteen minutes for three hours) before going off to his job at the postal service, which he kept for thirty-three years during the writing of more than two dozen books . . . Karl Marx . . . Woody Allen . . . Agatha Christie . . . George Balanchine, who did most of his work while ironing . . . Leo Tolstoy . . . Charles Dickens . . . Pablo Picasso . . . George Gershwin, who, said his brother Ira, worked for twelve hours a day from late morning to midnight, composing at the piano in pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers . . .<br /><br /> Here also are the daily rituals of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, and Igor Stravinsky (he was never able to compose unless he was sure no one could hear him and, when blocked, stood on his head to “clear the brain”).</p>

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