Categories

 > Reference > Trivia & Fun Facts

9,537 results were found

Sort by:

The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is W...
by , John Lloyd

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

August 07, 2007

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<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.
The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between
by Patrick Foote

Language

English

Pages

144

Publication Date

October 15, 2018

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<h3><strong>#1 Best Seller in Popular Culture, Puzzles & Games, Curiosities & Wonders, Fun Facts, Questions & Answers, and Slang & Word Lists ─ The Origins of Names Explained</strong></h3><p><strong>Explore the world of names:</strong> What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With <em>The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between</em>, you can learn the origins of these names. From countries and cities to toys and animals to even planets, learn the etymology of interesting words in a fun and entertaining way.</p><p><strong>Learn new things:</strong> Why is New York called New York? <em>The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between</em> has the answer for you. While author Patrick Foote, of the YouTube channel also called Name Explain, doesn’t claim to know everything, he has garnered a lot of knowledge about language over the years and he’s excited to get to share it with you in this new format.</p><p><strong>Be entertained by education:</strong> Learning doesn’t have to be boring. With his fun sense of humor, Patrick explains each name with jokes and quips you’re bound to enjoy. Full of pictures and packed with great information, <em>The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between</em> has a variety of topics that are bound to intrigue anyone interested in the origins of the words we use every day.</p><p><strong>Find fun facts:</strong> <em>The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between</em> is full of interesting facts that are great to keep in your mental pocket. You’ll be able to pull out fun information about words and language all the time, informing and amusing yourself and your friends for ages.</p><p><strong><em>The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between</em></strong> does exactly what it says it does—it explains the origin of names in a fun and easy-to-digest way. After reading this book, you will:</p><ul><li>Know why, exactly, Russia is called Russia</li><li>Be able to entertain yourself and your friends with interesting fun facts</li><li>Discover the origins of the names of planets, animals, countries, and much more</li></ul>
Politics Weird-o-Pedia: The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange,...
by Tim Rowland

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>Government and politics might seem twisted today, but they’ve always been strange.</b><br /><br />There’s something about public office that, throughout time, has transcended normalcy. <i>Politics Weird-o-Pedia</i> presents some of the oddest and most interesting political absurdities and tidbits from around the world, from Peter the Great’s tax on beards to a lawmaker’s mistress whom he kept on the congressional payroll despite her admission that “I can't type, I can't file, I can't even answer the phone.”<br /><br />Eminences include:<br /><br /><li>Some of America’s Founding Fathers wanted to jail newspaper reporters. </li><li>A Mongolian conqueror liked to build cement walls out of the bodies of his vanquished opponents (while they were still alive). </li><li>An all-female resistance to nuclear missiles in Britain resulted in a protest that lasted for nineteen years—long after the missiles were gone.<br /><br /><i>Politics Weird-o-Pedia</i> doesn’t stand still for a minute. It is intriguing, funny, and occasionally startling. It is more than a collection of trivia, adding bits of context and historical vignettes that make it clear that no matter how dysfunctional politics and government might seem today—we’ve been through it all many times before.</li>
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
by Peter Block

Language

English

Pages

355

Publication Date

January 31, 2011

Product Description
Customer Reviews
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.
Cats Are Capable of Mind Control: And 1,000+ UberFacts You Never ...
by Kris Sanchez

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>From the creator of the popular Twitter sensation UberFacts comes this fun compilation quiz book, packed with entertaining infographics and surprising factoids, for fans of <em>Schott’s Miscellany, What If?</em> and <em>Ripley’s Believe It or Not.</em></p><p>Providing "the most unimportant things you’ll never need to know”—fun and surprising facts, statistics, and infographics on diverse subjects, from art and science to history and popular culture—UberFacts has become one of the most widely followed and successful accounts on Twitter, followed by nearly 12 million people.</p><p>Based on the popular social media phenomenon and culled from an exhaustive variety of sources—science journals, books, media, and literary magazines—<em>Cats are Capable of Mind Control </em>is a fascinating collection of shocking, delightful, educational, and informative facts and figures that are entertaining, topical, and sometimes downright bizarre (the safest place to suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. is a casino).</p><p>Did you know:</p><ul><li>The Pentagon was constructed so that no point in the building is more than a ten-minute walk from any other point?</li><li>Vultures’ stomach acid is so corrosive they can digest anthrax?</li><li>Farmers in India use Coca-Cola and Pepsi as cheap and effective pesticides?</li></ul><p>Discover all this and much, much more in this treasure trove of trivia for the social media age.</p><p> </p>
For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, A...
by Graham Tarrant

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.</b><br /> Do you know: <br /><li>Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning?</li><li>Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China?</li><li>Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?</li><li>What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote?</li><li>Who the other Winston Churchill was? </li><br /> A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, <i>For the Love of Books</i> is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them. Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction. <br /> From banned books to famous feuding authors, from literary felons to rejected masterpieces, from tips for aspiring writers to stand-out book lists for readers to catch up on, For the Love of Books is a celebration of the written word and an absolute page-turner for any book lover. <br /> Read all about it!
Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starter...
by , Ashley Kusi

Language

English

Pages

252

Publication Date

April 26, 2017

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<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.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: The Real Language of the Modern American M...
by Alan Axelrod

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

June 01, 2013

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>An Alpha-to-Zulu guide to the complex and colorful slang used by the United States armed forces.</b><br />  <br /> Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have over centuries come up with words, phrases, and acronyms to express everything from raw emotion to complex technology. The military is both a distinctive way of life and a community—one with a language of its own.<br />  <br /> With this book, you can get a command of the lingo and what it means—from <i>mating mosquitoes</i> to <i>gadget</i> to <i>panty raid</i>, as well as some less delicate entries. You’ll also discover the military roots of words and expressions that have made their way into civilian language, like <i>attaboy</i> and <i>hotdog</i>.<br />  <br /> Whether you’re interested in military life or the quirks of American language, <i>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot</i> is a fascinating tour.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
by Knopf

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

April 23, 2013

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<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>
1,001 Pearls of Life-Changing Wisdom: Insight on Identity, Truth,...
by Elizabeth Venstra

Language

English

Pages

402

Publication Date

March 29, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>A wide-ranging compilation of quotes from some of the world’s greatest thinkers to influence and inspire you. </b><br />  <br /> In this extensive collection of words to enlighten your mind and uplift your spirit, you will find something applicable to any problem, situation, or conundrum, as well as the inspiration for living your everyday life to the fullest. From the classic wisdom of thinkers such as Aristotle, Francis Bacon, and Thoreau, to the brilliance of more modern luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Golda Meir, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill, and even lighthearted guidance from Dave Barry and Oprah, every page of this book holds valuable insight and enlightenment.<br />  <br /> When caught up in the mundane tasks of our daily lives, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and not be able to see a way out. Seeing clearly the “big picture” of the world around us can be tough. At times like these, a pearl of wisdom from this all-encompassing selection can give you just the life-changing spark you need to rethink and recharge.<br />  <br /> Selected from the greatest minds in literature, history, philosophy, philanthropy, and art—and divided into categories such as Life in the Universe, Truth, and Relationships—these <i>1,001 Pearls of Life-Changing Wisdom </i>are sure to be the catalyst you need to start making the positive changes that you want in your life.

Blog - Latest Entries

Roxane Gay – Difficult Women Review
For avid readers, the advent of the Kindle was a godsend. It allowed them to expand their personal libraries as much as they wanted without worrying about taking up too much space. Along with increasing the potential for library depth, the kindle has also allowed for a more diverse reading taste. You can now take risks on books that you previously wouldn’t have due to the Kindle eliminating ...

David Foster Wallace – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men & Girl with Curious Hair Reviews
The technology of the Kindle allows you to carry a library with you wherever you go. And, like a library, your Kindle collection should be vast and diverse. Aside from the New York Times Bestseller list, it can be hard to know which books are worth your time to download. Luckily, the literary cannon spans for generations. Of the most recent generation of literary greats, David Foster Wallac...

Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Review
Kindle technology allows you to build an impressive collection of stories without filling shelves upon shelves with books. This convenience makes it possible to experiment with your reading choices without making the commitment to order a book, wait for its arrival, and sticking it on your shelf. I’ve found that the Kindle has made me a much more adventurous reader. With this new-found ad...

Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea Review
As you start to increase your kindle collection, it is wise to download a variety of things to read. And sure, the latest serial novel is a great addition to the collection, but sometimes you need a literary classic. Luckily, there is a plethora of classics to choose from. When it comes to literary classics, there are few authors with a better reputation than Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, so...

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
For fans of the suspense and horror genres, Stephen King is a household name. Chances are, if you read the genres at all, your kindles are filled with a novel or two of his. But King’s prolific career has not stayed within the genre. In fact, one of King’s greatest efforts came in the form of a nonfiction memoir. King’s On Writing blends personal memoir and advice on writing craft tha...

More >>

Enter the Kind Reader Monthly Drawing

$25 Amazon.com Gift Card giveaway

There's a daily limit of 3 free e-books that can be downloaded at KindReader.com