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Holy Cow!: Doggerel, Catnaps, Scapegoats, Foxtrots, and Horse Fea...
by Boze Hadleigh

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 12, 2015

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We love animals but insult humans by calling them everything from weasels or pigs to sheep, mice, chickens, sharks, snakes, and bird-brains. Animal epithets, words, and phrases are so widespread we often take them for granted or remain ignorant of the fascinating stories and facts behind them.<BR><BR>Spanning the entire animal kingdom, <I>Holy Cow!</I> explains:<BR><BR> Why hot dogs are named after canines. Why people talk turkey or go cold turkey.<BR> Why curiosity killed the cat, although dogs are more curious about us.<BR> Why letting the cat out of the bag originally referred to a duped shopper.<BR> What a horse of another color is, what horsefeathers politely alludes to, why a mule is a lady’s slipper, and what horseradish has to do with horses.<BR> Why the combination of humans and cows probably led to capitalism—its name from Latin for head, as in heads of cows.<BR> Why holy cow and sacred cow have almost opposite meanings.<BR> Whether people actually chewed the fat or ate crow (and why it’s a crowbar).<BR> How a hog became a motorcycle and a chick a young woman.<BR> What happens to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. What buck has to do with being naked. Why the birds and the bees. <BR> Why a piggy bank and why one feeds the kitty.<BR> What lame ducks have to do with U.S. presidents.<BR> How red herring came about via activists opposed to fox hunting.<BR> Where snake oil, popular in the 1800s and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, came from.<BR> That the proverbial fly in the ointment goes back to the Bible’s Ecclesiastes (10:1).<BR> How Swiss watchmakers created teensy-weensy coaches for fleas to pull in flea circuses.<BR> And much—much!—more. <BR><BR>Don't be a lame duck and get this book!
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, ...
by David McRaney

Language

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>
The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & R...
by Bill O'Neill

Language

English

Pages

178

Publication Date

March 02, 2019

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How much do you know about Ireland? There’s so much to learn about the Emerald Isle that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ireland’s history, pop culture, folklore, and so much more! <br /><br /><b>In The Great Book of Ireland, you’ll learn: <br /></b><br /><ul><li>How did Ireland get its name? </li><li>Why is it known as the Emerald Isle?</li><li>Who was St. Patrick really? </li><li>What do leprechauns and shamrocks have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?</li><li>Which Irish company had a 9,000-year lease? </li><li>What is Ireland’s top attraction? </li><li>Which movies have been filmed in Ireland? </li><li>Which famous novel may have been based on an Irish myth?</li><li>Which legends did the Irish believe in? </li></ul>And so much more! <br /><br />This book is packed with trivia facts about Ireland. Some of the facts you’ll learn in this book are shocking, some are tragic, and others will leave you with goosebumps. But they’re all interesting! <br /><br />Whether you’re just learning about Ireland or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’ll learn something you didn’t know in every chapter. Your history teacher will be interesting at all of your newfound knowledge. <br /><br />So what are you waiting for? Get started to learn more about Ireland! <br /><br /><br />
1,001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn't Know: Hopperdoz...
by W. R. Runyan

Language

English

Pages

193

Publication Date

November 11, 2010

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As times change so do the things we use and what we call them. W.R. Runyan has compiled a fascinating collection of words and phrases that, once common everywhere in America, are little known today. This book is a celebration of our linguistic past that will be a treat from word lovers everywhere. Do you know any of these: Snaffle, Steelie, Gully Washer, Cabriolet, Calk, Hardpan, Carbuncle, Pie Bird, Fid, or Hame? Did you know that a “Horse Apple” is actually an orange? Or that “Rolley Holley” is a marble game? With over one hundred illustrations, this is a book that will take you on a walk back in time and give you a chance to hear from generations past—in their own voice, with their own words.
Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starter...
by , Ashley Kusi

Language

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.
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 Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connection...
by Mark Forsyth

Language

English

Pages

298

Publication Date

October 02, 2012

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<b><b>This perfect gift for readers, writers, and literature majors alike unearths the quirks of the English language. For example,<i> </i>do</b> you know why a mortgage is literally a “death pledge”? Why guns have girls’ names? Why “salt” is related to “soldier”? Discover the answers to all of these etymological questions and more in this fascinating book for fans of <b><b>of <i>Eats, Shoots & Leaves.<br /><br /></i></b></b></b><i>The Etymologicon </i>is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what, precisely, the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening. This witty book will awake the linguist in you and illuminate the hidden meanings behind common words and phrases, tracing their evolution through all of their surprising paths throughout history.
Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far,...
by Ken Napzok

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English

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Publication Date

May 15, 2019

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<strong></strong><h3><strong>#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Rediscover All the Reasons Why You Love <em>Star Wars</em></strong></h3><p><strong>Celebrate the greatest saga ever told:</strong> All of us who are deeply influenced by the epic saga of <em>Star Wars</em> have our favorite moments. Each time the screen goes black and you see those words— “A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away”—the music blasts through you and you’re a kid again. Ken Napzok, expert appreciator of <em>Star Wars</em>, counts down each one of those special moments that makes this series not just the best movies of all time, but the Greatest Saga Ever Told.</p><p><strong>Become a scholar of <em>Star Wars</em>:</strong> What began as one movie about good people, evil oppressors, and the space wizards that stood between them has exploded into a franchise. The moments that continue to inspire are on screen and in the pages of novels. They are found in the panels of comic books and among animated sequences on television. And they all continue to grow in stature, importance, and myth through discussions, debates, and daydreams.</p><p><strong>The Perfect <em>Star Wars</em> Dad Gift:</strong> Spread the love to old and new fans. Countless numbers of us have been inspired by these classic epic tales, and we all have a favorite moment that hooked us. Rediscover each one of those moments and share them with the last and next generation of fans. This <em>Star Wars</em> book is the perfect Dad gift, Niece gift, Best Friend gift, and general token of appreciation for the fans in your life. </p><p><strong><em>Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away </em></strong>is a shared story of fandom. Classic moments include:</p><ul><li>The first shots of the ragtag Rebels running from the monstrous Galactic Empire</li><li>Young Anakin winning the podrace</li><li>And the first time we saw the crackle of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber</li></ul><p><strong><em>Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away</em></strong> <strong>is the ultimate gift</strong> f<strong>or the film buff who has binged all <em>1001 Movies to See Before You Die</em>, and the superfans who covet <em>Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia </em>and <em>Star Wars: Complete Locations.</em></strong></p><strong><em></em></strong>
Words from the Wise: Over 6,000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said
by Rosemarie Jarski

Language

English

Pages

592

Publication Date

November 17, 2007

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<DIV><B>A compendium of quotes for every occasion—from love to dogs to politics—by the finest wits of history and the modern day. </B><BR />  <BR /> In <I>Words from the Wise</I>, Rosemarie Jarski has collected six thousand quotes that offer sage advice—or at least a good laugh—on a wide range of subjects. Whether you need to know if a new relationship will work out, or you’re searching for insight on religion, this collection offers quotes for almost every imaginable dilemma. You’ll find timeless quotes from classic writers like Confucius, Shakespeare, Twain, and Austen, as well as more current commentary from modern figures like Andy Rooney and Meryl Streep, and even fictional TV favorites like Homer Simpson and Chandler Bing. Arranged alphabetically, <I>Words from the Wise</I> is the place to go for advice from your beloved heroes and heroines.</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.

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