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Answers to Questions You've Never Asked: Explaining the 'What If'...
by Joseph Pisenti

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English

Pages

214

Publication Date

November 09, 2017

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<b>The #1 bestselling trivia collection with bizarre facts to</b><b> entertain you for hours, from the creator of YouTube’s <i>RealLifeLore</i>.</b><br />   <ul><li>Where can I move to so that I’m never tempted by McDonald’s again?</li><li>How far into the Pacific does Trump’s wall stretch?</li><li>If Plato came back to life, what would he think of modern democracy?</li><li>Why do all empires fail?</li><li>Who decides what countries are allowed to participate in the Olympics?</li><li>What makes Finland so great?</li></ul>  <br /> 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 />  <br /> In his debut book, Pisenti explores the 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—he also provides explanations on why things are . . . and why they aren’t.
Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hi...
by , Dylan Thuras

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English

Pages

480

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Discover wonder.<br /><br /> “A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.”—<i> New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, <i>Atlas Obscura</i> is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is.<br /><br /> This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook,<i> Atlas Obscura </i>revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher–like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain—and no, it’s not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants.<br /><br /> Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported. But proceed with caution: It’s almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.<br /><br />  
On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of...
by , Neil Fine

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 19, 2016

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller: “The perfect book for game-players and trivia fans . . . <i>On the Origins of Sports</i> knocks it outta the park. Don’t miss it” (<i>Houston Style Magazine</i>).</b><br /><br /><i>On the Origins of Sports</i> is an illustrated book built around the original rules of twenty-one of the world’s most popular sports, from football and soccer to wrestling and mixed martial arts. Never before have the original rules for these sports coexisted in one volume. Brimming with history and miscellany, it is the ultimate sports book for the thinking fan.<br /><br />Each sport’s chapter includes a short history, the sport’s original rules, and a deeper look into an element of the sport, such as the evolution of the baseball glove; sports with war roots; a compendium of sports balls; and iconic sports trophies.<br /><br />Written by <i>ESPN The Magazine</i>’s former editor-in-chief, Gary Belsky, and executive editor, Neil Fine, and filled with period-style line drawings, <i>On the Origins of Sports</i> is a book that sports fans and history buffs alike will treasure for generations.<br /><br />“I found this book to be massively fun, educational, and inspiring—and I don’t even like sports.” —A. J. Jacobs, <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>The Year of Living Biblically</i><br /><br />“Fascinating.” —<i>Men’s Health</i>, “Best Beach Reads for Sports Fans”<br /><br />“Sports buffs will prize this in-depth look at competitive games, including the history of the baseball glove and iconic trophies.” —<i>Real Simple</i>, “Gifts for Dads”<br /><br />“A book this informative has no right to be this much fun. <i>On the Origins of Sports</i> is a winner.” —Dan Okrent, founder, Rotisserie Baseball
Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Ma...
by Michael Farquhar

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English

Pages

484

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.
Dreams Interpreted: A Bedside Handbook Explaining Everything from...
by Lizzie Cornwall

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English

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June 04, 2019

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<b>A Perfect Resource for Analyzing and Interpreting All Kinds of Dreams!</b><br /><br /> “Dreams are the royal road to the subconscious.” —Sigmund Freud<br /><br /> What did you last dream of? Were you soaring above city skyscrapers? Or perhaps you were dancing with hippopotamuses wearing hula skirts?<br /><br /> This handy guide, which contains an A-Z of dream descriptions and their meanings, as well as fascinating facts about the brain and sleep, will help you to pinpoint what your unconscious mind is trying to tell you. It will teach you what various dreams mean, including dreams about:<br />   <ul><li>Flying</li><li>Hair Loss</li><li>Hearts</li><li>Hippopotamuses</li><li>Kites</li><li>Meeting a Celebrity</li><li>Oceans</li><li>Paralysis</li><li>Quicksand</li><li>Running</li><li>And Much More!<br /><br /> Peppered with tons of dream quotes and dream facts, this handy little guide is the perfect guide for learning more about yourself and what happens when drift off into dreamland.</li></ul>
Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan
by Lisa Katayama

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English

Pages

156

Publication Date

May 06, 2014

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Japan has a way of thinking that is just...different. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Tokyo-born journalist Lisa Katayama's collection of <em>urawaza</em> (a Japanese word for secret lifestyle tricks and techniques). Want to turbocharge your sled? Spray the bottom with nonstick cooking spray. Can't find someone to water your plants while you're away? Place the plant on a water-soaked diaper, so it slowly absorbs water over time. The subject of popular TV shows and numerous books in Japan, these unusually clever solutions to everyday problems have never before been published in English—until now! <em>Urawaza</em> collects more than 100 once-secret tricks, offering step-by-step directions and explanations.
Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond
by Hans Holzer

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English

Pages

37

Publication Date

September 25, 2012

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<b>From the renowned parapsychologist<i>.</i> “The holy grail of his work . . . from Hollywood to the White House to Amityville and beyond . . . fascinating insights” (Knight of Angels).</b><br /><br /> Join paranormal expert and storyteller extraordinaire Hans Holzer as he explores ghostly manifestations of every variety and delves into the true nature of “the other side.” In this groundbreaking book—featuring eye-opening photographs of ghostly apparitions and visitations—Holzer presents hundreds of case histories, tips on interpreting sounds and other signals from the beyond, and more.
America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and ...
by Kevin Baker

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 04, 2016

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<b>“Among the many rewards of <i>America the Ingenious</i>, Kevin Baker’s survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . Baker examines a wide range of the achievements that have made, and still make, America great again—and again.”<br /> —<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> All made in America: The skyscraper and subway car. The telephone and telegraph. The safety elevator and safety pin. Plus the microprocessor, amusement park, MRI, supermarket, Pennsylvania rifle, and Tennessee Valley Authority. Not to mention the city of Chicago or jazz or that magnificent Golden Gate Bridge.<br />  <br /> What is it about America that makes it a nation of inventors, tinkerers, researchers, and adventurers—obsessive pursuers of the never-before-created? And, equally, what is it that makes America such a fertile place to explore, discover, and launch the next big thing?<br />  <br /> In <i>America the Ingenious</i>, bestselling author Kevin Baker brings his gift of storytelling and eye for historical detail to the grand, and grandly entertaining, tale of American innovation. Here are the Edisons and Bells and Carnegies, and the stories of how they followed their passions and changed our world. And also the less celebrated, like Jacob Youphes and Loeb Strauss, two Jewish immigrants from Germany who transformed the way at least half the world now dresses (hint: Levi Strauss). And Leo Fender, who couldn’t play a note of music, midwifing rock ’n’ roll through his solid-body electric guitar and amplifier. And the many women who weren’t legally recognized as inventors, but who created things to make their lives easier that we use every day—like Josephine Cochran, inventor of the dishwasher, or Marion O’Brien Donovan, who invented a waterproof diaper cover. Or a guy with the improbable name of Philo Farnsworth, who, with his invention of television, upended communication as significantly as Gutenberg did.<br />  <br /> At a time when America struggles with different visions of what it wants to be, <i>America the Ingenious</i> shows the extraordinary power of what works: how immigration leads to innovation, what a strong government and strong public education mean to a climate of positive practical change, and why taking the long view instead of looking for short-term gain pays off many times over, not only for investors and inventors, but for the rest of us whose lives are made better by the new.<br />  <br /> America and its nation of immigrants have excelled at taking ideas from anywhere and transforming them into the startling, often unexpectedly beautiful creations that have shaped our world. This is that story.<br />  
The Dictionary of Clichés: A Word Lover's Guide to 4,000 Overuse...
by Christine Ammer

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English

Pages

568

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<b>An A-to-Z guide to thousands of stock phrases and common expressions—with definitions, origins, and more.</b><br />  <br /> The largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind, <i>The Dictionary of Clichés </i>features more than four thousand clichés and common expressions. Author Christine Ammer explores the terms that enliven our language, from “blood is thicker than water” to “brass tacks” to “burn the midnight oil.”<br />  <br /> Whether clichés get under your skin or make you happy as a clam, <i>The Dictionary of Clichés</i> goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. And that’s food for thought.
What the Fact?!: A Daily Trivia Almanac of 365 Strange Days in Hi...
by Gabe Henry

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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Truly stranger than fiction, this daily illustrated collection of unusual trivia provides readers fascinating detail on some of the weirdest moments in history. Drawing from a range of subjects including politics, sports, the arts, pop culture, and more, each day of the year explores one <em>What the . . .</em> fact or event in entries that go beyond the factoid to uncover odd moments through the ages (like the day first pig actually flew [November 4, 1909] or the United States ran out of toilet paper [December 19, 1973]). With dozens of illustrations and hundreds of pages of entertainment, <em>What the Fact?!</em> gives trivia fans a way to learn something new and strange every day.

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