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Publisher Comments:

Impossible to read at one sitting, but utterly unputdownable, Schott's Original Miscellany is a unique collection of fabulous trivia.

What other book boasts an index that includes shoelace lengths, sign language, and the seven deadly sins; dueling and dwarves; the hair color of Miss America and the Hampton Court maze?

Where else can you find, packed onto one page, the names of golf strokes, a history of the Hat Tax, cricketing dismissals, nouns of assemblage, an unofficial motto of the US Postal Service, and the flag of Guadeloupe?

Where else but Schott's Original Miscellany will you stumble across John Lennon's cat, the supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, the labors of Hercules, and the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple?

A book like no other, Schott's Original Miscellany is entertaining, informative, unpredictable, and utterly addictive.

Review:

"[A] delightfully eclectic collection of facts, diagrams, quotations and symbols. Charmingly designed....Readers may find its smile-provoking pages absolutely addictive." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It is so pleasant just to have this book near, as though at any moment one could pretend to be deeply involved in some scholarly pursuit of meaning." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"A slender, unassuming volume [that] houses ephemera and exotica...a 159-page nest of novel nuggets....[T]akes abundant joy in the secret histories, untapped talents, and shape-shifting prowess of language itself..." The Village Voice

Review:

"Part encyclopedia, part anthology, part lexicon, the book is a collection of inconsequential tidbits that you never knew, never thought to ask, but will love knowing. As hilarious as it is addictive." Newsweek

Review:

"The best ever collection of essential trivia. Everybody should get one for Christmas. Bless you for Schott's Original Miscellany!" Stephen Fry, author of The Liar and Revenge

Review:

"It has its useful aspects, but its chief pleasure is for browsing....Nobody needs to know...that the quantity of beauty required to launch a single ship is one Milli-Helen — but it is, none the less, a nice thing to learn." The Guardian (U.K.)

Review:

"The most idiosyncratic volume I have come across in years and the perfect book for anyone who sucks up facts like Thanksgiving gravy....I can't get enough of it." Richard Nilsen, The Arizona Republic

Synopsis:

An indispensable and unputdownable collection of essential trivia, uncommon knowledge, and vital irrelevance for the modern age — such as firework categories, airport marshalling signals, Bond girls listed by film, chat room acronyms, the color codes of the lights on the Empire State Building, and thirteen principles for witches.

About the Author

Ben Schott is a photographer, designer, and trivia collector. He is twenty-eight (although he believes you might prefer to picture him as a white-haired librarian) and lives in Highgate, London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582343495
Editor:
Collin Deckerman
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Author:
Schott, Ben
Author:
Ben T.
Author:
Schot
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Subject:
Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.
Subject:
REFERENCE / Trivia
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st US ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
568
Publication Date:
20030804
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w diagrams
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.94 x 4.28 x 0.72 in

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Product details 144 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582343495 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] delightfully eclectic collection of facts, diagrams, quotations and symbols. Charmingly designed....Readers may find its smile-provoking pages absolutely addictive."
"Review" by , "It is so pleasant just to have this book near, as though at any moment one could pretend to be deeply involved in some scholarly pursuit of meaning."
"Review" by , "A slender, unassuming volume [that] houses ephemera and exotica...a 159-page nest of novel nuggets....[T]akes abundant joy in the secret histories, untapped talents, and shape-shifting prowess of language itself..."
"Review" by , "Part encyclopedia, part anthology, part lexicon, the book is a collection of inconsequential tidbits that you never knew, never thought to ask, but will love knowing. As hilarious as it is addictive."
"Review" by , "The best ever collection of essential trivia. Everybody should get one for Christmas. Bless you for Schott's Original Miscellany!"
"Review" by , "It has its useful aspects, but its chief pleasure is for browsing....Nobody needs to know...that the quantity of beauty required to launch a single ship is one Milli-Helen — but it is, none the less, a nice thing to learn."
"Review" by , "The most idiosyncratic volume I have come across in years and the perfect book for anyone who sucks up facts like Thanksgiving gravy....I can't get enough of it."
"Synopsis" by , An indispensable and unputdownable collection of essential trivia, uncommon knowledge, and vital irrelevance for the modern age — such as firework categories, airport marshalling signals, Bond girls listed by film, chat room acronyms, the color codes of the lights on the Empire State Building, and thirteen principles for witches.
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