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A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet

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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: everything you never knew you never knew about every country on Earth.A scientist by training and an explorer by passion, Dr. John Oldale has logged half a million miles visiting more than ninety nations. Now, he celebrates our weird and wonderful world in a cornucopia of fascinating facts brought vividly to life through the unexpected stories behind them. Touching on history, travel, politics, natural history and more, he paints a unique portrait of each country from the mightiest to the most miniscule. You won't find the following in your average travel guide:

·        Why is kissing on trains banned in France?

·        In what country are litigants expected to present their case at court in the form of a poem?

·        Which war did women win in 1929 just by sitting down?

·        If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, where are they from?

·        Who eat fresh camel dung as a cure for dysentery (and why does it work)?

·        Why were US disk jockeys once told they could play birthday requests on any day except the one requested?

·        Which modern dictator banned old age, libraries and gold teeth, and was later replaced by his dentist?

·         And 2,000 more funny, trivial, poignant, and telling facts

  A must for active and armchair globe-trotters alike, A World of Curiosities will engross anyone who is at all curious about the world beyond their door. Explore and enjoy.

About the Author

John Oldale speaks five languages, has outrun knife-wielding brigands (twice), and has been rescued from a sub-Antarctic beach. He lives with his family in a former village pub in Hampshire, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452297838
Author:
Oldale, John
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
REFERENCE / Trivia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
photos and illustrations throughout
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.5 x 7 x 11 in 5.8 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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