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Encyclopedia of Useless Information

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Publisher Comments:

This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia. Daring to cross-reference the un-cross-reference-able, to alphabetize what cannot be alphabetized, and to deliver the highest concentration of fun that can fit in one book's spine, this information is too useless to waste.

Book News Annotation:

From Aa (a favorite of Scrabble players) to Zywocice (Poland, the last place on Earth alphabetically), this compendium of interesting trivia includes words either unlikely to be included in a standard encyclopedia (e.g., kissing, snoring) or unusual aspects of terms that would appear in such references (e.g., the entry on Brazil states that most Brazil nuts come from Bolivia). The volume has cross-references but lacks an index. Originally published in Great Britain in 2005 by Metro Publishing Ltd., London. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Discover what all the other encyclopedias leave out

This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia. Daring to cross-reference the un-cross-reference-able, to alphabetize what cannot be alphabetized, and to deliver the highest concentration of fun that can fit in one book's spine, this information is too useless to waste:

In Denmark, pigs go 'knor'; in Germany, horses go 'prrrh'; in ancient Greece, dogs went 'au au.' Italians sneeze 'ecci ecci.'

A teacher in Italy was disciplined in 1996 for passing students exam answers hidden in salami sandwiches.

In 1957 the U.S. air force completed a survey of the Atlantic Ocean but refused to divulge its width on the grounds that the information might be of military use to the Russians.

In Paris in 1740 a cow was hanged in public following its conviction for sorcery.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402208287
Author:
Hartston, Willam
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Hysteria
Author:
Hartston, William
Subject:
General
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.
Subject:
REFERENCE / Trivia
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
407
Dimensions:
7.46x6.62x1.17 in. .95 lbs.

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Product details 407 pages Sourcebooks Hysteria - English 9781402208287 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Discover what all the other encyclopedias leave out

This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia. Daring to cross-reference the un-cross-reference-able, to alphabetize what cannot be alphabetized, and to deliver the highest concentration of fun that can fit in one book's spine, this information is too useless to waste:

In Denmark, pigs go 'knor'; in Germany, horses go 'prrrh'; in ancient Greece, dogs went 'au au.' Italians sneeze 'ecci ecci.'

A teacher in Italy was disciplined in 1996 for passing students exam answers hidden in salami sandwiches.

In 1957 the U.S. air force completed a survey of the Atlantic Ocean but refused to divulge its width on the grounds that the information might be of military use to the Russians.

In Paris in 1740 a cow was hanged in public following its conviction for sorcery.

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