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The Encyclopedia of Useless Information

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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:
9781402248382
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Inc
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Author:
Hartston, William
Subject:
Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
REFERENCE / Trivia
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070515
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
388

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