Wonders and Curiosities
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Atlas Obscura
An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761169083

It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders--the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

The Unique States of America
The Unique States of America
Hardcover      ISBN: 1788686411

From the tiny gold-rush town of Chicken, Alaska to Las Vegas' dazzling Neon Museum and Maryland's famous blue crab, Lonely Planet's Unique States of America takes you on a journey across the 50 states to discover the country's most iconic - and unique - destinations and experiences.

Travel off the beaten path and into the heart of each state with our expert itineraries exploring some of the USA's finest art and culture, food and drink, history, sports, and family-friendly places. Get fascinating insights into unmissable sights, attractions, parks and more with Lonely Planet's expert commentary and stunning photography.

From roadside attractions to world-class museums, you'll discover pockets of nature on the crowded Northeast corridor, mural installations in Fort Worth, Arkansas, beckoning waters in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, and lots more.

  • Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Chase the ghost of Ernest Hemingway through the tropical island city of Key West, Florida
  • Witness the picturesque charms of New Hampshire's seemingly endless covered bridges
  • Make an architecture pilgrimage to Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Oklahoma or Martin House in Buffalo
  • Explore Marfa, Texas and Tippet Rise Art Center, Montana on a cross-country artistic odyssey
  • Track the course of Lewis and Clark, or travel back to the days of the Thirteen Colonies
  • Relish the Americana-overdose of Gatlinburg and Dollywood in Tennessee
  • Catch a wave in Hawaii, don a Derby hat in Kentucky, or hit the slopes in the Rockies

After a day's exploring, we tell you all about each state's most iconic eats, from Kansas City barbecue to Chicago deep dish pizza and some good old gooey butter cake in St Louis. Not to mention the new outgrowth of vineyards, distilleries, breweries and coffee roasters to quench the thirst of every traveller.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

The New Science of the Paranormal: From the Research Lab to Real Life
The New Science of the Paranormal
From the Research Lab to Real Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0738749117

Use Scientific Research for Empowerment, Growth, and Success

Sweep illusions away and use your mind for what it was intended: to lift human consciousness to a higher level and make this world a better place for you and future generations. The New Science of the Paranormal is a mind-expanding exploration of the scientific proof for paranormal phenomena and the ways you can use your paranormal potential to take control of your life.

Discover a wealth of tools to create a life of greater success and happiness. Through expanding conscious awareness of your inner powers and abilities, you advance into the development of your Super-Conscious Mind where limitations drop away and realization of your most cherished dreams becomes reality.

Weird Minnesota: Your Travel Guide to Minnesota's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Weird Minnesota
Your Travel Guide to Minnesota's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Paperback      ISBN: 1402788266

Hail Minnesota for its strange sites, bizarre history, and peculiar folks Come along and climb the Witch's Tower, sit down in a two-story outhouse, and spend a night in the Drunk Tank at the JailHouse Historic Inn. Then go gape at the country's largest collection of underwear. After all that, relax at the Bowling Hall of Fame. This new paperback version of Weird Minnesota is a wild and wacky trip you'll never forget.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!
Hardcover      ISBN: 1609911091

Reality Shock is the 2015 edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not bestselling annual series. This incredible collection is loaded with unbelievable facts, amazing stories, and incredible animals. With amazing photography, zany stories and unbelievable facts and figures, this book is sure to be a favorite with adults and children alike.

Reality Shock Is filled with more of the amazing facts, unbelievable stories and extraordinary photography that makes Ripley's Believe It or Not so popular. Read all about the amazing things that people all over the world have done- from insane stunts to crazy traditions. Take a closer look at the extraordinary images nature produces, such as mutated animals and amazingly impossible vistas. Crystal clear photography paired with zany stories, amazing facts and figures that are undeniably true but incredibly hard to believe will make this book a must have for every household.
Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners
Atlas of Improbable Places
A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners
Paperback      ISBN: 1781317631

It is perhaps the eighth wonder of our world that despite modern mapping and satellite photography our planet continues to surprise us. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusual of destinations.
Travis Elborough goes in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged. Taking in the defiant relics of ancient cities such as Ani, a once thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the church tower of San Juan Parangaricuto, that miraculously stands as the sole survivor of a town sunk by lava. Through the labyrinths of Berlin and Beijing -- underground realms dug for refuge, espionage and even, as Canada's Moose Jaw, used as the playground for gangsters trading liquor and money over cards. Never forgetting the freaks and wonders of nature's own unusual masterpieces: the magical underground river shaped like a dragon's mouth in the Philippines and the floating world of Palmerston. With beautiful maps and stunning photography illustrating each destination, Atlas of Improbable Places is a fascinating voyage to the world's most incredible destinations. As the Island of Dolls and the hauntingly titled Door to Hell -- an inextinguishable fire pit - attest, mystery is never far away. The truths and myths behind their creation are as varied as the destinations themselves. Standing as symbols of worship, testaments to kingships or even the strange and wonderful traditions of old and new, these curious places are not just extraordinary sights but reflections on man's own relationship with the world around us.

The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine
The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth
And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1524743704
"Delightfully horrifying."--Popular Science

This wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of a bygone era in all its jaw-dropping weirdness.

A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris delivers one of the most remarkable, cringe-inducing collections of stories ever assembled. Witness Mysterious Illnesses (such as the Rhode Island woman who peed through her nose), Horrifying Operations (1781: A French soldier in India operates on his own bladder stone), Tall Tales (like the "amphibious infant" of Chicago, a baby that could apparently swim underwater for half an hour), Unfortunate Predicaments (such as that of the boy who honked like a goose after inhaling a bird's larynx), and a plethora of other marvels.

Beyond a series of anecdotes, these painfully amusing stories reveal a great deal about the evolution of modern medicine. Some show the medical profession hopeless in the face of ailments that today would be quickly banished by modern drugs; but others are heartening tales of recovery against the odds, patients saved from death by the devotion or ingenuity of a conscientious doctor.

However embarrassing the ailment or ludicrous the treatment, every case in The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth tells us something about the knowledge (and ignorance) of an earlier age, along with the sheer resilience of human life.
Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers
Science of the Magical
From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers
Paperback      ISBN: 147677711x

"Filled with cool cocktail-party tidbits, Matt Kaplan considers how things that were once the stuff of legends could one day become reality" (The Atlantic) in this fun scientific inquiry into the mystical places and magical objects of ancient and contemporary lore--from the fountain of youth, to love potions, to Super Mario's mushrooms.

Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine?

"In Science of the Magical, Matt Kaplan takes us on a journey spiced with the wonders of myth, history and art, leavened with impeccable research, endlessly fascinating. And the result is both a compelling read and a deeply thoughtful exploration of the world around us and the ways we seek to understand it" (Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook). Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead to the super soldiers in movies such as Captain America, Kaplan explores cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, Science of the Magical is "a sprightly survey" (The Wall Street Journal) and "a joy to read...highly recommended" (Library Journal, starred review).
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307908712

The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1934, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers's was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the "facts" and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then.

With lan and erudition--and with winning enthusiasm--Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Roger's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African-American history in question-and-answer format. Among the one hundred questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better?

Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous--all the while highly instructive and entertaining--compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being "Negro" in the world.

(With full-color illustrations throughout.)
You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking But Utterly True Facts
You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News
Shocking But Utterly True Facts
Paperback      ISBN: 0452296390
Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in with this hilarious tome of trivia.

- A zombie apocalypse? It could happen. 50% of humans are infected with a parasite that can take over your brain.
- The FDA wouldn't let you eat bugs, right? Actually, you might want to put down those jelly beans. And that apple. And that strawberry yogurt.
- Think dolphins are our friends? Then these sex-crazed thrill killers of the sea have you right where they want you.
- The most important discovery in the history of genetics? Francis Crick came up with it while on LSD.
- Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

If you're a fan of The Oatmeal or Frak.com and hate being wrong about stuff, you'll love what you find in You Might Be a Zombie from the twisted minds at Cracked.