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Wonders and Curiosities
Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days
Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac
8,888 Questions in 365 Days
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0345499972

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac is the ingeniously organized book where, for a change, the all-time Jeopardy champ gets to ask the questions-and where every day of the year will give you the chance to test your trivia mettle.

For example-February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase "hat in the ring," so Ken Jennings fires off a series of "ring" questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the "goth" music scene was born in London, so here's a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe's Black Knight*** or Men in Black's Agent M****?

In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature "This Day in History" factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as "Easy," "Hard," and "Yeah, Good Luck." Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!: Prepare to Be Shocked!
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Prepare to Be Shocked!
Hardcover      ISBN: 1893951316

The All New 5th title in this annual series. Total sales are just shy of 3 million copies. The Remarkable Revealed - published last year - was #14 on the NY Times, year end, Advice Bestseller List.

The electrifying holographic cover of Ripley's Believe It or Not Prepare to be Shocked gives a tantalizing taste of the bizarre and amazing facts and pictures to be found throughout the latest book in Ripley's multi-million-selling series. Among the crazy stories featured is the Electric Man who can power light bulbs and fry fish in his bare hands, a jet-powered bar stool, a man with bright blue skin, and cats that glow in the dark
Seventeen chapters--ranging from Epic Endeavors and Fun Festivals to Fantastic Food and Startling Art--cover an ever-widening group of subjects and stories around which the book is based. Intriguing interviews with astounding individuals spotlight their achievements and reveal more about what makes them tick. Informative Ripley's Research' boxes give the scientific explanation behind some of the most incredible tales in the book, such as why cats are sometimes born with wings, how someone can swallow live snakes, and how snow donuts are actually formed. In addition, miscellaneous lists and other text features are scattered throughout, including a list of competitive eating achievements and a recipe for deep-fried scorpions. And double-page features, entitled Enter the Vault, ' showcase the best of the Ripley archive of black and white photographs of unbelievable people, places, and creatures of the past.
Every page will make you gasp with astonishment at the truly unbelievable tales that make up the wonderful world of Ripley's Believe It or Not
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.

Discovering London Curiosities
Discovering London Curiosities
Paperback      ISBN: 0747807604

This book introduces readers to a different side of London than the one they may already know, revealing a city full of curiosities and peculiarities, stories that have largely been left untold, and features that go unnoticed. Objects that are passed everyday without a second glance come alive in this little guide for both the visitor or the most seasoned Londoner; the statue of Charles I at Charing Cross which was melted down by a blacksmith after his execution - or was it? Or the Aldgate Pump with its strange tasting water - where did it come from originally? Around every corner in London there is a history to be told, and John Wittich guides us through hundreds of London curiosities, arranged in chapters which make interesting walks for exploring certain parts of London.

The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits
The Mental Floss History of the World
An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits
Paperback      ISBN: 0061842672

"An irreverent romp through history's best bits," The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent--yet always historically accurate--overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of the same rebel geniuses who brought you Mental Floss presents Condensed Knowledge and Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge. Updated with all the hot topics and events of the past few years, The Mental Floss History of the World is proof positive that just because something's true doesn't mean it's boring.

Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts
Now I Know
The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1440563624
Covering 100 outrageous topics, Now I Know is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn.

Praise for the Webby Award-winning newsletter: "I eagerly read Now I Know every day. It's always fresh, always a surprise, and always interesting " --Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia

​Did you know that there are actually twenty-seven letters in the alphabet, or that the US had a plan to invade Canada? And what actually happened to the flags left on the moon?

Even if you think you have a handle on all thing's trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know. From uncovering what happens to lost luggage to New York City's plan to crack down on crime by banning pinball, this book will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.
Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained
Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained
Hardcover      ISBN: 0550102159

An essential reference for anyone with a serious interest in unexplained phenomena, this title contains carefully researched, in-depth and balanced entries on topics ranging from alien abductions to the zodiac.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses!
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses!
Hardcover      ISBN: 1609911784

Shatter Your Senses is the 2018 edition of the bestselling annual series by Ripley's Believe It or Not There's no way to prepare yourself for this all-true, all-new collection filled with incredible facts, unbelievable stories, and mind-blowing photography. A sensory overload, Shatter Your Senses is sure to amaze and astound children and adults alike.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Shatter Your Senses is filled with thousands of strange stories, bizarre feats, and hair-raising oddities from around the world. Discover the sport of underwater ice hockey or marvel at the flower that bloomed in space--it's all weird and all true Bursting with vibrant and eye-catching photos, as well as submissions from our dedicated readers, this book is a must-have for every Ripley's fan.
The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects (Science Gift, Trivia, History of Technology, History of Engineering
The Story Behind
The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects (Science Gift, Trivia, History of Technology, History of Engineering
Paperback      ISBN: 1633538281
Discover the Surprising History of Ordinary Things

Emily magically weaves a vibrant history of simple everyday objects we often take for granted. The Story Behind will surprise and delight... ─Deana Marie, Creator & Host of the Twisted Philly podcast

#1 Best Seller in Trivia & Fun Facts

Learn the fascinating history and trivia you never knew about things we use daily from the host of The Story Behind podcast.

Everyday objects and major events in history. Every single thing that surrounds us has a story behind it. Many of us learn the history of humans and the major inventions that shaped our world. But what you may not have learned is the history of objects we surround ourselves with every day. You might not even know how the major events in history (World Wars, ancient civilizations, revolutions, etc.) influenced the inventions of things we use today.

The history and science behind the ordinary. From the creator of The Story Behind podcast comes one of the coolest coffee table books ever written. The Story Behind provides insight into everyday objects we don't think much about as we use them. Topics covered in Emily's podcast are examined in more detail along with new fascinating topics. Learn how lollipops got started in Ancient Egypt, how podcasts were invented, and why Comic Sans was created. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and the espionage beginnings of certain musical instruments. Ordinary things from science to art, food to sports, customs to fashion, and more are explored.

Discover the fascinating story behind things:

  • Learn obscure history and fun facts and change the way you see the world
  • Discover how major historic events still affect us today through seemingly mundane things
  • Become a formidable trivia master

If you have enjoyed books such as Now I Know, What If?, Ever Wonder Why?, The Greatest Stories Never Told, or Atlas Obscura; you will be entertained by The Story Behind.

The Bermuda Triangle Mystery - Solved
The Bermuda Triangle Mystery - Solved
Paperback      ISBN: 0879759712

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle had been told and retold in books, magazine articles, and on television and radio talk shows for several years when, in 1972, Larry Kusche, then a reference librarian, decided to collect all the information he could find on each incident. He made contact with the Coast Guard, the Air Force, Lloyd's of London, and many other agencies. He obtained microfilm copies of newspapers from cities where various incidents had been reported. This exhaustive research had an unexpected result - it solved the mystery. It also resulted in the publication of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery-Solved, which is now back in print. Larry Kusche's book is more than an investigation of a mystery; it is a fascinating case history of a manufactured mystery in the making. It shows how over the years the raw materials of official accident reports, newspaper accounts, articles in the mainstream press, and word of mouth have been assimilated into a false mystery.