The Book of Lists

The Original Compendium of Curious Information
Author: David Wallechinsky,Amy D. Wallace,Ira Basen,Jane Farrow
Publisher: Seal Books
ISBN: 0307366170
Category: Reference
Page: 800
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A new edition of the classic bestseller from the original authors, with additional material specifically prepared for Canadian readers by long-time This Morning CBC producer, Ira Basen, and Jane Farrow, the author of Wanted Words. In 1977, a publishing sensation was born. The Book of Lists, the first and best compendium of facts weirder than fiction, was published. Filled with intriguing information and must-talk-about trivia it has spawned many imitators — but none as addictive or successful. For nearly three decades since, the editors have been researching curious facts, unusual statistics and the incredible stories behind them. Now the most entertaining and informative of these have been brought together in a long-awaited, thoroughly up-to-date new edition that is also the first Canadian edition. Ira Basen and Jane Farrow have augmented the existing lists with fascinating homegrown material, and compiled lists specifically of relevance to Canadian readers. So if you’ve always wanted to find out how porcupines really mate, how comedy can kill and — that most essential piece of knowledge — how long the longest recorded nose was, this is the book for you. With contributions from a variety of celebrities and experts including Margaret Atwood, Mike Myers, Michael Ondaatje, Dave Eggers, Phillip Pullman and Charlotte Gray, this anthology has something for everyone — and more than you ever suspected you wanted to know. A list of lists from The Book of Lists: 10 Notable Film Scenes Left on the Cutting Room Floor 10 Afflictions and Their Patron Saints 14 Nations with More Sheep Than People 5 Trips to the Canadian Wilderness That Ended in Disaster 10 Really Bad Canadian Sports Teams 14 Last Words of Famous Canadians Kurt Browning’s 9 Turning Points in Figure Skating History 7 Trial Verdicts That Caused Riots 12 Museums of Limited Appeal 10 Unusual Canadian Place Names That Start with a “B” 7 Well-Known Sayings Attributed to the Wrong Person 10 Celebrated People Who Read Their Own Obituaries Sloan's Jay Ferguson’s 10 Perfect Pop Songs 13 Possible Sites for the Garden of Eden 9 Canadian Sports Stars Who Became Politicians First Sexual Encounters of 13 Prominent Canadians From the Paperback edition.

The People's almanac presents the book of lists


Author: David Wallechinsky,Irving Wallace,Amy Wallace
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
ISBN: 9780688031831
Category: Reference
Page: 521
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Lists of interesting, intriguing, noteworthy, popular, important, and other people, places, events, and things are accompanied by commentaries, notes, and explanations

The New Book of Lists

The Original Compendium of Curious Information
Author: David Wallechinsky,Amy Wallace
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
ISBN: 9781841957197
Category: Reference
Page: 600
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Featuring thousands of fascination facts, this collection of "lists" includes contributions from Oliver Stone, Jane Fonda, Arnold Palmer, Dave Eggers, Brian Eno, Quincy Jones, Elmore Leonard, Abbie Hoffman, and many others. Original.

mental_floss: The Book

The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory
Author: Will Pearson,Mangesh Hattikudur
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062069314
Category: Reference
Page: 320
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The geniuses at mental_floss are back with mental_floss: The Book, a funny, surprising, fact-packed compendium of more than 200 of the Greatest Lists in the History of Listory. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the award-winning mental_floss magazine, authors Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, and Ethan Trex offer a cornucopia of additive, edifying, oddball, and irreverent information guaranteed to make dedicated trivia fans “feel smart again.” In the spirit of their top-selling book, Condensed Knowledge, mental_floss: The Book is perfect for everyone who likes to laugh while they learn.

The All-New Book of Lists for Kids


Author: Sandra Choron,Harry Choron
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618191352
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 407
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Offers numerous lists of fun, factual, and trivial issues, such as discontinued ice cream flavors and most popular websites for kids, along with "netiquette" tips, helpful references, and more. Original.

Listverse. Com's Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists

Fascinating Facts and Shocking Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More
Author: Jamie Frater
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 1569758174
Category: Reference
Page: 702
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Features lists that cover a broad range of subjects including bizarre births, weird jobs, crazy diets, strange phobias, historical oddities, religious scandals, ridiculous criminal acts, and weird superstitions.

The Merciless Book of Metal Lists


Author: Howie Abrams,Sacha Jenkins
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1613125011
Category: Music
Page: 208
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The Merciless Book of Metal Lists is an irreverent and illustrated compendium of the most random, funny, and challenging information about Heavy Metal from the last 40 years. You want to know which Metal albums “jumped the shark”? Curious to know what non-Metal bands Metalheads love, which album covers feature goats, embarrassing Metal fashion faux pas, and the unfortunate original names Metal bands started with? This is the book. In addition to some highly opinionated lists, this energetically designed volume features quotes, short essays, iconic four-color photography, and contributions from notable metal personalities, including Eddie Trunk, Gary Holt (Exodus), and Scott Ian (Anthrax, S.O.D.), among others. Praise for The Merciless Book of Metal Lists: “Authors Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins have a fun time in this ‘most opinionated compendium ever written concerning heavy metal.’ The writers are die-hard fans and knowledgeable beyond reproach…the trivia and factoids here will help you hold your own at the next Dokken after-party.” —Newsday.com

Dictionary of Word Origins

A History of the Words, Expressions, and Clichés We Use
Author: Jordan Almond
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 9780806517131
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 286
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This dictionary gives the intriguing origins of hundreds of everyday words and expressions. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, Dictionary of Word Origins is also a great way to expand vocabulary and enjoy doing it.

10,000 Things You Need to Know

The Big Book of Lists
Author: Elspeth Beidas
Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books
ISBN: 9780789334077
Category: Reference
Page: 1000
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The perfect gift book for every age, generously illustrated with evocative full-color images and striking black-and-white photographs. This is the ultimate book of lists that is sure to entertain and inform--a 1,000-page collection of fun and fascinating facts in a wide range of topics, presented in a wonderfully eclectic format that invites browsing, yet also provides an absorbing read. Featuring over 10,000 entries compiled by experts in each field, this treasure trove of facts, trivia, and bite-size summaries covering diverse areas of knowledge will delight the legions of fans of "best of" lists. Featuring 100 lists each in turn showcasing 100 "bests" covering a wide variety of subjects--including the arts, science, nature, history, sports, design, technology, and philosophy--this volume provides a breathtaking range of informed, accessible, and essential reading. Lovers of the visual arts will encounter fascinating insights into artists, paintings, sculptures, movies, and museums, while foodies will relish the best cheeses, luxury foods, restaurants, and legendary chefs. History buffs will become absorbed in momentous events, famous trials, and great warriors, and sports fans will appreciate facts on sporting heroes, great races, and winning teams. Richly illustrated, this compendium makes the perfect gift and contains an abundance of useful information, hard facts, and obscure trivia. Among the wealth of knowledge in these pages, the reader will find helpful summaries of great art, music, and literature as well as complex philosophical ideas, scientific theories, and history alongside a guide to the wonders of the cosmos, innovative economic and political theories, pivotal scientific discoveries, and game-changing technological innovations.

Contrary to Popular Belief

More than 250 False Facts Revealed
Author: Joey Green
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0767922980
Category: Reference
Page: 288
View: 1383
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Is Everything You Know Wrong? Set the record straight! Debunk myths! Learn the truth behind fallacies, falsehoods, hearsay, and lies! Isn’t it time you knew the honest-to-goodness truth? We’ve all come to believe hundreds of “false facts”—myths that we’ve blindly accepted as truth, misconceptions that we’ve ignorantly retold to others—Contrary to Popular Belief provides an instant remedy for your pounding head full of misinformation, giving you quick relief with enlightening and entertaining facts. Inside you’ll learn: George Washington was not the first president of the United States. Leap year does not occur every four years. The ostrich does not bury its head in the sand. Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. Ship captains cannot perform marriages at sea. Sound does not travel at the speed of sound. The needle on a compass does not point to the North Pole. Leonardo da Vinci did not paint the Mona Lisa. And more than two hundred other bits of conventional “wisdom” that are completely bunk.

The Ultimate Books of Lists

People, Places and Things
Author: Michael Cader
Publisher: MacMillan Reference
ISBN: 9780333906248
Category: Curiosities and wonders
Page: 310
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This reference source provides the names for just about everything - all manner of objects, people, places, inventions, characters - everything EXCEPT names for babies. Japanese emperors, Biblical cities and their modern locations, active volcanoes, satanic hierarchies and other lists are all here.

The Anarchist Cookbook


Author: William Powell
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1387589660
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: N.A
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The Anarchist Cookbook will shock, it will disturb, it will provoke. It places in historical perspective an era when "Turn on, Burn down, Blow up" are revolutionary slogans of the day. Says the author" "This book... is not written for the members of fringe political groups, such as the Weatherman, or The Minutemen. Those radical groups don't need this book. They already know everything that's in here. If the real people of America, the silent majority, are going to survive, they must educate themselves. That is the purpose of this book." In what the author considers a survival guide, there is explicit information on the uses and effects of drugs, ranging from pot to heroin to peanuts. There i detailed advice concerning electronics, sabotage, and surveillance, with data on everything from bugs to scramblers. There is a comprehensive chapter on natural, non-lethal, and lethal weapons, running the gamut from cattle prods to sub-machine guns to bows and arrows.

The Great American Read: The Book of Books

Explore America's 100 Best-Loved Novels
Author: PBS
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN: 0316417548
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 288
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A blockbuster illustrated book that captures what Americans love to read, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is the gorgeously-produced companion book to PBS's ambitious summer 2018 series. What are America's best-loved novels? PBS will launch The Great American Read series with a 2-hour special in May 2018 revealing America's 100 best-loved novels, determined by a rigorous national survey. Subsequent episodes will air in September and October. Celebrities and everyday Americans will champion their favorite novel and in the finale in late October, America's #1 best-loved novel will be revealed. The Great American Read: The Book of Books will present all 100 novels with fascinating information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel's social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, the best first-lines in literature, and more. Beautifully designed with rare images of the original manuscripts, first-edition covers, rejection letters, and other ephemera, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is a must-have book for all booklovers.

On the Tip of My Tongue

Questions, Facts, Curiosities and Games of a Quizzical Nature
Author: David Gentle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408876671
Category: Games
Page: 384
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Who is Yogi Bear's girlfriend? What links gazpacho soup with revenge? List the nine activities which are traditionally forbidden in public swimming pools. What does the Mona Lisa have in her left hand? List the ten ways in which a batsman may be dismissed in a game of cricket. What links the words "almost" and "biopsy"? On the Tip of My Tongue will take you from the natural world to notorious ships and novelty records, from the arts to advertising slogans and airport codes, from science and sport to scandals and space shuttles, from historical events to Hogwarts and Hitchcock and from popular culture to platonic solids and poker hands. It's a quiz book with a difference. As well as attempting to answer thousands of brain-twisting questions, you'll be asked to recall as many items as you can from a list, and to solve the hidden links between groups of questions. While you're struggling to find the right responses, you'll also be reading anecdotes, comments and curious facts. It can be played with family, friends, enemies - or on your own. But however you want to play it, you're sure to suffer the hopeless frustration of finding the next answer is ... On the Tip of My Tongue.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018


Author: Sarah Janssen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 160057212X
Category: Reference
Page: 1008
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The 150th Anniversary special edition of the best-selling reference book of all time! The ebook format allows curious readers to keep millions of searchable facts at their fingertips. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 150th anniversary edition celebrates its illustrious history while keeping an eye on the future. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more. Features include: 150 Years of The World Almanac: A special feature celebrating The World Almanac's historic run includes highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned "facts," illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times. Historical Anniversaries: The World Almanac's recurring feature expands to incorporate milestone events and cultural touchstones dating to the book's founding year, from the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson to the publication of Little Women. World Almanac Editors' Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances: In light of Russell Westbrook's unprecedented 42 regular-season triple-doubles, The World Almanac takes a look back in sports history for athletes' best single-season runs. Statistical Spotlight: A popular new feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year. These data visualizations provide important context and new perspectives to give readers a fresh angle on important issues. The Obama Presidency: A year after Barack Obama’s second term came to a close, The World Almanac reviews the accomplishments, missteps, and legacy of the 44th president. The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world. Other New Highlights: A brand-new biography of the 45th president and profile of the Trump administration; 2016 election results; and statistics on crime, health care, overdose deaths, shootings, terrorism, and much more. The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2017 while providing all the information you'll need in 2018. 2017—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac list the top stories that held the world's attention in 2017. 2017—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring a preview of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games, complete coverage of the 2017 World Series, new tables of NBA, NHL, and NCAA statistics, and much more. 2017—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2017, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports. 2017—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac editors found some of the quirkiest news stories of the year, from the king who secretly worked as an airline pilot for decades to the state that's auctioning off its governor's mansion. World Almanac Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2017, from news and sports to pop culture.

The Book of Lists

Revised and Updated and Even More Canadian
Author: Ira Basen,Jane Farrow
Publisher: Knopf Canada
ISBN: 0735273073
Category: Reference
Page: 400
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A revised, updated and even more Canadian edition of the classic bestseller. In 1977, The Book of Lists, the first and best compendium of facts weirder than fiction, was published. Filled with intriguing information and must-talk-about trivia it has spawned many imitators--but none as satisfying or successful. In 2005, Ira Basen and Jane Farrow brought together the most entertaining and informative of these original lists and augmented them with homegrown material in the first Canadian edition. Now, more than a decade later, this refreshed and expanded edition gives us even more highly addictive lists, including · Margaret Atwood’s 10 Annoying Things to Say to Writers · 6 Cases of People Killed by God · Jesse Wente’s 8 Films You Should Watch to Prepare for the End of the World · First Sexual Encounters of 17 Prominent Canadians · Cathal Kelly’s 9 Most Compelling Players in Soccer History · 10 People Who Died Laughing Fun, revealing and full of facts you didn’t know you needed to know, The Book of Lists will inspire the list-maker in every reader.

The Experts Speak

The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation
Author: Christopher Cerf,Victor S. Navasky
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780679778066
Category: Humor
Page: 445
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Gathers lies, misinformation, and errors propagated by experts in science, politics, construction, technology, broadcasting, sports, art, music, and business

The Little Book of Lists


Author: David Wallechinsky,Amy Wallace
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1841958530
Category: Curiosities and wonders
Page: 304
View: 1927
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All the best bits from the original compendium of curious information-The Book of Lists The first Book of Lists was "a treat" (Canberra Times) and "a fascinating compendium" (Daily Telegraph)-and this special mini version simply includes all the best, quirkiest and most bizarre lists from its bigger brother. From the authors: "We hope you'll enjoy The Little Book of Lists as much as we did. And by the way, do you know the average penis lengths of mammals? Or the shortest marriages in history? Or people who died playing cards? You'll find intriguing answers in The Little Book of Lists; and as we always say: its a gift for everyone, from teens to 100-year-olds -hasn't Uncle Charles received enough neckties?"

Lost in Translation

An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Author: Ella Frances Sanders
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 1607747111
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 112
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An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English. Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest? Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee. In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation. From the Hardcover edition.

The Areas of My Expertise


Author: John Hodgman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101653612
Category: Humor
Page: 256
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In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman—which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking: -What are the mottoes of the 51 United States? THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED -Who were the U.S. presidents who had hooks for hands? THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED -What role does the Yale secret society “Skull and Bones” play in the secret world government? THERE IS NO SECRET WORLD GOVERNMENT -What was the menu at the first Thanksgiving, and did it include eels? Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both... LATER. -Aside from a compendium of fake trivia, what is the best kind of book to write? A SIMPLE TABLE OF THE 55 MOST DRAMATIC LITERARY SITUATIONS PROVIDES THE ANSWER, and John Hodgman is the author of that table. Imagine if The Book of Lists had been rewritten by Peter Cook and Jorge Luis Borges under the pseudonym of “John Hodgman” and then renamed The Areas of My Expertise, and you will only begin to have a sense of the dizzying, uproarious, sublimely weird, and strangely wise journey that is contained within this book (along with all the pages and words). Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake trivia, The Areas of My Expertise offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share—and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies...or as true. Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.