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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569759855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569759851
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Frater runs the popular website listverse.com. He lives in New Zealand.

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Jamie Frater was born in Naenae, a suburb of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, in 1974. He studied postgraduate music at the Royal College of Music in London, after which, due to an insatiable desire to share fascinating, obscure, and bizarre facts, he created listverse.com where he presents a new top ten list every day. He has been a guest speaker on numerous national radio and television stations in the United States and Great Britain. Jamie now writes full-time for his California-based website from his home.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Silika on October 17, 2011
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First of all, I am a great fan of listverse. This book has been on my wish list since I first heard it was coming out. The other two listverse books are wonderful. This book however, tells us nothing we did not know and was nothing like what I had come to expect. Please bring back the Top Ten Lists!!. Eagerly awaiting.
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As with other reviewers, I am a fan of the Listverse books. I've read both and given them as gifts. So, this thrown together book was a total disappointment. It's just a rehash of information from his other books. I can't imagine that the author spent very long writing this book. He just combed through his other books and threw it together. There is even a sort of retro clipart picture of a man's head that appears over and over and over, adding to the thrown together feel of the project.

There are KINDLE ISSUES. Sometimes a myth will be presented, but the rebuttal part of the format will not appear until a few pages later. It could be that this has to do with the layout of the print version. Perhaps in the paper copy of the book the myth and rebuttal were divided on a two page spread. In any case, it's shoddy to put out an e-reader version of a book that hasn't been formatted to work properly. There is also a little awkwardness of spacing with a lack of a paragraph break between the answer section of one entry and the myth section of the next topic. It's not a big deal, and may be because I increased the text size, but again, Kindle versions should work properly.

As to the content...... After a while the format gets a little redundant. It might have been nice if the reader was brought into the fray a little by having to guess if a myth is true or not. Just an idea. As other reviewers have mentioned, the author does dwell on certain topics--the Vikings, European peasants, Neanderthal man. I suspect that even if you have not read his other books, you probably don't believe a lot of these myths. I think most people have heard that Bell didn't really invent the telephone, and that Columbus wasn't the first to know the Earth isn't flat.
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By Miko H. on December 7, 2011
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I am a really big fan of listverse.com so of course I had to get a copy of his latest books. I will be honest, I was a little disappointed to find that a good amount of the myths in the book were ones that I already knew weren't true but I still learned a lot--especially about history and health.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Roth on December 14, 2011
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The title of this book got my attention. I'm one of those people who checks those crazy string-email topics on snopes.com, so alarmists be ware! So of course when I heard about this title, I was very curious.

The book is a fast, enjoyable read. Think of it as a rumor-busting book in the style of "Damn You Autocorrect." I do recommend this book for skeptics with a sense of humor. On the other hand, the author seems to champion some surprising groups. For some reason this book is going to make sure you have a better idea of what Vikings were actually like (perhaps Thor did them a disservice--I didn't see the movie or game so I couldn't say) versus what some to say about this ancient group of explorers.

Nudists also get extra attention of the positive sort. A number of times this lifestyle and the common misconceptions about nudists are debunked. I support treating people fairly based on facts. However, I've never actually heard this lifestyle disparaged even when I lived outside of California, so I wasn't aware they commonly needed defending or debunking.

A couple other groups also appear to be singled out: Wiccans and Catholics. Yes, this is an odd combination, and still. Both religions are discussed a number of times and common misconceptions repelled.

You'll also find some science items included in the book. I personally found some of the data bits a tad out of date; this happens so fast due to research and testing it is not surprising for nearly anything in print. If you're looking for scientific confirmation, do some extra research your own. Since none of the claims in the book are foot-noted for sources, this is recommended regardless.

Overall, the book is fun to read. Buy this one for the entertainment value.
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