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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579242
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wilson Casey, a.k.a. the Trivia Guy, is one of the country's foremost trivia aficionados, with a syndicated column, an award-winning website (TriviaGuy.com), and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-running radio trivia broadcast.  Since 2000, he has written a daily trivia column for numerous newspapers around the country, while King Features Syndicate nationally distributes his weekly "Bible Trivia" column.  His trivia is now carried in over 500 newspapers and reaches millions of readers. Casey lives in Spartanburg, SC, and when not researching and compiling trivia, he's in demand as a national speaker, entertainer, and public performer with live trivia and inspirational appearances.

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Wilson Casey, a.k.a. The Trivia Guy, is one of the world's foremost trivia aficionados and professional fact-checkers, researchers, and content providers with a syndicated column, an award-winning website (TriviaGuy.com), and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running (thirty hours) radio trivia broadcast. Feel free to ask him any question by emailing WC@TriviaGuy.com .

Brand new at Wilson's website TriviaGuy.com! Subscribe to receive 7x/wk daily trivia! It's 6 multiple choice questions (w. answers) every day rain or shine!

As a fulltime freelance writer, and when not out speaking, promoting, and entertaining, he lives in Spartanburg, SC and welcomes the opportunity to play trivia / speak / emcee / host / roast your next event (perfect for the pub scene) whether large (such as conventions) or small (such as church or civic groups)! --- Pulling from his 22 years experience of being a zany live "on-air" radio personality, Wilson's engagements provide wholesome family fun, upbeat entertainment, and comedy. Let him vitalize your next affair! To book the Guinness World Record holder and "Trivia Guy" for anywhere-in-the-country appearances, please contact for more info/rates: trivia@writeme.com . Also visit TriviaGuy.com for no fluff, just trivia! Subscibe to receive daily trivia questions into your inbox!

Since 2000 Wilson Casey has written a daily (7x/wk) general-flavored trivia column that has appeared in numerous newspapers including the Albuquerque (NM) Journal, Tacoma (WA) News-Tribune, Providence (RI) Journal, Wilmington (NC) Star News, Hendersonville (NC) Times-News, Palestine (TX) Herald Press, Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, and others; while King Features Syndicate nationally distributes his weekly "Bible Trivia" column. His trivia now reaches millions of readers in over 500 papers! If you'd like Wilson's trivia column in your paper, please contact for more info/rates/samples: trivia@writeme.com.

They're now out & available here on Amazon! 3 latest by Wilson Casey! All 2015 daily box calendars: "Golf Trivia", "True Crime", and "Bible Trivia Challenge"! Get yours on order today!

Also please note: Autographed works of Wilson Casey quickly become valuable collectibles. The signature and inscription of the Guinness World Record holder in books and works have fetched hundreds of dollars at various auctions. After ordering any of his works here on Amazon, Wilson would be so honored to freely autograph. After purchasing, please contact him: trivia@writeme.com or visit his website TriviaGuy.com.

Wilson Casey photos:
#1 - Syndicated column mugshot
#2 - Entertaining as "CaseNac the Magnificent"
#3 - During documentary filming among world's most fascinating Guinness holders
#4 - At one of many trivia events continually hosted and emceed
#5 - At one of numerous book signings continually conducted
#6 - As national contestant on NBC's "The Weakest Link"
#7 - With hosts after being interviewed on "Your Carolina" TV 03-15-11
#8 - Collage of Wilson Casey's works

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra McLeod Humphrey on March 11, 2010
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Wilson's book includes a little bit of everything--from the origin of artificial organs to the origin of the first burger chain. I discovered so many intriguing "firsts" that I had never known before: That the first Advice Column dated back to 1898, that the fortune cookie was actually an American invention, and that Sir Barton was the first winner of the American Triple Crown. The origins of the birth control pill, the Caesarean Operation, and mouthwash were extremely interesting to say the least and more than a little disconcerting. The book includes some wonderful trivia such as the fact that some of the ashes of the astro-geologist Eugene Shoemaker are buried on the moon and the history behind the founding of the world's first pet cemetery. I love the fact that the material is alphabetically arranged, and this book would make a great gift for some of those hard-to-shop-for people in your life!
Highly Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 11, 2010
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There's a story behind everything, you just might not notice it. "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" is a compilation of quick facts and intriguing anecdotes about the many things in our lives that go unnoticed, despite having their origins ranging from decades to millennia ago. From breakthrough medical procedures, to the first evils of humanity, to technological innovations, Wilson Casey prevents an endlessly fascinating array of trivia. "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" is a top pick and very recommended read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.D. B...M.Ed. on July 30, 2010
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Extensively researched and well written. Mr Casey has added to our factual knowledge and de-bunked a few myths. Whether you are a Jeopardy fanatic or just want to show off around the water cooler..."Firsts" should be required reading.
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By garrett on July 1, 2012
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I like how it gives historical dates, and estimates, instead of just guessing, it is accurate, and even has the current president in it, made it while he was elected. well organized, and you will definetley learn something

I also enjoyed facts about famous food brands

http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Knowledge-Presents-Fascinating-Nutshell/dp/1579123562/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341189204&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=facts+about+famous+food+brands

deffinetley worth $3 no more than $6
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Lady on September 18, 2014
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Interesting
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