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Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts [Kindle Edition]

Dan Lewis
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 27 letters in the alphabet, or that the U.S. 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 things 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.

Covering 100 outrageous topics, Now I Know is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn.

Editorial Reviews


"Every story in the book is interesting, and Lewis includes a 'bonus fact' at the end of each story which is a mini mind bender on its own." --BoingBoing

About the Author

Dan Lewis is a father, husband, Mets fan, lawyer, and trivia buff. He writes a daily e-mail called "Now I Know," which began in June of 2010 with twenty subscribers and now boasts nearly 100,000. A proud graduate of Tufts University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, he's currently a digital strategist for a well-known children's company. You can sign up for his newsletter at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1191 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (September 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 30, 2013
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As the owner of an extremely popular "interesting fact" website (TodayIFoundOut) and someone who runs a similar newsletter to Now I Know, I've read or at least skimmed pretty much every major interesting fact/story website and book out there, so I can tell you from vast experience that Dan Lewis is one of the best in this genre. His articles are always extremely well researched and quite interesting, even sometimes when he's writing on a topic I initially thought would be boring- then he goes and finds an interesting twist to it. In some respects, his newsletter sometimes reminds me of the old Paul Harvey, "The Rest of the Story" show at times.

As for this book itself, I just got it in the mail the other day and have now read about half of it and I haven't been disappointed at all. It's well formatted, has great topics and articles, and despite the fact that what I do for a living is research and write about interesting facts, I'm still learning quite a few interesting new things.

So bottom line, if you're a fan of trivia / interesting facts or stories, you'll love this book. And, unlike so many other such books out there, you can be confident that what you're reading is actually true and not embellished, which is a rare thing in this genre I can tell you. :-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coffee table book October 17, 2013
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As people reading these reviews are probably already aware, "Now I Know" started out, and still is, a popular daily email newsletter. The premise is that you sign up for the email newsletter and in return Dan sends you a daily email with true, well-researched, amazing and entertaining-as-hell anecdotes. For free. Every day. The book is a collection of these same types of stories. Though the book isn't free, it won't disappoint. I keep my copy of this book out on my coffee table and its an awesome conversation starter. (Would also be great to have on-hand for a little, ahem, distraction, in the loo). Great book; Highly recommend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the prime spot in my bathroom October 21, 2013
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I've been subscribed to the Now I Know newsletter for a while now and every day have been fascinated by the interesting facts and stories that come to my inbox. So I couldn't resist buying the book version to support the author after getting so much great content for free.

For a measly $10, I've now got the perfect bathroom reader to entertain and delight friends, family, and guests alike. I'm sure it works well outside the bathroom as well, but I've yet to confirm that.

I know a lot of people who will take pleasure in reading about the amazing information in this book, so I expect to be buying more copies to give as gifts (only $10, are you kidding me?)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! October 15, 2013
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I can't tell you how immensely I enjoyed Dan's book. I already look forward to seeing know I know in my inbox each morning, so to have a whole collection of new ones was just fantastic. Each one leads in to the next, and though I was unsure if a book form would work, Dan proved that he knew what he was doing, because the book is simply fantastic. Great job Dan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this book for my dad as he always seems to know little facts about everything. He tells me that he looks at this all the time and has enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing I've read in a while! October 17, 2013
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This is one of the best sources of fascinating and obscure trivia I have ever seen! If you think you know it all, think again and read this book! Extremely interesting, and even though I consider myself somewhat of an expert in the area of fun facts, I was learning new things constantly.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Did you know Jessica Seinfeld hides pureed squash in her kids' Mac and Cheese? She sneaks what's good for them into what they like.
Would you pick up a history lesson or a sociology paper while you were trying to relax? Surprise! Dan Lewis has hidden the vegetables! His book is as tasty as Mac and Cheese, but you'll be amazed at how much you learn and how much fun you had learning it. (This is why I am a longtime subscriber to his daily NowIKnow email.) If this review makes you hungry for a copy of Dan's book, I hope you'll order it immediately and enjoy every bite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book! January 1, 2014
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This is a great little book to have on your Kindle. Anytime you need a short read (waiting at the dentist"s office, waiting to pick up kids at school), this book will fill the bill. Quick reads, no plots to remember, and some amazing information.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Was a great father-in-law gift. Will keep him busy reading instead of telling the same story over and over again
Published 1 day ago by Christy A Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Diane J
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 Book!
Who is Dan Lewis? He is a god who writes daily, informative, creative, and interesting daily emails which always brighten my day when I read them. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Matt G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
Exactly like the daily newsletter, with lots of new content to boot. Dan does a great job of turning what otherwise may seem like a boring topic into an interesting shot story. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ryan Turcotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value!
Amazing book, fun to read! If you're a fan of Dan Lewis' Now I Know emails then you'll love this!
Published 10 days ago by Liam Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
Published 1 month ago by Robert D. Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was one of the most interesting books I have ever read.
Published 1 month ago by Debra Julian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read!
Published 1 month ago by Linda in LV
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Informative
This book contains 100 stories outlining a great variety of facts. The topics vary tremendously: from history and geography to politics to science and health. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Poirier
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Know
Some call it trivia, I call it facts. My kids refer to me as a storehouse of useless information. Facts are fascinating and so is this book as well as it's accompanying... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronald T. Roseborough
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