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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 064194926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0641949265
  • ASIN: B000MV8HU2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Following on the heels of Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany comes this compendium of trivia of the recreational persuasion, packaged to look not unlike a 19th century almanac or reference guide. Included are Naismith's original rules for basketball (dating from 1892), the contestants and winners of every Superbowl through XXXIX, a glossary of fox hunting terms, different types of fish bait (and the fish each are most likely to attract), a list of questions used by Gamblers Anonymous to assess the degree of a person's addiction and innumerable other morsels. Devoid of any organizational logic, the book is not intended for serious, cover-to-cover reading, but serves as a bet and argument settler that will find itself at home next to the cash register at sportsbars.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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'Schott's Original Miscellany stands out for its essential comic absurdity should appeal to the Stephen Fry in all of us' Financial Times 'One of the hits of the season - and with good reason - is Schott's Original Miscellany, conceived, written and designed by the admirable Ben Schott' Daily Mail 'Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany is already firmly ensconced in the bestseller lists When you read about the Scoville Scale, which charts the comparative heat of different chillis, you will wonder how you lived without it all this time' Finanical Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bensmomma on March 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fans of "Schott's Original Miscellany" may think of this as a potential gift for the sportsfan in their life, but it does not carry enough detail for the typical sportsfan, in part because in its strenuous effort to be both broad and flippant it extends its scope to crossword puzzles, quizzes, and the like...so it's great on the miscellany dimensions and scant on the sports. But if you are satisfied to know a single set of trivial details about cricket and one about polo and one about [whatever], this might be ok for you.

If on the other hand, you're not a sportsfan but are merely looking for more Schott's like reading material, I recommend instead the "Companion" series, which show every sign of being issued by the same publisher (same size format, typeface, etc.) althoug they are from Robson books rather than Bloomsbury. Examples includes "The London Companion," "The Literary Companion," "The Gardener's Companion," etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara L. Pinzka on August 22, 2007
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I bought this book as a gift for my husband, a true sports addict and a true student of all that he watches. Ever since he received it, I've caught him many times, poring over the pages, learning even more trivia with which to bedevil me and his friends.

Part of the decision was based on my previous experience with the Schott guides, which we've enjoyed thoroughly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. B. Jeffery on January 7, 2008
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Just as in his previous efforts, Mr. Schott assembles an amusing collection of trivia. Well worth the effort whenever one wants to waste some time. Thoroughly enjoyable, and you learn something as well!
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This book is exactly what it claims to be, the only thing that might deter US buyers, are that is has the metric system (oh no!) & has a definite English (like England) take on things.
I definitely like it better than the annuals, but nothing beats the original general Schott's.
But any mind that makes mine valid, is an A+ in my world.
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Format: Hardcover
Quotes, stats, weird facts, minutia--it's all here in _Schott's Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany_. A further continuation of the Schott's Miscellany books, this one retains the same old-fashioned feeling of its predecessors. Reading like a handbook of arcane knowledge kept by a Renaissance Man, it's a throwback source, rambling through everything from horse racing oddities to the layout of the streets for the Pamplona bull run to recipes for cocktails to people who died laughing and to deprecated Olympic sports. It even has a bookmark ribbon. If you like strange facts, this is a great source for oddities to drop into conversations.

If the book suffers in any way, it's its age. As of this review, eight years have passed since it was first published, and the book's most recent sports stats are from 2004. While some of the other books in the series don't rely as heavily on dated info, this one is hurt a bit by it, which seem unavoidable given the subject matter.

Great book, but it needs a second edition.
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