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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School Hardcover – March 5, 2009

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a droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out The Oldie Amusing but useful... I am not the only one planning to keep it on my desk to avoid any intellectually embarrassing moments The Scotsman This is a fascinating book... it will no doubt be a great source of entertainment around many a dinner table She A fun and witty collection of snippets of information we 'used to know' from school Essentials This is an absorbing volume of familiar facts and figures you may well have forgotten... If the answers are just out of reach, but you know them really, this is the book for you Sainsbury's Magazine It is a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around Townswoman Magazine It covers everything we should remember from school but don't The Western Mail could help you connect with your childhood, boost your brainpower and remind your kids just how clever you are Irish News [an] entertaining rag-bag of a book, a sort of cocktail of half-remembered things from your schooldays Birmingham Evening Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer’s Market UK 2009.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762109955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762109951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ornstein on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is really interesting. I picked it up to take a quick look at it while at the book store and really got into it.

I picked it up for me, and quickly realized how much my kids would wind up benefiting from me reading the book. The book contains a good number of mental tricks for remembering things, and brief inside looks into each topic that it mentions.

I'm thrilled that I bought it, as its a great reference that Im sure I will refer to each year my kids get older!

It's a must have!
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Okay so this year is actually my 10-year High School reunion, not that I am going but it made me think. I mean I honestly don't remember half of what I learned and I was actually a decent student. Well the book "I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School" by Caroline Taggart is a book that is perfect to brush up on facts and subjects you may have forgotten or are remembering wrong.

In "I Used to Know That" you will find a variety of subjects, covering English, Literature, Math, Science, History, Geography, and General Studies. It is basically a quick book to reference to re-discover lost knowledge. I even love how this book looks like a school ledger, but it is hardcover so it will last. I cannot believe how useful this book is and how much I pick it up. Honestly, I find myself flipping through it all the time and always learning something new, even though this is only a 175-page book.

I re-learned about the planets, famous composers, wars, the circulatory system, geometry and so much more! I really think this book is adorable and perfect for anyone who is either currently a student or someone who wishes maybe they can remember more of what they learned in school! This book is classified as a Reference/Trivia book and is a Reader's Digest book.

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I keep this little book on my coffee table and everytime someone comes over to my house they find another tibit of information which is both helpful and entertaining. The section on percentages helped me refresh my math skills when trying to figure out a sale price and book created a new guessing game for my guests. What is the capital of Bahrain or whose nickname is the Peace Garden state? I personally like the section on British and American poets--they provide a biography of the poet with a quotable passage.
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By tmtrvlr on December 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I Used to Know That is a fun and interesting book with many tidbits of information that can be used for a quick reference guide or to brush up a little on the major subjects of Math, Literature, English, Science, History, Geography, and General Studies.

Authors of classic literature, fractions, geometry, algebra, the skeletal system, periodic table, U.S. presidents, countries and their capitals, and planets are just a few of the topics covered in this jammed packed little book.

This is an entertaining book for those interested in trivia. It would also be good for quizzing school-aged children or to just remember facts that haven't been needed for a few years.
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I have only been able to skim it so far but it is not a readable book. It is much more like a reference where you could look up names of American Presidents or Canadian Prime Ministers or famous writers, etc. And some of the information is so basic (what a noun, verb and adjective is for example) that it is an insult to my intelligence to suggest that I would not remember that even though I am 67 and out of school MANY years. I will know what a noun, verb and adjective is until the day I die. There are no tests or quizzes nor does the presentation in any other way engage your attention. This is information I could just as easily find online. Glad I bought a used copy and not full price.
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Item arrived on time - the ability to track while in process was definitively an asset! Exactly as shown, surpassed expectations. Included interesting topics I'd forgotten I'd once known about. Good ideas for starting conversations and/or filling "gaps" in sometimes slow dinner parties. Bought as a gift for my mother in law and she loved it - now she's sending me one!
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Just what the doctor ordered for this old geezer that can't remember squat any longer. I should have studied harder and paid more attention in school. If I would have had these helful hints I would have retained more. THANK YOU for making learning fun and possible still. Seriously this is a GREAT book; I recommend it to anyone just starting their education AND for those that never want to stop learning. A worthwhile investment for a lifetime of education.
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I have another book in this series and had eyed this one for awhile. I'm very glad I finally got it. It has tons of useful things that you may or may not know. And with many topics to choose from there is surely something of interest for everyone.
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