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ISBN-10: 1616086483
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“A fun and educational collection of facts about all sorts of things, but it is not what you might expect from the title. There are no ghosts or aliens, no world record breakers or any of the sort of things you find in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. No, this is trivia about the unusual world around us and about ourselves as well. . . .This book is highly recommended.” (Blogcritics)

About the Author

Alex Palmer has written for the New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, the Rumpus, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. He is also the author of Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature. Find him at: www.alexpalmerwrites.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alex Palmer is the author of the forthcoming The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York (out in October), as well as the gift books Weird-o-Pedia and Literary Miscellany.

His work has appeared in Slate, Rhapsody, Vulture, the New York Daily News, Publishers Weekly, and The Rumpus, among others.

See more at www.alexpalmerwrites.com.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The title is not really indicative of what this book is really all about.I expected it to deal with the real Weird stuff,even more so than some of the "stuff" you get from "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" But this is not the case.It deals more with normal everyday things,but shows how little we realy understand or know about things that are all around us and part of our everyday life.Many things that we take for granted or perhaps never really gave much thought to;are in fact very different than most people think or believe.
The book is filled with hundreds of ordinary things that you never knew.The book has 209 pages,is very well constructed and printed on excellent paper.
Palmer sorts out all these interesting facts and organizes them in 12 chapters.
Food & Drink
Love & Sex
Friends & Family
Mind
Body
Work
Play
Around The House
Out & About
Insects
Animals
And,
Nature.
At the back of the book,a detailed section gives the sources of all the facts presented in the book and organized by chapter;making it easy for anyone who wants to verify anything in the book or to delve further into the subject.
I could choose a fact from any page as an indication of some of the surprising things in this book.So,here is an example;

"Flip-flops seem harmless,but they might be messing you up with every step.Doctors advise that the spongy material and weak arch support in most pairs of flip-flops can cause feet to roll inward,leading to potential injury and flat feet.One study found that many flip-flop wearers grip their toes as they take a step,which leads to a shorter stride."
This book will not only entertain you but will amaz you and increase your knowledge of many ordinary things around you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy Isaacson on October 15, 2012
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This book is just plain fun - easy to digest snippets of fun facts and trivia. Plus, there's a citation for everything in the back, so you can win out when your friends call BS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on August 27, 2013
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I got this and read it aloud with friends while we drove across the country on a road trip. It was interesting and entertaining and started some great conversations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lee on December 1, 2013
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I got this for my nephew on his 11th birthday. I thought it would be more weird/gross facts like boys that age think are funny and interesting, but despite appearing to be geared towards a younger crowd, the facts are kind of mundane and not that weird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GAYLA SMITH on August 3, 2013
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Another one of my favorite topics. It is good. Not quite what I expected, but, still very entertaining. Think most "weirdo" will appreciate it.
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An entertaining thing to read if you love random trivia or know someone else who does. Not recommended for kids, because some of the facts in this book are about sex, and the humor can sometimes be at the adult level as well. A lot of fun facts are based on studies, and you can find the sources of facts at the end of the book.

I agree with others that most of the facts are not ridiculous enough to call “weird”. Even the author states in his intro that the info isn’t going to be weird “like two-headed Gila monster shuffling by in a tiny top hat, or a woman dressed as a giant raspberry doing backflips”. But as long as you’re not expecting that level of weirdness, this book should be fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven beltran on December 22, 2014
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the book was delivered quickly and matched the used description without any surprise damages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Lucas on April 11, 2015
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Fun trivia book. Just beware it is more geared towards adult humor.
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