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Your Pinkie Is More Powerful Than Your Thumb: And 333 Other Surprising Facts That Will Make You Wealthier, Healthier and Smarter Than Everyone Else Paperback – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062008358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062008350
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fun . . . irresistible . . . something to get your fingers on.” (Long Island Pulse)

“Amazing tidbits . . . explained in delicious detail . . . [a] clever, candid and comprehensive smorgasbord of fascinating factoids guaranteed to make you, as the cover promises, ‘wealthier, healthier and smarter than everyone else.’” (Suwannee Democrat (Florida))

“Reading that not only fills you with little-known trivia, but often information about how to save money and improve one-self. Concise and always interesting.” (New Jersey magazine)

“Di Vincenzo is ready to wow readers with some truly odd, head-shaking tidbits . . . Don’t expect ho-hum kinds of stories here… oh no. Di Vincenzo . . . [brings] incredible little-known facts to light. ...a fun and often surprising read.” (5minutesforbooks.com)

“Offers a plethora of fascinating and random facts . . . Armed with facts from Di Vincenzo’s book, you could easily become the life of your next party.” (Deseret News)

From the Back Cover

Why are recessions not all bad? (pg. 51)

Which Major League Baseball team keeps its baseballs in a humidor—and why? (pg. 123)

Why is 300 cents more than 3 dollars? (pg. 49)

Mark Di Vincenzo, author of the New York Times bestseller Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon, returns with more fascinating facts! Do you know:

(1) what percentage of doctors in China smoke?
(2) which is the most dangerous day of the year to drive a car?
(3) whether a heart can literally break?
(4) how much investors paid for a Canadian cow named Missy?

Within these pages you'll find tips and facts that will save you money, help you live healthier, and make you the most interesting person to talk to at any party.


More About the Author

AUTHOR
As a journalist with nearly a quarter century of experience, I've exposed abuses and been described as a writer who makes the complicated seem simple.

During a two-year stint as a reporter on the two-person state desk of a small daily newspaper along the southern shores of Lake Erie, I was the first reporter in Ohio to write about the state's first AIDS victim and about one of the first Ohioans diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

From there, I moved to Virginia, to work for the Daily Press, a 100,000-plus-circulation newspaper. As a reporter there, I exposed wrongs, such as rampant abuses at public mental hospitals and decades of neglect by the agencies that monitor the environment. Newspapers from coast to coast, from The Washington Post to the Spokane (Washington) Review, published many of my stories, regardless of their length. (The Post jumped one of my stories three times, from page 1 to page 4 to page 5 to page 6 - a rarity even at a newspaper not afraid to publish lengthy stories.)

I've landed interviews with many VIPs, including Billy Graham, Jesse Jackson, Strom Thurmond and others, including Soviet generals and European royalty.

And I've won numerous awards, competing against reporters from The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The Associated Press, among others. In 1999, the Virginia Press Association created an award for the best news writing portfolio in the state - the closest thing Virginia had to a reporter-of-the-year award. I won it that year and then again in 2000. The next year I beat out reporters from The Charlotte Observer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to win the Southern Environmental Law Center's first-place journalism award. In 2001, I became the Daily Press' metro editor, shepherding and editing my reporters' award-winning stories and directing coverage of the newspaper's urban and suburban areas.

Over the years, I supplemented my newspaper work and honed my long-form writing skills by doing magazine cover stories.

During the summer of 2007, I left daily journalism to pursue book projects and long-form journalism and to start Business Writers Group, http://www.businesswritersgroup.com, a corporate writing and public relations company.

Born and reared in Cleveland, I'm a first generation American who graduated with honors from Bowling Green State University. I live in Newport News,a shipyard town in coastal Virginia that produced William Styron, Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey, with my wife, Jayne, and daughters Olivia and Sophia. My oldest daughter, Rosie, attends Oklahoma University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Kerby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
My husband is actually currently in recovery from a broken pinkie finger, so this title caught my attention. I picked this up yesterday, and I've just finished reading the whole thing. I didn't want to put it down, because so many of the facts are really interesting!

I really enjoyed reading this book. Probably about 20% of the facts were relevant or very interesting to me, maybe 65% of the facts were moderately interesting, and 15% of the facts I was not at all interested in (basically, the sports ones and some of the bug ones). I'd say probably less than 5% of the facts were things I already knew about.

The author includes a list of sources for all of the facts, and a pretty thorough index. The author does a pretty good job of mentioning where different "facts" may be considered controversial, but with one source listed per fact, I do wonder if there is a lot more dialog on some of the facts than is written; in any case, this book is not an exhaustive reference, so that's all right.

I don't know how many of the facts will really make me wealthier, healthier, or smarter than others, but they made for some interesting conversation with my husband, anyway! Many of the facts were about new things that may come up in conversations later (for instance, a potential duct tape replacement!) and maybe I'll feel smarter when those things come up and I can say "Oh, right, I've heard of that!"

There is something in this book for everyone, I think. I would really recommend this book for reading with interruptions. This is perfect to read while you're waiting for things, because it is broken up so well into questions and answers. It is ideal for a waiting room, coffee table, or bathroom, etc. I carried it with me in my purse while I was reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Abney on October 3, 2011
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According to author Mark Di Vincenzo, "Your Pinkie Is More Powerful Than Your Thumb" answers questions a person usually never thinks to ask. It offers a plethora of surprising and random facts. DiVincenzo focuses on new discoveries in the areas of health, science, history, etc.

Drawing from newly declassified documents and interviews from people who have made recent discoveries about historical events and people, the author shares unexpected tidbits of facts, figures and insights. There are 10 chapters and 48 pages of sources.

Armed with facts from Di Vincenzo's book, you could easily become the life of your next party. Do you know how much money U.S. businesses lose during the first week of the NCAA basketball tournament due to employees watching it on their office computers? It's a whopping $1.8 billion.

You can also share that neckties are covered in germs, certain foods may help in the prevention of dementia, women in developing nations walk nearly four miles each day to get water, "black boxes" in airplanes are actually orange and beetles can carry 850 times their weight.

Each fact comes with its own bold headline, making it easy to read when there are only a few minutes to spare to read. Di Vincenzo also provides bonus material in the form of questions and answers. Most information is followed with "What you can do" statements and tips. This can prove comforting after reading about unsuspected dangers in our lives.

Busy people who desire to become well-versed in a variety of topics in a short amount of time will find this book to be the perfect solution.

Incidentally, it is true that your pinkie finger has greater strength than your thumb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Armstrong on April 20, 2011
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You know a book's a winner when people in your family - the adults and kids alike - pass it around and take turns reading out loud, saying, "Hey, listen to this." ("Listen to this: A rhinoceros beetle can lift 53 pounds - the equivalent of a 7-year-old boy." ... "Listen to this: There are actually killer cows." ... "Listen to this: George Washington's teeth were carved from hippopotamus ivory - and he was a bootlegger.") This book makes for a wonderful tour through the can-you-believe-this elements of history, politics, religion and the animal kingdom, never failing to be smart, funny and full of surprises.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Davidson on March 12, 2011
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When I sat down to open this book, I figured I'd thumb through it for a few minutes and move on. More than an hour and a half later I was hooked -- I couldn't put it down! This book has so much interesting material in it on virtually every aspect of life. Who knew that half of American bosses expect their workers to check in during their vacations? Or that Louisiana, of all places, is the happiest state in America? Or that we could travel halfway to the sun -- 47 million miles -- and still not die? The list goes on and on. Mark Di Vincenzo has compiled not only a great resource but a fun, fascinating read. My advice: Buy this book!
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