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5.0 out of 5 stars "THE CHAMPION OF ALL REFERENCE BOOKS!", December 4, 2012
This review is from: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013 (World Almanac & Book of Facts) (Paperback)
Sarah Janssen chronicles the most useful reference book known, an excellent resource with a notable reputation. I have been collecting 'The World Almanac' for years, and have never been disappointed. My daughter and I spend quality time as we read through it for hours, and it's a great conversational piece for any home when you plan social gatherings. This entertaining book is great for learning skills, and is a treasure trove of updated statistics and facts on economic, scientific, and political information. In addition, it contains answers to trivia questions, includes the 2012 election results, and much more. Interesting facts are also presented on pop culture, geography, and history. My daughter enjoys the facts on sports the most, as she becomes fascinated with information she never knew. The concise information offered by 'The Wall Street Journal' is educational,easy-to-read, and informative. It's impossible to become bored with this amazing book as thousands of facts are presented.The more you read, the more curious you become. One fact is more interesting than the other as you crave for more. A book that's hard to close, and return to later. I will continue to collect the updated versions. Enjoyable, intriguing, and fun-filled. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 12:11:38 PM PST
It's wonderful and all that, but it contracts a bit each year.

Once upon a time, the World Almanac gave the county seat of every county in the US, along with its area and population. No longer.

Once upon a time, the World Almanac included a complete ZIP code gazetteer. No longer.

The World Almanac even gave complete info on all the colleges and universities of the US and Canada, at one time. It no longer fully does.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 1:18:39 PM PST
I noticed a few slight changes that were probably taken away, perhaps replaced by the election & a few New events. Overall, that did not affect me and my daughter at all as we still find it fascinating & interesting.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 1:48:56 PM PST
The World Almanac and Book of Facts is a useful reference source, however I have encountered discrepancies between versions. Years ago, when we purchased our Gateway computer, the digital version of the World Almanac and Book of Facts was included with Microsoft Bookshelf. (Way back in the "Bronze Age" of home computing.) I used this electronic resource happily and frequently, able to read and copy from it right on the computer.

Then I purchased a soft-cover book for Christmas (2001). It was the 2002 edition. As a little hobby of mine, I compile a text file of people's birth dates and places of birth, sometimes with a brief comment about why their data is in the list. With a shortcut to this file in my Startup folder, it opens up whenever I start my computer. It is fun to read each day, and it is a useful memory tool (to discover whether I have lost any rooms from my "memory palace"). It is also helpful to see who the talk-show hosts might be poking fun at during their monologues.

Anyway... when I went to update or add names to the list, I noticed that some items had changed. For instance, Brad Pitt 's info went from:
- Pitt, Brad - Missouri - 12/18/65
to:
- Pitt, Brad - Shawnee, OK - 12/18/64.
And:
- Adjanii, Isabelle - W Germany - 6/27/55
- Adjanii, Isabelle - Paris, France - 6/27/55.

With that said, I will get down from my soapbox, and simply add:

Yes, the World Almanac and Book of Facts is a valuable reference tool, but like the old adage states, "Trust, but verify." In other words, make sure you have at least one other reference source available. "Garbage In, Garbage Out." Yes, this book has editors, but they are only human.

"'nuff said." Thanks for letting me share (and ramble).

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2013 2:07:01 PM PST
Thank you for Sharing your input. Some very interesting viewpoints you suggested that are indeed Helpful. Also, a Good idea to have available another reference book to compare notes with. And I totally agree, Editors are only human. Good point & well said!
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