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A full year's worth of fascinating facts
Plus a bonus fact for leap year!
"A bon-bon of a book crammed with delicious nuggets of information and morsels of amusement. Best of all, the only weight you'll gain is in your brain."
—Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent, NPR
"Kee Malesky has done it again. Day by day in any year, the reader will find interesting and absorbing facts and stories."
—Carl Kasell, Official Judge and Scorekeeper, NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!
- What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?
- What color did carrots used to be?
- Why do many American spellings differ from their British counterparts?
- What does it mean "to have one's eyes lined with ham"?
- If you claim to know the answers to these questions, then you're John Hodgman. If you had to look for them below, you need this book.
Kee Malesky, author of All Facts Considered, returns with a year's worth of facts on the arts, history, language, natural history, religion, and science to build up your brain. From the only sea without a coastline to the origin of April Fool's Day, this book is the best way to know more stuff than that other guy.
Learn Something New Every Day is the ideal gift for those with inquisitive minds and an appreciation of the wonders of the world around us. But don't give it to them. You don't want them to know more than you do.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm happy to report that "Kee" has produced another clever collection for us to chuckle, snort, object, and declaim over. [nota bene: *IF* you should "object" don't go to your references expecting to be proved right. In fact, don't go to your references at all, make use of hers: the book contains sources as does her web site.]
So is her second volume simply "Yet Again Even More All Facts Considered Too"? Not exactly. I would say (in fact, I did) that her first book All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge- which I recommend you immediately procure - consisted of "fascinating stories about unusual facts". Here she has endeavored to "write under constraint" (see October 7) and fit 365 (or so) "interesting things" into a modestly-sized volume.
So while each resulting gem tells its story - many will leave you wondering about the bits in between the bits that would fit. So you'll find yourself much more tempted to go digging for more.
But if the density is a bit different I'm happy to report (and/or caution) the effect is not: again with this book you will become a terrible pest to those around you:
"Gertrude! Can you imagine that they used `crowdsourcing` in 1905 to decide who created baseball! -eh? `what the heck is crowdsourcing?`? well, it's controversial and many feel that- um... well, you should look it up! But the funny thing is: the guy they picked, Doubleday, never even said he created baseball!"(see June 26)
The second edition (with the same name) seems more of a trivia book.
original- the history of the modern olympics
new version- why are carrots orange.
Why couldn't the author or publisher keep both versions available, with dfferent names or at least use book 1(history), and book 2 (trivia).
I will have a difficult time finding another kindle book for learning somehing new every day next year.
What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?1 What color did carrots used to be?2 Why do many American spellings differ from their British counterparts?3 What does it mean "to have one's eyes lined with ham"? 4 If you know the answers to these questions, then you're John Hodgman. If you had to look for them below, you need this book.5
Kee Malesky, author of All Facts Considered, returns with a year's worth of facts on the arts, history, language, natural history, religion, and science to build up your brain. From "What is the only sea without coastlines?" to "How did the tradition of April Fool's Day begin?", this book is the best way to know more stuff than that other guy.6
Learn Something New Every Day is the ideal gift for anyone with an inquisitive mind and an appreciation of the wonders of the world around us. But don't give it to them. You don't want them to know more than you do.
1. Bagged bread. 2. Purple. 3. Blame--or thank--Noah Webster. 4. That's the Italian expression for "can't see the wood for the trees." 5. You'd enjoy it too, Mr. Hodgman. 6. Discovering more than one fact per day can cause increased confidence. We've probably already put you at risk with the four above. Learn safely." (From the John Wiley & Sons Publishers Website)
About the Author:
Kee Malesky National Public Radio's longest-serving librarian, is a member of the team that provides fact-checking, background research, and grammar and pronunciation guidance to NPR's radio programs and digital media projects.
My Thoughts About the Book: I am definitely one of those kind of people who likes to learn something new every day - whether a new word, some new fact, a truth I did not know before, or just some interesting tidbit of information I did not know. It's fun. It keeps like interesting. Learning something new every day sharpens the old brain and keeps it active and Lord knows I need all the help I can get in that department as I keep losing my brain but so far I have always been able to find it and get it back inside my head again without too much trouble. LOL!
Kee Malesky's delightfully informative, ever interesting and never dull or boring book opens the door to a whole new world of interesting facts for every day of the year. No Google searching or hunting around for something new to learn. Something good can be found for every day of the year in his book.
I bet you do not know about "The Great Molasses Flood" on January 15th, 1919 in Boston' North end do you? If you do then you know more than me, but that's not an accomplishment that is hard to achieve. I sure didn't. Or do you know who the "Patron Saint of Science Fiction" as revealed on the day of February 8th in the book? On March 15th you can read the article about "Which Carolina?" which sure was news to me. On August 1st you can read and learn about "The Unicorn Whale." That's right, the Unicorn Whale. I am not making this up and neither is the author. Granted some of the information will not be of value to you but no book can be 100% all things for all people; however, Kee Maleky's book has enough interesting, humorous, true facts in it to make it worth buying and I just bet though it might not be 100%, it might be at least 50% or more.
AND parents, this is an awesome book to purchase and share each day's fact with your kids at night or even before school over breakfast. Imagine the look on their teacher's face as well as their classmates faces when they go to school and tell their class about "The Man Who Never Was" or maybe "Tornado Technology." I can just hear the ooh's and ahhs's of the teachers and students now. Not only will it be impressive to their teacher and classmate but it will just make them walk a little taller and smile a little broader knowing for once they were actually smarter than their teacher and classmates. $19.95 for the book - that's affordable. The look on your child's face though when they come home from school, "PRICELESS."
Material Disclosure: I received the book at no cost from the John Wiley & Sons Publishing Company for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."