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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.
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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)
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