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From the Back Cover

Organized into eight chapters, Listomania covers questions of human behavior, trivia facts about geography (past and present), etymology, mythology, ancient and recent history, as well as pop culture. Some of the lists included are:

  • 10 Tiny Terrors: a list of the ten most petite world leaders (yes, some were shorter than Napoleon!)
  • 43 Famous People Who Were Adopted (e.g. Steve Jobs, Debbie Harry, Mark Twain, Alexander the Great)
  • 15 Movies Featuring Giant Rabbits
  • 10 Top Cheese Eating Countries( note correspondence to the top ten happiest countries)
  • 8 Dastardly Ponzi Schemes
  • 38 Ancient Cities (That People Still Live In)
  • 28 Prehistoric Creatures Named for Famous People or Cool Things (e.g. Dracorex Hogwartsia, Attenborosaurus, and Psephorus Terrypratchetti)

Illustrated in full color with playful images, graphs, charts, captions, and photographs, this colorful book brings a new face to trivia and is sure to wow readers, surprise them, and make them laugh from cover to cover. Listomania functions as a practical information resource as well as a fun and quirky gift for readers of any age.

About the Author

With two infographic books under their belt (Show Me How, 2008 and More Show Me How, 2010), the Show Me How Team knows how to combine pictures and images in a manner that communicates information in an effective yet exciting manner. This team knows how to make facts fun and are eager to enlighten us with this next compilation of hilarious and hard-to-believe trivia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062082833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062082831
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love love love info graphics. I think this is because I am a graphic designer and I know how hard it is to do this well. I am a visual person and I could pour over the visual solutions in these kinds of books all day. This design is super cool.
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Bought this book for my teen son. He loves this book! It is full of trivia and obscure facts. He read it cover-to-cover almost in one sitting, and he re-reads parts of it almost daily. It has been a blast to have him intereject something he has learned from this book into conversations. Good stuff.
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This was such a fun book!! I'm a sucker for those best of books and year end compilations but Listomania is absolutely addicting.

I've had this book for a bit and have been picking it up over the course of the last month and I've read every page at last. We've had so much fun at home asking each other if we can come up with some of the entries on the list. Examples? There are 62 rooms you might find in a house...name as many as you can.There's a list of movies with 'ridiculously high body counts'...any thoughts? Movies with giant rabbits?

I was enamoured of the book lists. Most translated books? The Bible was number one, but Pinocchio was number two - translated into 260 languages! Books with an animal protagonist? Books with nameless protagonists?

There are so many topics covered - the book is broken down into eight great sub categories. Lists pull in facts from around the world. But it's not just dull lists on a page. Each page is completely different. The graphic presentation of the facts is shown through photographs, charts, graphs, drawings and more, all in full colour.

Many of the entries had me going to the computer to follow up, such as '14 Cool Things to View on Google Earth.' In Chile, 70,000 Coke bottles spell out the company logo. Or the Badlands Guardian in Canada.

This is one of those books that everyone will enjoy. Leave it out on the coffee table - it's like a bag of chips - you won't be able to just rhard to resist....Can you name a karaoke song that makes the top ten list in the US and England -- hint: it's a Madonna tune. What 13 crayon colours has Crayola retired. What country has the fastest internet connections in the world? Name the top 10 cheese eating countries in the world. What is....
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This is the most amaaazing factbook you'll ever find. It's got little known interesting facts grouped, and pretty illustrations from cover to cover. I own this book and gifted it twice. Everyone loves it. I'm a cheapskate, but even I think it really is worth every penny!
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This is a very graphic-intensive book, ideal for the living room coffee table, or for general conversation starters.

Good graphics, good subjects. Wish they provided more actual references when presenting numbers and facts, to make it more real.

Overall, a good reference book or just a book to browse on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Young adults will like it. Very similar to the "Book of Lists" that came out in the late 1980s that was just all lists of different things...Same idea. Recommended.
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I really enjoy "list" books and articles going all the way back to "The Book of Lists" books of the late 70s/early 80s and more recently the CRACKED lists. "Listomania" was very enjoyable, but did not have quite the same depth as the old "The Book of Lists" books which offered few graphics/pictures in favor of sometimes extensive treatment of the list subject matter. "Listomania" on the other hand emphasizes visual design in the presentation of their lists over subject matter depth. Still good and a fun read, but made for a much "lighter" overall experience.
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I like light educational reading.

History, Discovery, National Geographic reading.

I am a little ADD and the older I get the harder it is to concentrate. This helps improve that and it is fun to read.
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I know that we should never judge a book by its cover, but as soon as I saw this book, I knew I was in for a good time. One of my favorite parts of USA Today is the infographic which conveys a current statistic, so Listomania was right up my alley.

Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail is a fabulous collection of all sorts of trivia, oddities, and unexpected information that provides the perfect springboard for cocktail party discussions. Each page focuses on a different theme, ranging from "8 Dastardly Ponzi Schemes" to "9 Clever Crimes" and from "8 Unusual Ransoms" to "36 Famous People Who Were Adopted". The graphics are clever, looking more like cartoonish illustrations than daunting historic images, making the book approachable to readers of all ages. This book is able to communicate all sorts of random information in seconds, and makes learning interesting (and often useless) information an effortless pursuit. Listomania is a DK-style book for adults and features all sorts of fascinating global information (who knew that China had kiwi flavored potato chips?). This book can be picked up for easy reading (readers are able to jump in at any point and learn about things you never knew you wanted to know about). With clever graphics illustrating themes such as "17 Prehistoric Giants" and "10 Unsolved Mysteries", it is hard not to get sucked into this book.
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