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Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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....
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute book, lots of interesting info in it. Great for car rides or just boring rainy days!Published 10 months ago by Lisa RB
This review was written by my 13 year old daughter... This is great book for road trips, waiting, or just plain free time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by W. Richter
My daughter loves to curl up with this book and just poor over the facts. I think we are going to buy the next one too.Published 23 months ago by J. Schmidt
I love facts and little tidbits. My friends and I sat on the couch just reading and enjoying this book.Published 24 months ago by Meagan