- Series: Who or Why or Which or What?
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452297834
- ISBN-13: 978-0452297838
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet (Who or Why or Which or What?) 1st Edition
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“Turn to any page in this compendium of countries and you’ll be surprised and amazed by its vast array of far-flung facts from around the world. Sure to satisfy of the appetite of any lover of trivia.”—Don Voorhees, author of The Book of Totally Useless Information
“An absolute winner! A fascinating and entertaining spin around the world, its oddities and its secrets.”—Noel Botham, author of The Book of Useless Information
“Jam-packed with facts of every description from the horrific to the hilarious. My life has been richer since I read that, in order to cram more showings into the day, one cinema in South Korea made The Sound of Music shorter by cutting out the songs.”—Caroline Taggart, author of I Used to Know That
About the Author
John Oldale speaks five languages, has outrun knife-wielding brigands (twice), and has been rescued from a sub-Antarctic beach. He lives with his family in a former village pub in Hampshire, England.
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"Curiosities" is exactly what the title says. The book is completely and wonderfully overstuffed to deliver a 360º reading experience in grey scale block printing on Farmer's Almanac-like paper. It is an information-compendium of curiosities, organized by every country on the planet and utterly fascinating. Here you can find such data as the genetic mutation of 'blondes' from out of Scandinavia or the organizational structure of the Chinese Triads or Global Domination-Best efforts to date by conqueror, populations and land mass ... and 300 more pages of similar data. Oldale organizes his indefatigable flow of facts in an eccentric, beguiling way that reveals as much about his own affections as his selected subjects.
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