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Black Cats & Four-Leaf Clovers: The Origins of Old Wives' Tales and Superstitions in Our Everyday Lives

by Harry Oliver

Cross your fingers, knock on wood, and clutch your rabbit's foot a little tighter.

In this charming and endlessly diverting book, Harry Oliver delves into the stories behind the traditions and superstitions...


Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History

by Mark Juddery

A cantankerous collection of the 50 most overhyped people, places and things in the world

What do horoscopes, hemlock, Star Trek, the Oscars, and sliced bread have in common? They're all overrated-and systematically...


Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong

by Rod Evans

Where were Venetian blinds invented?

What color is the black box on a commercial airplane?

Where did India ink originate?*

Most of us know more than we think we know. We also think we know more than we actually...


Endangered Phrases: Intriguing Idioms Dangerously Close to Extinction

by Steven D. Price

“Person to person” (and “station to station”), “bar sinister,” “the weed of crime bears bitter fruit,” “between the devil and the deep blue sea,” “will o’ the wisp,” “poor as Job’s...


Uncle John's Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute

The big brains at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute have come up with 544 all-new pages full of incredible facts, hilarious articles, and a whole bunch of other ways to, er, pass the time. With topics ranging...


The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter: Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems

by Alan Axelrod

The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter: Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems explores the rich vocabulary of gangsters, hipsters, jazz musicians, and military personnel of the 1930s...


Mother Knows Best?: The Truth about Mom's Well-Meaning (But Not Always Accurate) Advice

by Sue Castle

Will a little warm milk really help you go to sleep? (Yes—although cold milk works just as well.) Does turning a light off for a few minutes actually use more energy than it saves? (No.) Is chicken soup the...


The United States of Strange: 1,001 Frightening, Bizarre, Outrageous Facts about the Land of the Free and the Home of the Frog People, the Cockroach

by Eric Grzymkowski

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Things Weird

Sure, you probably know that George Washington was our first president and that Christopher Columbus accidentally discovered America in 1492, but did you know...


Man Enough?: The Facts and STATS Every Real Guy Should Know

by Geoff Baker & Max Brallier

Think You Know Your Stuff? Prove It.

The gauntlet's been thrown down. Time to man up and face the challenge. This book tests it all—sports, movies, cars, history, everything—everything any real guy should...


Essential Shit - Pub Science to Impress your Mates

by Bobby Mercer

This is science but not as you know it - here you get all the really cool stuff they didn't teach you in the classroom but you've always wanted to know...For example, ever wondered why hair grows out your nose...


Essential Shit - Bollocks Why Didn't I Think of That

by Anthony Rubino Jr

From the invention of the electric chair to the less offensive post-it note, "Bollocks! Why Didnt I Think of That?" features 101 clever inventions we could no longer imagine life without. Each ingenious invention...


A Ton of Crap: The Bathroom Book That's Filled to the Brim with Knowledge

by Paul Kleinman

It's time to start taking toilet time a little more seriously. (Well, as seriously as you can with your pants around your ankles.) What's inside is a digestible re-education in everything you probably learned,...


Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds

by Christopher Zara & Robbie Lee

Great art comes from great pain.

Or that's the impression left by these haunting profiles. Pieced together, they form a revealing mosaic of the creative mind. It's like viewing an exhibit from the therapist's...


The Intellectual's Checklist

by Richard J. Wallace & James V. Wallace

Can you name:

All five movements of Beethoven's Missa solemnis. Check.

The films that Kurosawa based on Western works. Check.

Dante's Nine Circles of Hell. Check.

If so, you're off to an edifying start--but...


A Miscellany of Garlic: From Paying Off Pyramids and Scaring Away Tigers to Inspiring Courage and Curing Hiccups, the Unusual Power Behind the World's

by Trina Clickner

From ancient Greek lore to vampire movies and modern medicine, what other herb invokes such strong feelings in people as allium sativum - better known as garlic? Most people know garlic can season food and may...


The Dark Side of Apple Pie, Baby Food, and Bunnies: 220 Scary Facts about the Things You Thought You Loved

by Ken Lytle & Katie Corcoran Lytle

Everything is not always as it seems—it's usually worse. With The Dark Side of Apple Pie, Baby Food, and Bunnies, you'll have a light that shines on the evil underbelly that corrupts even the most innocuous...


1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader

by Cary McNeal

Fact: Chocolate contains the alkaloid theobromine, which in high doses can be toxic to humans, and in even small amounts can kill dogs, parrots, horses, and cats.

This means that despite its name, the Kit-Kat...


Words Gone Wild

by Jim Bernhard

Chock-full of jokes and entertaining twists of the tongue, this lighthearted but scholarly guide to humorous language is a sure?re hit with word lovers. The examples are entertainingly bawdy, with a delightful...


1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson & James Harkin

A New York Times Bestseller

From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI and the best-selling Book of General Ignorance: 1,227 mind-bending facts. Did you know?

• Cows moo in regional accents....


Common Phrases: And the Amazing Stories Behind Them

by Max Cryer

In day-to-day speech we use words and phrases without a passing thought as to why we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showing how fascinating the English language really is. Did...