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History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

by Brad Meltzer & Keith Ferrell

It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the...


Who Killed Iago?: A Book of Fiendishly Challenging Literary Quizzes

by James Walton

A masterful collection of mindboggling questions guaranteed to have bibliophiles wracking their brains.

This engaging and stimulating book of quizzes will test readers' knowledge of classic and contemporary literature....


Fact or Fiction

by Scientific American Editors

Did NASA really spend millions creating a pen that would write in space? Is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Does stress cause gray hair? These questions are just a sample of the urban lore investigated in this...


Uncle John's Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute

2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Winner in Humor!

The 26th annual edition of Uncle John’s wildly successful series is all-new and jam-packed with the BRI’s patented mix of fun and information. Open...


Mythic Texas

by Bryan Wooley

When people hear the word Texas certain images come into their minds. Because of its size and unusual history, the myths and legends of Texas have pretty much become the embodiment of the American West. Although...


Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts

by Dan Lewis

Praise for the Webby Award-winning newsletter: "I eagerly read 'Now I Know' every day. It's always fresh, always a surprise, and always interesting!" --Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia

Did you know...


Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World

by Marlene Wagman-Geller

The fascinating inspirations behind common inventions and creations- from Barbie to Sweet and Low to Mt. Rushmore.

The slinky was born aboard a World War II ship.

The Barbie doll was inspired by a German...


Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past

by Christopher Byrne

What was your favorite childhood toy?

Do you have fond memories of fighting unseen enemies with your G.I. Joe action figures, demolishing fleets of vehicles with your Tonka Toy Trucks, or Karate-chopping imaginary...


Uncle John's Funniest Ever Bathroom Reader

by Bathroom Readers' Institute

Over the past 25 years, the Bathroom Readers’ Institute has published more than 40,000 pages of bathroom reading. In this book you will find the funniest 288 of them (with a few all-new funny pages squeezed...


Strange But True Facts about the Civil War

by Patrick M. Reynolds

Here in an entertaining illustrated format are hundreds of little-known facts about the always-fascinating Civil War.


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...