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2201 Fascinating Facts: 2 Vols. in One Hardcover – Aug 1987


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy Books (Aug. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517395746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517395745
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 18.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my information-obsessed boyfriend, but when I opened it to have a look at it, it was not what I expected at all.
The pages were cramped and the secrions not clearly shown. It did not pull me in and keep my attention. I could not find specific informaiton that I knew was supposed to be in it as the page guide was not clear enough.
If you want an information book I would no recommend you buy this one as it confused me and to be honest, I found it slightly boring!
Also, it doesn't have many pictures in it, something that brightens the page and keeps your focus!
In the end, I bought my boyfriend another book of the same subject "The Ultimate Book of Lists" which is brilliant!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was pretty good. I enjoy weird fact books and this is one of my favorites. I have used this book for school projects which I got A's on because of the interesting facts. For instince, two tribes in the world are the only ones known not to use fire?! And if you pore a minute amount of liquor on a scorpion it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
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By lisaadamash on 7 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
good read
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Out of date book 31 Jan. 2002
By Tomas MF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While the book promised to be a "must have" for trivia fans, when you start looking at the facts and you compare them with more recent and updated books, you realize how out of date and ancient this book is.
An example? It mentions that there is a code for statues with horses. The author mentions about having four, three or two legs on ground and the different meanings (how did the person die). This is all a "myth" and a dark obscure legend. There is no such code and it has been verified (see Ed Zotti "Know it all")
If I were you, I'd buy Cecil Adams' books "The straight dope". They are funnier and updated...
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Many facts, but many factoids, too. 18 July 2004
By iOS Software Developer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I read this book years ago, I found the information therein just as the title states: fascinating. But upon further perusing of this work, I began to notice incorrect information presented as fact. For example, the deer botfly does NOT fly at the stated high speed; that fanciful notion came from a quote by etymologist Charles H. T. Townsend. His absurd estimation was proven false by Irving Langmuir.
I've also found information in this book that contradicts "facts" elsewhere in the book. And the statistics cited from years ago are often out of date and inaccurate. I recommend this title only if you are willing to verify some of its information against other sources and have a keen ability to distinguish between fact and fascinating fiction -- however plausible it might seem.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Grrr... Argh - Not all "facts" listed are true! 27 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This would be a good book if it didn't make false claims. For example: You CANNOT "see stars during the day from the bottom of a well" - this is an urban legend.
I find it disturbing from other comments that people dig this book out as "proof" of certain things, which are NOT TRUE.
Don't except anything on faith - even if its written in a book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My kids LOVE it! 22 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a family Christmas gift several years ago, and all five of my kids (now ages 16-26) still read it. The information is presented in an interesting manner which is easy to read and understand.
Almost every week someone in the family will state a "fact" and prove it by hauling out the dog-eared copy of 2201 Fascinating Facts.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A good read but you could find better! 7 Feb. 2001
By Paul Mahoney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't want to appear to negative as overall, this is an interesting book, but in some parts it was a bit ordinary.
Some of the facts were truly amazing but some of the facts were merely just statistics so they weren't really of great interest. Since these statistics were based on the 1970's or 1980's, they are no longer current even though they may have been facts when first published. Research and technology have also appeared to disprove some facts as well.
Overall, it's OK but I prefered the trivia book by Isaac Asimov.
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