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Glad You Asked: Intriguing Names, Facts, and Ideas for the Curious-Minded [Kindle Edition]

Encyclopaedia Britannica , Michael Feldman
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Encapsulating in brief explanations the most important people, places, things, events and ideas in the history of mankind, this educational resource features hundreds of items, many accompanied with photographs or diagrams to help provide additional information. Every entry is explained fully with a description intended to remain brief, but detailed. Running in length from 100 to 300 words, each entry is easy to read, using everyday language to explain items instead of fancy, rarely used words that appear to show off the writer’s vocabulary. The featured categories include art, culture, and pastimes; science, technology, and life; history; the world and its wonders; religion, philosophers, and ideas; and trailblazers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1572438207
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (1 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6080AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Glad You Asked 10 April 2011
By Helen Aitken - Published on
I thought this book would be interesting to find little known facts and become updated on subjects already known. Michael Feldman introduces each section and provides humorous anecdotal remarks, but from the start gets it wrong. He introduces the book and praises Encyclopedia Britannica on massing great information, but on page xii he errs with "...bezoars,fossilized stones of animal dung, were once widely praised and prized as magical cure-alls...".

A bezoar is ingested foreign matter that does not pass though the intestines. The word he was looking for is coprolite, fossilized dung. I bring this up because if the introduction isn't correct, how can we believe the rest of the book? The editors of the encyclopedia should have proofed it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Little Misleading 8 Aug. 2011
By LACIE D. CANNON - Published on
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I was a little disapointed in this book. I expected random interested facts written in the style of Michael. Instead, it is a alphabetical list of random items from the Encyclopedia Brittanica with only snippets of Michael's insight. Still read it though. It was better than a sleeping pill. 2 pages and I would be out like a light.
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