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  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Hysteria; 1 edition (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208287
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discover what all the other encyclopedias leave out This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia. Daring to cross-reference the un-cross-reference-able, to alphabetize what cannot be alphabetized, and to deliver the highest concentration of fun that can fit in one book's spine, this information is too useless to waste: In Denmark, pigs go 'knor'; in Germany, horses go 'prrrh'; in ancient Greece, dogs went 'au au.' Italians sneeze 'ecci ecci.' A teacher in Italy was disciplined in 1996 for passing students exam answers hidden in salami sandwiches. In 1957 the U.S. air force completed a survey of the Atlantic Ocean but refused to divulge its width on the grounds that the information might be of military use to the Russians. In Paris in 1740 a cow was hanged in public following its conviction for sorcery.


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this was a really really great gift for my brother who seems to know everything! he really enjoyed reading it. some of the facts are hilarious! good read and a great gift
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b0474b0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x999d0b70) out of 5 stars A must have for any useless information lover! 29 July 2009
By Seth Bergman - Published on Amazon.com
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Simple one of the greatest books ever! I love useless information (Such as reading about the Bobfest of '92-'94)and the good stuff can only be found in this book!
HASH(0x99d26ad4) out of 5 stars Good Book but... 28 Dec. 2012
By Dana Ocker - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book but truly useless information. I think it has some value but not as interesting as I hoped. Good buy if you're looking for something off the wall.
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HASH(0x9a0da09c) out of 5 stars the difference between useless and uninteresting 1 Jan. 2008
By rockphiler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy more cross-referencing than actual entry facts in a dictionary with no page numbers, then you are in for a treat! Unfortunately, the book also has historical factual errors, which doesn't even warrant it a place in the loo.
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By A. Chaplin - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this for my brother. We are from a nerd family. We all had a good time flipping through it.
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