The Gentleman's Bedside Companion: A Compendium of Manly Information for the Last Fifteen Minutes of the Day Hardcover – 3 May 2011
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Unless an activity involves electricity and an enormous initial outlay it seems children don't get exposed to it any more so some simpler things were required.
This book contains educational stuff, how to build a good campfire, adult stuff, lift a man above your head with one arm and kids stuff like conker rules. Better than the Dangerous Book for Boys (I might need grammatical tuition, but I don't want it) and sneaks up on you with things that make you laugh out loud.
Whatever... In '211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do', Tom Cutler certainly fulfils his aims to amuse, amaze and inform. The activities he covers range from the downright daft, such as How to Light a Fart, to the really useful, like how to tell if someone really fancies you and How to Make a Pantograph. (Myself, I've always wanted to know how to make a Woolton pie - now I can get baking.) And he does all this, not in a pale pastiche of the Boy's Own Paper but in an up-to-the-minute style which is both extremely funny and good humoured. It's good fun. The instructions are clear, too.
If you're a bright boy of any age - or a girl, as bright as they get, even - make it 212 things and buy this book. You'll enjoy it. I did.
It has 160 chapters with more than 200 tricks that can be done with anything available at your disposal.
It talks about creating a Compass by just using your Digital Watch. Unbelievable isn't it?
It talks about how to find size of a women bra.
It talks about how to find the best queue to stand in. It need not be the shortest queue. It depends on Age, Number of People, Items in bag, etc.
It talks about weird stuffs, like how to walk on coal, how to fire your fart, etc.
I give it 5 stars because it is yet another survivor series book.
Its a must have copy if you dont have one in the same series.
This book beats what I have seen of "The Dangerous Book for Boys" hands down as it's content reaches so much further, it is more useful and it goes into more detail.
I highly recommend this book.
Currently between books, I recently pulled this book off the shelf almost at random during a moment of boredom. I'm so glad I did as '211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do' is a veritable treasure trove of tricks, tips and tutorials - many of which I've since put into practice (the matchstick tricks are my particular favourite). Well-written and very funny, this book will amuse and amaze in equal measure. I recommend this book to any potential practical jokers and bar room performers as well as aspiring shysters and showmen.
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