Schott's Sporting, Gaming and Idling Miscellany Hardcover – 18 Oct 2004
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'Schott's Original Miscellany stands out for its essential comic absurdity should appeal to the Stephen Fry in all of us' Financial Times 'One of the hits of the season - and with good reason - is Schott's Original Miscellany, conceived, written and designed by the admirable Ben Schott' Daily Mail 'Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany is already firmly ensconced in the bestseller lists When you read about the Scoville Scale, which charts the comparative heat of different chillis, you will wonder how you lived without it all this time' Finanical Times
About the Author
Ben Schott is the author of Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany. A photographer, designer and miscellanist he lives in London, and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.
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I love the mix of modern up-to-date information (such as details of David Beckham's tattoo collection) with the Victorian-style presentation and quaint illustrations. There is so much possible material on sports facts that hopefully there may even be a second edition.
Having dipped in and out of this book for the past week I now feel that I am armed with enough knowledge to take part in a question of sport, be an official spokesperson for the pooh sticks society and generally be the bore of the party who knows more about sports, games and being idle than anyone else. The must have book this winter.
I loved the other two miscellanies and this lived up to expectations and even exceeded them in places.
Reading this book, and the others in the series, gives you an insight into many things like why a cricket pitch is the size it is and what are the different sized bottle champagne comes in.
This isn't a novel, more a series of facts, but will make you sound interesting in the pub - or even help you to win the pub quiz!
Sporting Gaming and Idling is the perfect present for every man, woman and child. With facts such as which exercise burns more calories , winners of the BBC sports personality of the Year and instructions on how to play elephant polo this should prove an irresistible read for all.
Bring on the next book Mr Schott.
Like the other version of Scotts miscellanys this is basically a book full of irrelevant yet interesting facts and bits of information, from notes on curious sporting events such as bog snorkelling and cheese rolling, descriptions of the offside rule for all to finally understand, descriptions of how waves are designated in surfing and how a formula one pit crew are tasked and set out or quotes on idling by various people. All seemingly pointless as a whole, but chock full of interesting tidbits to learn about.
It may not be the definative tome for all your sporting questions (though it may very well hold the answers to many questions) but it is the perfect book to flick through on a hunt for an interesting new fact or to keep you amused sitting on the loo.
An ideal 'bathroom book' if you know what I mean :)
However ... with some regret, I have had to dock this a star, because the typeface is absolutely tiny and if you are of that certain age or more, you will need your reading glasses to tackle this volume. Time for that extra pair for the bathroom then!
I feel that it would be ideal for those who have a sporting interest, but it does seem slightly specialised, rather than trivialised. I suppose it can be hard to find a balance between the two, but I havn't found it as interesting as I expected it could be. There lacks an academic element to it (which I hope doesn't sound snobby), which I only find slightly disappointing firstly because the other two contain such an element, and the whole "fun" of these books is the way in which trivial facts and issues can be put into an almost academic presentation.
But the above is probably severe nitpicking, so don't be to discouraged from buying this book. It should still be fun, entertaining and enlightening.
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My boys always enjoy this range of book for leisure reading .Published 8 months ago by michael and doris
Really strange how people absorb trivia, these are packed full an definitely worth owning, spent hours in the littlest room reading these.Published 18 months ago by Anthony D.
As entertaining as ever! Schott's miscellanies go from one extreme to another, who would know that friction-induced dermatitis with lichenification was simply Jogger's Nipple?Published on 1 Oct. 2013 by Anthony Gibbons
can't get enough of these schotts miscellany but avoided the sporting one as I'm not a sporty type but I can't believe I missed out for so long - this book is so much more - love... Read morePublished on 25 May 2013 by patricia howley
Fantastic book, full of interesting facts a must read for any fan, love love love! Love it! Love it! :-PPublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by Nicholson
A good read, no screens needed, pick it up, put it down, it realy awaits your free moments. Let alone for quizes.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Steamy 1