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Bears Can't Run Downhill: and 200 other dubious pub facts explained
Bears Can't Run Downhill: and 200 other dubious pub facts explained
by Robert Anwood
Edition: Hardcover

81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's many an untrue word spoken in drink, 8 Oct. 2006
From the title of this book, I was expecting it to be yet another of those predictable compilations that come out at this time of year, containing "amazing" facts or "hilarious" urban myths, most of which you've seen before because they've been recycled from the 1001 previous books on the same subject. But, as Mr Anwood explains in his introduction, his approach to gathering material was rather different to this.

In short, he noticed that, after a few beers, people tend to become self-appointed experts on any subject under the sun, and will confidently inform you that, for instance, rice is technically a type of fruit, that Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button, or that the Queen's phone number used to be 1; they usually follow this up by exclaiming "FACT!".

The author appears to have taken a notebook to the pub with him, diligently written these booze-fuelled "facts" down, and gone away and thoroughly researched them. Combined with his dry humour, this makes for a highly entertaining (and at times surprising) read. Definitely a good Christmas stocking-filler - but read it yourself before you hand it over, and certainly before you next go down the pub!

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