The Book of Useless Information


Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780399532696
Category: Humor
Page: 286
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Provides a compilation of offbeat trivia and little-known and pointless facts that range from how much Elvis weighed at the time of his death, to how many Quarter Pounders can be made from a single cow and what the suits in a deck of cards represent.

The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information


Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101589450
Category: Humor
Page: 192
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Did you know that the Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving? Or that Maine is the toothpick capital of the world, or that frogs have teeth? Do you want to know what a cockroach’s favorite food is, or how long it would take to drive to the sun? Amaze your friends and family by telling them that a baby giraffe is six feet long when it is born, or that tigers have striped skin! From the creators of The Book of Useless Information, this is an amazing collection of the wildest, oddest, funniest facts about history, science, food, animals, and more!

The Indispensable Book of Useless Information

Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any More Useless--It Does
Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101514795
Category: Reference
Page: 256
View: 573

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Nothing you'll ever need to know is in this book The #1 New York Times bestselling series continues to prove that there are plenty of things in this world no one needs to know about. Why bother learning that... *Poland sells a drink called Fart Juice? *ATMs in Vatican City are in Latin? *a two-year-old learns about ten new words a day? *President George Washington checked out two library books that are now 220 years overdue? Do you really need to know... *how many clocks are in the Pentagon? *which state has towns called Intercourse and Virginville? *what WD-40 stands for? *the state with the fastest drivers?

The Extraordinary Book of Useless Information

The Most Fascinating Facts That Don't Really Matter
Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101621397
Category: Reference
Page: 256
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There are more incredibly pointless and delightfully entertaining things to discover in this new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. You probably never knew… • Ronald Reagan is the only president who has been divorced. • It is estimated that half of the world’s spider species have yet to be discovered. • November 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. And did you really ever have to know… • The whiskers on a harbor seal are known as “vibrissae”? • Modern scholars believe Isaac Newton may have had Asperger’s syndrome? • In the 1920s, Hollywood made twice as many films a year as it does today?

That Book

...of Perfectly Useless Information
Author: Mitchell Symons
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062043706
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
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Did you know that . . . John Wayne once won the dog Lassie from its owner in a poker game? Hijinks is the only word in the English language with three dotted letters in a row? The shortest war in history, between England and Zanzibar in 1896, lasted only thirty-eight minutes? Want to learn which U.S. president was a descendant of King Edward III? Or which famous people lived to read their own obituaries? Then That Book is the book for you! From history to science to pop culture, here is an irresistible, enlightening, and absolutely addictive treasure trove of fascinating and fun little-known facts that no one needs to know—an indispensable boon to every true lover of trivia and marvelous minutia!

The Mammoth Book of Useless Information


Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1782190872
Category: Humor
Page: 300
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Did you know... The Sumerians were the first to brew beer, and all the brewers were women? If you didn't - then read on. If you are intrigued by the odd, fascinated by the fantastic or tickled by trivia, then this is the book for you. The Useless Information Society was formed by some of Britain's best-loved journalists, writers and entertainers, including Keith Waterhouse, Richard Littlejohn, Suggs, Noel Botham, Ken Stott and Brian Hitchen. They meet regularly to swap new nuggets of trivia. This is the eighth collection of their absorbing, hilarious and wholly useless facts. An absolutely enormous collection, lose yourself in hundreds of pages of endlessly diverting facts that will keep you amused for hours.

The Essential Book of Useless Information

The Most Unimportant Things You'll Never Need to Know
Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101149010
Category: Humor
Page: 272
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More facts! Less substance! The newest entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Useless Information series. The useless information never ends in the newest, most crucially meaningless entry in the Useless Information series. This latest cornucopia of amazingly pointless facts and figures will have trivia buffs marveling at all the things they never needed to know.

The Ultimate Book of Useless Information

A Few Thousand More Things You Might Need to Know (But Probably Don't)
Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780399533501
Category: Reference
Page: 213
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An entertaining collection of fascinating, pointless, and whimsical trivia features facts and statistics that cover such areas as show business and celebrities, sports, food, religion, literature and art, science and nature, and other fields. Reprint.

The Super Book of Useless Information

The Most Powerfully Unnecessary Things You Never Need to Know
Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101545135
Category: Reference
Page: 272
View: 1355

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Faster than a speeding bullet, more useless than ever before. The #1 New York Times bestselling series reaches new heights of irrelevance with this powerfully pointless, all-new collection of the things you never need to know. Do you actually care that... there are three feet of DNA in every cell? Saturn has 47 moons? March is National Frozen Foods Month? in 2010 a traffic jam in China lasted ten days? Would it improve your life to know... which movie star wanted to be a funeral director? which state has the most horses per square mile? which dictator was obsessed with Cheetos? what day of the year the most cars are stolen in the United States?

The World's Greatest Book of Useless Information


Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: John Blake
ISBN: 9781844541669
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 408
View: 1672

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Did you know that snails can sleep for three years without eating? Or that the average four-year-old asks over 400 questions a day? The Useless Information Society was formed by some of Britain's best-loved journalists, who meet regularly to swap new nuggets of trivia. This is the third collection of their incredible, fascinating, and utterly trivial findings. Each page is packed with off-the-wall, mind boggling facts guaranteed to amuse and delight in equal measure.

The Best Book of Useless Information Ever

A Few Thousand Other Things You Probably Don't Need to Know (but Might as Well Find Out)
Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780399534287
Category: Humor
Page: 212
View: 4214

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Collects whimsical trivia and features facts and statistics that cover such areas as sports, marriage customs, and historical records.

The Perfectly Useless Book of Useless Information

You'll Never Need to Know Anything That's in This Book...But Read It Anyway
Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101187263
Category: Humor
Page: 256
View: 5586

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It doesn't get any more useless than this! The most inconsequential entry yet in the #1 New York Times bestselling series proves that information is overrated. Your life won't be improved by knowing that... ? Frank Sinatra's mother was a convicted felon. ? Bugs Bunny was born in Brooklyn. ? The average American home contains $90 in loose change. ? It is illegal to use the American flag in advertising. And there's no good reason to also discover... ? Which game show host previously worked as a garbageman. ? Which day of week is the most popular to rob a bank. ? Which millionaire loaned his kidnapped grandson ransom money at 4 percent interest. ? Which country once had a dog for a king.

The Incredible Book of Useless Information

Even More Pointlessly Unnecessary Knowledge
Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
ISBN: 0399537465
Category: Reference
Page: 253
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Includes interesting and surprising facts, figures, and bits of trivia, including that mosquitoes prefer people with Type O blood and that Barbie's boyfriend Ken's last name is Carson.

The Amazing Book of Useless Information

More Things You Didn't Need to Know But Are About to Find Out
Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440635717
Category: Humor
Page: 240
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From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Useless Information comes another fun, foolhardy and completely frivolous, fact-filled book. The Useless Information Society's latest collection, The Amazing Book of Useless Information, will answer questions readers never even knew they had. From space travel to the history of jelly beans, this wideranging, brain-teasing, and altogether useless book will give readers information to out-trivialize even their cleverest of companions. Features such fascinating facts as: - There is a town in West Virginia called Looneyville - Women can talk with less effort than men - Lemons have more sugar than oranges And answers to these life-changing questions: - What was the Ancient Roman cure for a stomachache" - What is a "buckle bunny?? - Where is the coldest place in the universe? From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Book of Royal Useless Information

A Funny and Irreverent Look at the British Royal Family Past and Present
Author: Noel Botham,Bruce Montague
Publisher: John Blake
ISBN: 9781843587903
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 339
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From the bestselling author of The Big Book of Useless Information comes the essential compendium of everything you could ever possibly want to know about the royal family and a little bit more Did you know that the Queen learned to drive in 1945 when she joined the wartime army but has never held a driving license? Or that Queen Mary refused to acknowledge the existence of the telephone? Bestselling authors Noel Botham and Bruce Montague irreverently present everything you never needed but always wanted to know about all things royal. So raise the Union Jack, feed the corgis, make yourself a nice cup of tea, and enjoy this truly mind-boggling collection of totally useless information.

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge


Author: Abraham Flexner
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400884624
Category: Science
Page: 104
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A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value. In such a scenario, it makes sense to focus on the most identifiable and urgent problems, right? Actually, it doesn't. In his classic essay "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge," Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips. This brief book includes Flexner's timeless 1939 essay alongside a new companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute's current director, in which he shows that Flexner's defense of the value of "the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge" may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change. He makes the case that society can achieve deeper understanding and practical progress today and tomorrow only by truly valuing and substantially funding the curiosity-driven "pursuit of useless knowledge" in both the sciences and the humanities.

The Book of Totally Useless Information


Author: Don Voorhees
Publisher: Mjf Books
ISBN: 9781567312669
Category: Humor
Page: 189
View: 6061

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Provides answers to such questions as "Was there ever a real Aunt Jemima?" "What is the difference between bourbon and Scotch?" "Why do trains have a caboose?" and "Why do we give names to hurricanes?"

The Mega Book of Useless Information

An Official Usless Information Society Publication
Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1857829271
Category: Humor
Page: 300
View: 6370

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Continuing the sensational success of the Useless Information Series, the Official Useless Information Society bring you another essential compendium of everything you never needed but always wanted to know. If you are a lover of the wonderfully pointless, then this is the book for you.

The Bumper Book of Useless Information

An Official Useless Information Society Publication
Author: Noel Botham
Publisher: John Blake
ISBN: 9781844544851
Category: Reference
Page: 288
View: 1100

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The Official Useless Information Society brings you another essential compendium of everything you never needed but always wanted to know. Were you aware, for example, that cigarettes contain honey? Or that a ferret will die if it cannot find a mate? Would you like to know what Madonna did before she was famous, or how many toothpick accidents there are every year? If you are a lover of the wonderfully pointless, then this is the book for you.

The Encyclopedia of Useless Information


Author: William Hartston
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402248385
Category: Humor
Page: 388
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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.