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)

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)

Noel Botham

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0399534288

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Useless Information comes another enlightening, entertaining, and ultimately useless assortment of trivia.

If you find yourself transfixed by the most trivial of trivia, or mesmerized by the most minor of minutiae, The Useless Information Society's latest findings can satisfy your every need. This wide-ranging collection will fill every nook and cranny of your brain with information you'll surely never need, but will enjoy learning anyway!

Did you know...

- that penguins can jump six feet out of the water?
- that everyone is color-blind at birth?

Would you care to know...

- what the first meal eaten on the moon was?
- what country drinks the most Coca-Cola? (Hint: It's not the United States.)

In 1995, a secret society was formed comprising Britain's foremost thinkers, writers, and artists to trade and share in useless information (or, as founding member Keith Waterhouse, playwright and journalist, would have it, "totally bloody useless").

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line at the supermarket. A woman who went shopping at a store in Britain once found $30,000 in cash on the floor near a checkout. GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE… There are approximately 18 million items for sale at any given moment on eBay. There are $680 worth of eBay transactions each second. A Scud missile complete with its own launcher truck has been up for sale on eBay. SWEDISH MEATBALLS One in ten Europeans was conceived on an Ikea bed, according to the company. More

Oscar Wilde “Women might be able to fake orgasms, but men can fake whole relationships.” Sharon Stone “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.” Anthony Burgess “I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.” Barbara Bush “Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious; both are disappointed.” Oscar Wilde “No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one

and hit his head on the ice after being checked during a game against the Oakland Seals in 1968. His is the only death in professional hockey during the modern era. Laura Patterson, professional bungee jumper, was killed during rehearsals for the Super Bowl at the New Orleans Superdome in 1997. She died of massive head injuries. Fencer Vladimir Smirnov died of brain damage at the 1982 World Championships. During a match against Matthias Behr, Behr’s foil snapped, pierced Smirnov’s mask,

of doing something good if nobody’s watching?” Nicole Kidman, inTo Die For “People don’t know the great things they [Scientologists] do, within education, and how they really try to help the community. It’s just a very positive, wonderful thing.” Tom Cruise, on Scientology “Now I can wear heels.” Nicole Kidman, on divorcing Tom Cruise “The exciting part of acting, I don’t know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.” Tom Cruise “There’s no drugs, no

Ford’s Model A, Mary Anderson received a patent for manual windshield wipers. The test used to assess a newborn’s health is known as an Apgar Score, so called in honor of its inventor, Dr. Virginia Apgar. THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS James Dyson has invented a vacuum cleaner that can order its own spare parts. A German supermarket chain has introduced a new way of allowing customers to pay using just their fingerprints. Insurance company Esure announced plans to use voice-stress-analysis

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