The Encyclopedia of Useless Information (Paperback)

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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 ...

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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.

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Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
ISBN 9781402208287
Genre HUMOR / General
Format Paperback
Pages 407
Publisher Date 2007-05-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Hysteria Pubns
Copyright Year 2007
Height 7.5 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.96 lb
Language English
Edition Number 1
Audience General/trade
Authors Hartston, William

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  • Interesting but nothing special

    I didn't actually expect this book to be written as an encyclopedia, but I should have known by the name. While the book is interesting and sometimes humorous with entries that make you wonder, it wasn't really anything special. I would consider this a good book for long bathroom visits or for bored patients waiting in a doctor's office.

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