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The Book of Questions
The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987, The Book of Questions, a New York Times bestseller, has been completely revised and updated to incorporate the myriad cultural shifts and hot-button issues of the past twenty-five years, making it current and even more appealing...
America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World
All made in America: The skyscraper and subway car. The telephone and telegraph. The safety elevator and safety pin. Plus the microprocessor, amusement park, MRI, supermarket, Pennsylvania rifle, and Tennessee Valley Authority. Not to mention the city of Chicago or jazz or that magnificent Golden...
I Never Knew That About Ireland
A fascinating journey through the lesser known details of Irish historyPacked full of myths, legends, inventions, and adventures, I Never Knew That About Ireland visit’s each of the island’s four provinces, unearthing hidden gems of history. Discover where ideas were born, where dreams were insp...
Weird Oklahoma: Your Travel Guide to Oklahoma's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Oklahoma has a history that's both notorious and peculiar, from legendary natives like Giggling Granny-a jovial woman responsible for as many as eleven murders-to Shaman's Portal, a gateway said to have swallowed handfuls of unsuspecting travelers over the last few centuries. And keep your...
Enjoy a relaxing picnic in Shades of Death Park. Witness those eerie glowing spots known as Moody's Light. Slap another layer of color onto the world's biggest ball of paint, and yes, that really is a pink-spectacled elephant drinking a martini on the side of the road! From a town called Santa Cl...
Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
This book is for lovers of facts and tells how and why hundreds of everyday items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence. Learn the fascinating stories behind over 500 different phenomena including how chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber, why Apr...
You are an idiot. Don't get defensive! It's not your fault. For decades your teachers, authority figures and textbooks have been lying to you. You do not have five senses. Your tongue doesn't have neatly segregated taste-bud zones. You don't know what the pyramids really looked like. You're even...
Weird New York: Your Guide to New York's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
It's called the Empire State because, as any New Yorker will tell you, it's the state by which all others are measured. And it certainly takes the cake for odd legends, bizarre beasts, and twisted mysteries. Go say hi to Jumper and Grumpy at America's largest pet cemetery. Avoid the screaming and...
Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners
It is perhaps the eighth wonder of our world that despite modern mapping and satellite photography our planet continues to surprise us. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusu...
Do Penguins Have Knees? (Imponderables)
Ponder, if you will . . . What happens to your Social Security number when you die? Why are peanuts listed as an ingredient in plain M&Ms? Why is Barbie's hair made out of nylon, but Ken's hair is plastic? What makes up the ever-mysterious "new car smell"? Pop-culture guru David Feldman demy...
Ripley's Odd Is Art (Ripley's Believe It or Not)
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
From paintings by an artist with no arms or legs to sculptures made entirely of salt, you’ll find some of the most fascinating and unbelievable pieces of art from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection.Designed as an elegant art book meets the eclectic one-of-a-kind Ripley’s archives and exhi...
Weird Louisiana: Your Travel Guide to Louisiana's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Your travel guide to the land of voodoo, hoodoo, and backwater bayous! Just hearing the name "Louisiana" is enough to conjure up all sorts of strange visions in one’s imagination: haunted Old South plantations, French Quarter mansions, and white marble and limestone towers that house the dead. An...
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Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties
Until the 1950s, the land speed record (LSR) was held by a series of European gentlemen racers such as British driver John Cobb, who hit 394 miles per hour in 1947. That record held for more than a decade, until the car culture swept the U.S. Hot-rodders and drag racers built and souped up racers...
Ten Million Aliens
This fascinating scientific foray into the animal kingdom examines how the world's creatures - weird, wonderful, and everything in between - are inextricably linked. Life on planet earth is not weirder than we imagine. It's weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we're all in it together: ...
The Qi Book of General Ignorance
An indispensable compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show, QI.
All The Wrong Questions: "Who Could That Be at This Hour?"
Drawing on events that took place during a period of his youth spent in a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, Snicket chronicles his experiences as an apprentice in an organization nobody knows about. While there, he began to ask a series of questions-wrong questions that should not ...
Discover's 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything
How much do you know about . . . obesity, sleep, meteors, aliens, bees, sperm banks, sex in space, duct tape, germs, airport security, death, ancient weapons, rats, the Internet, birth, weather, milk, mosquitoes, your body, space disasters. Discover's 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything ...
A Century of Strange: Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Releasing just in time for the 100th anniversary of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, A Century of Strange!, the 15th book in the bestselling series, is packed with all the unexpected stories and images you've come to expect from us. There's simply no way to prepare yourself for this all-true, all-new...
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