The Book of Useless Information
• That fish scales are used to make lipstick?
Every time Beethoven sat down to compose music, he poured ice water over his head.
Eosophobia is the fear of dawn.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
The average woman consumes six pounds of lipstick in her lifetime.
Charles de Gaulle's final words were "It hurts."
The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.
If a statue of a person on a horse depicts the horse with both front legs in t ...more
At first I found the book enjoyable, and used the trivia as a jumping off point for further research. But the research usually revealed a whole other side to the story. For example, the book says David Rice Atchison was President of the US for one day. Some of the circumstances around that day are extraordinary, but he was never sworn in or officially assigned President.
I got upset when I read the infamous "Nova in Mexic ...more
For example, the author states that if the ice caps melted, t ...more
I'll spare you all from summing up a few but I do recommend reading it. It's one of those ideal 'I have a few moments to kill' books.
Not trustworthy. What is the point of trivia if the shit you are saying isn't true?
Squirrels can't get rabies? Nope. Any mammal can, according to the CDC. Squirrels don't often contract it, but they could.
Mozart wrote "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" when he was five? Nope. When he was 25 he composed a number of variations on the already existing and very popular tune.
Attila the Hun was a dwa ...more
Compared to the ultimate (my choice of descriptor - not referring to the specific book) Uncle John's Bathroom Readers, Mental Floss and the newer Armchair Readers,the Useless Information ...more
I don't know if ...more
Example: In Saskatchewan, it is illegal to frown at a cow.
Waynes World was shot in 2 weeks.
And I'm forgetting all my facts already. Time for another re-read!
Did you know...
That fish scales are used to make lipstick?
Why organized crime accounts for 10 percent of the U.S.'s income?
The name of the first CD in the U.S.?
The last year that can be written upside down or right side up and look the same... and much, much, more!
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 lear
So it's actually great for bathroom reading or for those quick, couple minute waits. I actually moved this book from my tablet to my phone for that reason.
But as a book it's pretty lame, and I also have a problem with some of the facts, since I know some of the ...more
I'm lucky to have a thrift shop nearby, and they have all these kind of books in stock. I picked this one up on a whim, thinking "maybe I can use this information one day, and impress people with all thi ...more
L'information inutile est elle-même très souvent fausse, ou incroyablement datée. Quelqu'un pourrait arranger au hasard des bouts de wikipedia et ça donnerait quelque chose de plus fiable.
Est-ce que j'ai encore des cellules qui fonctionnent? Une capacité de jugement critique? Arrgh!
Don't consider it a book, rather a newspaper of sorts, and it will work.
The only question I have now is.. What the hell do I do with this huge amount of more or less useless information in my head?
This book is actually better to be read daily, don't go too fast. Read it like you read news in newspaper. The information is very much unchangeable so don't worry about it.
For me, I have recapitulated some very interesting facts and will post in my blog to memorize it.