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What's The Difference? - How to Tell Things Apart That Are Confusingly Close

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Overview Who hasn't wondered what distinguishes an alligator from a crocodile, partly cloudy from partly sunny, or Daniel Boone from Davy Crockett? For the first time, the answers to all such nagging mysteries are in one place. Among the 75 other whimsical but factual entries: ?geek vs. nerd ?justice vs. revenge ?sunscreen vs. sunblock ?dwarf vs. midget ?democracy vs. repu ...more
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Published September 25th 2005 by Barnes & Noble (first published 2005)
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Bill Currie
Dec 11, 2016 Bill Currie rated it it was amazing
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My 10 year old granddaughter was so engrossed and enthused by this book of misunderstandings that I gave it her without finishing it. I read approximately 50% and learned much. So from this point in I'll just have to ask her to teach me the differences between items, objects, words or animals. Loved the book as far as I got.
Anna
Nov 18, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
Delightful, short, and easy to read. This book satisfied the low-key curiosities I have about random things in the world.
Maura
Jan 25, 2012 Maura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a gift from Kris B as a supplement to all my Googling. :) of course it's got the standard croc vs gator distinction, but it's got a pretty good range of subjects -- partly sunny vs partly cloudy, morals vs ethics, robots vs androids. sure you'll know some of them, but others are definitely ones where it's hard to put into words what the difference is. so it's a fun book to flip thru.
Ed Petersen
Apr 19, 2015 Ed Petersen rated it really liked it
A fun, well-done look at all the things people commonly get confused. Perfect for the "BuzzFeed Generation" with easily digestible nuggets of data. Excellent if you're preparing for Jeopardy or something like that. :-)
Amber McAlister
Feb 12, 2014 Amber McAlister rated it it was ok
A very quick read that did indeed clarify a few things, such as the difference between a democracy and a republic, the difference between brown and white eggs, etc.
Seriously, sit down with a couple of hours to spare, and you'll learn a few things and have another "read book" under your belt.
Karen
Feb 28, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
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Clever and informative. The unceasing references to other pages though, gets annoying.
Stephanie
Apr 01, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
A little too sarcastic at times, but truly informative and definitely fun.
Marylou R.
Jul 11, 2012 Marylou R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fun little book that you can even make a game out of.
Amanda
Nov 09, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
This is a fun reference book about all the things, words, etc. that people confuse. Very handy for those discussions of "cheese toasty vs. grilled cheese".
Lia
Dec 27, 2008 Lia rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-reader
Has some interesting information, but some of his distinctions don't ring true.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman" (which inspired the Hulu documentary "Batman & Bill" and a TED talk), "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman," "The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra," and "Brave Like My Brother." Upcoming titles include "Thirty Minutes Over Oregon" and "Fairy Spell."

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