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Strange Stories, Amazing Facts

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The Reader's Digest Book of Strange Stories, Amazing Facts: Stories that are Bizarre, Unusual, Odd, Astonishing, Incredible ... But True

Some Sample chapters from the book are:

Was Atlantis a legend or fact?
The building of the Great Pyramid of Cheops
History of the can opener
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published March 17th 1975 by Readers Digest (first published January 1st 1975)
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Derek
Dec 07, 2008 Derek rated it it was amazing
This book was on the shelf of my grandmother's house when I was a child. It may have influenced me more than any other text in or out of print, and has acquainted me with all manner of things bizarre, paranormal, and futurist.

The woman who channeled Franz Liszt's symphonies from beyond the grave, the guy who sold the Brooklyn Bridge, Spring-Heeled Jack, the Chinese Chess-Playing Automaton Hoax or hundreds of other fantastic, bite-size tales - all of these and more I have read and re-read and th
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Nandakishore Varma
Feb 06, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it liked it
I was just randomly browsing through my books on GR when I came across this. Of course, now I know that the "facts" reported by Reader's Digest are mostly fantasy, but this book gave me an introduction to many fascinating things which I had no knowledge of: it also kindled an interest for the bizarre in me.

A nice read if you take it with a pinch of salt.
B
Sep 29, 2008 B rated it it was amazing
whoa nellie, is this still in print???? YAHOOO!!

This isn't the well loved, straightforward red and gold cover of the copy I had (which i think was originally my grandmother's book...) but i was TOTALLY addicted to this book as a kid!

I read and re-read many of the stories, sometimes scaring myself half to death, sometimes convinced I was actually a descendant of the Romanov family, sometimes sure I should begin my careeer as a paranormal investigator. It could not get more awesome as an 8 or 9 ye
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Laini
Jan 16, 2009 Laini rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
My grandma had a copy of this book, and I would always pick it up when we visited. Finally, she insisted that I take it and keep it. There are so many interesting stories in here-- of science, history, social studies, disasters, and mysteries. It kept me fascinated for a long time.

And for a 15 year old girl, I could always whip out some interesting factoid on people in discussions, and hear things like "Wow! Where did you learn THAT?" Right here in this nifty encyclopedia of the weird and intri
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James Harrison
Sep 07, 2014 James Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many others, I acquired this book from my grandparents who had passed it on to my parents. Also like many others, this book influenced me in ways no other book has. It took my 10 year old mind on a ride and I never got off of it.. and thank you for that. This book, written before the days of our ever fact checking internet era had my mind spun with crazy tales that stretched across many subjects and kept me ever entertained. There are few books from my childhood that I remember so well. At ...more
Rhys
Aug 12, 2013 Rhys rated it it was amazing
In the 70s, ghosts still existed and many of the stories of the supernatural presented here seemed, at the least, plausible. We had a copy of this on the bookshelf when I was a kid and I read it cover to cover and back again a few times. Of course, most of the stories have dated in a somewhat delightful manner -- especially the section dealing with predictions of the future, which has repeatedly failed to deliver me the comfortable life in an underwater city it promised -- but I'm not giving it ...more
Eddie Fuller
Jan 28, 2014 Eddie Fuller rated it it was amazing
This is an all-time favorite, a book I've been reading and rereading since I was a kid. I especially loved the astronomy and supernatural sections of the book, though the sections about con artists throughout the years was good as well. This book has something for everyone, and while some of the sections might be a bit dated by this point in time (notably the sections about technology), I'm sure it's a selection I'd be happy to pick up and read again and again and again and...
lyndsay ortiz
Jun 25, 2008 lyndsay ortiz rated it it was amazing
This was my grandparent's book and I would sneak away and read it whenever we visited their home. Although I was only 8 years old I quickly became hooked on the macabre stories, the creepy legends, and most of all, the scary pictures.
That was all the way back in 1982.

The book now rests here on my very own bookshelf. My grandparents were nice enough to let me have it - the very same copy I would hide away with to enter the realm of Strange Stories and Amazing Facts.

In terms of who might enjoy th
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Chelsea Powell
Jun 20, 2015 Chelsea Powell rated it really liked it
My boss Jo gave me this book about a week ago and the first thing that drew me in was the cover because I love it when books just have simple cover with the writing on and knew it would let look great on my shelf. The book itself is quite big, with over 500 pages it looks quite intimidating. I must say though it really was an interesting book, I especially loved the supernatural section! I don't really know if everything in it is fact but I can deal with that. The only thing that got me was how ...more
Amy
Sep 03, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
My grandfather (who found it really irritating if I called him "Grandfather", so I did it often because even as a kid I was hilarious) was into all this paranormal stuff but not openly. Like he kept all these books around but never really talked about it. He was also a Masonic Grand Master two times.

I read this repeatedly as a kid when I'd stay with my grandparents. The stories about the Devil's footprints in the snow somewhere in England stuck with me the most and kept me up late into the night
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Max
Oct 20, 2014 Max added it
SSR REVIEW by: Max Nicklaus
I read strange stories amazing facts; the title pretty much describes the book. Is tells of things like how lightning hit a gunpowder storage and killed hundreds. It is actually very fascinating, I learned things I never would have learned otherwise. The book really did not have a typical plot line, but rather has a collection of smaller ones. There were a lot of stats and things we never really think of. So I definitely liked the book for how informative it is. Though
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Deb
Nov 23, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it
My favorite of the Reader Digest Books my parents amassed when I was young. When my mom 'downsized' several months ago she sent it to me because I was always reading it and it has spent the last few months on my bedside table. The book is a compilation of just what the title says--"Strange Stories and Amazing Facts." Subjects run the gamut from space and nature to science and engineering to my favorite sections of legends and unsolved mysteries, hoaxes and interesting bits of creepy history. Les ...more
Kaethe
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
Something else that I dearly loved back in the day, and now realize is almost entirely crap. The stories are truly amazing if you don't bother to do any research.
Sherry Ford-reid
Jul 12, 2014 Sherry Ford-reid rated it really liked it
Have had this book since I was a kid. Still like to think of some of the stories as being good campfire tales.
Pyles
Oct 20, 2014 Pyles added it
I liked this book
Ams78
Sep 10, 2013 Ams78 rated it it was amazing
This was my book OBSESSION when I was a kid! I carried this thing everywhere I went. I read my favorite stories in here dozens of times. I loved the paranormal ones, historical oddities, and mysteries the best. I even bought another copy as an adult after the original was destroyed in a house fire. This book did more to boost my imagination than anything else I ever read did.
Rob
Aug 30, 2007 Rob rated it it was amazing
I love this book, even though 85 percent of it is outdated, and most of it is sensationally written. Anyone know of a modern version of a book like this? A compendium of ghost stories, eccentrics, hoaxes, black magic, the supernatural, cryptozoology?
France'
Jan 14, 2014 France' rated it it was amazing
Man, had a blast reading this.

Very interesting.
Meldarion Sidhiel
I wish I could find my copy of this I had years ago... The sorts of stories and trivial knowledge in it were of the sort that I always enjoyed reading...
torque
Jun 16, 2013 torque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting glimpse of the worldview in the 70's. Also many interesting myths, legends, inventions, persons and stories although not all true.
Seth
Sep 27, 2007 Seth rated it it was amazing
This is a classic. Includes hoaxes, science, history, anything that will titillate my 12 year old mind! Passed to me from my father.
Jo
Oct 19, 2007 Jo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: nonfiction
I devoured this during my first Alaskan winter. I still remenber and anticipated the next subject covered. It is crammed with EVERYTHING.
Christina Knotts
Oct 27, 2010 Christina Knotts rated it really liked it
These are certainly some strange stories. I skip over all the "ghost" stories, etc but otherwise, some good historical accounts.
Amanda
Sep 07, 2012 Amanda added it
Amazing book! I read this when I was in elementary and high school and it was originally my great grandfather's. A must-read!
Gina
Dec 01, 2011 Gina rated it it was amazing
Found this on a bookshelf collecting dust. Man there are some very cool/weird things in here, especially the unsolved mysteries.
Natalie
Feb 20, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It is an amazing collection of information and stories and treasure hunts and....it's superb! I love it.
Laurie Stoll
Feb 25, 2011 Laurie Stoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
As the book jacket says: Stories that are bizarre, unusual, odd, astonishing, and often incredible.
Lu Brito
Oct 02, 2013 Lu Brito rated it it was amazing
awesome book love reading everything in the book i will read it again later
Ariana
Jul 18, 2012 Ariana rated it it was amazing
Loved it; want it now for my own library
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