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Who Knew?: Things You Didn't Know about Things You Know Well

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Who Knew? is a collection of tidbits and trivia about well-known personalities and products that we all are familiar with - or at least think we're familiar with. For example, did you know that the VW Beetle was commissioned by Adolph Hitler (and designed by Ferdinand Porsche)? Or that the name "Oz" came to author L. Frank Baum when he noticed the drawers of his filing cab ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (first published 2000)
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Nice book of trivia on a wide range of topics. It is one of those books that you can always learn something new, and to my surprise and delight, there was even quite a few tidbits around WWII.

Here are the WWII trivia bits that I thought were really interesting and many of them I didn't already know.

The original Twinkies filling was banana; it was replaced by vanilla-flavored cream during WWII when the US experienced a banana shortage.

M&M's owe their success to the US military, which was hung
Michelle Balog
There was only one short little tidbit on each page. Some of the information is a bit dated and some of the younger folks might not know why that factoid is at all important. IE...The Monkeys, The Godfather, The Yellow Submarine. Some were quite amusing and entertaining but honestly I don't think the book is worth the price when you get can get an app that does more for far less.
Maye Espejon
I honestly don't know how to review this book properly. I neither like it nor hate it. Some facts were so random and interesting. But mostly, I was lost while reading this. Most of the trivia in here were from an American culture so I didn't get them. And I think that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.
I actually already knew some of the facts in this book, but many were new and surprising. Find out where R2D2 got his name and how many spots are in 101 Dalmatians! Read this book.
A quick read, with a few tidbits of information I didn't know, and a lot more that I already knew. Would make good bathroom reading if it weren't a library book.
Dione Sage
This isn't the type of book I can review, however I am oddly attracted to knowing just random facts that are pretty much useless in my daily life. It's entertaining to me. For example, Houseflies hum in the key of F .... who cares right? But I bet ya before I typed it or you read it elsewhere you probably had no idea what that obnoxious thrumming noise a fly makes was! Because I am odd like that it was no surprise that I received this book as a Christmas Present and I look through and read it an ...more
Who knew that the name Jeep comes from a government acronym for a general purpose (GP) vehicle?

Who knew you could get a book published by collecting random trivia?

Much of this book is fun and's certainly a quick read. Quite often, though, you will answer the "Who knew?" question with...I knew that! Of course, that's fun, too.
This little book is filled with fun facts, some of which may be new to you. Small in size, it just fits on an end table and fills those empty moments between novels. But don’t expect to remember all you read the first time through. According to the last page, on the average, we forget 80 percent of what we learn on any given day.
Personally- I think it is vital to know that Barbie's last name is Roberts..... The land of OZ was named as such because the last drawer on Baum's cabinet said O-Z and that Twinkies explode in the Microwave at the 45 second mark! Enough said! FUN book!
I think I am the only adult in America who has never seen the show Sex In The City. It is a cultural phenomenon. And I missed it...typical. However, I know TONS of stuff that I never knew before, some of it even useful, thanks to this little book.
I loved this book. It basically contains a bunch of random facts that people may or may not know. From facts about food or television, you can learn a bunch of random things from this book! This book was really fun to read in advisory.
This book was a lot of fun. It had a lot of interesting information - some I knew and some I didn't.
Sara Johnston
this book was wierd. just a bunch nof strange random facts, so yeah. it doesnt really even fall under the catagory of a book. lol
Halle Bentley
Very interesting facts about things we know pretty well!
Very cool!
Lots of curious and unknown facts. Entertaining, fast read!
Barbie's last name is Roberts. I never knew...
TJ Shelby
More fun and interesting facts and trivia.
I'm a sucker for random facts! Love it!
May 01, 2012 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amnesiacs
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