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Schott's Miscellany 2008

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,476 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
In the modern age, where information is plentiful but selection and analysis elusive, Schott's Almanac presents a unique biography of the year: from Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's historic presidential runs to George Bush's continued infatuation with "the Google," from marriage and crime statistics to the incidence of shark bites worldwide, and from the Nobel Prize f ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2002)
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Mar 24, 2016 J.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scholars of fortune
If you know me, you know that I like trivia. And this is a little triumph of trivia. For most readers, there are entries they'll be familiar with, entries that correct their misconceptions, and then entries that are so technical and obscure it's kind of hilarious. This is also surprisingly readable, in that as soon as you get through one section you'll probably (if you're anything like me) want to know what's covered next. I think this was achieved by the utter lack of alphabetical or chronologi ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Schott's Miscellany is a fascinating book of interesting, random, bizarre, hilarious, and informative facts and oddities. From Cockney Rhyming Slang to ways of saying "I love you" in numerous obscure languages (including Braile and Morse code), to sign language and Shakespearian insults, shoelace lengths and airport marshalling signals, the Miscellany is just as fun to pick up and read as it is a great reference source for all manner of things.
Feb 09, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
A less cultured man might refer to this as excellent bathroom reading... and, oh hell, well that it is: But that and so, so much more. From a collection of Euclidian Axioms and Postulates to a list of Academy Award Winners (up until 2002, when it was published); From a listing of the rules and weight classes in Sumo Wrestling to a run down of all the famous people on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album, this pocket sized hardback with it's own elegant little red silk bookmark attached to ...more
Devon H.
If you love random tidbits of information, you will adore this book. I’ve taken to keeping a commonplace book, and I copied so damn much from this book it’s ridiculous. Almost all of the information is useful in some way. Heck, I copied out the common alchemy metals — because why not? — which turned out to be handy when I read the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I have found myself referring to these quotes and snippets of information in my daily life, which is incredibly surprising. A gr ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is really a book for dipping into rather than reading but I did enjoy my journey through it. The miscellany included often provoked a laugh such as the entry listing some of Anatole's meals (Anatole is the chef of Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia, in case you are not a Wodehouse aficionado). If you have any taste for trivia, this is worth browsing!
Aug 16, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omigosh...just started reading this last night as I'm in the midst of the odd quest to read something from each side of each aisle of Cascades Library.

I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to read this straight thru, but it was either this book--or beginning Word Perfect...which would you choose.

so loving it. It's like my nonsequitar brain has found it's god...and does want a space ship.


I finished it and i loved it. I may actually have to buy it...not cuz it's cover to cover...but
Nov 26, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this indispensable volume of worthless information in a box of giveaway books. It is perhaps altogether appropriate that also in this box were Portuguese-language books on Feng Shui, Spanish-language Bible study materials from the '70s, books on gardening, and an anthology of Chinese poetry. Sad though I was to remove this little book from its motley home, I was glad to let its contents fill my head, and to have some stuff actually stick. For the most part, a fun little read with p ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Constance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book on a Friday evening with a glass of wine, dictionary, Wikipedia, and some jazz, and I'm obsessed. Why aren't there more well-designed, well-written, and humorous miscellanies like this verbal divertissement?

Having been raised in three countries, I always feel like I am lacking in general knowledge and common sense, as most of my formative years were spent mastering a new language and social circle instead of pursuing trivia. Mr. Schott's treatment of miscellany is familiar
May 13, 2016 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, reviewed
Scott's Original Miscellany is supposedly the kind of book you dip in and out of, as it is, essentially, a book of lists and random facts. Not generally a book that you would read like a novel.

That's what I did though, albeit over a long period (I'm finding it hard to time in writing at the moment, and hard to get into anything 'heavy.')

This is just fantastic; I love it. Anything from layers of the atmosphere, supposed hierarchies in the Free Masons and collective nouns lists (which I love anywa
Jan 20, 2015 Kimberlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2015
This book of random facts suits me perfectly! I frequently pick it up, read a couple of pages, put it down, and do it all over again. I've read it cover to cover at least 3 full times and I'm still entertained by it.
A good sort of book to have by your bed to read between things. I learned (and quickly forgot) all sorts of interesting facts.
Kate Burgan
Dec 23, 2012 Kate Burgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reference
Fabulously wonderful reference book.
How to wrap a sari is in the same book as Degrees of Freemasonry
Peter K
Sep 14, 2014 Peter K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! Answered many questions I didn't even know I had!
Jessie Lorimer
Feb 14, 2011 Jessie Lorimer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fascinating, funny, and well presented minutiae
Nov 14, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love trivia so I loved this book :)
Dec 28, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
interesting collection of random trivia
Gregor Erbach
Sep 27, 2011 Gregor Erbach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book if you love lists
I decided that to keep my Shelf-Clearing Project honest, I should at least re-examine the reference books on the shelf -- they don't necessarily get a free pass. This slim volume was next on the shelf after The Stolen Lake. Although it does have an index, it is not arranged like a normal reference book, which tend toward the alphabetical or chronological. Instead, it's as if the compiler had started a scrapbook, and every time he found a useful or intriguing bit of information, pasted it in.

brian tanabe
Mar 22, 2008 brian tanabe rated it really liked it
Despite the Bathroom Reader-esque nature of its content, I love the presentation and earnest attempt at respectability of the Schott's Miscellany series. Always a joy to read. Below are some of my high points from the 2008 volume:

Most men lie about their height online while most women lie about their weight.

The world's worst sound is the sound of vomitting followed by microphone feedback and wailing babies.

New York's Metropolitan Museum spent over $99 million in acquisitions during FY2004-05, th
Paulo Dias
Jun 24, 2016 Paulo Dias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quais são os filme do James Bond? Em que anos abriram as linhas do metro de longe? O que é uma entrelinha? Qual é a compatibilidade entre grupos sanguíneos? Como atar um nó de gravata? Quais os países em que o voto é obrigatório?

É este tipo de preciosidades curiosas que poderemos encontrar na Miscelânea Original de Ben Schott. Simplesmente fabuloso!
Mar 30, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trivia buffs, Miscellany lovers, thinkers and tinkers
Love, love it! So much fun. You either get it or you don't. This book got right inside my brain, it's where I live.
I'll buy that ticket to the moon!
Carlos Vazquez
Apr 22, 2013 Carlos Vazquez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si vd quiere saber un montón de tonterías pero llenas de amenidad, desde cómo hacer bien un dry-martini hasta el equivalente de las medidas de zapato británicas con las continentales, o como hacer el roast beef o de qué tamaño y marca usa el papel higiénico la reina de Inglaterra o el teléfono del Vaticano, o la buenas maneras ala mesa y el uso apropiado de los vinos, o mil disparates más, solo puede encontrarlo en un libro de excentricidad inglesa y es este entre otros. Su primera edición debe ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Giulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: refreshing-reads
One of the most entertaining books I've ever read, hands down. Gets me through sleepless nights.
Dec 28, 2013 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On trouve absolument de tout dans ce livre dont le contenu pourrait tout aussi bien être qualifié de "savoir inutile". Et pourtant... on tire un plaisir immense de la lecture de ces informations sans rapport les unes avec les autres. On saluera d'ailleurs l'adaptation française, qui est de très bonne qualité et pensée spécialement pour des lecteurs francophones (certains articles, peut-être moins intéressants pour des non-britanniques, ont été remplacés par des articles spécialement rédigés pour ...more
Raffael Regis
Aug 29, 2015 Raffael Regis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Divertido, curioso, maravilhoso. Abra em qualquer página e se divirta :)
May 26, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light
I cannot think of a book I'd rather read while pooping.
Jun 28, 2008 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you ever wanted to learn basic Cockney rhyming slang or which president had the shortest term (not to mention how to tie a sari, which honorific to use when greeting a foreign dignitary, or what a stratocumulous cloud looks like), then Schott's Original Miscellany has your answers. It's a perfect addition to the basket you keep next to the bathroom sink. No, don't deny that you have one. Or that it's filled with Reader's Digests from 1982 and copies of US magazine. Recycle that old crap and p ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Crxxe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book!
Squirrel Circus
Nov 15, 2011 Squirrel Circus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, love this book. It is the most RANDOM collection of reference information I have ever seen, in such a small package. Don't go into it thinking that you'll find everything about anything. What you'll find room acronyms, the service for Princess Diana, a list of the provisions on the Titanic, Ivy League Fight songs, blood group compatibility, and MORE. I read it cover to cover for fun. A good gift for the trivia freak or lover of random facts in your life.
Fun little book of random facts but hard to read for long stretches. Best done a few pages at a time.
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