The Celebrated Pedestrian and Other Historical Curiosities: A Miscellany
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The Celebrated Pedestrian and Other Historical Curiosities: A Miscellany

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Did Queen Victoria smoke cannabis? When were the first garden gnomes made? Did Sweeney Todd really exist? Find out these answers and more in the first ever miscellany from the editors of BBC History Magazine

Who is the Downing of Downing Street? What did the first illuminated advertisements in Piccadilly Circus advertise? Was Oliver Cromwell actually Welsh? Questions like t...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by BBC Books (first published September 15th 2009)
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Paul
Although this is allegedly a collection of reader submitted questions to the BBC History Magazine, this reads an awful lot like one of the various QI books and those numerous comically titled books - Do Ants Have Arseholes?, Why don't penguins feet freeze? etc - which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Indeed this is one of the more competent trivia books I've read. To call it a history book, or to judge it so by the mention of BBC History on the side, is misleading. It's a history book in the same s...more
Steven Heywood


One of those quite-fun bits of loo reading.
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