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You Are One-Third Daffodil: And Other Facts to Amaze, Amuse, and Astound

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Did you know that most toilets flush in E-flat? Or that American Airlines once saved $40,000 by removing a single olive from each salad served in first class? Well, now you will with this clever, fun, and occasionally shocking compendium of facts from around the world.

Organized into witty categories, including “Battle of the Sexes: Facts About Men and Women” and “The Past
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Eh. Anyone could put this together. Not impressed.
Feb 22, 2010 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pursuers of the trivial
Recommended to Kate by: 031.02 Y
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The collective noun for owls is "parliament."

In Paraguay, dueling is legal if both participants are registered blood donors.

It is possible to donate half a liver.

A third of patent applications in America in 1905 were related to the bicycle.

The most expensive age of your life is thirty-four.

Seven of America's nine founding fathers denied the divinity of Jesus.

The average ratio between the actual length of a meandering river and its length as the crow flies is pi.

A billion seconds ago, it was 1977
The book has entertaining facts but some of the statistics are outdated, referencing articles from 8 years ago. However, there is plenty of data that stands on its own. Like: Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world, after Brazil. It produces twenty times as much as Uganda. Red Bull is illegal in Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. One-third of all houses in Ireland were built in the last decade.
My kids really enjoyed reading this book. The facts are rather interesting, but some of them I happened to know weren't quite accurate... anyway, it's just a long list of moderately interesting and somewhat reliable factoids. Nice to have around to pick up every once in a while but not exactly a page-turner.
This book is a fun and fast read.

However, not all of the facts were that amazing or amusing to me. As I read, I marked facts that I thought were interesting enough to share with people. Looking back on my markings, I only liked about 20-30% of the book.
My family is going to quickly regret buying me this the more I spout random facts at them, but I just find it SO FASCINATING!
Cute book of quirky facts. Fast read. Interesting stats. Good for fans of odd and random facts, Jeopardy!, or Trivial Pursuit.
Appealing though not always rigorously sourced. It turns out that most toilets don't flush in E-flat.
This is a great collection of interesting, hilarious and sometimes frightening bits of trivia.
Pretty fun little fact book, would definitely recommend it to any fan of trivia.
Silly but fun. There's at least one or two facts in each chapter you just want to share.
I quit because the facts weren't terribly interesting...
Alex Seals
Amusing, quick read. I love random fact books.
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