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Schott's Almanac

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This almanac redefines the traditional almanac to present a record of the year just past and a guide to the year ahead. It is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume that tells the real stories of the year.
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury UK (first published 2005)
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great book if you like facts
Oct 08, 2007 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like almanacs. I liked this one. This book taught me that Mickey Spillane was dead, that I wasn't the one who coined the term "cyberchondriac," and that Alan Alda was among the least likely celebrities to sign an autograph, according to Autograph Signers magazine. And when he refused to sign my copy of "Free to Be You and Me," I learned that this book was accurate.

But a lot of the info came from 2005, which didn't seem acceptable for a 2007.
Jan 13, 2008 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read in the bathroom
A fun almanac with all matters of useless and useful info. I don't think I've sat down and work steadily through this book. Instead I found myself randomly turning to different pages and learning something new. Want to learn about "pimp chic"? How about some causes of theatrical bad luck? Do you know what opsigamy is? You will after you read this book.
Maggie Nowakowska
Aug 17, 2007 Maggie Nowakowska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A most unusual almanac. For example, in the middle of 2006 weather data, you get a section on Rain Gods of Note. A great book to leave someplace in the house where you often have a moment or three to read something interesting but don't want to get caught up in anything long.
Jun 21, 2008 Breck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit overwhelming, but a great book to spend 5-10 minutes per day with. Doing so should just about get you through it in time for the next year's edition. It's just a wonderful selection of information.
Sep 09, 2007 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is great to flip through -- I slowly worked my way cover-to-cover, though, which was great for learning lots of new things, but that I'm not sure whether or not I will repeat next year...
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This book will tell you about USPS slang, the Hindu Trinity, the FBI's top ten art crimes and the most literate cities of the U.S. (Denver is one of these.)


Long lists of things and factoids that are somehow more satisfying in this form than Google or whatever. Get it every year. Its a must...
Aug 05, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chock full of all kinds of info from arts and letters to sports...perfect for the subway (or the bathroom).
Oct 01, 2008 Kristian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
beautifully typeset and researched, Schott's Almanac is a great piece of pop-culture history.
Oct 22, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly fascinating book of miscellaneous information and tidbits from 2006.
Oct 21, 2012 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I became addicted to this annual almanac. What happened to it?
Dec 08, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Great book; full of fascinatingly useless information.
Jan 31, 2010 Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good old Schott's, you can't beat it.
Feb 25, 2008 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scholarly-works
Just for fun, really.
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