A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet
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Zu nahezu jedem Land der Erde schreibt Oldale kurioses, wissenswertes, erschreckendes und informatives. Ab und an nerven die ganzen Fußnoten ein bisschen, die den Lesefluss ab und an arg unterbrechen, aber das lässt sich mit ein bisschen Übung hinkriegen. Der Autor regt übrigens an, sein Buch auf dem Klo zu deponieren, um dann immer wieder darin zu schmökern.
Statt einer ausführlichen Beschreibung des Buches greife ich einfach wahllo ...more
Not a single book can ever be written to contain all the curiosities of the world. But John Oldale gives a wonderful try for providing shocking, hard facts from each country (and territories, dependencies, etc.) throughout the world.
Much for entertainment, each page is filled with hard-hitting facts that most are weird, or a curiosity.
Detailed graphs are presented for some facts that are visually nice and aid for better comparison and pictures and images are never lacking. This is a must for bor...more
It is not a book you would typically sit down & read cover to cover (unless you're a trivia buff like me of course!) It is designed similar to an encyclopedia. The countries of the world are listed in alphabetical order & there are strange facts about each country. The listing for each country also lists how to say hello & good-bye in the native language, World Herit ...more
1. Kissing on trains was banned in France to stop incessant delays caused by parting lovers
2. 50% of children in Luxembourg fail school because proficiency in all 3 languages (Luxembourgish, German and French) is required to pass secondary school
3. Ear cleaning with a partner is a well-recognized sensual experience in East Asia; Unfortunately Europeans ar ...more
Of course, Singapore is mentioned:
(First country I turned to too).
The Singapore section wa ...more
Every time someone mentioned a country, I read that page. It took me 4 months and probably 100 bowls of popcorn but I think I read them all.
Only disadvantage is that it's printed so small that reading it probably ruined by eyesight even more. But it was worth it!