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The World's Greatest Book of Useless Information: An Official Useless Information Society Publication

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  186 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Did you know that snails can sleep for three years without eating? Or that the average four-year-old asks over 400 questions a day? The Useless Information Society was formed by some of Britain's best-loved journalists, who meet regularly to swap new nuggets of trivia. This is the third collection of their incredible, fascinating, and utterly trivial findings. Each page is ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by John Blake
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Charity U
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need a gift for the 15-year old boy in your life who's forever telling you strange facts? That kid is my brother, and this book was a highly successful Christmas present. It now lives in the living room, where all seven of us in my family regularly pick it up, read a few fun facts, and then quote them later.
Caveat - a few facts are unneeded, mostly in a center section about sex. Pages can be easily torn out, and the rest of it is pretty great.
Ronza Najjar
Not completely useless after all
Todd Martin
The World's Greatest Book of Useless Information is basically a list of disjointed trivia spanning a wide variety of topics. The book seems designed for folks that read on the toilet (60% of the population does this according to the book) since you can pick it up and put it down without losing continuity (since there is no continuity to lose).

Some of this useless information is fascinating, some of it is surprising and a surprising amount of it is completely wrong. Unfortunately, the fact check
From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Useless Information-a collection of even greater insignificance.

More useless than ever before! Impress know-it-all friends with this all-new hodgepodge of frivolous facts and silly statistics that no one really needs to know. But honestly, how cool is it to find out that...

? There is a place in Maryland called Monkey's Eyebrow
? Giving yellow flowers is a sign of bad luck in Russia
? One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns
Finished this. Not marked higher because, as the label says, "I liked it" and that's it. This book, part of a series, is basically a collection of facts and trivia organized by topic. It makes for good reading when you just want to pick something up quick, drop it, then pick it up later. Yes, it also makes very good bathroom reading. And it does feature some interesting little facts. If you are into trivia, you need to give these books a look.
Juan Baez
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random-reading
It is hard to review/rate this book (just look at the title!). But for fun easy reading is just fine. Since I was a kid I just liked this kind of reading. I bought at the airport for some time killing.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting collection of facts to go through, but that is it. It is hard to rate this book, but I did like it. Some trivia was funny, some informational, some boring. The "I liked it" rating fits.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed knowing useless information. Is it a bad thing that I'd say I knew at LEAST half of the stuff in this book before reading it? Now will have to find the rest of the books in this collection to read.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just some good old fashioned useless info to tickle your fancy and your funny bone!
Einar Nielsen
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book you pick up and read just a few facts and the put back down. This would never be a good read from start to end buts as, for example, a toilet book it does do its job well.
Nathalia Borghi
Some curiosities were awesome and some were "meh". Maybe this book is much better with pics and illustrations.
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A quick, fun read but still the identical "useless information" that you can read in 101 other similar books.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the fact that he has about 20 of these. Thats a great deal of useless info
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books like this. The tales are often amusing and completely useless information. :)
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a great trivia book with a lot of interesting and unusual facts. I brought this with me on vacation and everyone loved it!
Brian Morin
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
all of these are terrific!
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this kind of book. Will read all by the useless information society
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trivia
A fun enjoyable read. Full of great fun tidbits of information.
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In 1995, a secret society was formed comprising Britain's foremost thinkers, writers, and artists to explore the world's most bizarre nooks and crannies and to trade and share useless information (or, as founding member Keith Waterhouse, playwright and journalist, would have it, "totally bloody useless")-usually over a pint or two at a local pub. Now, The Useless Information Society shares its fin ...more
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