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The Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham
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Jun 11, 2009

did not like it
Read in June, 2009

I love trivia but I simply couldn't keep reading this book only 89 pages in.

At first I found the book enjoyable, and used the trivia as a jumping off point for further research. But the research usually revealed a whole other side to the story. For example, the book says David Rice Atchison was President of the US for one day. Some of the circumstances around that day are extraordinary, but he was never sworn in or officially assigned President.

I got upset when I read the infamous "Nova in Mexico" myth. This is a popular urban legend, but completely a legend nonetheless. (http://www.snopes.com/business/misxla...) I was very cynical at this point, and found another urban legend just a few pages later: http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/green.asp.

This book is poorly researched, which sadly takes all the fun out of it for me.
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