For the bestselling miscellany market, an NPR librarian’s compendium of fascinating facts on history, science, and the art. How much water do the Great Lakes contain? Who were the first and last men killed in the Civil War? How long is a New York minute? What are the lost plays of Shakespeare? What building did Elvis leave last? Get the answers to these and countless other vexing questions in a All Facts Considered. Guaranteed to enlighten even the most seasoned trivia buff, this treasure trove of “who knew?” factoids spans a wide range of intriguing subjects. The perfect gift for every inquiring mind that wants to know, All Facts Considered will put you at the center of the conversation as you show off your essential store of inessential yet irresistible knowledge.
Matt Markgraf says:
“I’m naturally curious about facts and anecdotes that may have little tangible value in the functioning world. NPR does little to discourage this obsession, too… And now in book form! Since reading this book, I’ve started (and ended) many conversations with ‘Did you know…?’ Here are a few neat things I’ve learned: Julia Child made a shark repellent for the CIA; Tiramisu was invented less than 30 years ago; the term ‘deadline’ was once literal; the first African to come to the New World was a pilot for Christopher Columbus; the US Army had a Camel Corps – yes, camels; if a male dog mates with a female coyote they’ll produce a ‘dogote’. The bite-sized blurbs in this book are varied and substantive enough to leave you fulfilled. Malesky has very extensive citation in the back, which I appreciated. It’s a fun book and it’ll make you smarter, a rare formula that makes for an excellent read.”
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