The ultimate book of surprising, strange and incredibly bizarre facts about (supposedly) ordinary things
Check out the weird and wonderful facts in this massive encyclopedia of alphabetized oddities:
Humans are the only animals that enjoy spicy food (there’s a reason no one sells Tabasco-flavored cat food).
Napping can save you from a heart attack (assuming you are not operating heavy machinery at the time)
Psychologists can assess your personality from how you dip fried in ketchup (nice fries, sociopath).
Surfing the Internet makes you smarter (but not as smart as reading this book will).
Now the next time someone tells you smugly that Pluto isn’t a planet, you can counter with any one of these hundreds of weird facts and remain king or queen of the cocktail (or kegger) chatter.
Book Review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Paging the Future: Focus on Reference” (PDF), Publishers Weekly