Biggest Secrets: More Uncensored Truth about All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know

Biggest Secrets: More Uncensored Truth about All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know

by William Poundstone
     
 

From the author of the mega-selling Big Secrets comes the equally entertaining sequel which unveils the truth about all sorts of things you are never supposed to know.

The recipe for Mrs. Fields Cookies... What backward messages on records are really trying to tell you... Frank Sinatra's real age... Why you can't counterfeit a lottery ticket... Barbra

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Overview

From the author of the mega-selling Big Secrets comes the equally entertaining sequel which unveils the truth about all sorts of things you are never supposed to know.

The recipe for Mrs. Fields Cookies... What backward messages on records are really trying to tell you... Frank Sinatra's real age... Why you can't counterfeit a lottery ticket... Barbra Streisand's blue movie... The other Boy Scout rituals... Ingmar Bergman's soap commercials... The formula for Play-Doh... and more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Insatiable curiosity--his own and his readers'--powers Poundstone's ( Big Secrets ) pursuit of such carefully concealed data as the ages of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Estee Lauder, queen of the youth preservation business. Equally intriguing are revelations about why magicians use rabbits for hat tricks, and about the contrasts between the classic ``cheap gimmicks'' employed by Houdini and the $25 million spent in 1990 in Las Vegas by the magician team of Siegfried and Roy to make an elephant disappear by means of special effects. Poundstone further unveils secret signs and numbers used to defeat counterfeiters of Treasury bills and lottery tickets, and codes aired by hospitals and airlines to signal doctors, emergencies and flight delays. Illustrations not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Librarians probably remember when the author's Big Secrets: The Uncensored Truth About All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed To Know (Quill: Morrow, 1983) was published. The explanation Poundstone gave about the detection ``tattletape'' in library books meant that--at least in this reviewer's library--the book disappeared. Poundstone's other title in the series is Bigger Secrets: More Than One Hundred Twenty-Five Things They Prayed You'd Never Find Out (Houghton, 1989). Like the People's Almanac ``Book of Lists'' series by Irving Wallace, Poundstone's works plow into an apparently bottomless source of odd, quirky gossip and trivia. He includes a chapter on the true ages of celebrities and another on the alleged recorded messages that are imbedded in some rock'n'roll songs. Poundstone also gives the inside scoop on the actual recipes for Mrs. Field's cookies and Play-Doh. Overall, the book is well written and researched. Purchase if your library needs more trivia or caters to inquiring patrons. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/93.-- J. Sara Paulk, Concord P.L., N.H.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688115296
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
272

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Fakes

It's easy to fool some people. That's what sells cubic zirconias and swap-meet Guccis. It's hard to fool everybody. That doesn't stop people from trying. There exist among us major, Potemkin village-style public shams, intended to fool everyone in the world. Welcome to the land of the totally bogus.

Trump Tower's Missing Floors

Building management wants you to think that mid-Manhattan's glamorous Trump Tower is sixty-eight stories high. Most reference sources list the building as having sixty-eight stories. There is a button for the sixty-eighth floor on the elevator. Pushing that button takes you to a real floor whose apartment numbers start with sixty-eight. Yet Trump Tower doesn't have sixty-eight stories. A sharp-eyed observer on the ground can verify by patient counting that Trump Tower has only fifty-eight stories.

Donald Trump was well aware that prices of condos rise in proportion to height. Building managment fudged by having the top floors designated sixty-six through sixty-eight on the elevator. As a result, many a Manhattan building taller than Trump Tower has fewer stories that Trump Tower supposedly does. The General Motors Building a few blocks up Fifth Avenue is 705 feet high (vs. 664 for Trump Tower), but it has only fifty stories.

Of course, you can't blame Trump for the fact that his casinos are missing a floor. All casinos (and many other buildings) omit a thirteenth floor for fear that people would refuse to stay on the "unlucky" floor.Copyright © 1994 by William PoundstoneBiggest Secrets. Copyright � by William Poundstone. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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