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Overview

From previous editions published in the UK:

"A mine of useful and useless information..."
- The Spectator

"An education in one volume."
- The Sunday Times

Who was the only person ever to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize? Who was the only female martyr and saint to sport a beard? Which country hosts the Cockroach Hall of Fame? Whose last words were, "I am still alive!"?

These and thousands of other questions are answered in Firefly's World of Facts.

Abundantly illustrated with color photographs, illustrations, maps and charts, every page is chock full of unexpected and astonishing lists, rankings, facts and juxtapositions.

Firefly's World of Facts covers a rich diversity of topics and is arranged by subject:

  • Natural world and life sciences
  • Science and technology
  • World cultures, countries and beliefs
  • Technological marvels
  • Language, literature and education
  • Art, music and entertainment... and many, many more.

Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the facts revealed in this remarkable reference.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Jewish News
[Review of earlier edition:] Endlessly fascinating.
BookNews
[Review of earlier edition:] This colorfully designed reference-for-fun volume offers facts including lists of milestones, firsts, and bests on approximately 150 subjects divided into 20 categories.
American Reference Books Annual - Shannon Graff Hysell
[Review of earlier edition:] The authors' interesting text and lists along with the publisher's use of colorful photographs and sidebars makes the one that users will want to browse long after finding the answer to their original question. In fact, the publisher used more than 1,500 full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations in this 320-page book. Sure, this information is available elsewhere, and sure, librarians can probably pull the information for patrons from other sources, but this volume is so compact, colorful, concise, loaded with photographs, and so easy to read, that libraries really ought to have this work, especially at the relatively low price of $29.95. Librarians will not want to put it down either.
Shelf Life - Larry Cox
[Review of earlier edition:] This excellent and diverse book has been updated for 2009 and is packed with astonishing lists and unexpected facts.... Abundantly illustrated, this coffee-table book is informative, splashy and fun.
YALSA
Selected as a 2008 'Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers' by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Bookpage
Abundantly illustrated ... every page is chock-full of unexpected and astonishing lists, rankings, facts and juxtapositions.
Burnaby Now
A handy instant reference for adults and children, with no need to start up your computer.
— Annie Boulanger
The Canadian Jewish News
Brilliantly designed and illustrated with photographs, maps, drawings and charts that jump off the page.
— Sheldon Kirshner
Booklist
May compete with Internet searching because [it is] interesting and eyecatching!... A perfect quick-reference source for elementary and middle-school students.
— Christine Bulson
Burnaby Now - Annie Boulanger
A handy instant reference for adults and children, with no need to start up your computer -- just check the book.
The Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
Brilliantly designed and illustrated with photographs, maps, drawings and charts that jump off the page.
Resource Links, vol. 13, no. 4 - Anne Hatcher
Visually appealling ... Each page is as intriguing and fact filled as the one before. This text would provide many hours of Oohs and Did you know? From the reader as they share new knowledge with others.... Readers are fascinated as the world's facts unroll at their fingertips. This text would make a great addition to a classroom/school library.
Booklist - Christine Bulson
May compete with Internet searching because [it is] interesting eyecatching!... A perfect quick-reference source elementary and middle-school students.... Depending on the type of library, [this] reference [source] will be popular in elementary, high-school, academic, and public libraries.
Shelf Life
Excellent and diverse...packed with astonishing lists and unexpected facts.... Abundantly illustrated, this coffee-table book is informative, splashy and fun.
— Larry Cox
American Reference Books Annual
Users will want to browse long after finding [their] answer.... Librarians will not want to put it down either.
— Shannon Graff Hysell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554074990
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/10/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Ash has written and contributed to more than 100 successful nonfiction titles, including the popular Top l0 of Everything series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
About this book

TIME

  • The Story of Time
  • Time Periods
  • The Calendar

SPACE

  • The Universe
  • The Solar System 1
  • The Solar System 2
  • Astronomy
  • Space Exploration
  • Astronauts

PLANET EARTH

  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Land Features
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • The World's Oceans
  • Climate
  • Weather
  • Natural Disasters

LIFE SCIENCES

  • Trees and Plants
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Mammals
  • Sea Life
  • Flying Animals
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Man and Beast
  • Pet Power
  • Endangered and Extinct
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Garbage and Recycling

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Science
  • The Elements
  • Inventions
  • Mathematics
  • Weights and Measures
  • Computers and the Internet
  • Telecommunications

HUMAN BODY

  • Human Body
  • Body Facts and Records
  • Health and Medicine
  • Food and Drink

WORLD HISTORY

  • Historical Ages
  • Historical Events
  • World Civilizations and Empires
  • Rulers and Leaders
  • World Politics

COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

  • World Map
  • Countries of the World
  • Cities of the World
  • North and Central America
  • Central and South America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australasia

PEOPLE

  • Names
  • Families and Relationships
  • People Who Change the World
  • Exploration and Endeavor
  • Celebrities
  • Kids'
    World

BELIEFS AND IDEAS

  • Ancient Religions
  • World Religions
  • Sacred Texts
  • Christianity
  • Festivals
  • Myths and Legends
  • Predictions and Prophecies
  • The Unexplained

CONFLICT AND CRIME

  • Weapons and Force
  • Wars and Battles
  • The Law
  • Crime

WORK AND HOME

  • Around the House
  • Toys and Games
  • Wealth
  • Energy

BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

  • Building Styles
  • Great Buildings
  • Skyscrapers
  • Bridges and Tunnels
  • Wonders of the World

TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL

  • Water Transportation
  • Land Transportation
  • Rail Transportation
  • Air Transportation
  • Transportation Disasters
  • Tourism

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

  • Language
  • Communication
  • Books
  • Authors
  • Children's Books
  • Poets and Poetry
  • Newspapers and Magazines

EDUCATION AND THE ARTS

  • Education
  • Famous Artists
  • Museums and Monuments
  • Collecting

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE

  • World of Music
  • Classical Music
  • Pop and Rock
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Ballet

FILM, TV AND RADIO

  • Film Facts
  • Blockbusters
  • Film Winners
  • Animated Films
  • The Stars
  • TV and Radio

SPORTS

  • Sport Facts
  • Sporting Events
  • The Olympics
  • Athletics
  • Ball Games
  • Soccer and Football
  • Racket Sports
  • Combat, Strength and Target Sports
  • Water
    Sports
  • Wheel Sports
  • Winter Sports
  • Animal Sports

LAST LISTS

  • Dead Ends
  • Last of Everything

Index
Acknowledgements

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Preface

Introduction

Inside Firefly's World of Facts, you will find hundreds of amazing facts and pictures. Keep up to date with the most recent world record-breakers, the hottest new technologies from the iPhone to YouTube, the latest and greatest achievements (and failures!). Find out about today's biggest celebrities and the most important events that shape our world.

Everything you want to know

Firefly's World of Facts is divided into 20 sections -- Space, Planet Earth, Human Body, World History People and Conflict and Crime, to name but a few. It includes information on a huge range of subjects, from the Solar System to the world's biggest and smallest populations, with data from authoritative sources and specialists on every subject under the Sun -- and beyond.

Inside information

Detailed lists and charts show global comparisons. Features and FactDisks provide information on such things as the fastest animals, types of insects, all the U.S. presidents, every astronaut who has been to the Moon, the highest-earning films, child inventors and other young achievers, the latest electric cars, and global warming. Many surprising unique facts are revealed in a range of One and Only entries, from the one and only flight of the "Spruce Goose" to the one and only female saint to have grown a beard!

A section on countries gives essential facts and figures including population, capital city and currency for every country in the world, as well as the flag of each one.

Timelines on subjects such as telecommunications, astronomy, weapons and inventions give a see-at-a-glance overview and pinpoint important milestones.

Useful maps, tables and formulae include conversions and scales, from Beaufort (weather)
to Richter (earthquakes).

You will also discover a huge range of bests and worsts, oddities from the smelliest flower to the biggest robberies, the strangest museums and the craziest inventions, the deadliest creatures and the longest names.

Other features

Search boxes suggest useful websites to explore subjects further. See also boxes guide you to information on a particular subject elsewhere in the book. There is an extensive index at the back of the book, as well as a list of sources.

Russell Ash

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Introduction

Introduction

Inside Firefly's World of Facts, you will find hundreds of amazing facts and pictures. Keep up to date with the most recent world record-breakers, the hottest new technologies from the iPhone to YouTube, the latest and greatest achievements (and failures!). Find out about today's biggest celebrities and the most important events that shape our world.

Everything you want to know

Firefly's World of Facts is divided into 20 sections -- Space, Planet Earth, Human Body, World History People and Conflict and Crime, to name but a few. It includes information on a huge range of subjects, from the Solar System to the world's biggest and smallest populations, with data from authoritative sources and specialists on every subject under the Sun -- and beyond.

Inside information

Detailed lists and charts show global comparisons. Features and FactDisks provide information on such things as the fastest animals, types of insects, all the U.S. presidents, every astronaut who has been to the Moon, the highest-earning films, child inventors and other young achievers, the latest electric cars, and global warming. Many surprising unique facts are revealed in a range of One and Only entries, from the one and only flight of the "Spruce Goose" to the one and only female saint to have grown a beard!

A section on countries gives essential facts and figures including population, capital city and currency for every country in the world, as well as the flag of each one.

Timelines on subjects such as telecommunications, astronomy, weapons and inventions give a see-at-a-glance overview and pinpoint importantmilestones.

Useful maps, tables and formulae include conversions and scales, from Beaufort (weather) to Richter (earthquakes).

You will also discover a huge range of bests and worsts, oddities from the smelliest flower to the biggest robberies, the strangest museums and the craziest inventions, the deadliest creatures and the longest names.

Other features

Search boxes suggest useful websites to explore subjects further. See also boxes guide you to information on a particular subject elsewhere in the book. There is an extensive index at the back of the book, as well as a list of sources.

Russell Ash

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