I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School

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This small but mighty collection will trigger your memory with fun facts you learned in school-from adverbs to the Pythagorean Theorem. Witty, engaging, entertaining-a book you'll pick up again and again.

Author Caroline Taggart discovered two things while researching this book and talking with other people: One, everybody had been to school. And two, they had all forgotten entirely different things. Contained in this handy little book are the facts that you learned in school, ...

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Overview

This small but mighty collection will trigger your memory with fun facts you learned in school-from adverbs to the Pythagorean Theorem. Witty, engaging, entertaining-a book you'll pick up again and again.

Author Caroline Taggart discovered two things while researching this book and talking with other people: One, everybody had been to school. And two, they had all forgotten entirely different things. Contained in this handy little book are the facts that you learned in school, but may not remember completely or accurately. Covering a variety of subjects, this book features all the most important theories, equations, phrases, and rules we were all taught years ago.

Rediscover:

• History: The first president to occupy the White House was John Adams in 1800

• Religion: The seven deadly sins and the names of the twelve apostles

• Literature: In which Shakespearean play "The quality of mercy" speech appears

• Science: The periodic table of elements devised by a Russian chemist in 1889 includes the symbol for lead (Pb), silver (Ag), tin (Sn), and gold (Au)

• Nature: How photosynthesis works

The information-presented in easy-to-retain, bite-sized chunks-is accurate and up-to- date. It will touch a chord with anyone old enough to have forgotten half of what they learned at school. Here is a perfect gift for every perennial student.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762109951
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 324,420
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer's Market UK 2009.

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

    Fun facts

    I Used to Know That is a fun and interesting book with many tidbits of information that can be used for a quick reference guide or to brush up a little on the major subjects of Math, Literature, English, Science, History, Geography, and General Studies.

    Authors of classic literature, fractions, geometry, algebra, the skeletal system, periodic table, U.S. presidents, countries and their capitals, and planets are just a few of the topics covered in this jammed packed little book.

    This is an entertaining book for those interested in trivia. It would also be good for quizzing school-aged children or to just remember facts that haven't been needed for a few years.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Felt good feeling so silly!

    I just got this book and I must say I smiled at myself many times remembering facts, dates, etc. from school! Those kind of things your kids ask you about when they do homework and make you go speechless! Or make you go: "oh, I used to know that...Let me think..."
    Great fun!
    Thanks for reading my review! Belenka

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excercise for the brain

    A miscellany of fun & facts that we used to know from school "I Used To Know That" will provide all the answers.A light-hearted & informative reminder of all things we learnt in school but have since become relegated to the backs of our minds.Lets face it :there are an awful lot of half rememdered things floating around in our heads.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

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    A Good Overview of Facts You Used to Know

    I Used to Know That by Caroline Taggart is a fun reminder of all the things you used to know. Covering history, religion, literature, science and nature this book is full of those little things you learned throughout your schooling years, but perhaps forgot.

    As a teacher I can easily see myself getting this book and using it in the classroom as an additional tool for both myself and my students.

    If you like random facts, and knowing a little bit about various subjects that this may be the book for you!

    While there is a lot in here that I might not use it was a fun refresher.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Errors in Text

    I caught a few errors (one pretty glaring one) in the first two chapters that made me doubt the veracity of everything that I thought was cool in the remaining chapters. That made this book very disappointing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Free book Friday.

    Wow, I graduated in '02 so it's been 10 years! This book is reminding me just how long it has been. Admittedly I did forget a lot, but I was one of those students who slept in class, crammed a bit before a test and passed...so that's not surprising lol. Everyone who wants a quick, interesting, and informative jolt to the brain should give this book a try.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    What ever happened to proofreading?

    This book is a disgrace. I have never seen so many misspelled words in one book. You should also know that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima August 6, 1945 and the second atomic bombed was dropped on August 9, 1945 (not August 8, 1915 as reported in this book).

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Mistakes Were Made

    I found a few errors in this book, which made me doubt the author's research. Read casually, but as with anything, don't use or repeat unless you verify information from other sources.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    This book left out important things.

    Not even one woman artist in the artists list. Really? And the planets were under general instaed of science. It was fairly dry and random. Canadian provinces but not Mexican states. Why?

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    BORING

    I thought it was going to be funny, but it was literally a book about all the crap that no one uses in real life, but they drill into your head in school. I have no need to identify a dangling participle, and it doesn't impact my daily life. Certainly don't want to relearn it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Great book

    This is a good book for anyone. Even people still in school!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    not that good

    the topics jump wildly and the few topics I actually know about had some incomplete definitions, nothing actually wrong, just not complete

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Use to know that

    It really is a great book. I bought the hard copty a few years ago and was so glad when i saw it on the free list. Now i can carry it with me!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Fun ... Interesting ... Enjoyable...

    Lots of little tid bits to go over and remember. Definitely more info than I remember learning! (Or totally forgot I learned?) I was disappointed when it was over so fast.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Helpful

    For a free book it impressed me somewhat. It did reteach many things, but I also learned new things. Its 109 pages of education.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good

    Refresh my memory

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Easy as 123...

    Really enjoyed "i before e", so I could not resist this one. This one is jam packed again with lots of learning that we often times don't remember. Or shall I say, don't use? Knowledge is power.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    interesting book

    neat way to refresh my memory of all the things I've learned

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Not what I expected. Reads like a textbook for multiple subjects

    Not what I expected. Reads like a textbook for multiple subjects

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Weird

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