The Utterly, Completely, and Totally Useless Fact-O-Pedia: A Startling Collection of Over 1,000 Things You'll Never Need to Know

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Did you know that cats were once used to deliver mail in Belgium? That the “huddle” in football became popular after a deaf player began using it to prevent other teams from reading his sign language? That the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese in a year? Organized from A to Z, there are over 1,000 trivia tidbits for you to peruse.

Start off with little-known facts about Aristotle and Barbie, and continue until you’ve discovered hidden gems about zombies, zippers, and ...

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Overview


Did you know that cats were once used to deliver mail in Belgium? That the “huddle” in football became popular after a deaf player began using it to prevent other teams from reading his sign language? That the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese in a year? Organized from A to Z, there are over 1,000 trivia tidbits for you to peruse.

Start off with little-known facts about Aristotle and Barbie, and continue until you’ve discovered hidden gems about zombies, zippers, and more! Did you know that Levi Strauss originally intended to sell canvas tents to miners in California but ended up using the fabric to make what the prospectors really needed—pants? Or that a chicken in Colorado had its head cut off and managed to live for another two years? Did you know that if Americans were to switch just 10 percent of their total mileage to scooters, we would consume 14 million gallons less fuel and reduce CO2 emissions by 324 million pounds in just one day? Or that on May 15th, 1950, Coca-Cola became the first product ever to appear on the cover of Time magazine?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081911
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 775,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Lowe has spent the last twelve years as a book editor. Having lived in four countries and visited twenty-five, she has a voracious appetite for cultural knowledge and trivia. She is a cultural attaché based in Toronto, Canada.
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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    lots to digest

    Very interesting. Got it as a gift and although I am only halfway through learnt quite a lot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Fun for trivia buffs

    If you are a trivia/unusual information/factoid hound, this book is a great little time waster. Some of the tidbits will likely be familiar from other sources, but there is a good bit of new blurbs. The items are arranged by subject in alphabetical order. Some subjects have more entries than other, which makes this book a lot thicker than it really should be. A good way to pass time waiting for an appointment or a lazy afternoon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Interesting read

    Lots of info about just about everything, in alphabetical order. Some of the statistics seemed a bit out of date...20 years old is a lot in the fast-paced society of today. Good bibliography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    I recommend that you read this book

    I read the book all the way through, some of the facts were very interesting. I found it to be a book you read inbetween other books

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    great useless facts

    great read - interesting reading - highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Great book to pass the time with.

    As the title states, it is a collection of things you'll never need to know, but it was still very interesting and had a lot of "I didn't know that!" facts. It was very fun to read and then share the new "knowledge" with others.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    OK.

    Did not stay interested so therefor did not finish reading it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Not Recommended

    Glad it wasn't very expensive. Would have preferred more trivia about foods, where names of things come from, etc rather than about foreign leaders and such. Read the whole book but was not impressed.

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