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 FROMHOW YOU DIP FRIES IN KETCHUP (nice fries, sociopath)
* SURFING THE INTERNET ACTUALLY 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.
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About the Author
Billboard, the Rumpus, and the Huffington Post, among other publications.
He is also the author of Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature. Find him at: www.alexpalmerwrites.com
What People are Saying About This
A fun and educational collection of facts about all sorts of things, but it is not what you might expect from the title. There are no ghosts or aliens, no world record breakers or any of the sort of things you find in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. No, this is trivia about the unusual world around us and about ourselves as well. . . .This book is highly recommended.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Facts on just about every topic, from the normal to the bizarre, fill up the pages of Weird-o-Pedia, making it a very fun book to read. In his introduction, author Alex Palmer explains that all around us are "unremarkable" things that, if you peel back the layers, will reveal "the strangeness underneath." To explain further, he points out that the dust in your living room actually makes the air cleaner and that the cell phone you may be holding contains "...about 18 times more dangerous germs than the flush handle in a public bathroom." (ewwww!) Palmer ends his introduction with a fact about zombie orb spiders and parasitic wasp babies that will definitely get your curiosity piqued so you want to read the rest of the book! Weird-o-Pedia is broken down into twelve chapters, making it easy to find topics that intrigue you. Topics include Food & Drink, Mind, Body, Insects, Animals, Work, Play, and Around the House - there is definitely something here for all interests. The facts themselves are quite brief - most are just a few sentences, others a short paragraph. This format makes the book an easy read, one that you can turn to again and again, when you have just a few minutes to read, although you'll likely have trouble putting it down. And yes, many of the facts are truly "weird." For example, did you know that the brain cannot feel pain? It may be the center of the nervous system, but it has no nerve system itself. And for those of us with a "big booty" - rejoice! Researchers have found that booty fat is healthier than belly fat and indicates low levels of "bad cholesterol." At the back of the book the author has included all of the sources he used in Weird-o-Pedia, broken down by chapter. Quill says: Read this book, memorize some of the facts, and impress your friends with your wide breadth of knowledge.
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