The Encyclopedia of Useless Information

The Encyclopedia of Useless Information

by William Hartston

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Discover what all the other encyclopedias leave out

This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia. Daring to cross-reference the un-cross-reference-able, to alphabetize what cannot be alphabetized, and to deliver the highest concentration of fun that can fit in one book's spine, this information is too useless to waste:

In Denmark, pigs go 'knor'; in Germany, horses go 'prrrh'; in ancient Greece, dogs went 'au au.' Italians sneeze 'ecci ecci.'

A teacher in Italy was disciplined in 1996 for passing students exam answers hidden in salami sandwiches.

In 1957 the U.S. air force completed a survey of the Atlantic Ocean but refused to divulge its width on the grounds that the information might be of military use to the Russians.

In Paris in 1740 a cow was hanged in public following its conviction for sorcery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402248382
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 1,094,124
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

William Roland Hatrston won the British Chess Championship in 1973 and 1975. He has written numerous books on chess and interesting facts and figures. His books include The Book of Numbers: The Ultimate Compendium of Facts About Figures and What Are the Chances of That?

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Castroville, California, calls itself the Artichoke Capital of the World. The first Artichoke Queen of Castroville, crowned in 1947, was Marilyn Monroe.

Swedish cows were fitted with plastic discs impregnated with insecticide in 1984 to keep their heads fly-free in summer. Scientists say this improved milk yield.

If you add together all the numbers on a roulette wheel, the result is 666, the number of the Beast in the Book of Revelation.

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Gakuen-Alice More than 1 year ago
I'm a lover for useless facts. Whether it be that the dot on an 'i' is called a tittle or that it's illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydride in Michigan, or anything for that matter. Though I was disappointed with how, on some subjects, they would direct to to another subject for more information for it was rather annoying. I found this book to be quite interesting and I've read it a little over three times A-Z.