Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts


Adams Media - It's always fresh, founder of wikipedia and wikiaDid you know that there are actually 27 letters in the alphabet, always a surprise, and always interesting!" --Jimmy Wales, or that the U. S. Praise for the webby award-winning newsletter: "I eagerly read 'Now I Know' every day. From uncovering what happens to lost luggage to New York City's plan to crack down on crime by banning pinball, this book will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.

Covering 100 outrageous topics, Now I Know is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn. Had a plan to invade canada? and what actually happened to the flags left on the moon?Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know.

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Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year


National Geographic - National geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse. From caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier steve wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless picasso, romance gone wrong like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall, and truly bizarre moments like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

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Now I Know More: The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World's Most Interesting Facts


Adams Media - With this book, you really will know more! Get ready to find out the real deal behind a new collection of fascinating facts. From pink camouflaged fighter planes to secret Harry Potter characters, Now I Know More covers everything from history and science to sports and pop culture. You'll learn about made-up towns that made their way onto real maps, the time three MLB teams squared off in a single game, and ninety-nine more curious cases of remarkable trivia.

And it's all true. Every story in the book is interesting, and Lewis includes a 'bonus fact' at the end of each story, which is a mini mind bender on its own. Boingboing"A mind-tickling encyclopedia. Now i know is a treat in its entirety. An oasis of learning about what you don't yet know. But are glad you found.

Now I Know More: The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World's Most Interesting Facts - Brain pickingsdan lewis, creator of the Webby Award–winning Now I Know newsletter, is back with 101 unbelievable-but-true stories to blow your mind.

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Ever Wonder Why?: Here Are the Answers!


Fawcett - . And all you have to do is ask WHY?! . We not our heads yes and shake our heads no But how many of us know why? You'll learn the answers and a whole lot more in this fun and fact-filled almanac. Donuts have holes. Golfers yell “fore!” before teeing off. We clink glasses before saying a toast. Why?" is the first question we learn to ask as children and the one our parents have the hardest time answering.

This is because "Why?" is the most difficult question to research. Why is the color blue used for boys?Why do worms come out onto sidewalks after a rain?Why do chefs wear tall hats?Everyone knows that.  .

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Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Annual


Portable Press - The bathroom reader turns 25! uncle john is celebrating this historic milestone with his biggest all-new edition ever--more than 600 pages of absorbing material!2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Honorable Mention in Humor Category2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Winner in Humor   "Fully Loaded" is putting it mildly.

This behemoth of a book is overflowing with incredible stories, fun wordplay, weird news, forgotten history, little-known origins, surprising facts, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from the world's best-selling bathroom reading series. Here are just a few of the hundreds of topics loaded into this edition of america's favorite "on the go" source of fascinating information:* forgotten firsts* dumb Crooks: Stoner Edition* Bizarre Japanese Video Games* The Kamikaze Instruction Manual* Our Lady of the Little Green Men* The Worst Fire in American History* The World's Worst Business Decision* The New Years Eve Opossum Drop* Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?* Failed Doomsday Predictions * When Toilets Explode* And much, much more!

Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Annual - As always, it's divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences.

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Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World


Ecco - As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What makes a stone a jewel? what makes a jewel priceless? and why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.

What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, and have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, Stoned breaks history into three categories—Want, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, Take, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace.

Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World - Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars.

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How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee


HarperOne - But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How jesus became god tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

A master explainer of christian history, texts, ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, and traditions, Creator of all things. But how did he move from being a jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection.

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee - Only when some of jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today. Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God.

New york times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church. The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God.

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Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West


Henry Holt and Co. - Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, and told in fast-paced, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history. But what really happened in the wild west? All the stories you think you know, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, and others that will astonish you, all riveting.

It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Included are the ten legends featured in bill o'reilly's legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West - Frontier america was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. The must-have companion to bill o'reilly's historic series legends and lies: the real west, a fascinating, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we knowHow did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, movies and books about these western icons.

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The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones


Ecco - These skills were essential to survive one of the most turbulent periods in English history—an era of striking transformation, as the West emerged from the Dark Ages. A leading retainer of five english kings, and was involved in some of the most critical phases of medieval history, Marshal served the great figures of this age, from Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to Richard the Lionheart and his infamous brother John, from the Magna Carta to the survival of the Angevin/Plantagenet dynasty.

. A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England’s most celebrated knight, William Marshal—providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that shaped it. Caught on the wrong side of an english civil war and condemned by his father to the gallows at age five, William Marshal defied all odds to become one of England’s most celebrated knights.

Asbridge introduces this storied knight to modern readers and places him firmly in the context of the majesty, passion, and bloody intrigue of the Middle Ages. The greatest knight features 16 pages of black-and-white and color illustrations. Thomas asbridge’s rousing narrative chronicles William’s rise, using his life as a prism to view the origins, experiences, and influence of the knight in British history.

The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones - In william’s day, the brutish realities of war and politics collided with romanticized myths about an Arthurian “golden age, ” giving rise to a new chivalric ideal. Asbridge details the training rituals, and battle tactics of knighthood, weaponry, and explores the codes of chivalry and courtliness that shaped their daily lives.

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If a Pirate I Must Be: The True Story of Black Bart, "King of the Caribbean Pirates"


Skyhorse - We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. Before long, his combination of audaciousness and cunning won him fame and fortune from the fisheries of Newfoundland to the slave ports of West Africa. He drank tea instead of rum.

In if a pirate I Must Be. Richard sanders tells the larger-than-life story of Bartholomew Roberts, aka Black Bart. And during the course of his extraordinary two-and-a-half-year career as a pirate captain, he captured four hundred prizes and brought trade in the eastern Caribbean to a standstill. Is the true story of the greatest pirate ever to sail the Caribbean.

If a Pirate I Must Be: The True Story of Black Bart, "King of the Caribbean Pirates" - Skyhorse publishing, sports publishing, and Yucca imprints, Good Books, autobiographies, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, along with our Arcade, and memoirs. They were highly if surreptitiously popular with many merchants, with whom they struck incredibly lucrative deals. He never made his prisoners walk the plank, instead inviting them into his cabin for a friendly chat.

J. Born in a rural town, roberts rose from third mate on a slave ship to pirate captain in a matter of months.

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Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything


Workman Publishing Company - And when strychnine—yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison—was dosed like Viagra. What won’t we try in our quest for perfect health, and the fountain of youth? Well, beauty, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass.

Looking back with fascination, knowing humor, horror, at times unbelievable, and not a little dash of dark, Quackery recounts the lively, history of medical misfires and malpractices. With vintage illustrations, photographs, and advertisements throughout, Quackery seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine.

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything - Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, morbidly hilarious “treatments”—conceived by doctors and scientists, here are dozens of outlandish, trial and error, they literally tried to sell snake oil—that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen yes, and straight-up scams.

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