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An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplem...
by Richard Zacks

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

October 06, 2010

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The best kind of knowledge is uncommon knowledge.<br /><br />Okay, so maybe you know all the stuff you're supposed to know--that there are teenier things than atoms, that <i>Remembrance of Things Past</i> has something to do with a perfumed cookie, that the Monroe Doctrine means we get to take over small South American countries when we feel like it.聽聽But really, is this kind of knowledge going to make you the hit of the cocktail party, or the loser spending forty-five minutes examining the host's bookshelves?<br /><br />Wouldn't you rather learn things like how the invention of the bicycle affected the evolution of underwear?聽聽Or that the 1949 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to a doctor who performed lobotomies with a household ice pick?聽聽Or how Catherine the Great really died?聽聽Or that heroin was sold over the counter not too long ago?<br /><br />For the truly well-rounded "intellectual," nothing fascinates so much as the subversive, the contrarian, the suppressed, and the bizarre.聽聽Richard Zacks, auto-didact extraordinaire, has unloosed his admittedly strange mind and astonishing research abilities upon the entire spectrum of human knowledge, ferreting out endlessly fascinating facts, stories, photos, and images guaranteed to make you laugh, gasp in wonder, and occasionally shudder at the depths of human depravity.聽聽The result of his labors is this fantastically illustrated quasi-encyclopedia that provides alternative takes on art, business, crime, science, medicine, sex (lots of that), and many other facets of human experience.<br /><br />Immensely entertaining, and arguably enlightening, <i>An Underground Education</i> is the only book that explains the birth of motion pictures using photos of naked baseball players.<br /><br /><br />Richard Zacks is the author of <i>History Laid Bare: Love, Sex and Perversity from the Ancient Etruscans to Warren G. Harding,</i> which was excerpted in classy magazines like <i>Harper's</i> and earned the attention of the even classier <i>New York Times,</i> which noted that "Zacks specializes in the raunchy and perverse."聽聽The Georgia State Legislature voted on whether to ban the book from public libraries.聽聽He has studied Arabic, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, and Hebrew, and received the Phillips Classical Greek Award at the University of Michigan.聽聽He has also told his publisher that he made a living in Cairo cheating royalty from a certain Arab country at games of chance, although the claim remains unverified.聽聽His writing has appeared in the <i>New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, The Village Voice, TV Guide,</i> and similarly diverse publications.聽聽Zacks is married and busy warping the minds of his two children, Georgia and Ziegfield.聽聽He resides in New York City.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
The Big Book of Serial Killers Volume 2: Another 150 Serial Kille...
by , Rebecca Lo

Language

English

Pages

437

Publication Date

November 20, 2019

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<p><strong>Our first volume caused such an impact that we鈥檝e decided to bring you the long-awaited Volume 2 of the most comprehensive Serial Killer encyclopedia ever published!</strong></p><p>Murderers or monsters, normal people turned bad or people born with the desire to kill; it doesn鈥檛 matter where they come from, serial killers strike dread into our hearts with a single mention of their names. Hunting in broad daylight or stalking from the shadows, we are their prey and their hunt is never done until they are caught or killed.</p><p>With a worrying number of them living in our communities, working alongside us at our places of employment and sharing the same spaces where we spend time with our families, serial killers are typically just another neighbor that we barely think about. A worrying thought, to be honest.</p><p>In The Big Book of Serial Killers Volume 2 we go through the lives of 150 serial killers who allowed themselves to fall under the influence of their darkest desires and took the lives anywhere from one to one hundred victims; we speak of their motives and how their stories ended (<em>if </em>they ended鈥?, and remind you of the fear and pain that they left behind.</p><p>But what can you expect from <strong>The Big Book of Serial Killers Volume 2? </strong></p><p><strong>You will find such things as:</strong></p><ul><li>An excellent A-Z list of all of these deadly killers, allowing you to reference the encyclopedia whenever you need to find out more about any single murderer.</li><li>All of the uncensored details of their crimes, with much effort taking into account to describe their horrific acts.</li><li>Important information on their date and place of birth, date of arrest and number of victims, among other facts.</li><li>A list of Trivia facts for each killer, allowing you to learn more about their personalities and any films or documentaries made about them.</li></ul><p>So, with nothing more to add 鈥?it鈥檚 only time now for you purchase this book and begin learning about 150 of the sickest, most dangerous serial killers in world history.</p><p><strong>This is the next level in murder: are you ready to learn about the evilest men and women in history?</strong></p>
The Explainer
by Slate Magazine

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

March 09, 2004

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<b>What happens to recalled meat?<br />What鈥檚 the difference between a serial killer and a spree killer?<br />How do you stop a lava flow?<br />Does homeowner鈥檚 insurance cover murder?<br />And what is Ovaltine anyway?<br /><br />Answers to these and other fascinating questions you never thought to ask, from the writers at Slate Magazine<br /></b><br />An entertaining and genuinely informative compilation of answers to some of life's most improbable questions, from the writers of the online magazine <i>Slate. </i>Often inspired by events in the news, the 鈥淓xplainer鈥?column asks the questions we never think to ask, or that we鈥檙e too embarrassed to admit we don鈥檛 know how to answer. Filling in these overlooked blanks of our daily lives, the book provides memorable tidbits for conversations, further rumination, or important context as we follow current events from day to day. Full of fascinating information about unlikely but important subjects, <b>The Explainer </b>will entertain and inform anyone who has ever stopped to wonder who runs Antarctica, how cell phones can reveal your location, or whether one can live off lizard meat.
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Ru...
by Marilyn Johnson

Language

English

Pages

283

Publication Date

November 11, 2014

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<p>The author of <em>The Dead Beat</em> and <em>This Book is Overdue!</em> turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones鈥攖he archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient landfills, volcanic islands, and other dirty places to reclaim history for us all.</p><p>Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Kings, the Parthenon鈥攖he names of these legendary archaeological sites conjure up romance and mystery. The news is full of archaeology: treasures found (British king under parking lot) and treasures lost (looters, bulldozers, natural disaster, and war). Archaeological research tantalizes us with possibilities (are modern humans really part Neandertal?). Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter?</p><p>Marilyn Johnson鈥檚 <em>Lives in Ruins</em> is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.</p><p>What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.</p>
The Jewish Book of 1 Enoch with Illustrations (Second Temple Jewi...
by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Language

English

Pages

116

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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In this book, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg and Prof. Pinchas Shir, invite you on a journey of discovery. You will witness the ancient culture embodied by the 1st Book of Enoch and see some of the significant ways it may have influenced the New Testament writers with its peculiar Old Testament interpretations. This fabulous collection of Enoch material (originally translated into English by the late George H. Schodde, but adopted into a modern English and accompanied by the fascinating illustrations of a talented Colombian artist, Lyda Estrada) can easily be read in a single evening. We suggest that you start by reading the entire work, beginning to end, in one sitting. Then, for your second read, get your pen (or e-reader notetaker) ready, because there will be many things you will want to note as you read through the book. We guarantee it.
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, ...
by David McRaney

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 27, 2011

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<b> An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. </b><p>You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.</p><p>Based on the popular blog of the same name, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: </p><ul> <li>Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. </li> <li>Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. </li> <li>Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. </li> <li>Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it. <p></p> <p>Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.</p> </li></ul>
So You Think You Know CANADA, Eh?: Fascinating Fun Facts and Triv...
by Marianne Jennings

Language

English

Pages

128

Publication Date

November 13, 2019

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<h1><strong>How well do you <u>REALLY</u> know Canada?聽</strong></h1><h2><em><strong>Did you know:</strong></em></h2><ul><li><h3><strong>Santa Claus is a Canadian</strong>聽citizen?聽</h3></li><li><h3>That hockey is<strong>聽NOT</strong>聽the official national sport of Canada?聽</h3></li><li><h3>The Canadian聽<strong>passport contains hidden images</strong>?</h3></li><li><h3>Canada could have been聽<strong>named Britannia or Borealia</strong>?聽</h3></li><li><h3>Parts of Canada are as聽<strong>cold as Mars</strong>?聽</h3></li><li><h3>A Canadian聽<strong>pharmacist invented peanut butter</strong>?</h3></li></ul><h3><em>If you're Canadian, know any Canadians, or have ever wanted to know more about Canada, this fun little fact book will help.</em></h3><p><em></em><br /></p><h3>Inside this <u><strong>TWO-HOUR, easy-to-read book</strong></u>, you'll <strong>discover fun nuggets</strong> of knowledge and trivia about:</h3><ul><li><h3>The <strong>kind people</strong> who live there</h3></li><li><h3><strong>All things maple syrup</strong></h3></li><li><h3>A list of <strong>cool Canadian inventions</strong></h3></li><li><h3>Famous and <strong>amazing Canadians</strong></h3></li><li><h3>Unique history</h3></li><li><h3>The breathtaking nature</h3></li><li><h3>A few words to help you<strong> speak Canadian</strong>聽</h3></li></ul><h3>As a<u>聽<strong>fun bonus</strong>聽</u>and to test how well you and your friends REALLY know Canada, there's a<strong>聽<u>fun short quiz</u></strong>聽with answers at the end to聽<strong>test your Canadian knowledge</strong>.聽</h3><p><br /></p><h3>This is a great gift for family, friends, co-workers and anyone you think would enjoy learning more about Canada.聽</h3><p><br /></p><h3>Check out the "Look Inside" to see more of the topics covered.聽</h3><p><br /></p><h2>SCROLL UP to the Top and hit that BUY BUTTON and we'll see you on the inside..:)</h2>
To Knit or Not to Knit: Helpful and Humorous Hints for the Passio...
by Elvira Woodruff

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

July 15, 2014

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<i>To Knit or Not to Knit</i> is a unique Dear Abby/mini-knitting essay collection, offering humorous tales of triumph and terror on the needles, with a witty nod to the famous and infamous throughout history.<br /><br />As Mrs. Wicks happily quotes everyone from William Shakespeare to Beatrix Potter, she adds her own wit<i> and wisdom to answer a variety of questions on knitting ranging from, Is there a quick fix for dropped stitches? to My boyfriend says my passion for knitting is stronger than my passion for him鈥攚hat should I do?</i><br /><br />A number of Mrs. Wicks鈥?own patterns are sprinkled throughout, along with her sound advice for stitches dropped and love gone wrong. Ever the optimist, she advises her readers to pick up their needles, dust off their hearts, and cast on without looking back.<br /><br />Knitter and non-knitters alike will enjoy this literary look at life lessons offered through a wooly lens, from Pablo Narudo鈥檚 poem 鈥淥de to My Socks鈥?(hand knit of course), to Ogden Nash鈥檚 witty words on the frustration of being married to a knitter,<br /><i>To Knit or Not to Knit</i> is a quirky, enjoyable read, making it the perfect gift for the passionate knitter and thoughtful reader alike.
Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starter...
by , Ashley Kusi

Language

English

Pages

252

Publication Date

April 26, 2017

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<h2>Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starters for Connecting, Building Trust, and Rekindling Intimacy</h2><br />Do you find it difficult coming up with <b>thought-provoking conversation starters</b> or topics to discuss with your partner?<br /><br />Do you want to discover <b>insightful questions</b> that can lead to having deeper, exciting, and more meaningful conversations as a couple?<br /><br />Don't have much to talk about except the day-to-day life activities?<br /><br /><h2>If you answered yes to any of these questions, you鈥檙e not alone.</h2><br />We all want to have better, more substantial and <b>engaging conversations</b> every day with our significant other.<br /><br />However, knowing where to start or the right questions to ask can be a challenge when things become routine. That's why we wrote <em>Questions for Couples</em>.<br /><br />We have used these open-ended questions to get to know each other more deeply, have better conversations, and improve our relationship. We believe these questions will do the same for your relationship too.<br /><br /><h2>In <em>Questions for Couples</em>, you will discover:</h2><br />1. <b>469 Thought-provoking conversation starters for connecting, building trust, and rekindling intimacy in your relationship.</b><br /><br />2. Fun, engaging, and open-ended questions that will lead to some of the best conversations you have had in a while with your partner, bring you closer and really get you learning about each other.<br /><br />3. <b>Creative conversation starters for communicating and expressing your feelings, needs, and desires.</b><br /><br />4. Refreshing questions you can discuss with each other on a weekly basis to help you grow your relationship, as well as personal development. Simply select 365 questions that you love, and use them for a 365 Days of Questions Challenge with your partner.<br /><br />5. <b>Thought-provoking questions that will help you talk about things you might never think of on your own, which is especially helpful if you are looking for something new to talk about.</b><br /><br />6. Inspiring conversation starters for setting yearly goals as a couple, so you can grow together while achieving them.<br /><br />7. <b>Exciting sex questions that will get you talking and sharing your sexual desires, so you can have better and more satisfying sex.</b><br /><br />And much more.<br /><br /><h2>You can have great conversations when you know what questions to ask. </h2><br />You just need the right questions. <br /><br />Open-ended questions that will <b>spark deeper conversations</b>, so you can discover and learn more about yourself, and your partner.<br /><br /><h2>Whether you are dating, in a committed relationship, engaged, married, or in a long-distance relationship, this book is for you.</h2><br /><em>Questions for Couples</em> will get you talking for hours, even if you have very little to talk about. Plus because it鈥檚 pocket-sized, you can easily take this book everywhere; for road trips, coffee dates, to date nights dinner or events, the beach, vacation trips, etc. <br /><br />Scroll to the top to download your copy of this questions book for couples <b>today.</b><br /><br />Click the BUY NOW button at the top of this page.
Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom...
by Bathroom Readers' Institu...

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>It鈥檚 all about the facts鈥攁nd Uncle John is back with a ton of them!</b><br /><br />For the 32nd year, Uncle John and his loyal researchers have teamed up to bring you the latest tidbits from the world of pop culture, history, sports, and strange news stories. If you want to read about celebrity misdeeds, odd coincidences, and disastrous blunders,聽<i>Uncle John鈥檚 Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness聽</i>has what you need. With short articles for a quick trip to the throne room and longer page-turners for an extended visit, this all-new edition of Uncle John鈥檚 Bathroom Reader is a satisfying read.<br /> 聽

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