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Encyclopedia of Useless Information

ISBN: 9781402208287

By: Willam Hartston

Published: 05/31/2007

This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia.

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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.

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

MILK
Swedish cows were f...

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 7.5 in
Width: 5 in
Weight: 15.00 oz
Page Count: 388 pages

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