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Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott
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Schott's Original Miscellany (2002)

by Ben Schott

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Series: Schott's Miscellanies (1)

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It's hard to explain precisely why this book is so amusing. If you enjoy trivia games (like Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit) or just random strange facts, this book will be highly amusing to you. It found it perfect for short reading moments, like waiting in line or in the restroom. A fine gift for the trivia hound in your life or just a fun book for quick bedside reading. ( )
  empress8411 | Jan 1, 2018 |
I found this book in the discard books for sale at the local library. And, there's a reason for it being discarded - this edition was published in 2003. Some of the information is outdated, especially pertaining to history (list of American presidents, for example). However, that does not detract from the book - Its one of the best trivia books I've read. Organization is great, subject matter is interesting, timely, and serious. There is no fluff to this book.

Highly recommended, but I suspect a more recent edition will be better. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 20, 2017 |
This is really a book for dipping into rather than reading but I did enjoy my journey through it. The miscellany included often provoked a laugh such as the entry listing some of Anatole's meals (Anatole is the chef of Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia, in case you are not a Wodehouse aficionado). If you have any taste for trivia, this is worth browsing! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Entertaining but it drags after awhile. Read it in small doses. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 12, 2014 |
Who could have guessed that when I received "Schott's Original Miscellany" as a xmas gift more than a decade ago, that "Schott's would becom a media behemoth, spawning sequels, almanacs and many an imitator? Well, not me, for one.

"Schott's ..." is a wonderful little pot pourri of factoids and trivia that will thrill many a fact tragic with its entries like "UK Christmas No. 1 hits" sharing a page with temperature conversion, knitting abbreviations and a discussion of the word "Abracadabra", to pick one page at random.

A very worthwhile perusal, this one. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Jul 1, 2014 |
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Lehtinen, PäiviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.

--Virginia Woolf
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"Schott's Miscellany" makes few claims to be exhaustive or even practical. It does, however, claim to be essential. It will afford you great wisdom in the morning, several conversational bons mots for the afternoon, and many an enlightened smile after dark. Where else can you find, packed on to one page, the thirteen principles of witchcraft, the structure of military hierarchy, all of the clothing care symbols, a list of the countries where you drive on the left, and a nursery rhyme about sneezing? Where else, but "Schott's Miscellany", will you stumble across John Lennon's cat, the supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, and the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple? An encyclopaedia? A dictionary? An almanac? An anthology? A treasury? An amphigouri? A commonplace? A vade-mecum? Well - yes. "Schott's Original Miscellany" is all these, and, of course, more. A book like no other, "Schott's Original Miscellany" is entertaining, informative, unpredictable and utterly addictive.

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A collection of lesser-known but everyday trivia includes the structure of the military hierarchy, clothing-care symbols, a list of countries where cars are driven in the left lane, and the name of John Lennon's cat.

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