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Weird O Pedia

Author : Alex Palmer
ISBN : 9781510722255
Genre : Games & Activities
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Check out the weird and wonderful facts in this massive encyclopedia of alphabetized oddities: HUMANS ARE THE ONLY ANIMALS THAT ENJOY SPICY FOOD (there’s a reason no one sells Tabasco-flavored cat food). NAPPING CAN SAVE YOU FROM A HEART ATTACK (assuming you are not operating heavy machinery at the time). PSYCHOLOGISTS CAN ASSESS YOUR PERSONALITY FROM HOW YOU DIP FRIES IN KETCHUP (nice fries, sociopath). SURFING THE INTERNET ACTUALLY MAKES YOU SMARTER (but not as smart as reading this book will). Now the next time someone tells you smugly that Pluto isn’t a planet, you can counter with any one of these hundreds of weird facts and remain king or queen of the cocktail (or kegger) chatter.
Category: Games & Activities

Sports Weird O Pedia

Author : Lew Freedman
ISBN : 9781631583896
Genre : Reference
File Size : 44.12 MB
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By any standard of normal behavior, sports cannot escape the definition of weirdness. Sports achievements have the capacity to inspire and excite watchers, whether through athletic brilliance or magnificent team performance, but there are times when our athletes and teams go wacko on us, and the most peculiar things break out with no warning to provide wide-eyed astonishment or laugh-out-loud responses. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs landed on the disabled list due to a back injury caused by sneezing too hard. Minnesota Vikings football stalwart Jim Marshall ran the wrong way with a recovered fumble. Former NBA player Dennis Rodman spearheaded American diplomacy with North Korea. The lyrics and music creators of “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” authored one of the most sung songs in American history without ever having seen a baseball game. And more! While those spontaneous combustions may result from someone rising from the weird side of the bed, they’re often the most memorable.
Category: Reference

Politics Weird O Pedia

Author : Tim Rowland
ISBN : 9781631583902
Genre : Reference
File Size : 38.13 MB
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Government and politics might seem twisted today, but they’ve always been strange. There’s something about public office that, throughout time, has transcended normalcy. Politics Weird-o-Pedia presents some of the oddest and most interesting political absurdities and tidbits from around the world, from Peter the Great’s tax on beards to a lawmaker’s mistress whom he kept on the congressional payroll despite her admission that “I can't type, I can't file, I can't even answer the phone.” Eminences include: Some of America’s Founding Fathers wanted to jail newspaper reporters. A Mongolian conqueror liked to build cement walls out of the bodies of his vanquished opponents (while they were still alive). An all-female resistance to nuclear missiles in Britain resulted in a protest that lasted for nineteen years—long after the missiles were gone. Politics Weird-o-Pedia doesn’t stand still for a minute. It is intriguing, funny, and occasionally startling. It is more than a collection of trivia, adding bits of context and historical vignettes that make it clear that no matter how dysfunctional politics and government might seem today—we’ve been through it all many times before.
Category: Reference

Sex Weird O Pedia

Author : Ross Benes
ISBN : 9781631584466
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 45.96 MB
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Whether you are an abstinent virgin or a kinky horndog, one thing we can all agree on is that sex manifests itself throughout society in bizarre ways. Sex is the ultimate multidisciplinary subject, and it cannot be confined to a single facet of life. Through a series of amusing tidbits, Sex Weird-o-Pedia will walk you through how sex affects our technologies, economics, politics, religions, and cultures, as well as some strange sex facts that, for better or for worse, will make your conversations memorable to everyone at the party. Bizarre facts include: Which animal species engage in necrophilia Who has done it in outer space Why premature ejaculation has evolutionary advantages How masturbation led to the invention of cereal And more! Knowing that Calvin Klein cologne turns tigers on probably won’t help you get laid, but it could prove useful if you’re in a conversation needing some pizzazz—or you find yourself in mixed company with a bunch of large cats.
Category: Social Science

Happiness Hacks

Author : Alex Palmer
ISBN : 9781615194438
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 33.12 MB
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Highly Effective Hacks From Totally True Facts! Could you be happier at work . . . in love . . . in life? You may not need a total overhaul—just a few good Happiness Hacks! Here are hundreds of shortcuts to brighten your day and boost your mood—and the science behind how they work. Discover why . . . 57°F (13.9°C) is the happiest temperature Selfies give you a jolt of joy Renters have a surprising edge over homeowners 17-minute breaks are the most productive Intimacy is better than sex It’s more satisfying to work a full 40-hour week Date night is the key to a happy marriage Just 10 minutes of exercise can cheer you up! Whether you’re seeking better health, stronger friendships, or that elusive “happy place,” these stunningly simple tips are proven to help. You can hack your way to happiness!
Category: Self-Help

Stink O Pedia

Author : Megan McDonald
ISBN : 9780763645588
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 35.49 MB
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A latest collection of nose-wrinkling facts, presented by Judy Moody's encyclopedia-reading little brother, features more stomach-churning scientific trivia that is cross-referenced with related Stink and Judy Moody titles. Original.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Stink O Pedia

Author : Megan McDonald
ISBN : 1599611961
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 82.96 MB
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Follow-up to Volume 1 contains even more Stink-isms and weird facts.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Walking With Dinosaurs Dinopedia

Author : Steve Brusatte
ISBN : 9781447255734
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 55.21 MB
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This Walking with Dinosaurs Encyclopedia is filled with facts about the dinosaurs from the movie as well as facts about the world the dinosaurs inhabited and theories about their rise and fall. With full-colour images from the film and photos of paleontologists at work, this encyclopedia is a must-have item for Walking with Dinosaurs fans. The original TV series, Walking with Dinosaurs, had 70 million viewers and the long-running live stage show has sold 7 million tickets. The long-awaited 3D motion picture comes out this December, and is sure to thrill fans.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Australian Children S Books 1989 2000

Author : Marcie Muir
ISBN : 052285088X
Genre : Australia
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All Australian children's books published from 1989 to 2000 are listed in this essential reference for those who appreciate the richness of Australian writing for children. Following the same format as volumes 1 and 2 in this series chronicling books published as early as 1774, entries include publishing details, the number of illustrations, and the awards received for each book. This third volume follows the continuing careers of authors such as Mem Fox, Bob Graham, Robin Klein, and Paul Jennings, and traces changes in the popularity of Australian themes and settings to identify publishing trends. Varied cultural aspects of modern-day life are shown, from globalization, commercialism, and the rise of the middle class in Asia to desktop publishing, outcome-based school curricula, and the modern obsession with celebrities—all of which are reflected in the type and quantity of books produced by Australian writers and publishers. The wealth of included material will extend researchers' understanding of the range of Australian children's books.
Category: Australia

The Santa Claus Man

Author : Alex Palmer
ISBN : 9781493018901
Genre : History
File Size : 44.44 MB
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The true story of John Duval Gluck, Jr., who in 1913 founded the Santa Claus Association, which had the sole authority to answer Santa's mail in New York City. He ran the organization for 15 years, gaining fame for making the myth of Santa a reality to poor children by arranging for donors to deliver the toys they requested, until a crusading charity commissioner exposed Gluck as a fraud. The story is wide in scope, interweaving a phony Boy Scout group, kidnapping, stolen artwork, and appearances by the era's biggest stars and New York City’s most famous landmarks. The book is both a personal story and a far-reaching historical one, tracing the history of Christmas celebration in America and the invention of Santa Claus.
Category: History