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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

by Loren Rhoads Scribner (September 29, 2009)

For ten years, Morbid Curiosity was a one-of-a-kind underground magazine that gained a devoted following for its celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual tales -- all true -- submitted from contributors...

The Uncyclopedia

by Gideon Haigh Hachette Books (September 15, 2004)

Make way for this defiantly idiosyncratic, hilariously illuminating compendium of curiosities you never knew you wanted to know! How do you flirt in Turkish? How do you dump someone in Japanese? What are the...

Weirdest and Wackiest World Records

by Tony Lyons Skyhorse (May 11, 2012)

Who knew that one could make a claim to fame in such an unorthodox way? The Weirdest and Wackiest World Records may not list the most traditional achievements, but it sure will leave readers speechless. From...

Don't You Believe It!

by Herb Reich Skyhorse (February 01, 2010)

Our cherished culturally shared beliefs stem from a variety of sources, many of which propagate old wives' tales, myths, self-serving fantasies, innocent fallacies, or sheer nonsense. History is replete with...

More How Do They Do That?

by Caroline Sutton HarperCollins e-books (October 19, 2010)

Have you ever wondered:

- How do they know how much an aircraft carrier weighs?

- How do they get music onto a CD?

- How does an electric eel generate electricity?

- How do they know how long a second is?

- How do...

How Did They Do That?

by Caroline Sutton HarperCollins e-books (August 31, 2010)

The totally satisfying answers to more than 100 questions that drive normal people—not to mention infomaniacs and trivia buffs—crazy.

Questions about matters great and small, from ancient times to yesterday....

When Do Fish Sleep?

by David Feldman HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Ponder, if you will ...

Why are tennis balls fuzzy?

How come birds don't tip over when they sleep on telephone wires?

What makes yawning contagious?

Why, oh why, do roosters have to crow so early in the morning?...

Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life

by Kee Malesky Wiley (August 31, 2012)

Learn something new with 366 fascinating facts from NPR librarian Kee Malesky

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?1 What color did carrots used to be?2 Why do many American spellings differ from their...

The Mountains of Maine: Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names

by Steve Pinkham Down East Books (June 01, 2009)

How did a mountain get the name Moose's Bosom? And what's afoot with the name Toenail Ridge? Avid hiker Steve Pinkham provides informative, quirky, and sometimes downright hilarious answers to these questions....

Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History

by Richard Shenkman Harper (March 26, 2013)

The truth and nothing but the truth—Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends.

The story of Columbus discovering the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.

The pilgrims never...

Ripley's Unbelievable Stories For Guys

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley Publishing (May 01, 2012)

Ripley's Believe it or Not for guy's who think they know everything!

One for the grown-ups, this quirky new Ripley’s book is filled with bizarre and hilarious "Believe It or Not!" stories, trivia and lists—...

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley Publishing (December 06, 2011)

Facsimile of the original 1929 book.

From the original 1929 promotion, Robert Ripley describes the land where rain has fallen for a million years; here he talks with you about the Ever-Standing Men and the Upside-Down...

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

by Charles Panati William Morrow Paperbacks (February 26, 2013)

For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the fascinating stories behind 500 everyday items, expressions, and customs--from Kleenex to steak sauce, Barbie Dolls...


by Alex Palmer Skyhorse (May 11, 2012)

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...

  • Hidden History of Salem

    by Susanne Saville The History Press (October 11, 2010)

    Author Susanne Saville explores the history of Salem, Massachusetts, shedding light on those stories which are shadowed most often by witches.

    Salem, nestled along the rocky coast of Massachusetts, has long been...

    Hidden History of Litchfield County

    by Peter C. Vermilyea The History Press (November 04, 2014)

    Local historian Peter C. Vermilyea tells stories of some forgotten moments in Litchfield County, CT from Native American legends to Cold War relics.

    Traces of Litchfield County's past are hidden in plain sight....

    Hidden History of Monmouth County

    by Muriel J. Smith, Rick Geffken, Christina Johnson & Allan Dean The History Press (August 12, 2019)

    Monmouth County's past encompasses more than just sandy beaches and rural farm life.

    George Washington fought at the Battle of Monmouth as the region played a pivotal role in the birth of the republic. Henry...

    Eerie Alabama

    by Alan Brown & Kari Schultz The History Press (August 26, 2019)

    Mysterious creatures, strange happenings and ghost stories. Alabama has them all and more - despite its glorious depictions.

    Alabama claims an abundance of fascinating mysteries and legends despite being known...

    Cape Cod Curiosities

    by Robin Smith-Johnson The History Press (May 07, 2018)

    Cape Cod may be a popular tourist destination, but it has more than its share of strange and unique history.

    The Pukwudgies were two- to three-foot beings with smooth gray skin, hairy faces and horns. These shape-shifting,...

    Historic Tales of Whoop-Up Country

    by Ken Robison The History Press (October 05, 2020)

    Withdrawal of the mighty Hudson Bay Company from present-day Alberta and Saskatchewan created a lawless environment with new economic opportunities. A cross-border trading bond arose with growing steamboat mercantile...

    The Human Body in Minutes

    by In Minutes Quercus (May 01, 2017)

    This concise, illuminating guide takes us on a comprehensive tour of our bodies, explaining how they work and why they work that way, from the basic unit of the cell, through the tissues and organs that make...

    I Never Knew That About London

    by Christopher Winn & Mai Osawa Thomas Dunne Books (February 27, 2012)

    Discover hundreds of fascinating facts about London in this enthralling miscellany

    Travelling through the villages and districts that make up the world's most dynamic metropolis, Christopher Winn takes us on...

    The Disappearance of Percy Fawcett and Other Famous Vanishings

    by Jane Clapp & Evan Andrews Racehorse (March 14, 2017)

    There is nothing more disconcerting than someone vanishing into thin air. Unanswered questions abound and the mysteries only tend to grow. The Disappearance of Percy Fawcett and Other Famous Vanishings attempts...

    Mysterious Chicago

    by Adam Selzer Skyhorse (October 25, 2016)

    From Chicago historian Adam Selzer, expert on all of the Windy City's quirks and oddities, comes a compelling heavily researched anthology of the stories behind its most fascinating unsolved mysteries.

    To create...

    How to Buy an Elephant and 38 Other Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know

    by John Krausz Skyhorse (November 17, 2007)

    While it's possible to go through life not knowing how to tie a dhoti or carve an endless wooden chain, you never know when unusual skills will come in handy. And that's the fun of this fabulously bizarre handbook,...

    Did Thomas Crapper Really Invent the Toilet?

    by Catherine O'Reilly Skyhorse (November 17, 2008)

    Which came first, sliced bread or the toaster? When did most people begin wearing deodorant? Who invented the electric blanket? Catherine O'Reilly tackles questions such as these with a keen curiosity and well-honed...

    Born in the USA

    by Trevor Homer Skyhorse (June 23, 2009)

    From Bubble Wrap to Bubblegum, from Men-on-the-Moon to Monopoly, from Kidney Transplants to Kool-Aid, to microwave ovens to M & M's, America has been at the forefront of the main advances of the human race for...

    Curiosities of Literature

    by John Sutherland Skyhorse (January 01, 2011)

    When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? Which author's heart was purportedly eaten by a cat? One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more...

    Foodie Facts

    by Ann Treistman Skyhorse (November 11, 2014)

    Consider this The Food Lover's Companion liteshort and sweet trivia about retro American food.

    Who pitted the first cherries and nestled them into pie crust? Was a meatloaf sandwich the result of a late-night...

    Call to Order

    by Jackie Strachan & Jane Moseley Black Dog & Leventhal (September 24, 2018)

    A useful and fascinating guide to rankings, classifications, and hierarchies that make up our world -- from the Richter Scale to the classification of wine to the Jedi Order.

    Sure to be classified as more informative...

    Hoax: A History of Deception

    by Ian Tattersall & Peter Névraumont Black Dog & Leventhal (March 19, 2018)

    An entertaining collection of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities.

    World history is littered...

    Big Questions from Little People

    by Gemma Elwin Harris Ecco (October 30, 2012)

    In the spirit of Schott’s Miscellany, The Magic of Reality, and The Dangerous Book for Boys comes Can a Bee Sting a Bee?—a smart, illuminating, essential, and utterly delightful handbook for perplexed parents...

    Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs?

    by Robert Matthews Oneworld Publications (October 01, 2011)

    What happens if you fall into a black hole? Which properties give you the best chance of winning Monopoly? And why is it always so difficult to get ketchup to come out of a full bottle? Award winning science...

    John Mulholland's Story of Magic

    by John Mulholland & Ben Robinson Racehorse (October 15, 2019)

    Magic has entranced public forums for hundreds of years, predating many other forms of entertainment that we enjoy today. This ancient art, with its captivating illusions and seemingly impossible sleight of...

    Now I Know: The Soviets Invaded Wisconsin?!

    by Dan Lewis Adams Media (October 22, 2019)

    A brand-new collection of fascinating facts spanning history and sports to science and pop culture that will have you proudly stating, “Now I know!”

    Did you know that a measles outbreak led to the assigning...

    Abandoned Malls of America

    by Seph Lawless Racehorse (March 31, 2020)

    What happens when the symbol of commerce crumbles?

    This collection of nearly two hundred stunning yet melancholic photos captures the decline of one of the biggest symbols of American consumerism—the shopping...


    by Wendy Williams Abrams Image (February 28, 2011)

    Kraken is the traditional name for gigantic sea monsters, and this book introduces one of the most charismatic, enigmatic, and curious inhabitants of the sea: the squid. The pages take the reader on a wild narrative...

    The A-Z of Curious Wales

    by Mark Rees The History Press (June 03, 2019)

    Why would revellers carry a terrifying horse’s skull on a pole door-to-door at Christmastime? Why is the cursed wall of Port Talbot protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy the town? How...

    Dr. Chase's Old-Time Home Remedies

    by Alvin Wood Chase Clydesdale (February 11, 2020)

    A Classic Collection of Original Medical Remedies and Household Recipes

    Written by traveling physician Dr. Alvin Wood Chase, this reprint of Dr. Chase’s Recipe Book and Household Physician, on Practical Knowledge...

    Now I Know: The Soviets Invaded Wisconsin?!

    by Dan Lewis Adams Media (October 22, 2019)

    A brand-new collection of fascinating facts spanning history and sports to science and pop culture that will have you proudly stating, “Now I know!”

    Did you know that a measles outbreak led to the assigning...

    Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition

    by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton & Dylan Thuras Workman Publishing Company (October 15, 2019)

    Discover wonder.

    “A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.”— New York Times

    Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top...

    Card Tricks

    by Frederick Braué, Jean Hugard & Steven Cohen Racehorse (October 11, 2016)

    If you practice any sort of magicor plan on giving it a tryyou probably know that for most people, card tricks are often the starting point. If you have a deck of cards readily available, as many common households...

    Coin Magic

    by Jean Hugard & David Roth Racehorse (October 11, 2016)

    Have some extra change rattling around in your pocket? Need a new party trick? Coin Magic: The Complete Book of Coin Tricks is your go-to reference for astonishing any audiencefriends, family, people on the...

    The Frighteners

    by Peter Laws Skyhorse (September 25, 2018)

    The Frighteners is a bizarrely compelling, laugh-out-loud exploration of societies’ fascination with the dark, spooky, and downright terrifying side of life. The author--self proclaimed “sinister minister”--opens...

    Christmas Miscellany

    by Jonathan Green Skyhorse (November 01, 2009)

    Wouldn't it be great to understand all our Christmas traditions? Here, Jonathan Green offers the fascinating history behind our most beloved holiday traditions. For example, myrrh is incense made from the resin...

    The Unofficial U.S. Census

    by Les Krantz & Chris Smith Arcade (April 01, 2011)

    On April 1, 2011, the Official 2010 U.S. Census Report will be released. On that same day, The Unofficial U.S. Census will shed light (and a bit of laughter) on all the other facts that Americans are itching...

    Worst Ideas Ever

    by Daniel B. Kline & Jason Tomaszewski Arcade (July 08, 2011)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods' marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft's BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history's biggest blunders. Whether...

    Politics Weird-o-Pedia

    by Tim Rowland Racehorse (June 04, 2019)

    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...

    Sex Weird-O-Pedia

    by Ross Benes Racehorse (May 21, 2019)

    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...

    John Mulholland's Story of Magic

    by John Mulholland & Ben Robinson Racehorse (October 15, 2019)

    Magic has entranced public forums for hundreds of years, predating many other forms of entertainment that we enjoy today. This ancient art, with its captivating illusions and seemingly impossible sleight of...