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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...

  • 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...

    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...

    When Do Fish Sleep and Other Imponderables

    by David Feldman HarperAudio (February 27, 2007)

    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?...


    by David Feldman HarperAudio (March 14, 2006)

    Ponder, if you will ...

    What is the difference between a kit and a caboodle?

    Why don't people get goose bumps on their faces?

    Where do houseflies go in the winter?

    What causes that ringing sound in your ears?



    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...

    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...

    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...

    Taxidermy Art

    by Robert Marbury Artisan (September 23, 2014)

    In this collection of taxidermy art, you’ll find a winged monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert...

    Atlas Obscura

    by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton Workman Publishing Company (September 20, 2016)

    It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

    Talk about a bucket list: here are...

    Know It All

    by New Scientist & Mick O'Hare The Experiment (February 24, 2015)

    A joy for science lovers, Know It All is your ticket to a grand meeting of curious minds!

    New Scientist magazine’s beloved “Last Word” column is a rare forum for “un-Google-able” queries: Readers write...

    America the Ingenious

    by Kevin Baker Artisan (October 04, 2016)

    “Among the many rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . Baker examines a wide range of the achievements that have made, and still...

    The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom

    by Mike Katz & Crispin Kott Lyons Press (October 01, 2018)

    When the singing is over and the talking starts, that’s when the true, unvarnished wisdom of rock ‘n’ roll comes out.

    Built on first-hand experience, the gorgeous, illustrated Little Book of Rock ‘n’...

    The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between

    by Patrick Foote Mango (October 15, 2018)

    The Origins of Names Explained

    Explore the world of names: What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With Name Explain, you can learn the origins of these names....

    The Story Behind

    by Emily Prokop Mango (October 15, 2018)

    Surprising history of ordinary things

    Learn the fascinating history and trivia you never knew about things we use daily from the host of The Story Behind podcast.

    Everyday objects and major events in history:...

    Badass Affirmations

    by Becca Anderson Mango (May 15, 2018)

    A funny, inspirational banquet of delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable one-liners from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. Sometimes shocking, always entertaining, everyone from Rihanna...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go Mad Science

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (January 01, 2014)

    Take a fascinating quantum leap into the fun side of science.

    From the amazing to the amusing, this byte-sized collection will bring you the inside stories behind earth-shattering discoveries, accidental inventions,...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go Screen Gems

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (August 22, 2014)

    In a world…where movies rule…only one man…can write a super-fun e-book about them!

    If you love movies as much as we do, you won’t want to miss this epic e-book! Several classic Bathroom Reader articles,...

    Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (November 01, 2014)

    Uncle John’s 27th Bathroom Reader is all new and better than ever!

    Weighing in at a whopping 544 pages, Uncle John’s Canoramic Bathroom Reader presents a wide-angle view of the world around us. It’s overflowing...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go UJTV

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (December 15, 2013)

    Uncle John takes a loving look at life on the small screen.

    From the Honeymooners to Honey Boo Boo, this entertaining expose of all things television is full of behind-the-scenes secrets, amazing origins, quotes,...

    Uncle John's Robotica

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (September 01, 2014)

    From the world-wide leader in strange-but-true stories comes a fascinating book full of the marvels of mechanical men, glimpses into tomorrow’s technology…and what happens when machines go mad. It’s a...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go History Makers

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (December 01, 2013)

    When it comes to making history fun, Uncle John is second to none!

    Uncle John takes readers on a journey through the ages, shedding new light onto some of the past’s most famous (and infamous) figures, and...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go International Affairs

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (March 01, 2015)

    Time to play “Around the World in 50 Pages!”

    Starting from the depths of the Bathroom Reader archives, you’ll be transported to exotic lands where you’ll learn the local customs and sample the curious...

    Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (March 01, 2014)

    Uncle John is battening down the hatches and preparing for a Fact Attack in this third, un-bowl-ievable volume of fascinating facts!

    Packed with more than 400 pages, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go Where'd THAT Come From?

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (January 15, 2014)

    Hundreds of incredible origin stories, ranging from everyday items to social customs to history-altering inventions.

    Uncle John’s Where’d That Come From? delivers the true stories behind all sorts of things,...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go Attack of the Foodies

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (July 15, 2014)

    It’s the most delicious Uncle John’s ever!

    Pizza, chocolate, potatoes, grubs, coffee, croissants . . . grubs? Yes, grubs! In Attack of the Foodies, no food or beverage is safe from the culinary clutches...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go Playtime!

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (February 01, 2014)

    A loving look at toys and games—and the people who make and play them—from the past and present.

    Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.” Uncle John adds: “And it’s really...

    Uncle John's Facts to Go Bathroom Lore

    by Bathroom Readers' Institute Portable Press (June 01, 2014)

    Uncle John’s favorite room finally gets its own book!

    Some of the best bathroom reading we’ve ever squeezed out has been about the bathroom itself. And in this e-book, the hallowed throne gets its moment...