A World of Curiosities by John Oldale

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...pleasure of trivia is the opportunity it affords us to revel in the very ephemerality that makes the information...a diversion that leaves us refreshed, as "A World of Curiosities" does, for the more rewarding work of pursuing the nontrivial.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: everything you never knew you never knew about every country on Earth.A scientist by training and an explorer by passion, Dr. John Oldale has logged half a million miles visiting more than ninety nations. Now, he celebrates our weird and wonderful world in a cornucopia of fascinating facts brought vividly to life through the unexpected stories behind them. Touching on history, travel, politics, natural history and more, he paints a unique portrait of each country from the mightiest to the most miniscule. You won't find the following in your average travel guide:

·        Why is kissing on trains banned in France?

·        In what country are litigants expected to present their case at court in the form of a poem?

·        Which war did women win in 1929 just by sitting down?

·        If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, where are they from?

·        Who eat fresh camel dung as a cure for dysentery (and why does it work)?

·        Why were US disk jockeys once told they could play birthday requests on any day except the one requested?

·        Which modern dictator banned old age, libraries and gold teeth, and was later replaced by his dentist?

·         And 2,000 more funny, trivial, poignant, and telling facts

  A must for active and armchair globe-trotters alike, A World of Curiosities will engross anyone who is at all curious about the world beyond their door. Explore and enjoy.

 

About John Oldale

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JOHN OLDALE speaks five languages, has outrun knife-wielding brigands (twice), and has been rescued from a sub-Antarctic beach. He lives with his family in a former village pub in Hampshire, England.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Plume. 311 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mike Scalise on May 25 2012

...pleasure of trivia is the opportunity it affords us to revel in the very ephemerality that makes the information...a diversion that leaves us refreshed, as "A World of Curiosities" does, for the more rewarding work of pursuing the nontrivial.

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