· 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.
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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.Read Full Review of A World of Curiosities | See more reviews from WSJ online
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