Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott

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Impossible to read at one sitting, but utterly unputdownable, Schott's Original Miscellany is a unique collection of fabulous trivia.

What other book boasts an index that includes shoelace lengths, sign language, and the seven deadly sins; dueling and dwarves; the hair color of Miss America and the Hampton Court maze?

Where else can you find, packed onto one page, the names of golf strokes, a history of the Hat Tax, cricketing dismissals, nouns of assemblage, an unofficial motto of the US Postal Service, and the flag of Guadeloupe?

Where else but Schott's Original Miscellany will you stumble across John Lennon's cat, the supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, the labors of Hercules, and the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple?

A book like no other, Schott's Original Miscellany is entertaining, informative, unpredictable, and utterly addictive.
 

About Ben Schott

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Ben Schott is a photographer, designer, and trivia collector. He is twenty-eight (although he believes you might prefer to picture him as a white-haired librarian) and lives in Highgate, London.
 
Published August 4, 2003 by Bloomsbury USA. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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This piece of information is absolutely useless, which makes it the perfect candidate for inclusion in "Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany."

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Schott's Original Miscellany is without doubt the oddest, nay maddest, and possibly merriest, title you will come across in a long day's march through the shimmering desert of contemporary publishing.

Dec 08 2002 | Read Full Review of Schott's Original Miscellany

Publishers Weekly

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By now, readers may have finally gotten around to reading every last drop of trivia in last year's oddball bestseller (here and in the U.K.), Schott's Original Miscellany .

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Schott declares that the purpose of his little book is to""gather the flotsam and jetsam of the conversational tide."" Readers may find its smile-provoking pages absolutely addictive.

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Open the book to pages 86-87 and you get Bed Sizes, Compound Plurals, Wives of Henry VIII, Tugs of War, How to Wrap a Sari, and Noble Gases.

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