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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mental Floss: The Book (The Greatest Lists in the History of Lists) Edited by Ethan Trex, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudor

Mental Floss: The Book (The Greatest Lists in the History of Lists)
Edited by Ethan Trex, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudor
ISBN: 978-0-06-206930-6
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Description:  For ten years, the knowledge seekers at mental_floss have been hunting and trapping the world’s rarest facts, locking them into captivating lists for the world to admire. Thanks to their tireless efforts, Mental Floss: The Book is packed with a decade’s worth of the smartest, quirkiest stories around, including:
 Five Presidential Fashion Flubs
Four Toys That Have Gone to War for America
Seven Reasons Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever
Five Things Your Body Can Do After You Die
Six of Baseball’s Strangest Trades
Seven Things Walmart Has Banned
Four TV Shows That Changed the Course of History
Five Doomsdays We’ve Already Survived

The Good Stuff
  • A trivia buffs wet dream - this is full of tons of little tidbits that fellow trivia nerds will enjoy
  • Quirky humour goes well with the subject matter
  • Well researched
  • Quick and easy to read
  • Learned tons of interesting facts
  • Truly fascinating historical tidbits
  • Loved the list Seven Shameless Abuses of Diplomatic Immunity
  • Nicely organized (Hello I am a nerdy Librarian, these things matter)
  • Awesome section: Lists You can share with your kids (or your inner child)
  • Also enjoyed Lists to Lighten the Mood at the E.R. (Hey reading it out loud would help pass the time and make everybody feel better, which in turn may empty out some of the ER)
  • I am sooo going to kick butt at trivia games thanks to this book - I mean its filled wit h fun facts at the bottom of each page like "Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he died in 2008, his ashes were buried in one."
  • Tons of fun pop culture references and lists

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some of the pages are a little too busy for this scatterbrained mom
  • the lines on left hand side of each page really bother my eyes
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"If you remember one thing from the first Bush administration, it's probably not the 1992 state dinner during which President George H. W. Bush, ill with the flu, lost his lunch in the lap of the Japanese prime minister.. Well, a lot of Japanese remember that incident a little better. Turns out, Bush's faux pas coined a Japanese slang word, bushusure, which translates as "to the Bush thing," meaning "to vomit".

"In 1943 Philip Morris ran an ad acknowledging "Smokers cough" They claimed it was caused by smoking brands other than Philip Morris."

"At the chain Fatburger, you can order a "Hypocrite" a veggie burger topped with crispy strips of bacon."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • A Must have for Trivia Nerds
  • Would be a fun housewarming gift - perfect for the coffee table
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

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