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And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by...
by , Paul Doherty

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

April 04, 2017

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<b>A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can imagine</b><br /> 聽<br /> What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only a swimsuit? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China? Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco鈥檚 famed Exploratorium Museum, and writer Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind these and other fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy, and more along the way.<br /><br /><b><i>Is slipping on a banana peel as hazardous to your health as the cartoons imply?</i>聽</b>Answer: Yes. Banana peels ooze a gel that turns out to be extremely slippery. Your foot and body weight provide the pressure. The gel provides the humor (and resulting head trauma). <br /><br /><b><i>Can you die by shaking someone鈥檚 hand?聽</i></b>Answer: Yes. That鈥檚 because, due to atomic repulsion, you鈥檝e never actually touched another person鈥檚 hand. If you could, the results would be as disastrous as a medium-sized hydrogen bomb. <br /><br /><b><i>If you were Cookie Monster, just how many cookies could you actually eat in one sitting?聽</i></b>Answer: Most stomachs can hold up to sixty cookies, or around four liters. If you eat or drink more than that, you鈥檙e approaching the point at which the cookies would break through the lesser curvature of your stomach, and then you鈥檇 better call an ambulance to Sesame Street.
The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is W...
by , John Lloyd

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

August 07, 2007

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<b>Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. </b><br /><br />Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,<i>The Book of General Ignorance</i> is a witty 鈥済otcha鈥?compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It鈥檒l have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.<br /><br />Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You鈥檒l be surprised at how much you don鈥檛 know! Check out THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following: <br /><br /> <b>How long can a chicken live without its head?<br /> </b>About two years. <br /><br /> <b>What do chameleons do? <br /> </b>They don鈥檛 change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states. <br /><br /> <b>How many legs does a centipede have?<br /> </b>Not a hundred. <br /><br /> <b>How many toes has a two-toed sloth? <br /> </b>It鈥檚 either six or eight. <br /><br /> <b>Who was the first American president?<br /> </b>Peyton Randolph. <br /><br /> <b>What were George Washington鈥檚 false teeth made from? <br /> </b>Mostly hippopotamus. <br /><br /> <b>What was James Bond鈥檚 favorite drink? <br /> </b>Not the vodka martini.
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
by Peter Block

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English

Pages

355

Publication Date

January 31, 2011

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This <i>Third Edition</i> to Peter Block's <i>Flawless Consulting</i> addresses business changes and new challenges since the second edition was written ten years ago. It tackles the challenges next-generation consultants face, including more guidance on how to ask better questions, dealing with difficult clients, working in an increasingly virtual world, how to cope with complexities in international consulting, case studies, and guidelines on implementation. Also included are illustrative examples and exercises to help you cement the guides offered.
Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starter...
by , Ashley Kusi

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

April 26, 2017

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<h2>Questions for Couples: 469 Thought-Provoking Conversation Starters for Connecting, Building Trust, and Rekindling Intimacy</h2><br />Do you find it difficult coming up with <b>thought-provoking conversation starters</b> or topics to discuss with your partner?<br /><br />Do you want to discover <b>insightful questions</b> that can lead to having deeper, exciting, and more meaningful conversations as a couple?<br /><br />Don't have much to talk about except the day-to-day life activities?<br /><br /><h2>If you answered yes to any of these questions, you鈥檙e not alone.</h2><br />We all want to have better, more substantial and <b>engaging conversations</b> every day with our significant other.<br /><br />However, knowing where to start or the right questions to ask can be a challenge when things become routine. That's why we wrote <em>Questions for Couples</em>.<br /><br />We have used these open-ended questions to get to know each other more deeply, have better conversations, and improve our relationship. We believe these questions will do the same for your relationship too.<br /><br /><h2>In <em>Questions for Couples</em>, you will discover:</h2><br />1. <b>469 Thought-provoking conversation starters for connecting, building trust, and rekindling intimacy in your relationship.</b><br /><br />2. Fun, engaging, and open-ended questions that will lead to some of the best conversations you have had in a while with your partner, bring you closer and really get you learning about each other.<br /><br />3. <b>Creative conversation starters for communicating and expressing your feelings, needs, and desires.</b><br /><br />4. Refreshing questions you can discuss with each other on a weekly basis to help you grow your relationship, as well as personal development. Simply select 365 questions that you love, and use them for a 365 Days of Questions Challenge with your partner.<br /><br />5. <b>Thought-provoking questions that will help you talk about things you might never think of on your own, which is especially helpful if you are looking for something new to talk about.</b><br /><br />6. Inspiring conversation starters for setting yearly goals as a couple, so you can grow together while achieving them.<br /><br />7. <b>Exciting sex questions that will get you talking and sharing your sexual desires, so you can have better and more satisfying sex.</b><br /><br />And much more.<br /><br /><h2>You can have great conversations when you know what questions to ask. </h2><br />You just need the right questions. <br /><br />Open-ended questions that will <b>spark deeper conversations</b>, so you can discover and learn more about yourself, and your partner.<br /><br /><h2>Whether you are dating, in a committed relationship, engaged, married, or in a long-distance relationship, this book is for you.</h2><br /><em>Questions for Couples</em> will get you talking for hours, even if you have very little to talk about. Plus because it鈥檚 pocket-sized, you can easily take this book everywhere; for road trips, coffee dates, to date nights dinner or events, the beach, vacation trips, etc. <br /><br />Scroll to the top to download your copy of this questions book for couples <b>today.</b><br /><br />Click the BUY NOW button at the top of this page.
The Utterly, Completely, and Totally Useless Fact-O-Pedia: A Star...
by Charlotte Lowe

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

January 17, 2011

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Did you know that cats were once used to deliver mail in Belgium? That the 鈥渉uddle鈥?in football became popular after a deaf player began using it to prevent other teams from reading his sign language? That the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese in a year? Organized from A to Z, there are over 1,000 trivia tidbits for you to peruse. <br /><br /> Start off with little-known facts about Aristotle and Barbie, and continue until you鈥檝e discovered hidden gems about zombies, zippers, and more! Did you know that Levi Strauss originally intended to sell canvas tents to miners in California but ended up using the fabric to make what the prospectors really needed鈥攑ants? Or that a chicken in Colorado had its head cut off and managed to live for another two years? Did you know that if Americans were to switch just 10 percent of their total mileage to scooters, we would consume 14 million gallons less fuel and reduce CO2 emissions by 324 million pounds in just one day? Or that on May 15th, 1950, Coca-Cola became the first product ever to appear on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine?
The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from th...
by Thomas Morris

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English

Pages

367

Publication Date

November 20, 2018

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<b><b>"Delightfully horrifying."--</b><b><i>Popular Science</i></b><br /><b>One of Mental Floss's Best Books of 2018</b><br /><b>One of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018</b><br /><br /><b>This wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of a bygone era in all its jaw-dropping weirdness. </b></b><br /><br />A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris delivers one of the most remarkable, cringe-inducing collections of stories ever assembled. Witness Mysterious Illnesses (such as the Rhode Island woman who peed through her nose), Horrifying Operations (1781: A French soldier in India operates on his own bladder stone), Tall Tales (like the "amphibious infant" of Chicago, a baby that could apparently swim underwater for half an hour), Unfortunate Predicaments (such as that of the boy who honked like a goose after inhaling a bird's larynx), and a plethora of other marvels. <br /><br />Beyond a series of anecdotes, these painfully amusing stories reveal a great deal about the evolution of modern medicine. Some show the medical profession hopeless in the face of ailments that today would be quickly banished by modern drugs; but others are heartening tales of recovery against the odds, patients saved from death by the devotion or ingenuity of a conscientious doctor.<br /><br />However embarrassing the ailment or ludicrous the treatment, every case in <i>The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth</i> tells us something about the knowledge (and ignorance) of an earlier age, along with the sheer resilience of human life.
The Great Book of Mexico: Interesting Stories, Mexican History & ...
by Bill O'Neill

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English

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February 11, 2020

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<p>How much do you know about Mexico? There鈥檚 so much to learn about America鈥檚 southern neighbor that it could fill several books and you still wouldn鈥檛 even know it all. In this trivia book, you鈥檒l learn about Mexico鈥檚 history (ancient and modern), pop culture, geography, folklore, and so much more!<br /><br /><strong>In The Great Book of Mexico, you鈥檒l learn: </strong><br /></p><ul><li>How did Mexico get its name?</li><li>What are the origins of the Mexican flag?</li><li>How did the Aztecs and Maya contribute to Mexican history?</li><li>Where are Mexico鈥檚 most haunted locales?</li><li>How did tequila start in Mexico and where?</li><li>What are some of Mexico鈥檚 top tourist spots?</li><li>What are the most popular sports in Mexico?</li><li>What is Mexico鈥檚 highest peak?</li><li>Where is Mexico鈥檚 lowest point?</li></ul><p><strong>And so much more!<br /></strong><br />This book is packed with trivia facts about Mexico. Some of the facts will make you scratch your head, while others will probably creep you out. There is no doubt, though, that all of the facts in this book will fascinate you.<br /></p><p><br />Whether you just have a passing interest in Mexico, or planning on visiting the country, or you already think you鈥檙e an expert on the state, you鈥檒l learn something you didn鈥檛 know in every chapter. You will be able to amaze all of your friends and family with your newfound knowledge about Mexico.<br /></p><p><br />So what are you waiting for? Open the pages and get started learning more about Mexico!</p>
Presidents Fact Book Revised and Updated!: The Achievements, Camp...
by Roger Matuz

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English

Pages

815

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January 03, 2017

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<b><i>The Presidents Fact Book</i> is a compendium of all things presidential and a sweeping survey of American history through the biography of every president from George Washington to Donald Trump. </b><br /><br />Organized chronologically by president, each entry covers the major accomplishments and events of the presidential term; cabinet members, election results, groundbreaking legislation, and Supreme Court appointments; personality and personal habits; career before the presidency; a behind-the-scenes look at the wives, families, friends, and foes; and much more, including hobbies, odd behaviors, and outlandish penchants. Major primary documents from each administration -- from the Bill of Rights to Barack Obama's speech on race in America -- provide a glimpse into the crucial moments of America's storied past in the words of those who led the nation. <br /><br />Perfect for students, history buffs, and political junkies, <i>The President's Fact Book</i> is at once an expansive collage of our nation's 45 individual presidents and a comprehensive view of American history.
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, ...
by David McRaney

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English

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320

Publication Date

October 27, 2011

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<b> An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. </b><p>You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.</p><p>Based on the popular blog of the same name, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: </p><ul> <li>Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. </li> <li>Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. </li> <li>Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. </li> <li>Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it. <p></p> <p>Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.</p> </li></ul>
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
by Knopf

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English

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304

Publication Date

April 23, 2013

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<p>Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, 鈥渢ime is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> Kafka is one of 161 inspired鈥攁nd inspiring鈥攎inds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in the kitchen, the top of the refrigerator as his desk, dreamily fondling his 鈥渕ale configurations鈥? . . Jean-Paul Sartre chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), ingesting ten times the recommended dose each day . . . Descartes liked to linger in bed, his mind wandering in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where he experienced 鈥渆very pleasure imaginable.鈥?lt;br /><br /> Here are: Anthony Trollope, who demanded of himself that each morning he write three thousand words (250 words every fifteen minutes for three hours) before going off to his job at the postal service, which he kept for thirty-three years during the writing of more than two dozen books . . . Karl Marx . . . Woody Allen . . . Agatha Christie . . . George Balanchine, who did most of his work while ironing . . . Leo Tolstoy . . . Charles Dickens . . . Pablo Picasso . . . George Gershwin, who, said his brother Ira, worked for twelve hours a day from late morning to midnight, composing at the piano in pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers . . .<br /><br /> Here also are the daily rituals of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, and Igor Stravinsky (he was never able to compose unless he was sure no one could hear him and, when blocked, stood on his head to 鈥渃lear the brain鈥?.</p>

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