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Paperback The Book of Lists, the Canadian Edition: The Original Compendium of Curious Information Book

ISBN: 0676977200

ISBN13: 9780676977202

The Book of Lists, the Canadian Edition: The Original Compendium of Curious Information

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A new edition of the classic bestseller from the original authors, with additional material specifically prepared for Canadian readers by long-time This Morning CBC producer, Ira Basen, and Jane Farrow, the author of Wanted Words . In 1977, a publishing sensation was born. The Book of Lists , the first and best compendium of facts weirder than fiction, was published. Filled with intriguing information and must-talk-about trivia it has spawned many...

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riveting, addictive, hilarious, & fascinating-- the canadian way!

perfect for filling in the cracks of your time with some educational trivia. but be warned: this book has the ability to consume your attention! perfect for travel, although when reading in public places be prepared to explain to others what you find so funny. i brought this on vacation with me: great for plane rides and beach lounging due to its easily-digestable list format. not a collection of dry facts: the selection of topics is unique and imaginative, and the content itself presented in a variety of formats. something for everyone! become a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit!

A grand way *not* to waste your time... so enjoy!

"The Book Of Lists" never ceases to intrigue and fascinate me even when in truth I've been reading it so many times, and for quite long hours. Many faves include: "9 Stupid Thieves" (I laughed to tears at the story where, during the trial the defendant said to the witness who pointed at him as suspect, "I should have blown your ------- head off!... If I'd been the one that was there."), "Facts are stupid things" (slip-ups by politicians), "15 Strangest Stories" and little trivias like "things you didn't know had names"... oh, geez, there are loads to mention!! This is so entertaining, at times revealing and, very funny, utterly shocking ... absolutely educational and fun to read. Who knows, what have you read from the book might have any good use for you in your life.This is so much better than (reading) those run-of-the-mill best-selling romantic paps. Always a refreshing read.

Fun and educational too !

Really, even though its got a lot of mindless fluff in it (that's fun to read I'll have you know) it also has lists that are fascinating and important from a historical or geographical standpoint, such as thirty new names for old places (i.e. Ethiopia for Abyssinia.) Besides that, the other lists are interesting even if inconsequential (like "seven remarkable messages in a bottle.") And I bet you didn't know that Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII, had three breasts! Just another amazing fact that one can find in this praiseworthy book to discuss on long car trips . This book seems to have the affliction of becoming ragged through overuse, as almost every reviewer it seems will soon have to buy a new one. I guess that's just a testament to its fortitude and quality.

Lifetime Reading!

I stole this book off of my father's bookshelf when I was 9 years old, and have pored through it over and over since then. It has so many different kinds of lists in it.. everything from magazine and celebrity compiled lists to obscenely obscure trivia, and of course, those morbidly fascinating ones! My husband and I make an occasional game of opening to random pages and seeing if we can guess what's on the lists. I've bragged about this book to friends more often than any other and I'm shopping for another copy now because my poor copy's about to fall apart. Beware buying this one.. it's a longtime addiction. ;)

don't miss it

this is quite possibly one of the coolest books ever written. i wasn't much into school as a kid, but always win at trivia games because of this book and the other's written by it's authors. it's filled to the brim with fun, interesting, and amazing facts. you won't wanna put this book down.
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