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Go figure : the Economist explains : things you didn't know you didn't know

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: London : The Economist Books, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : [International version]View all editions and formats
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AWhich James Bond drinks the most martinis? What do Satanists really believe? How do hurricanes get their names? Why are bees disappearing? Is chocolate healthy? ... Go FigureBringing together the very best from the clever people at The EconomistFigure out why so many Koreans are called Kim, how bitcoin mining works, why eating insects makes sense and how to get ahead under a dictator - a treat for the knowing, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Standage
ISBN: 1610397444 9781610397445 9781782832416 1782832416
OCLC Number: 963605722
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (247 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction: journey into the unknowns; Mind-stretchers: things you didn't know you didn't know; How a tattoo affects your job prospects; How a baby can have three parents; How marriage makes people healthier; How to get ahead under a dictatorship; Why India and China face a marriage crisis; Why Sweden has so few road deaths; Constructive one-upmanship; Why the first world war wasn't, really; The hidden cost of Gangnam Style; Why the AK-47 rifle became so popular; Why most death-row inmates will die of old age; The seasonality and distribution of New York's dog poo. Why the world's vultures are vanishingWhy time could be running out for leap seconds; Cribsheets: things you've quietly always wondered; How a dialect differs from a language; Why Islam prohibits images of Muhammad; How America's police became so well-armed; Where are the world's most "liveable" cities?; What is El Niño?; Grid of grievances; The difference between "less" and "fewer"; Who wants to live for ever?; Why so many Koreans are called Kim; Why you can't get a signal on your phone; How hurricanes get their names; How people in different countries spend their money. What defines a "frozen conflict"?How Shia and Sunni Muslims differ; Which government asks for the most data from Facebook?; The difference between comets, asteroids and meteors; What Satanists actually believe; Global curiosities: things some countries do differently; Why the French are so strict about Islamic head-coverings; Why Japan leads the world in high-speed trains; More neighbours make more fences; Why North Korea turned back its clocks; Why so many American women die in childbirth; Which countries lose the most on gambling?; What China means by "democracy." Why some Indian castes are demanding lower statusHow Asians view each other; Why Saudi Arabians love social media so much; How Europeans view each other; Where the Maltese language comes from; Why the Japanese are having fewer babies; The world's most innovative countries; Why pigs are so important to China; Why are so many adults adopted in Japan?; By the numbers: economical with the truth; Health-care spending: America's longevity gap; Why lesbians earn more than straight women; What will the world's population look like in 2050?; Why big banknotes may be on the way out. Why prostitutes are lowering their pricesThe economics of Panini football stickers; Do rent controls work?; The economic case against minimum wages; Who are the Pyongyangites of Pyonghattan?; Why do so many Dutch people work part-time?; The thinking behind feminist economics; Why Swedish men take so much paternity leave; Which countries' citizens are best at managing their money?; Why the UN doesn't pay its interns; Thomas Piketty's Capital summarised in four paragraphs; How airlines cut costs; Why private schooling is on the decline in England; Also on the menu: leisure and pleasure.
Responsibility: Tom Standage.

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AWhich James Bond drinks the most martinis? What do Satanists really believe? How do hurricanes get their names? Why are bees disappearing? Is chocolate healthy? ... Go FigureBringing together the very best from the clever people at The EconomistFigure out why so many Koreans are called Kim, how bitcoin mining works, why eating insects makes sense and how to get ahead under a dictator - a treat for the knowing, the uninitiated and the downright curious.

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Books like this make you wary of ever guessing the answer to anything -- Mark Mason * The Daily Mail *

 
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