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A people's history of the peculiar : a freak show of facts, random obsessions and astounding truths

Author: Nick Belardes
Publisher: Berkley, California : Viva Editions, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Truly trivia you can't live without, A People's History of the Peculiar is filled with facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide you with the best cocktail conversation for many years to come! Your guide, Nick Belardes, has devoted his life to poking around the peculiar and perplexing. Explore the unknown stories behind why the nation's capitol didn't stay in Philadelphia, why  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Belardes
ISBN: 9781936740833 1936740834
OCLC Number: 855580540
Description: xvi, 258 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Foreword by Caroline Leavitt --
Random thoughts by Brad Listi --
Introduction: boyhood maps, modern-day trivia --
Chapter 1. Amassed from the past: curious and fantastic facts from the archives of history --
Chapter 2. Unnatural sciences: bizarre discoveries from biology to outer space --
Chapter 3. Puzzling ailments: most mysterious maladies --
Chapter 4. Idiosyncratic inventions: technologies we depend on every day and some useless contraptions --
Chapter 5. Odd occupations: some of the dirtiest, weirdest jobs that you never wanted but have to know about --
Chapter 6. Saturday night fever: popular films for obsessive fans --
Chapter 7. Eccentric authors and fantastic art: great and little-known works by the wildly (and weirdly) creative --
Chapter 8. Mysterious places: exploring some of the world's most mystifying nooks and crannies --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgements --
About the author.
Responsibility: by Nick Belardes ; foreword by Caroline Leavitt.

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"Truly trivia you can't live without, A People's History of the Peculiar is filled with facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide you with the best cocktail conversation for many years to come! Your guide, Nick Belardes, has devoted his life to poking around the peculiar and perplexing. Explore the unknown stories behind why the nation's capitol didn't stay in Philadelphia, why some fossils are smiling, and how, if Preparation H existed in the early 1800s, Napoleon would have won Waterloo. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen your brain and occupy your mind for hours of reading. This book is so fascinating and fun, you'll become obsessed, too!"--

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