100 Things You Will Never Do: And How to Achieve the Impossible

100 Things You Will Never Do: And How to Achieve the Impossible


By (author) Daniel Smith

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 246mm x 21mm | 790g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1782064559
  • ISBN 13: 9781782064558
  • Sales rank: 196,782

Product description

Ever fancied travelling through time? Taming a lion? Winning a Nobel Prize? Well, here's how to attempt all that and more. Daniel Smith - author of 100 Places You Will Never Visit - takes you on an entertaining journey through 100 things you will (probably) never get the chance to do. Offering tips and advice on things that you may never be rich enough to do (buy your own island, drink a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite, own a Shakespeare first folio); things you might never be brave enough to try (bullfight, base jump from the Burj Khalifa, charm a snake); things you'll hopefully never have to do (escape from Alcatraz, land a 747, play Russian roulette); and even the downright absurd (being in two places at once, making gold, becoming invisible),100 Things You Will Never Do will give you a glimpse of your infinite potential.

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Author information

Daniel Smith is an author and researcher. His books include The Sherlock Holmes Companion, The Lucky Bugger's Casebook and a history of the Second World War Dig For Victory campaign. He is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook, an annual geopolitical guide to the countries of the world. He lives in London.

Table of contents

SPORT AND LEISURE: Score in a World Cup final; Base Jump from the Burj Khalifa; Dine on puffer fish; Free dive; Ride in a camel race; Trek to the South Pole; Become an Olympic champion; Sail around the world; Run the Marathon des Sables; Race a cheetah; Become a hot-dog-eating champion; Drink a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite; Become a Formula One champion; Tickle yourself; Swim the Channel; Fly like a bird. FAME, WEALTH AND POWER: Become a billionaire; Own your own island; Stay in the Royal Penthouse at the Hotel President Wilson; Break a world record; Break the bank at Monte Carlo; Write a hit record; Be modelled by Madame Tussauds; Steal the Mona Lisa; Own a Shakespeare First Folio; Win an Oscar(TM); Make it on Broadway; Sing the lead at La Scala; Have as many lovers as Casanova; Start your own religion; Establish your own nation; Travel on Air Force One; Win a Nobel Prize; Play a round at Augusta National Golf Course. LOST ARTS AND UNUSUAL PROFESSIONS: Bullfight; Become President of the United States; Negotiate a hostage release; Be an alchemist; Find a natural pearl; Break a horse; Train a falcon; Tie yourself in knots; Fish for Alaskan king crab; Become a submariner; Perform brain surgery; Find a cure for cancer; Become a spy; Charm a snake; Escape from a straitjacket. SCIENCE AND THE NATURAL WORLD: Wrestle an alligator; See a Yangtze River dolphin; Capture a giant squid; Be in two places at once; Survive a Komodo dragon attack; Touch your nose with your tongue; Sneeze with your eyes open; Contact the dead; Discover a planet; Practise telepathy; Meet a dodo; Find two identical snowflakes; Hunt a ghost; Time travel; Spontaneously combust; Be struck by lightning twice; See a UFO; Solve the Millennium Prize Problems; Practise telekinesis; Firewalk; Become invisible; Live forever; Reproduce the Big Bang; Visit the International Space Station. TESTS OF SKILL AND DARING: Climb Annapurna; Fight a duel; Learn Linear A; Eat fire; Play Rachmaninoff's Third; Karate chop a wooden block; Catch a bullet; Spacewalk; Saw someone in half; Go over Niagara Falls in a barrel; Crack a safe; Sapce dive; Free solo up the Eiffel Tower; Steal the Crown Jewels; Make a ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jump; Perform on the flying trapeze; Land a 747; Box with a kangaroo; Play Russian Roulette; Become a chess grandmaster; Walk a tightrope; Tame a lion; Walk on water; Find the Holy Grail; Perform the Indian rope trick; Wing-walk; Escape from Alcatraz. Index. Acknowedgements.