Schott's Original Miscellany

Schott's Original Miscellany

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"Schott's Miscellany" makes few claims to be exhaustive or even practical. It does, however, claim to be essential. It will afford you great wisdom in the morning, several conversational bons mots for the afternoon, and many an enlightened smile after dark. Where else can you find, packed on to one page, the thirteen principles of witchcraft, the structure of military hierarchy, all of the clothing care symbols, a list of the countries where you drive on the left, and a nursery rhyme about sneezing? Where else, but "Schott's Miscellany", will you stumble across John Lennon's cat, the supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, and the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple? An encyclopaedia? A dictionary? An almanac? An anthology? A treasury? An amphigouri? A commonplace? A vade-mecum? Well - yes. "Schott's Original Miscellany" is all these, and, of course, more. A book like no other, "Schott's Original Miscellany" is entertaining, informative, unpredictable and utterly more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 122 x 186 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map
  • 0747563209
  • 9780747563204
  • 108,672

About Ben Schott

Ben Schott is a photographer, designer and trivia collector. He lives in Highgate. SCHOTT'S ORIGINAL MISCELLANY will be the first in a series of more

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We all have a sneaking admiration for people who know the names of every British Prime Minister, and most of us would be interested to know exactly what ingredients go into a Big Mac. This book is packed with the sort of fascinating trivia you feel you should know, and it contains wonderful lists of knowledge you wish you could memorize for the purpose of impressing others, subtly dropping snippets into casual conversation. This book boasts such a varied, far-reaching coverage of information that the mind truly boggles, and no sooner have you put the book down then you find yourself picking it back up again. Think you know all Ten Commandments and each of the Seven Deadly Sins? Can you list 86 Cockney Rhyming Slang terms? Did you know what was on the dinner menu the night the Titanic sank? The information seems both essential and useless, and can be either, which is why trivia is so addictive. The Clothing Care symbols and Shakespearean Insults are likely to be useful and amusing respectively, but will your friends and family thank you for your knowledge of the Curious Deaths of Some Burmese Kings? And it may be pleasant to know how to say 'I love you' in 43 different languages but unless you like to seduce far and wide you'll never need to know, and the same goes for the names of the suppliers to the Queen; it may not be particularly useful information but it's strangely interesting, and this is why this book is such a success. Perfect as a gift, to yourself or anyone else. (Kirkus UK)show more

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