The Essential Book of Useless Information

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The Essential Book of Useless Information: The Most Unimportant Things You’ll Never Need to Know by Don Voorhees

A book review of The Essential Book of Useless Information by Don VoorheesStars: ****

Penguin Group (2009)
Humor/Popular Reference
272 pages

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Summary: The useless information never ends in the newest, most crucially meaningless entry in the Useless Information series. This latest cornucopia of amazingly pointless facts and figures will have trivia buffs marveling at all the things they never needed to know.

The Essential Book of Useless Information

This is a great bathroom book. It’s full of interesting (but useless) facts on a number of subjects such as TV, Movies, Music, the Arts, USA, The World, Gender, Fashion, Love and Marriage, Science, You, Animals, Plants, Games/Sports, Food, Worst-Case Scenarios and Crime.

This is just one book in a #1 New York Times Bestselling Series. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the others as I love reading random facts.

The only thing that could have made the book better was if it was a Canadian book and had Canadian facts (since I’m Canadian.)

Sample Facts:

  • There have been thirty-nine book sequels to The Wizard of Oz, thirteen of them by L. Frank Baum.
  • The band KISS started out with the name Wicked Lester
  • Habseligkeiten, meaning “belongings”, was selected by The German Language Council as the most beautiful sounding word in the language. (A word only a German could love.)
  • John F. Kennedy was the only Catholic president.
  • In Victorian England, a woman needed a chaperone to visit the doctor. She would show the doctor on a doll where the problem was and if he needed to physically examine her, he would do so in the dark, with her under a sheet.
  • The only point where the temperature reads the same on the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales is -40 degrees.
  • A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle. A group of geese in the air is a skein.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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