At 215 pages, this amusing soft cover book provides fascinating trivia tidbits on subjects like Animals, The Body, Food & Drink, History, Men & Women, Plants, Holidays, Science, Sports, Transportation and much more.
•Professional clowns register their faces with a face registry so that no two clown faces are exactly the same.
•Undereducated presidents are not a new phenomenon. Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and Zachary Taylor never even graduated from elementary school.
•Pigs kill more people than sharks every year.
•The Incas all had the same blood type (O+).
•Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde during a six-day cocaine binge.
•Before she was a master chef, Julia child was a spy. She served in India and China during WW II.
•The term “freelancing” dates from the twelfth century when knights who lost their employment with royal houses offered themselves as mercenaries.
•Switzerland didn’t allow women to vote until 1971.
•More people are injured each year on merry-go-rounds than on roller coasters.
•A simple, everyday yard mushroom can release more than one hundred million spores in an hour.
My husband and I spent several evenings reading this book cover to cover. It was a lot of fun to discover amazing trivia and share them with each other—often to much gasping and laughter. Despite the unattractive cover and one tidbit that was repeated (“Walt Disney’s hobby was orchestrating model train wrecks”—pages 38 & 213), Random Kinds of Factness is a delightful trivia book that is both educational and entertaining.