Usefully Useless: Everything You'd Never Learn at School (But May Like to Know)
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"Usefully Useless" is a gloriously diverse volume dedicated to the most engrossing trivia in the world. Guaranteed to excite the curiosity and amuse, its pages are filled with the sort of remarkable information you would never learn, but will be overjoyed to discover. Each fact is irresistibly fun and fascinating - the essence of anecdote and dinner-party conversation that is essential in the adult world - and, above all, usefully useless. Guaranteed to improve your mind, "Usefully Useless" contains a wealth of miscellany on a vast range of topics, including Literature, Geography, Food, Science, the Natural World, Sport and Politics - from the export of frogs' legs to the longest Monopoly game completed in the bath. "Usefully Useless" provides answers to such eternal questions as: What was Margaret Thatcher's favourite sitcom? Which British league football team's name has no letters that one could colour in with a pen? How many calories do you consume when you lick a stamp? What was the original colour of Coca-Cola? Which key do toilets flush in? Find out these answers and many, many more in "Usefully Useless", the essential guide to the facts you never thought you'd need to know.
treating and soliciting under an 1893 law banning the sale of votes. REVENGE KNICKERS – A jilted wife sold the oversize knickers of her husband’s mistress and a ‘small-sized’ condom wrapper she’d found in their bed. SERIAL KILLER’S FINGERNAILS – In 1979, Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker went on a five-victim killing spree in California. Many years later, Norris sold his fingernail clippings on eBay for $9.99. One of the creepiest auctions ever. HAUNTED RUBBER DUCK – In 2004, a man sold a
became Golden Hair, then Goldilocks. The three bears were only ever just the three bears. Henry David Thoreau graduated from Harvard, but did not receive his diploma certificate, as he did not think it worth the $5 fee. The writer’s last words before dying were ‘moose’ and ‘Indian’. What he meant by this is anybody’s guess. Philosopher Immanuel Kant was opposed to reading novels, and expressed a dislike for folk music. LITTLE-KNOWN BEATLE FACTS The Daily Mirror coined the term
in the head and in the presence of their wives. Both presidents were shot on a Friday. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Kennedy was shot in a Ford car – a Lincoln limousine. John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and hid in a ware-house, while Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a ware-house and hid in a theatre. Lincoln was succeeded by a Johnson (Andrew). Kennedy was succeeded by a Johnson (Lyndon B.) LANDLOCKED COUNTRIES Afghanistan Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan
Japan and near the Mariana Islands. No point in England is more than 75 miles from the sea. The largest recorded snowflake fell in Montana in 1887. It was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. There is no land at all at the North Pole, only ice on top of sea. The Arctic Ocean has about 12 million square kilometres of floating ice and has the coldest winter temperature of –34° centigrade. Antarctic means ‘opposite the Arctic’. A huge underground river runs beneath the Nile, carrying six times
In the United States, more Frisbees are sold each year than baseballs, basketballs and footballs combined. Dart boards used to be made out of horsehair. Ellen MacArthur, yachtswoman, had a total of 891 naps in 94 days, each of which was 36 minutes long while on her Vendée Round the Globe yacht race. A squash ball moving at 150 kilometres per hour has the same impact as a .22 bullet. Lacrosse was initially played by Native American Indians. They played it to prepare for war. There are two