A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet

A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet Review

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: everything you never knew you never knew about every country on Earth.A scientist by training and an explorer by passion, Dr. John Oldale has logged half a million miles visiting more than ninety nations. Now, he celebrates our weird and wonderful world in a cornucopia of fascinating facts brought vividly to life through the unexpected stories behind them. Touching on history, travel, politics, natural history and more, he paints a unique portrait of each country from the mightiest to the most miniscule. You won't find the following in your average travel guide:
·        Why is kissing on trains banned in France?

·        In what country are litigants expected to present their case at court in the form of a poem?

·        Which war did women win in 1929 just by sitting down?

·        If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, where are they from?

·        Who eat fresh camel dung as a cure for dysentery (and why does it work)?

·        Why were US disk jockeys once told they could play birthday requests on any day except the one requested?

·        Which modern dictator banned old age, libraries and gold teeth, and was later replaced by his dentist?

·         And 2,000 more funny, trivial, poignant, and telling facts

  A must for active and armchair globe-trotters alike, A World of Curiosities will engross anyone who is at all curious about the world beyond their door. Explore and enjoy.

Title:A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Meaghan

    This is a very impressive collection! I have long been a compiler of useless facts and trivia and I've seen it all before, so to speak, but 95% of the information in this book was entirely new to me. ...

  • Mycala

    Oh, this is good stuff. It's all so interesting! Customs, laws, trivia... my favorite remains the man who "died of laughter while watching a kilted Scotsman using bagpipes to do battle against a black...

  • MaggyGray

    Ein sehr interessantes Buch, das geradezu zum Schmökern einlädt!Zu nahezu jedem Land der Erde schreibt Oldale kurioses, wissenswertes, erschreckendes und informatives. Ab und an nerven die ganzen Fu...

  • Aries Eroles

    Not a single book can ever be written to contain all the curiosities of the world. But John Oldale gives a wonderful try for providing shocking, hard facts from each country (and territories, dependen...

  • Alison

    I loved this book, but then again I am a dork when it comes it useless trivia. Let me tell you this book is FULL of it!It is not a book you would typically sit down & read cover to cover (unless you'r...

  • Devi

    Geballtes Wissen, absolut sympathisch und kurzweilig zwischen zwei Buchdeckel gepackt und vor allem auch noch zwischen zwei richtig schöne Buchdeckel. Dieses Nachschlagewerk, was ich wie einen Roman ...

  • Edric Subur

    Discovered interesting facts from familiar places but especially from so many nations which name I’ve never even heard of. Some of my favorite:1. Kissing on trains was banned in France to stop inces...

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  • Eustacia Tan

    World of Curiosities sums up each nation covered at least one page (with Hong Kong/Macau and Taiwan getting their own pages), though which countries get an in-depth report seems to be arbitrarily dec...

  • Erikka

    This was really fun! Lots of great facts about every country on earth. I was expecting there would be some facts I'd want to skip or skim through, but no, they were all interesting. I especially liked...