Did you know...
that a 'zyzzyx' is a type of wasp?
that the chances of being injured by a toilet seat at some point in your life are reckoned to be one in 6.500?
that the collective noun for giraffes is the very apt a 'tower of giraffes'
and that snail races start with the words 'ready, steady, SLOW!'
Amaze your mates and fascinate your family with these brilliant facts, and more!
The latest collection of terrific trivia from the bestselling author of WHY EATING BOGEYS IS GOOD FOR YOU and double Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award winner.
The answers to these incredible questions will boggle your brain!
Can rocks have snot?
Why do doughnuts have holes in the middle?
Could a human child ever be raised by animals?
What have hyenas got to laugh about?
And why is it impossible to belch after blast-off?!
Flotsam & Jetsam is the ultimate trivia book for fans of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, and a fascinating introduction for all those who have yet to discover its delights.
Taking the reader through seven decades of wonderful entertainment, here is an absorbing range of facts, figures and miscellany – including who chose what, and why. It also reveals much about the castaways' drives and motivations, their influences and, of course, their lives.
Spanning the early years with the original presenter, Roy Plomley, and the present day, the Desert Island Discs programme has brought its own unique surprises to listeners, some very personal, some humorous, such as Eric Morecambe's choice of a deckchair as his luxury and Ernie Wise's of a deckchair ticket machine.
From Beethoven to the Beatles, from chessboards and chocolate to Jane Austen and Zola, Flotsam & Jetsam is the perfect companion guide to the national treasure that is Desert Island Discs.
From bestselling revolting reference expert Mitchell Symons comes this wickedly funny modern take on Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses.
Meet a true rogue's gallery of horrid kids who hit the skids. Callum: who was a dreadful bully until he received his come-uppance; Tiffany: who couldn't put down her mobile phone and died a horrible death; Bill: whose ability to fart ended in tears and Chloe: whose determination to have the most Facebook friends meant she lost her real ones.
A collection of wise and wacky words of advice, from the bestselling and double Blue Peter Best Book with Facts-winning Mitchell Symons.
From the marvellous mind of Mitchell Symons comes such gems of wisdom as:
You can't trust a dog to watch your food.
Why buy shampoo when real poo is free?
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, as you won't have a leg to stand on.
And if getting even doesn't work, just get odd!
When Mitchell Symons wrote his extraordinary bestsellers This Book, That Book and The Other Book - all neatly combined in one sensational volume, The Ultimate Loo Book - he was judged by many to be the King of Trivia. Now, inThe Bumper Book for the Loo, this supremo of weird and wonderful, astonishing and inexplicable facts, figures, stats and stories returns with a super selection of trivialistic treats - each one more remarkable and, yes, even more trivial than anything he's compiled before.
For example, did you know that...
·The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m...
·There was once an internet rumour that Belgium doesn't exist...
·In 1830, King Louis XIX ruled France for just 15 minutes...
·All mammals have jaws but only humans have chins...
·Peru has more pyramids than Egypt...
Packed to the rafters with all manner of useful and useless information, lists of the biggest, the smallest, the best and the worst, The Bumper Book for the Loo is a hilarious compendium of endless delights - and a hugely entertaining, unputdownable feat of nonsense!
OK, let's face it - although we all love the game, we can't help hating it too. Why? Because poker is NOT fair. True, there's a lot of skill in the game - 70% skill to 30% luck, or so we're told. So why then do we spend all our time bemoaning our luck? And how can we be sure we're doing the right thing? We all know to raise with pocket rockets and to fold our unsuited 7-2 out of position, but what about the more marginal decisions? Do we fold our pair of 9s after the tight player makes a three-bet? Do we call? Or do we shove? Sometimes it's just a coin-flip!
When the chips are down (literally!) The Book of Poker Calls is better than any mere coin! It's a must-have operating manual that will guide your hand and leave you feeling in control. Hold it in your hands, open it at random and obey the words on the page. Perhaps the book will tell you to call for one round, or to go over the top. Maybe you'll get some timely advice - such as, 'This would be a good time to bluff', or, 'Now's the time for courage'. Sometimes the advice will be somewhat more elliptical - 'Live out of your imagination, not your history!' - at other times you will be left in absolutely no doubt whatsoever - 'Fold!'. In any event, you've now got a valuable resource at your disposal - a tool to use as often as you like - and something which might just perplex and confuse your opponents. After all, bluff and double bluff are all part of the wonderful game we love to hate!
DID YOU KNOW?
Stinky ear wax has been hanging around in the ear canal for nearly a month before it is 'pickable'!
Humans share a third of their DNA with lettuce.
Cockroaches fart every fifteen minutes.
Giraffes never kneel.
The average person spends six months of their life on the loo.
Amaze your friends and fascinate your family with this book packed with jaw-dropping, eyebrow-raising facts.
Modern life is full of annoyances. Indeed it sometimes seems as if life conspires to become more and more annoying every day, just to piss us off.
*Pop-up windows on the internet
*Brian Sewell's voice
*People who use finger signs to denote quotation marks
*'Talking' birthday cards that never shut up
*Mobile phone ringtones
Is there no end to this pain?!
Well Mitchell Symons has decided that enough is enough. He's mad as hell, and he's not going to take this any more! If you thought the Grumpy Old Men were grumpy, it's time to think again. Hilarious, entertaining and downright infuriating, this is essential reading for anyone out there who likes a good rant.
Let Mitchell Symons be your guide into the weird and wonderful world of trivia.
Camels are born without humps.
Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, was scared of mice.
Only 30% of humans can flare their nostrils
A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink
And an elephant produces an eye-wateringly pongy 20 kilos of dung a day!
EVER WONDERED . . .
Why we have tonsils?
Is there any cream in cream crackers?
Why is the sea blue?
And if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches, what happens to all the poo?!
Mitch Symons answers all these crazy questions and plenty more in this wonderfully funny and addictive book for children from 8 to 80!
And yes, eating bogeys is good for you . . . but only your own!
Did you know THAT:
The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal was Shredded Wheat in 1893 (it beat Kellogg's Corn Flakes by just five years)
Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher and Simon Cowell all have twin brothers.
Everton were the first British football club to introduce a stripe down the side of their shorts.
The word DUDE was coined by Oscar Wilde and his friends. It is a combination of the words 'duds' and 'attitude'.
Well you do now! Filled with fantastic facts and figures to amaze and intrigue . . . once you start reading you'll be hooked for hours!
Mitchell Symons was born in 1957 in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning column for the Sunday Express.