Encyclopedia of Useless Information (Google eBook)
Discover what all the other encyclopedias leave out
This is the superbly satisfying compendium of weird factoids too interesting to be contained in your average encyclopedia. Daring to cross-reference the un-cross-reference-able, to alphabetize what cannot be alphabetized, and to deliver the highest concentration of fun that can fit in one book's spine, this information is too useless to waste:
In Denmark, pigs go 'knor'; in Germany, horses go 'prrrh'; in ancient Greece, dogs went 'au au.' Italians sneeze 'ecci ecci.'
A teacher in Italy was disciplined in 1996 for passing students exam answers hidden in salami sandwiches.
In 1957 the U.S. air force completed a survey of the Atlantic Ocean but refused to divulge its width on the grounds that the information might be of military use to the Russians.
In Paris in 1740 a cow was hanged in public following its conviction for sorcery.
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Interesting but nothing specialUser Review - arec - Overstock.com
I didn't actually expect this book to be written as an encyclopedia, but I should have known by the name. While the book is interesting and sometimes humorous with entries that make you wonder, it ... Read full review
Review: The Encyclopedia of Useless InformationUser Review - Lafcadio - Goodreads
Though the information itself was interesting, the cross-referencing of it left something to be desired. There were many entries consisting only of cross-references, but not everything was cross-referenced. Read full review