The Importance of Being Trivial: In Search of the Perfect Fact

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Random House, Jun 4, 2009 - Curiosities and wonders - 320 pages
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If you're not remotely interested in the fact that Pete Conrad was the first man to fall over on the moon or that the stretch of road between the Strand and the Savoy is the only public highway in Britain where you are legally obliged to drive on the right, then The Importance of Being Trivial is very definitely not for you. If, on the other hand, you're intrigued by these pearls of information, or you feel that life will be more worth living if only someone will tell you which London pub is technically part of Cambridgeshire, then Mark Mason's proudly trivial book will be required reading. Part exploration of our fascination with trivia (interviews with the likes of Stephen Fry), part exploration of the science and psychology of trivia (with contributions from such medical experts as Simon Baron-Cohen), this is a wonderful celebration of the truly unimportant which also undertakes to provide the answer to an eminently pointless question: what is the best piece of trivial information of all time?

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User Review  - Stefan Glosby - Goodreads

Mark Mason goes in search of the perfect piece of trivia, stopping along the way to consider why we are drawn to trivia at all, and why men like it more than women. Told in story form, like Danny ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Mark Mason's previous non-fiction includes The Bluffer's Guide To Football and The Bluffer's Guide To Bond. He is also the author of three novels, and has written for most British national newspapers (though never about anything too heavy), and magazines from the Spectator to Four Four Two.

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