The First Book of Seconds: 220 of the Most Random, Remarkable, Respectable (and Regrettable) Runners-Up and Their Almost Claim to Fame

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F+W Media, Oct 18, 2010 - Reference - 240 pages
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With the exception of a few consolation prize–winning legends (Susan Lucci, Al Gore, and the Buffalo Bills come to mind for their mediocrity), most runners-up aren't even remembered. But now the not-so-amazing achievements of those who faltered on the way to the top get their due, including:
  • The second tallest U.S. president
  • The second man to set foot on the moon
  • The second most dangerous animal in the world
  • The second highest monument in the United States
  • The second worst sports team of all time
These 200 quirky accounts of almost-claims-to-fame may sound second-rate, but don't second-guess their superiority. They'll leave you feeling like you've won a gold medal—not a booby prize.

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Matthew Murrie has an MA in the teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University and has more than five years of teaching experience. Murrie is the coauthor of Every Minute on Earth and Guide to the Planet (Planet Earth)

.Steve Murrie is a retired science teacher who still substitutes and teaches classes at a local community college. He holds an MA from Penn State University in science education and is the coauthor of Every Minute on Earth and Guide to the Planet.

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