The Uncyclopedia

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Hachette Books, Sep 15, 2004 - Reference - 176 pages
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Make way for this defiantly idiosyncratic, hilariously illuminating compendium of curiosities you never knew you wanted to know!

How do you flirt in Turkish? How do you dump someone in Japanese? What are the names of all the animals ever sent into space? These are just some of the fun and insightful oddities that made Gideon Haigh's The Uncyclopedia a hit overseas. The first ever encyclopedia for the curious, The Uncyclopedia is a compendium of illuminating knowledge and a delight for all inquisitive readers. As proved by Schott's Original Miscellany and the enormous rise in popularity of quiz and trivia nights, arcane knowledge and non-essential facts have never been so popular. At last in one convenient volume, everything for knowledge-hungry readers:

  • Lists of Norse gods
  • Suicide notes of the famous
  • All anyone needs to know about
  • How to toast in 10 languages
  • A list of all the men to walk on the moon
  • Twenty Latin mottoes
  • Fortune-telling techniques
Neither trivial nor essential, yet always engaging and illuminating, The Uncyclopedia is the reference book referred to purely for the purposes of amusement--and readers just can't put it down!

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

Books including lots of lists of varying facts have been popular for decades now; the "Book of Lists" and their ilk, "Schott's Almanac" and its myriad sequels, and of course the endless listicles ... Read full review

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Haigh--"one of the world's leading cricket writers," according to his publisher--is branching out and clearly aiming at the Schott's Original Miscellany market with this collection of wide-ranging ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Gideon Haigh is a journalist and ailurophile. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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