Did you know that there are actually 27 letters in the alphabet, or that the U.S. had a plan to invade Canada? And what actually happened to the flags left on the moon? Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know. From uncovering what happens to lost luggage to New York City's plan to crack down on crime by banning pinball, this book will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.
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Get ready to find out the real deal behind a new collection of fascinating facts. From pink camouflaged fighter planes to secret Harry Potter characters, Now I Know More covers everything from history and science to sports and pop culture. You'll learn about made-up towns that made their way onto real maps, the time three MLB teams squared off in a single game, and 99 more curious cases of remarkable trivia. And it's all true. With this audiobook, you really will know more!
Did you know that tug of war was once an Olympic Sport, or that President Teddy Roosevelt demanded that actions be taken to turn football into a more gentlemanly pastime? And what about Eddie Gaedel, the 3’7" pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns who was nearly impossible to strike out? Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know: Sports. This special collection from the Now I Know archives will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.
Air travel can be fun – but it can be maddening, too. One of the more frustrating aspects is the boarding process, during which everyone tries to stow away their carry-on bags and get their bodies into their seats, seemingly all at the same time.
If you're running a counterfeiting ring, you probably need a lot of, let's say, "employees." One of the key ones is an engraver – someone who is going to make the plates from which your copies are produced.
A large oak tree sits near the corner of South Finley Street and Dearing Street in Athens, Georgia. The tree juts out into Finley, causing a bottleneck.
When you place a telephone call, magic happens. You hit some buttons, the phone makes some noises, and then the machines take over.
In 1983, a woman named Rita Quintero was found in a small Kansas town, wearing eccentric clothing and rummaging through trash cans for her next meal. Officials approached her, aiming to take stock of the situation, but Quintero appeared uncooperative.
As of this writing, the Gobi Desert in northern China/southern Mongolia encompasses about half a million square miles (about 1.3 million square kilometers) – and that's "as of this writing" because the Gobi Desert is growing.
Did you know that the Sentinelese people of the Indian Ocean’s North Sentinel Island are the most isolated people in the world, or that Kentucky Bend is a section of Kentucky that is totally cut off from the rest of the state? And what about pirate radio broadcaster Major Paddy Roy Bates, who occupied a British sea fort and eventually declared its sovereignty? Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you're guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know: Geography. This special collection from the Now I Know archives will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest facts.
As haircuts go, few in the mid-1980s were more famous than Brian Bosworth's. A mix of mullets and mohawks and lines, it really didn't matter.
In early 1998, an emaciated Texas inmate named Steven Jay Russell was granted a special parole – one that put him in the custody of a hospice. Russell's medical records spelled out the reason: he had HIV/AIDS, and he wasn't likely to survive much longer.
The typical LSD "hit" contains about 100 micrograms of the drug – at the high end, that means a gram holds about 10,000 doses.
If you're lucky enough to gain admittance into New York City's Columbia University, be prepared for some sticker shock. The university is pricey – and even the school recognizes this: among the FAQs posted on its website is, "How can I afford to send my child to Columbia?"
The Mexican state of Chiapas (officially the Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas) is located in the nation's south, bordering Guatemala and the Pacific Ocean. Among the many indigenous people of the area are the Tzotzil, who are about 300,000 strong and live primarily in a municipality known as San Juan de Chamula (known simply as Chamula).
Baseball, like many other sports, requires good hand-eye coordination. This is especially true if you're trying to hit a pitched ball with a bat – for instance, a 75-mile-per-hour fastball (which is fast for amateurs, but comically slow if you're a Major League pitcher) reaches home plate in less than a second.
Southwest Airlnes was founded in 1967 by Rollin King, an investment consultant, and Herb Kelleher, an attorney. Kelleher served as the company's CEO from 1981 until 2001 and oversaw many different initiatives over his tenure.
You already know the story of the RMS Titanic. On April 10, 1912, it set out on its maiden voyage from Southampton, United Kingdom to New York City, but late on the evening of April 14th, it struck an iceberg.
CTRL+ALT+DEL ["CONTROL-ALT-DELETE"], a familiar keyboard command, first became commonly used in the 1990s when it was generally used by anyone with Microsoft Windows-based computer. When things went wrong, the computer froze up or the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death" appeared – simultaneously striking these three keys on one's keyboard was often the best route to recovery.
Where were you on December 30, 2011? Can't remember? Well, one thing's for sure: you weren't on the Oceanian islands of Samoa – you couldn't have been, because no one was.