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Publisher's Summary

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.

Covering 100 outrageous topics, Now I Know is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn.

©2013 Dan Lewis (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Scientifically inaccurate

First, they literally cite Wikipedia in multiple stories. That's bad, lazy writing.

But there are dozens of scientific inaccuracies, from calling feral horses a new species, to citing horrible studies on Celiac disease and the human microbiome.

I'd strongly suggest against buying this audiobook. It was a huge waste of a credit.

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Quirky!

Now I know a bunch of random facts! This was a great book to have downloaded for those quick drives or when you're in between books. It's what you'd expect, so get ready to wow your friends with miscellaneous trivia!

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Interesting book, with lots of interesting stories

I would put the book on and listen to it while I worked, or cleaned up the house. The hundreds of short facts are almost all interesting, so it was a fun book to listen to. And now I can annoy my friends and family with all these facts!

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No depth

It sites Wikipedia, and rarely contains enough information about any fact to be interesting. Only about 25% of the content can be considered novel.

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Neat but not well done.

I for sure found a few facts that i didnt know about in this book but it wasnt in any discernible format and there definitely wasnt any of those WOW moments like ive found in similar books on Audible.

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A book full of "believe it or nots"

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This book reminds me of the old "Believe it or Not" segments. Granted this book is generally more "scholarly" than stories of bee beards and people who type every number between zero and a million, but it is basically a book of very short interesting factoids. I was not always convinced that the author's facts were exactly right. In some areas where I knew a little about the topic I found myself skeptical about the complete accuracy of his statements. But, I did manage to finish the book. If you like this sort of random bits of information, this is one of those books well suited for the short commute when you just don't have time to really get wrapped up in a plot.

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Bite sized facts

This is an excellent book with bite sized (around 5 minutes or less) chapters about various facts. Not interested in the fact currently discussed? It'll pass soon. Not all facts are equally interesting, but they're all amusing one way or another.

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It's alright. Interesting facts.

I like learning interesting and unusual tidbits of information. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts. Which is why I recognized a number of the factual morsels given in this book. It's as if the author himself listened to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts, picked out random factoids, and crammed them together into a book.

There isn't much rhyme or reason to the book. Sometimes a tenuous connection is formed from one fact to the next - a common topic, perhaps, or perhaps something more along the line of an old man saying "...and that reminds me of another story..."

I'm also concerned that the author sometimes cites websites and podcasts directly, making me suspect he skimped on the fact-checking and bypassed checking with original sources. As far as I know, everything in here is true, but I'm not certain of his credibility.

Still, they are interesting facts.

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Wikipedia?

This was fascinating and seems to be well researched, but that being said, Wikipedia is cited in this book so often, and I find it to be very strange. We’re not even allowed to cite Wikipedia in college or high school papers, so why are they a book? I don’t know.

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excellent

This is a fantastic collection of facts and stories. I was thoroughly impressed. Engaged the whole was through!

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  • 04-09-15

VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE.

This was very easy to listen to and extremely interesting. The facts contained within were excellent. Can wait to listen to the sequel 'Now I know more' . My young son also loved this as his brain is a sponge for facts.

I would imagine there is a lot of work goes into a book like this, and appreciate the authors time and effort to bring this kind of information to people. I hope there will be more in the future. Until then I will subscribe to the daily emails. Big thanks Dan Lewis and to all involved.

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  • flying_fin
  • 12-16-15

Some interesting pieces but largely Americana

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I enjoyed the style of the book and the narration, and there some very interesting pieces of information, but I found the overwhelming bias towards the USA (politics, sport, economy, history, popular culture) quite boring. A lot of the chapters mean nothing to a non American. Now I know, but I didn't want to know in the first place.

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  • 02-01-18

Interesting and insightful

A good listen of relatively random facts. useless yet useful facts all read in am engaging style that doesn't get bogged down or repetitive. a worthy listen if you dont really want to concentrate on a story etc.