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Firefly's World of Facts

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"A mine of useful and useless information..."
- The Spectator

"An education in one volume."
- The Sunday Times

Who was the only person ever to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize? Who was the only female martyr and saint to sport a beard? Which country hosts the Cockroach Hall of Fame? Whose last words were, "I am still alive!"?

These and thousands of other questions are answered in Firefly's World of Facts.

Abundantly illustrated with color photographs, illustrations, maps and charts, every page is chock full of unexpected and astonishing lists, rankings, facts and juxtapositions.

Firefly's World of Facts covers a rich diversity of topics and is arranged by subject:

  • Natural world and life sciences
  • Science and technology
  • World cultures, countries and beliefs
  • Technological marvels
  • Language, literature and education
  • Art, music and entertainment... and many, many more.

Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the facts revealed in this remarkable reference.

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About the Author:

Russell Ash has written and contributed to more than 100 successful nonfiction titles, including the popular Top l0 of Everything series.

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Introduction

Inside Firefly's World of Facts, you will find hundreds of amazing facts and pictures. Keep up to date with the most recent world record-breakers, the hottest new technologies from the iPhone to YouTube, the latest and greatest achievements (and failures!). Find out about today's biggest celebrities and the most important events that shape our world.

Everything you want to know

Firefly's World of Facts is divided into 20 sections -- Space, Planet Earth, Human Body, World History People and Conflict and Crime, to name but a few. It includes information on a huge range of subjects, from the Solar System to the world's biggest and smallest populations, with data from authoritative sources and specialists on every subject under the Sun -- and beyond.

Inside information

Detailed lists and charts show global comparisons. Features and FactDisks provide information on such things as the fastest animals, types of insects, all the U.S. presidents, every astronaut who has been to the Moon, the highest-earning films, child inventors and other young achievers, the latest electric cars, and global warming. Many surprising unique facts are revealed in a range of One and Only entries, from the one and only flight of the "Spruce Goose" to the one and only female saint to have grown a beard!

A section on countries gives essential facts and figures including population, capital city and currency for every country in the world, as well as the flag of each one.

Timelines on subjects such as telecommunications, astronomy, weapons and inventions give a see-at-a-glance overview and pinpoint important milestones.

Useful maps, tables and formulae include conversions and scales, from Beaufort (weather) to Richter (earthquakes).

You will also discover a huge range of bests and worsts, oddities from the smelliest flower to the biggest robberies, the strangest museums and the craziest inventions, the deadliest creatures and the longest names.

Other features

Search boxes suggest useful websites to explore subjects further. See also boxes guide you to information on a particular subject elsewhere in the book. There is an extensive index at the back of the book, as well as a list of sources.

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