We live in the age of information. Some of it we need, some of it we definitely do not, and much of it, whether we need it or not, is downright fascinating! Did you know that all Englishmen over the age of 14 must spend two hours a week practicing the longbow, supervised by the local clergy? This law dates from the middle ages when there was no standing army, so in times of war noblemen were required to provide knights, archers, and infantry. Also, boys under 10 are forbidden in England to look at naked mannequins. This dates from the reign of George V in the 1900s when mannequins first appeared in shop windows and young boys' eyes started popping out. And who is aware of the International Rotten Sneaker contest? Why, it's for kids ranging from age five to 15 competing all over the world from Alaska to Italy for a place in the grand final in Montpelier, Vermont, in March. The most stinky, worn-out, frayed, and torn sneakers are enshrined in the Hall of Fumes. This marvelous book is packed with irresistible tidbits of knowledge that are certain to whet your appetite with more and more incredible facts and make you the know-it-all in any group. The range of subjects covered is immense, including sports facts, hilarious quotes, celebrity secrets, quirky info from the animal world, and amazing science trivia. Every page is packed with incredible, mind-boggling facts that will amuse and delight in equal measure.
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Book Description John Blake, 2007. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Brand new copy of the "indispensable modern miscellany". Bookseller Inventory # 025777