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What is the origin of the word ‘bluetooth’? Which UK football ground is flanked by Bloemfontein & South Africa roads? When walking round Rondebosch Common, why is it wise not to go widdershins?
These are a few of the questions put to John Maytham by 567 CapeTalk listeners in the Rapid Fire insert on the late drive-time show. Join him on a tour of the oddest, arcane and most surprising questions – and be tickled by the weird and wonderful answers.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Mind Blown! is sure to amaze and astound children and adults alike with thousands of strange stories, unusual feats and hair-raising oddities from around the world.
Discover how one woman can crush apples with her biceps. Read about the spider that lives underwater. Meet the pizza delivery person who travelled 225 miltes to deliver two pizzas. Visit the island made entirely out of conch shells. Marvel at the Australian railway track that's steeper than a ski jump!
Ripley's is now a well and truly established part of Christmas. This year's all-new edition is the best yet, bursting with superb, eye-popping photographs, strange and fascinating stories and extraordinary facts. Prepare to be entertained, amazed and informed. It's a must-have for every curious mind.
Discover everything you need to know about the UK rapper and multi award-winning icon, Stormzy, in one amazing book! From his viral freestyles that have garnered millions of views to his award-winning albums - including a track that earned him the first UK number #1 song of the decade! - Stormzy continues to take the world by storm and is fast becoming a global sensation. Packed with fantastic facts, top tips and inside info, this is the perfect book to find out more about the grime sensation.
This is the perfect book for trivia and quiz night enthusiasts all over South Africa! Although there are other internationally published pub quiz books on the market, this is the only quiz book published in South Africa. The book is filled with both international and South African-specific quiz questions. Find instructions on how to host your own quiz night with friends, or just have some great family fun during load shedding. Put your brain to the test in speed quizzes and anagram rounds, general trivia and wipeout rounds. Attempt to correctly guess the who am I? questions, and as a bonus there’s an entire quiz dedicated to sport.
Het jy geweet dat daar ten minste 1.5 miljoen miere vir elke persoon op aarde is? Of dat bokke en skape reghoeke pupille het? En dat olifante links- of regstandig kan wees? Om van kleins af 'n voorliefde vir lees by 'n kind te kweek, hou vanself sprekend voordele in. En watter beter manier om lees aan te moedig as met kort, happiegrootte, fassinerende en prettige feite. Hierdie boeke is vol eienaardige, dog interessante feite oor enigeiets en alles - diere, goggas, die liggaam, kos, die heelal, boeke en meer. En dit is nie net vir kinders nie. Elkeen kan iets leer uit hierdie skatkis van kennis, of jy nou 5 of 50 jaar oud is. En met geen lang en uitgerekte verduide likings nie, is dit vinnig en maklik om te lees - net reg om 'n paar minute ekstra tyd te vul of om ure se insiggewende pret te he. Beindruk mense met jou wye kennis oor verskeie onderwerpe en inligting wat jy kan gebruik, of nie.
Did you know that there are at least 1.5 million ants for every person on earth? Or that goats and sheep have rectangular pupils? And that elephants can be right- or left-tusked? The advantages of instilling a lifelong love of reading in a child don't need to be spelt out. And what better way to get them reading than with short, bite-sized, fascinating and fun facts? This book is filled with quirky yet interesting facts about anything and everything - animals, the body, food, the universe, books and more. And it is not just for children. Everyone can learn something in this treasure chest of knowledge, whether you are 5 or 50 years old. With no long and drawn-out explanations, it is a quick and easy read that can fill a few minutes of spare time or ensure a few hours of informative entertainment. Impress people with your wide knowledge about random topics and 'use it, don't use it' information.
Should You Buy This Book? includes 60 humorous flow charts that everybody is sure to find vitally important in their day-to-day lives. Questions such as 'How will you die?', 'Who is your greatest nemesis?', 'Which ill-advised animal should you have as a pet?' and the always crucial 'The sun has exploded and all life on earth will end in eight minutes. What should you do?' are all answered in superb binary detail so that you never need worry about them again. What's more, each flow chart is illustrated with amusing images for those who can't be bothered to read a simple diagram. It is the only book on the market that answers both 'Which board game should you play?' and 'Should you use the time machine you just found on the street?' in the same place! Ultimately, Should You Buy This Book? provides the final answer to the question: 'Can a book solve all of my problems?'
'The QI Elves are barnstormingly brilliant. Everything in this book reminds us of the extraordinary science, nature, history, humanity and everyday wonders that surround us.' Zoe Ball The QI Elves are the brains behind the enduringly popular BBC TV panel show QI. Every Wednesday the Elves appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show where they answer the ponderings and wonderings of BBC Radio 2's most inquisitive listeners. Dive into this splendid collection of listeners' unusual questions and some unexpected answers that are sure to make your head spin on topics ranging from goosebumps to grapefruit, pizza to pirates and everything in-between. Generously sprinkled with extra facts and questions from the Elves, Funny You Should Ask . . . is essential reading for the incurably curious. How much water would you need to put out the Sun? If spiders can walk on the ceiling, why can't they get out of the bath? Why do dads make such bad jokes? Why does red mean 'stop' and green mean 'go'? Can I dig a tunnel to the other side of the Earth? How do plant seeds know which way is up? Can you fill up a black hole? Who popularised the recorder, and where can I get hold of them? For more from the team behind QI, visit qi.com. You can also follow QI's fact-filled Twitter account @qikipedia and listen to their weekly podcast at nosuchthingasafish.com
Are you ready to test your brainpower against the best and the brightest minds in the country? Every year, Mensa hosts the Brain of Mensa event - a gruelling knockout competition to root out the smartest quizzers - many enter, but only one remains standing to claim the title. The Mensa Quiz Book is, for the first time ever, a compilation of the questions in these yearly competitions. Work your way through over 1,500 head-scratching, perplexing puzzles, questions and logic challenges. Finally find out if you have what it takes to go up against the best of them - and maybe next year you will be competing to become the next 'Brain of Mensa'.
Test yourself on what you really know about feminism and find out what your teachers should have taught you... Delve into the fascinating history of women who refused, dared, led, asked and discovered, from Jeanne Baret to Michelle Obama, from Rosa Parks to Joan Clarke. Covering all of the topics you studied at school, from Literature, Mathematics and Science to Politics, Music and Art, with easy to difficult questions, crosswords, wordsearches, anagrams and much more! Find out if you know the women who created the very items that surround you. Discover the women who weren't afraid to be the first. Test yourself on the women who keep fighting. The Feminist Quiz Book is a celebration of women from around the word and the perfect gift for the feminists in your life. Discover and learn with family and friends about these incredible women in this fun and interactive quiz book.
Since 2006, BuzzFeed has combined technology and creativity to make the most shareable content on the internet, as they've grown into an international and pop culture news organization with reach as wide as any legacy media company. One of BuzzFeed's most well-liked and trending features is their fun and relatable pop culture quizzes. Now for the first time ever, Running Press and BuzzFeed bring you 200 of their most popular quizzes -- including fan favorites and brand-new content -- on a variety of topics millennials care about, including TV and movies, love and relationships, music and entertainment, style, travel, food, astrology/personality, friendship, and more. Also included are twenty Would You Rather? sidebars and 100+ photos, all wrapped up with bright, bold graphics and a full-color design. Some of the quizzes include: What does your favorite fruit say about you? Which Frozen character are you? What classic rom-com is your life? What zodiac sign is perfect for you? Some of the Would You Rather? sidebars include: Would you rather be forced to give up bacon or pizza? Would you rather have the ability to fly or read minds? And more!
Which is the smallest book in the Bodleian Library? Who complained when their secret pen name was revealed in the library's catalogue? How many miles of shelving are there in the Book Storage Facility? What is the story behind the library's refusal to lend a book to King Charles I? And, what is fasciculing? The answers to these questions and many more can be found inside this intriguing miscellaneous collection of curious facts and stories about the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Home to more than 12 million books and a vast array of treasures including the Gutenberg bible, J.R.R. Tolkien's hand-painted watercolours for 'The Hobbit', Shakespeare's First Folio and four thirteenth-century copies of Magna Carta, the Bodleian Library is one of the most magnificent libraries in the world with a fascinating history. 'Bodleianalia' delights in uncovering some of the lesser known facts about Britain's oldest university library. Through a combination of lists, statistics, and bitesize nuggets of information, it reveals many of the quirks of fate, eccentric characters, and remarkable events which have contributed to the making of this renowned institution. The perfect book for trivia-lovers and bibliophiles, it also offers readers a behind-the-scenes peek into the complex workings of a modern, world-class library in the twenty-first century.
All the fun of Portico's bestselling Strangest series, now in quiz form! Test your London knowledge with this fascinating book, packed with fun and challenging quiz questions based around the weirdest events from the illustrious history of this wonderful city. Quiz categories include: Ancient traditions London eccentrics Getting about Ghosts and ghouls Corridors of power Monumental monuments Quirky buildings Just plain weird Whether you're testing your friends, practising for pub quizzes or just reading it in an armchair, this book will take your London knowledge to a whole new level. Word count: 30,000 words.
Which are the oldest museums in the world? What is a cabinet of curiosities? Who haunts Hampton Court? What is on the FBI's list of stolen art? 'A Museum Miscellany' celebrates the intriguing world of galleries and museums, from national institutions such as the Musee du Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to niche collections such as the Lawnmower Museum and the Museum of Barbed Wire. Here you will find a cornucopia of museum-related facts, statistics and lists, covering everything from museum ghosts, dangerous museum objects and conservation beetles to treasure troves, museum heists and the Museum of London's fatberg. Bursting with quirky facts, intriguing statistics and legendary curators, this is the perfect gift for all those who love to visit museums and galleries.
At your home, on the commuter train, or in your doctor's office-whenever you have a minute or two, challenge your brain with these ingenious brainteasers! Nathan Haselbauer's amazingly clever book of 201 pencil-free brain teasers isn't your typical puzzle book. 60-Second Brain Teasers Pencil-Free Puzzles is the perfect distraction for puzzle lovers with only a few minutes to spare. Pit your wits against puzzles like: A car dealer spend $20,000 for some used cars. He sold them for $27,500, making an average of $1,500 on each car. How many cars did he sell? A single-elimination billiards tournament is held for 100 players. How many matches must be held before a winner is crowned? If each of Peter's sons has twice as many sisters as brothers and each of his daughters has just as many sisters as brothers, how many sons and daughters does Peter have? If Beth is as old as Bill will be when Trish is as old as Beth is now, who is the oldest? Hours of mind-bending entertainment await you in 60-Second Brain Teasers Pencil-Free Puzzles. From math and logic puzzles to word games, it should take you around one minute to solve each puzzle. You don't need an advanced math degree to solve these ingenious brain teasers-just an inquisitive mind. Try these puzzles today!
This attractive, handy pocket book will appeal to all twitchers, birders, ornithologists and garden-tickers. There are many species of birdwatcher, and they're all catered for by this unique book. From the serious (why vultures are dying out in Asia) to the bizarre (the parrot that can read minds); the informative (why waxwings have waxy wings) to the completely ridiculous (the avian footballing XI, starring Bobby Moorhen and Jimmy Grebes), 'The Birdwatcher's Pocket Companion' takes the reader through a veritable aviary of notes, quotes, facts and stats. But this book doesn't just contain fascinating snippets of information, it also offers extracts from the finest writing about birds over the centuries. Gilbert White shares space with Chaucer, while Flora Thompson nestles up to DH Lawrence. The market for this book is huge: Britons are birdwatching like never before. The RSPB alone has over one million members, while sales of garden bird food topped the GBP100 million mark last year. Of the three leading newsstand wildlife magazines, two are about birds, and the ratings for Bill Oddie's recent garden wildlife show, with its particular focus on birds, topped those of many soap operas.
Ambridge is a place many of us know almost as well as our own home towns. But while millions of people are invested in the goings-on in this picturesque village, few have had the privilege of walking its winding lanes. Now you can. Join Lynda Snell, a true pillar of this rural community, as she takes you on a guided tour of radio's most well-loved village. Starting at the summit of Lakey Hill, with its sweeping views of rural Borsetshire, Lynda will lead you around the village's landmarks and institutions imparting wisdom and gossip as she goes. Sun yourself in the beer garden of the Bull, watch the world go by from a bench on the village green and don your wellies for a wander around Brookfield. There are weddings to attend at St Stephen's, productions to enjoy at the Village Hall and deals to be done at the Dower House. Each chapter centres on key locations to challenge your knowledge in all manner of Ambridge affairs. Whether you're a lifelong listener of The Archers, have an ear for gossip, or are a relative newbie, you will be able to put your area of expertise to the test. With 70 years of rich rural history to explore, you might even learn something new.
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. Keep your mind alert with 200 new word search puzzles, arranged in themes, and presented in a handy format. Relax and give your brain a workout at the same time. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home. Challenge yourself to find the words hidden in the grids, all based on interesting themes to provide an enjoyable pastime.
This is the perfect book for any Brit planning to host a pub quiz with their family and friends, either at home or in the pub! The Big British Quiz Book is the ultimate trivia challenge for anyone who believes they have the best British quiz brain. The questions cover all your favourite pub quiz topics, focusing especially on the British Isles, its history and culture. Test your friends and family with more than 120 quizzes to be enjoyed. All of the trivia questions come with multiple-choice answers, and topics cover everything from movies and TV shows to politics and history. Use this book to crib up for your next pub quiz or set your own!
Get ready to laugh yourself silly in this hilarious new joke book all about . . .
. . . MERMAIDS!
Dive right in and Join Silly Sally, the funniest mermaid in the whole ocean, as she tells you some very silly jokes.
What does a mermaid say to the clam at the disco?
Shell we dance?
How does a mermaid make friends with a dolphin?
Why was the mermaid embarrassed?
She saw the ship's bottom!
Full of jokes, puns and one-liners about mermaids and their underwater friends this hilarious book is full of mermazing jokes to share with all of your friends too! Splash right in and trident not to split your sides laughing!
With a sparkly foiled cover for an extra special magical touch and over 150 jokes to share, this is the perfect gift for children aged 8+ and is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing.
Ripley's is back with another compendium of mind-boggling facts that will delight anyone drawn to the weirder side of life on Earth. Read about the scariest, grossest and funniest stories from around the world, including: EEK! The huge spider that spins webs that are stronger than steel. WOW! The woman who can smash 920 roof tiles every minute - with her bare hands. YUCK! The Japanese crab that grows as much as six metres long. . . . and much, much more. Crammed with incredible photos and fascinating stories, and complete with an out-of-this-world 3D-effect cover, Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2019 is the perfect Christmas gift for kids who are fascinated by the disgusting, the scary and the peculiar.
This chunky book contains a wealth of fascinating information on a huge variety of subjects. There are hundreds of quizzes, divided by difficulty level and subject matter. Many are themed, along the classic lines of music, sport, geography, politics, entertainment etc. and many more. Pot luck quizzes are included. This book contains all you will need for setting your own pub quizzes, or for brushing up on your general knowledge before you try your next competition. Includes more than 10,000 questions and answers.
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. Reach for your trusty pen or pencil and tackle this bumper collection of word challenges at your leisure. Arranged in themes, they will provide a mental workout and relaxation therapy at the same time. Solutions easily found at the back of the book. Relax and give your brain a workout. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home.
Ponder, if you will ... Has anyone ever seen a live Cornish game hen? Why do quarterbacks say "Hut"? Why do "sea" gulls congregate in parking lots of shopping centers? What does the "Q" in Q-Tips stand for?
Pop culture guru David Feldman demystifies these questions and much more in "Are Lobsters Ambidextrous?" Part of the Imponderables(R) series--the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's everyday mysteries--and charmingly illustrated by Kassie Schwan, this book provides you with information that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don't have. And think about it, where else are you going to find out what happens to the caffeine left over from making decaffeinated coffee?
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