Saturday, May 16, 2020

This Book Provides Lots of Answers to Quirky Questions

 Now You Know Big Book of Answers: A Collection of Classics with 150 Fascinating NEW Items! by [Doug Lennox]

Suddenly, since the outbreak of COVID-19, everyone’s turned into a scientist or health expert. We’re forced to know more—and curious to find a solution or prevention tool that works. But prior to searching for a cure to a disease no one knew existed until late last year, we pondered answers to all kinds of questions. Check out Big Book of Answers: A Collection of Classics with 150 Fascinating New Items by Doug Lennox.

We hunger to understand so many things mostly out of curiosity. Why do humans kiss? Why do golf courses have 18 holes? Why is a road called a highway but the ocean the high seas?

Lennox, a best-selling author and an actor who appeared in over 60 films and TV features, has gathered plenty of factoids to ponder.

I learned these things in just the first 95 pages:

·         French makes up 28.3% of the English language.

·         Some unlikely serial killers and mass murderers have 13-letter names—Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Theodore Bundy.

·         1 in every 10 people ever born are alive today.

·         Dogs communicate with different vocal sounds, while cats use over 100.

·         85% of all of Earth’s plants and animals live in the sea.

Sports enthusiasts will want to know that the odds of being a professional athlete are 22,000 to 1 but the odds of catching a ball at a Major League baseball game are 563 to 1.

My favorite page? The one that listed these modern-day bumper stickers:

“Women who seek equality with men lack ambition.”
“I child-protected my house but they still get in.”
“I need someone really bad…Are you really bad?”
“I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met.”

This book is perfect for the bathroom. Read a few pages, put it down, come back another day. Let the trivia sink in and marinate.

You’ll learn about music, sports, military, traditions, language, names, superstitions, crime, food, royalty, money, business, and all aspects of life.

One other interesting note, which comes from the section on world literature and language:

The most common words in written English, in order of usage are: of, and, to, a, in, that, is, I, it, for, as.

And the longest word in the English language, according to the Guinness Book of Records is 29 letters (antidisestablishmentarianism).

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”—Lord Acton

“It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph.”—Edmund Burke

“Genius is one percent inspiration, 99% perspiration.”—Thomas Edison

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”—Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire

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