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Brain Trust
Brain Trust
Written by Garth Sundem
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307886132
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Brain Trust
93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!
Written by Garth Sundem


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00

Blind Them…with SCIENCE!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car—or... Read more >
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Brain Trust
Brain Trust
Written by Garth Sundem
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ISBN: 9780307886149
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Brain Trust
93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!
Written by Garth Sundem


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $10.99

Blind Them…with SCIENCE!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car—or... Read more >
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Brain Trust
Brain Trust
Written by Garth Sundem, Read by Garth Sundem
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780449010174
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Brain Trust
93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!
Written by Garth Sundem
Read by Garth Sundem


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $17.50

Blind Them…with SCIENCE!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car—or... Read more >
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This Saint Will Change Your Life
This Saint Will Change Your Life
Written by Thomas J. Craughwell
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781594745287
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This Saint Will Change Your Life

Written by Thomas J. Craughwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.95

Heaven Help Us!

Your days of worry and frustration are over. Whoever you are, whatever you do, there’s a patron saint who wants to help you—specifically you—with your troubles. This Saint Will Change Your Life features 300 patron saints for every person and situation imaginable.

     •  There are patron saints for... Read more >
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This Saint Will Change Your Life

Written by Thomas J. Craughwell


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.95

Heaven Help Us!

Your days of worry and frustration are over. Whoever you are, whatever you do, there’s a patron saint who wants to help you—specifically you—with your troubles. This Saint Will Change Your Life features 300 patron saints for every person and situation imaginable.

     •  There are patron saints for... Read more >
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The Second Book of General Ignorance
The Second Book of General Ignorance
Written by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307951762
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The Second Book of General Ignorance
Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong
Written by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson


Format: eBook, 352 pages
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $11.99

From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.
 
The original Book of General Ignorance was published in 2006. It has since been translated into... Read more >
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The Second Book of General Ignorance
The Second Book of General Ignorance
Written by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307951748
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The Second Book of General Ignorance
Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong
Written by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $19.95

From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.
 
The original Book of General Ignorance was published in 2006. It has since been translated into... Read more >
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The Big Idea
The Big Idea
Written by National Geographic, Foreword by Timothy Ferris
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781426208102
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The Big Idea
How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future
Written by National Geographic
Foreword by Timothy Ferris


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $35.00

From the Pythagorean theorem to DNA's double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity—the big ideas of science and technology shape an era's worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the... Read more >
Great Thoughts, Revised and Updated
Great Thoughts, Revised and Updated
Written by George Seldes
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ISBN: 9780307775603
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Great Thoughts, Revised and Updated

Written by George Seldes


Format: eBook
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $13.99

Upon its publication, George Seldes's The Great Thoughts instantly took its place as a classic--a treasure house of the seminal ideas that have shaped the intellectual history of the world down through the ages.  Seldes, a pivotal figure in the history of American journalism and a tireless researcher, spent the better part... Read more >
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Book of Science Stuff
Wacky experiments, schocking discoveries, odd facts &other outrageous curiosities
Written by Joe Rhatigan


Format: eBook, 192 pages
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $8.99

Rather than paying tribute to the great discoveries and discoverers, the BOOK OF SCIENCE STUFF takes a fun look at the silly, hilarious, horrible underbelly of science. In a series of enjoyable short accounts, it focuses on the failures, reveals the petty squabbles, and introduces the "nerds" who labored in labs... Read more >
Book of Superstitious Stuff
Weird Happenings, Wacky Rites, Frightening Fears, Mysterious Myths & Other Bizarre Beliefs
Written by Joanne O'Sullivan


Format: eBook, 192 pages
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $8.99

From the curse of the lottery winners to the good feng shui of a local restaurant, this quirky, wacky, weird, and wonderful collection of superstitions uncovers the truth about some of our most familiar beliefs, as well as others that are much stranger. It turns out that everywhere in the world... Read more >
Myth Information
Myth Information
Written by J. Allen Varasdi
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307784155
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Myth Information
More Than 590 Popular Misconceptions, Fallacies, and Misbeliefs Explained!
Written by J. Allen Varasdi


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: February 9, 2011
Price: $9.99

It's common knowledge that Eve gave Adam an apple. Everyone knows that George Washington was the first president of the United States. And when your mother told you not to go swimming right after you ate, you took it as a matter of life and death. But you've been myth-informed by... Read more >
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An Underground Education
An Underground Education
Written by Richard Zacks
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307766403
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An Underground Education
The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew Ab out Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human
Written by Richard Zacks


Format: eBook, 432 pages
On Sale: October 6, 2010
Price: $15.99

The best kind of knowledge is uncommon knowledge.

Okay, so maybe you know all the stuff you're supposed to know--that there are teenier things than atoms, that Remembrance of Things Past has something to do with a perfumed cookie, that the Monroe Doctrine means we get to take over small South American... Read more >
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Lost States
Lost States
Written by Michael J. Trinklein
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781594744105
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Lost States
True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It
Written by Michael J. Trinklein


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $24.95

Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union... Read more >
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Drunk
Drunk
Written by Paul Dickson, Illustrated by Brian Rea
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781933633756
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Drunk
The Definitive Drinker's Dictionary
Written by Paul Dickson
Illustrated by Brian Rea


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $19.95

Here it is: from a Guinness World Records holder, the most English synonyms ever recorded for a single word—“drunk.”

Wise-guy lexicographer Paul Dickson, a consulting editor at Merriam-Webster, has long held the record for collecting the "Most Synonyms" for any term in the English language. He made the Guinness Book... Read more >
Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
Written by Arthur Goldwag
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ISBN: 9780307456663
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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, the Illmuniati, Skull & Bones, Black Helicopters, teh New World Order, and Many, Many More
Written by Arthur Goldwag


Format: eBook
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $13.99

Did you know?

• Freemasonry's first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.

• The Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers.

• Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, “The Box,” are all names for Area 51.

An... Read more >
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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
Written by Arthur Goldwag, Read by Fred Sanders
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ISBN: 9780307577986
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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more
Written by Arthur Goldwag
Read by Fred Sanders


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $22.50

Did you know?

• Freemasonry's first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.

• The Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers.

• Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, “The Box,” are all names for Area 51.

An... Read more >
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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
Written by Arthur Goldwag
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307390677
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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more
Written by Arthur Goldwag


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.00

Did you know?

• Freemasonry's first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.

• The Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers.

• Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, “The Box,” are all names for Area 51.

An... Read more >
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The Box of General Ignorance
The Box of General Ignorance
Written by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd
Format: Non-traditional book
ISBN: 9780307451446
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The Box of General Ignorance
100 Flash Cards to Entertain Your Brain
Written by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd


Format: Non-traditional book
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Price: $16.95

So, you think George Washington was our first president? Wrong! Or that bagpipes come from Scotland? Nice try, genius. Perfect for parties, trivia buffs, and anyone who thinks the earth has just one moon, this deck offers 100 flash cards of brain-building fun!

Discover the truth behind these seemingly simple questions:
-What is... Read more >
The Geeks' Guide to World Domination
The Geeks' Guide to World Domination
Written by Garth Sundem
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307450357
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The Geeks' Guide to World Domination
Be Afraid, Beautiful People
Written by Garth Sundem


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $11.99

TUNE IN. TURN ON. GEEK OUT.
Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world.

Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without–a guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia... Read more >
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The Geeks' Guide to World Domination
The Geeks' Guide to World Domination
Written by Garth Sundem
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ISBN: 9780307450340
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The Geeks' Guide to World Domination
Be Afraid, Beautiful People
Written by Garth Sundem


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $13.95

TUNE IN. TURN ON. GEEK OUT.
Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world.

Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without–a guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia... Read more >
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Script and Scribble
Script and Scribble
Written by Kitty Burns Florey
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781933633671
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Script and Scribble
The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Written by Kitty Burns Florey


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $22.95

Steeped in the Palmer Method of Handwriting she learned in Catholic school, Kitty Burns Florey is a self-confessed “penmanship nut” who loves the act of taking pen to paper. So when she discovered that schools today forego handwriting drills in favor of teaching something called keyboarding, it gave her pause: “There... Read more >
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Bet You Didn't Know
Bet You Didn't Know
Written by Cheryl Russell
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781591026358
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Bet You Didn't Know
Hundreds of Intriguing Facts About Living in the USA
Written by Cheryl Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
On Sale: August 1, 2008
Price: $18.99

Tired of droning pundits and politicians, or the almost daily tirades on the radio, TV, and in print? Ever wonder what the facts are behind so many diverse opinions on such a variety of topics?

Statistics maven Cheryl Russell — editorial director of New Strategist Publications and the former editor-in-chief of American... Read more >
5 People Who Died During Sex
5 People Who Died During Sex
Written by Karl Shaw
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ISBN: 9780767922968
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5 People Who Died During Sex
and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists
Written by Karl Shaw


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $8.99

All in perfectly bad taste

Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world.

Did you know…

…that... Read more >
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5 People Who Died During Sex
5 People Who Died During Sex
Written by Karl Shaw
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ISBN: 9780767920599
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5 People Who Died During Sex
and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists
Written by Karl Shaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $9.95

All in perfectly bad taste

Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world.

Did you know…

…that...

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