A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet by John OldaleThis is a very impressive collection! I have long been a compiler of useless facts and trivia and Ive seen it all before, so to speak, but 95% of the information in this book was entirely new to me. (Did you know Genghis Khan was a redhead? That Switzerland accidentally invaded Luxembourg with a force of 200 soldiers in 2007 and nobody in Luxembourg noticed? That the Hungarian language has 18 cases, 72 verb forms and no word for to have?) This would make good toilet and/or bedside reading, since the entries are short, and there are illustrations.
My only complaint is that I think the book could have been more democratic in terms of page space. The majority of countries got one page, but some got three or four, and in some cases he crammed several countries (almost all the Pacific island nations, for example, like Kiribati and Micronesia) into one or two pages. It would have been nice if each country got equal coverage. I understand that, say, Vanuatu, is not as significant as Japan or the United States, but surely Oldale could have come up with enough facts about it to cover a single page.
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There are all kinds of strange and interesting things going on that we just don't usually know about. I have compiled a list of over odd facts—some believable, others unbelievable, and some that are just plain bizarre. If you have time to read them all, let me know which one is your favorite. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Most is fake also no one pointed out that goldfish have a memory span of about 5 years not 3 seconds. Is it just me or were a few of those facts repeated?
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