Monday, February 28, 2011

Read another book of random pieces of information

Are You Kidding Me?: Fun Facts That Feel Like They Can't Be TrueI'm really not sure why, but I enjoy books with random tidbits of information and trivia, or, as some may call it, useless information.  I find them entertaining.  And Are You Kidding Me?: Fun Facts That Feel Like They Can't Be True by Jakob Asner and Harry Bright is a good one to have read.

What I liked most about this book (besides the fun and interesting facts they listed) was how they put the book together.  One interesting factoid lead right into another one.

For example, probably my favorite part of the book was when they explained that death caused by fatal hilarity "is death resulting from uncontrollable laughter."  On the next page, they explain that "the Greek stoic philosopher Chrysippus died of fatal hilarity in the third century BC after getting his donkey drunk on wine and watching it attempt to eat a fig."

It makes me wonder exactly how much Chrysippus had to drink before deciding to try this.

This is a very quick and fun read.  If you're a "useless information" nerd like me, you'll enjoy it.

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