Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review of "So, Now You Know: A Compendium of Completely Useless Information," by Harry Bright and Harlan Briscoe

Review of

So, Now You Know: A Compendium of Completely Useless Information, by Harry Bright and Harlan Briscoe, ISBN 156731693x

Five out of five stars

 This book is a collection of unusual facts that can serve as entertainment or as serious starting points for intelligent conversations. One of my favorites is on page 2, “The Bible is available in nearly 2,500 languages, including Klingon, Vulcan and Romulan, three languages created for the ‘Star Trek’ series.” A great rejoinder if you are being preached to by someone practicing their holier-than-thou credentials. When they ask if you have read the Bible, you have the potential to respond that you have read it in Vulcan.

 There are no uninteresting facts in this book, all are short and to the point, some are less than 15 words long. If you need a set of brief and entertaining facts, this is a place to go. It reads quick and the facts are disjoint, meaning it is also an excellent book for bathroom reading.

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