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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (March 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307450341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307450340
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By brutis on Nov. 6 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've bought a couple books that give random if not information. This one is probable the best, fun to flip through and actually has some puzzles, if you're looking for a book on strategy- this is not it, it has nothing to do with world domination. The cover and title make it a great gift. 4/5 stars as random fact books go.
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A Must-Have for Every Geek March 12 2009
By E. N. Russikoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Garth Sundem has done it again--he's written a witty, intelligent, and fun book that will get readers thinking. Here are just a handful of some of the delightful finds you'll get to peruse in this new book: Five Thought Experiments You Can Do Without Getting Out of Bed, World Leaders Who Also Happen to Be Hot, Spam Haiku, Futurama Quotes, and How to Ask Where the Bathroom is in Twelve Different Languages. There is a lot of variety in this book, which is great for geeks who get bored easily. There are also a ton of puzzles in this book, so for all of you logic puzzle fans--this book is for you. There is definitely something in it for every kind of geek, male or female, age 18 to grandparent. Sundem clearly has a gift for making people laugh while also plugging in real facts (that won't put you to sleep!). If Stephen Colbert, Alton Brown, Bill Nye, Matt Groening, and Steven Levitt all wrote one book together, this is what you'd get.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Geek Couldn't Put It Down! May 2 2009
By R. Durot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Purchased this as part of a college graduation present for my son's friend. Both are chest pounding proud geeks! My son couldn't put it down (neither could his wife). I think it's going to be a big hit and I'm betting that once the graduate is done reading it, my son will borrow the book and read it too.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
LOL you'll have a great time reading this book March 28 2009
By Jens Sundem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well this confirms it... I am officially a geek. There are so many fun and weird things strung throughout this book, you find yourself addicted to finding out what is on the next page. Just don't put it by the toilet or you will never leave the bathroom.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As its title suggests, a profoundly silly book Dec 12 2010
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alas, nothing in this intermittently amusing book will enable world domination. It's rather what is already in the reader that will or will not permit him or her to demonstrate superiority to the rest of humankind. Which is principally the sheer hubris required to call oneself a geek, to buy a tome like this one, and to imagine that an obsessive interest in and tenacious grasp of arcane and highly-specialized knowledge will lead to the highly-paid and slavishly-worshipped position of Master of the Universe (or, more likely, to madness, obesity, and sitting in your underwear at a computer in your mother's basement).

Take a look inside before you decide that this is the kind of book for you. After wasting 23 pages on a table of contents, it kicks off the remaining 250 densely-packed pages with references to Dada art and Douglas Adams, the hoary algebraic "proof" that 2=1 (no, you can't divide by 0), martial arts moves for comic-book geeks, Jeopardy categories, silly calculator tricks, a smattering of parasites, game theory, secret societies, constellations, thought experiments, chess openings, basic economics, and Asimov's three laws of robotics. And that's just the first dozen pages. Get the idea?

Most magazines use sidebars to take readers on tangents, but this book contains nothing but sidebars. Everything is trivial, from bar bets to math tricks to Yoda quotes to obscure Australian animals to the basic rules of logic, Scrabble, spelling, and tic-tac-toe (and there you have the next dozen pages). While much of it is undeniably entertaining, very little of this information is really useful, though I suppose knowing how to ask for the restroom in 12 languages, how to brew your own beer, and how to patent your invention might come in handy for certain kinds of geek.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I expected more... April 4 2013
By Alexander Krizel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have to be honest, when I read the product details and saw that I caould make a laser, for example, I assumed (I know, that's what i get for assuming) there would be a detailed plan to hit the local Radio Shack and build a death ray. No such thing. It's like a book claiming to tell you how to build a nuclear bomb and then starting off with "get some plutonium...". It's a fun read, but I would definitely get it in paperback versus on the Kindle. The formatting is off on the Kindle, and it's not easy to follow some things. Plus, the paperback could easily sit in the loo as most chapters are just long enough to... (you can figure it out). Not bad, but I kind of expected more.

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