The Great Book of British Useless Information

The Great Book of British Useless Information
Title The Great Book of British Useless Information PDF eBook
Author Hannah Warner
Publisher Metro Publishing, Limited
Pages 0
Release 2010-10-04
Genre History
ISBN 9781843582533

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Which king ordered everyone to bed at 8pm? - How many Pot Noodles are sold every second in Great Britain? - How much does the hammer of Big Ben's bell weigh? If you want to know the answers to these and a whole host of other questions about Blighty, then this is the book for you!




The Book of Royal Useless Information

The Book of Royal Useless Information
Title The Book of Royal Useless Information PDF eBook
Author Noel BothaM & Bruce Montague
Publisher Kings Road Publishing
Pages 181
Release 2012-02-23
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1857827252

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Continuing the sensational success of the Useless Information Series, the Official Useless Information Society brings you another essential compendium of everything you never needed but always wanted to know. A celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee this amazing volume contains all things royal such as: The popular misconception that the royal family cannot vote in political elections. It is only the Queen, herself, who is not allowed to vote. Other members of the family merely choose not to; • The Queen learned to drive in 1945 when she joined the wartime army but has never held a driving license; On the occasion of the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday, a Royal gun salute is fired, and the Union Jack is flown on government buildings from 8am until sunset; Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles's uncle, tried to arrange a betrothal between his own grand-daughter, Amanda Knatchbull and Charles. Amanda's father and Prince Philip did not approve and put a stop to it; Harry has two secretaries to handle his fan-mail, which invariably comes from teenage girls asking him for a date. Hopefuls should be made aware that no royal contender may be adopted, divorced, Catholic or born of unmarried parents. In Tudor times Catholics were forbidden from living within 10 miles of the throne.




The Great Book of British Useless Information

The Great Book of British Useless Information
Title The Great Book of British Useless Information PDF eBook
Author Hannah Warner
Publisher Metro Publishing, Limited
Pages 0
Release 2010-02
Genre Great Britain
ISBN 9781844548446

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Which king ordered everyone to bed at 8pm? - How many Pot Noodles are sold every second in Great Britain? - How much does the hammer of Big Ben's bell weigh? If you want to know the answers to these and a whole host of other questions about Blighty, then this is the book for you!




That Book

That Book
Title That Book PDF eBook
Author Mitchell Symons
Publisher Harper Collins
Pages 409
Release 2010-09-07
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0062043706

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Did you know that . . . John Wayne once won the dog Lassie from its owner in a poker game? Hijinks is the only word in the English language with three dotted letters in a row? The shortest war in history, between England and Zanzibar in 1896, lasted only thirty-eight minutes? Want to learn which U.S. president was a descendant of King Edward III? Or which famous people lived to read their own obituaries? Then That Book is the book for you! From history to science to pop culture, here is an irresistible, enlightening, and absolutely addictive treasure trove of fascinating and fun little-known facts that no one needs to know—an indispensable boon to every true lover of trivia and marvelous minutia!




The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Title The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge PDF eBook
Author Abraham Flexner
Publisher Princeton University Press
Pages 104
Release 2017-02-21
Genre Reference
ISBN 0691174768

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A short, provocative book about why "useless" science often leads to humanity's greatest technological breakthroughs A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value. In such a scenario, it makes sense to focus on the most identifiable and urgent problems, right? Actually, it doesn't. In his classic essay "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge," Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips. This brief book includes Flexner's timeless 1939 essay alongside a new companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute's current director, in which he shows that Flexner's defense of the value of "the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge" may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change. He makes the case that society can achieve deeper understanding and practical progress today and tomorrow only by truly valuing and substantially funding the curiosity-driven "pursuit of useless knowledge" in both the sciences and the humanities.




The Book of Totally Useless Information

The Book of Totally Useless Information
Title The Book of Totally Useless Information PDF eBook
Author Don Voorhees
Publisher M J F Books
Pages 200
Release 1998-08
Genre Games & Activities
ISBN 9781567312669

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Provides answers to such questions as "Was there ever a real Aunt Jemima?" "What is the difference between bourbon and Scotch?" "Why do trains have a caboose?" and "Why do we give names to hurricanes?"




Useless Magic

Useless Magic
Title Useless Magic PDF eBook
Author Florence Welch
Publisher Crown Archetype
Pages 288
Release 2018-07-10
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0525577165

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Lyrics and never-before-seen poetry and sketches from the iconic musician of Florence and the Machine Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don't know what I'm trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn't do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.