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Useless Knowledge

Useless Knowledge

Answers to Questions You'd Never Think to Ask

Joe Edelman and David Samson

St. Martin's Griffin


How can your tongue get you arrested?
What dessert is as smart as the average adult?
What's louder: A jet plane at take-off or a hippo having sex?

In the form of a lively and eccentric course catalog, Useless Knowledge, the brainchild of the creator of the wildly successful Useless Knowledge website offers up loads of facts of little consequence for the hardcore trivia buff or the casual enthusiast. Inside, you'll find topics and entries like these:

The Core Curriculum
The Useless School of Animals
The sound that a camel makes is called "nuzzing".

The Useless School of Film
Warren Beatty's first job in the theater was a rat-catcher...backstage.

The Useless School of History
Not that he was immature, but Napoleon concocted his battle strategies in a sandbox.

The Useless School of Sports
It takes 3,000 cows to supply a single season's worth of footballs to the NFL.

There are also Useless Schools of Television, Biology, Science and Technology, Music, Geography, and Culinary Arts.

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Joe Edelman and David Samson

Joe Edelman is the Useless-Infomaster who founded this popular website. He is an award-winning commercial, editorial, and fashion photographer. He lives in Lansdale, PA.

David Samson has written or co-written 11 books, including humorous, self-help, and autobiographical titles. He has worked as a senior creative executive at some of America's most prestigious advertising agencies. He divides his time between Beverly Hills and New York.

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