101 Amazing Factsby Published 03 Jul 2014
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Did you know that Shakespeare wrote the world’s first ever knock knock joke? How much of a ribbon worm’s own body can it eat and still survive if it gets a little hungry? What unusual lost property has been handed in on the London Underground? And what surprising kind of song is the American national anthem based on? This absolutely fascinating book contains over one hundred facts covering various categories such as war, music, TV & film, ancient civilizations, royalty and many more. So whether you want to know which pirate ate a man’s beating heart, or what Lennon and McCartney’s unfinished play was called, then this is the book for you.
101 Amazing Facts Reviews
Very short and littered with spelling and grammar mistakes. Not all facts are very interesting or well explained enough to be satisfying.
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This review is from: 101 Amazing Facts (Kindle Edition)
Over the years so many books of "facts" have proved to contain information that is incomplete, anecdotal, or actually spurious, that I spot check the entries. One of the entries in this book claims that if you were told that Christians were fed to lions in the Colosseum, you were lied to. Lied to is strong language. The author also claims that the Colosseum was built after the earliest Christian persecutions. Further, he claims that at the time it was built, the Roman government was enlightened concerning religion and people could worship whatever gods they wished. The Colosseum was built around 80 AD. Official persecution of Christians ended around 300 AD. My dates may be off a few decades, but the point is that Christians were persecuted well after the Colosseum was built. There are surviving records of Christians being thrown to animals, though there do not seem to be specific references to lions. However, the Romans threw so many people to lions, that it seems likely that some were Christians. The claim that Christians lied to entertain people with tales of brave martyrs and to gain followers is spurious.
The book also contains the oft repeated and likely apocryphal story about the British dropping a wooden bomb on a wooden German dummy airfield. Snopes classifies this story as fiction. It was likely a morale boosting joke.
One more example: the author claims that the Roman Emperor Claudius' wife engaged in a contest with a prostitute for which she was executed. Claudius had more than one wife. The only one I recall being executed was Messalina who was executed for conspiring against the Emperor. Messalina was a powerful political force with many enemies who spread stories about her which exaggerated her activities and appetites. This particular story is usually regarded as one of those exaggerations. Even were it true, it was not the cause of her execution. Her lust for power not her other lusts was the cause of her death.
My policy is very simple. If a book contains information which I know to be wrong, I do not accept things which I do not know about as fact. This book does not entertain or enlighten me enough for the required research to be worth the trouble. This review is from the Kindle e-book published July 2, 2014.
This is a compilation of trivia and facts. Some of them are quite remarkable. With the world as its source the subjects are quite diverse. The book has ten subheadings: Animals, War, Capitol Cities, Ancient Civilizations, TV and Film. Royalty, Mysteries, Music and Everything Else. This is the perfect companion for the toilet. No, I’m not suggesting you throw it away but it is perfect for those restful moments you must spend while answering nature’s call.
For a number of years a serial killer roamed Columbia, killing victim after victim. After the body count reached 300, the police had just about enough clues to identify the perpetrator, Pedro Lopez, and thankfully caught him. At his trial he pleaded insanity and was sent to a mental asylum. Just four years later the doctors there declared Lopez sane and released him. His current whereabouts is unknown. This is just the kind of literary snack to get the blood pressure up and the grey matter working. It may not be the right kind of book to put in your bedside table but as aforementioned, the bathroom may prove the perfect domicile.
This was great for a quick read. Some of the facts were really random and I hadn't read them before. The only thing that stopped me from giving a 4 star review was the ad's...far too many! However, if you have a spare 10 minutes it's worth a read.
This book was pretty interesting. The facts are quite different from each other. I didn't know most of them. But most of them are simply very interesting.