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The Things that Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything Paperback – 1 Dec 2012


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'Why are male cats more likely to be left-pawed and female cats right-pawed? It is enormously reassuring to know that somewhere a natural philosopher is trying to find out. . . . Slyly witty. . . . and pleasingly optimistic." --"Guardian"

""With humor and an inquiring mind, [Hartson] examines perennially confounding quandaries, and his investigations will surely pique the curiosity of kids and scholars alike."" --Publishers Weekly

""This book goes beyond pop culture interest to engage those truly interested in scientific taxonomies; it's one of those rare books patrons won't want to put down and will be talking about for hours around the water cooler. Significant YA appeal as well.--------------"" --Library Journal

"A delightful collection for trivia buffs and browsers." --"Booklist"

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William Hartston is a Cambridge-educated mathematician and industrial psychologist. Between 1962 and 1987 he played chess competitively, becoming an international master and winning the English chess championship in 1973 and 1975. He runs competitions in creative thinking for the Independent newspaper and the Mind Sports Olympiad. He also writes the off-beat Beachcomber column for the Daily Express and has written a number of books on chess, mathematics, humour and trivia.

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1.0 out of 5 starsMore for laughs than knowledge
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1.0 out of 5 starsspoiler alert: the answer to all these questions is "who knows? nobody knows!"
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