Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott book
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  • Where else can you find a listing of the American Presidents that tells you, not only boring details about the years they served and what party they belonged to, but how many of them were over six feet tall (20) and how many were red-headed (1 for sure, 3 maybes)

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      “Schott’s Original Miscellany” is a darling little book that defies classification. It’s a reference book for all the data you didn’t know you needed to know, a pocket book for inspiration, a fascinating book to just browse. It’s tiny size makes it just right to carry in your pocket, to browse through in your idle moments.

      What can you learn from Schott’s Miscellany? Practically anything you didn’t know you needed to know. Where else


      can you quickly look up the names of the Seven Dwarves, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Cardinal Virtues, and how to tie a bow tie? Where else can you find a listing of the American Presidents that tells you, not only boring details about the years they served and what party they belonged to, but how many of them were over six feet tall (20) and how many were red-headed (1 ...

      • for sure, 3 maybes)? Where else are you going to turn to find out what you call a group of ferrets or starlings (a business and a murmuration, respectively)? Where else are you going to look up the words to the fight songs of all the Ivy League schools?

        If you’ve guessed that this is an eclectic mixture, you’d be right. This is what makes Schott’s Miscellany so much fun to browse. I

        had no idea that over 30 nations had compulsory voting. (The book names them.) I am fascinated by the short list of famous last words. (Dylan Thomas’s were, reportedly, “I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies. I think that’s a record.”) And I’m tantalized by the list of Famous Court Jesters.

        You owe it to yourself to just once give this book a whirl. If you don’t like it, you haven’t a whimsical bone in your body.




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