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Go Figure: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: The Economist Explains

Tom Standage
Item #: D80391
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 250 / 2016
Publisher: The Economist Books
ISBN: 9781610397438
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How do hurricanes get their names? Why are the world's vultures vanishing? And which countries lose the most on gambling? Here Economistdeputy editor Tom Standage has produced a compulsively readable survey of things we might know (What is El Niño?), wish we knew (Why can't I get a signal on my phone?), and have truthfully never pondered in our lives (Why do so many Dutch people only work part-time?). Standage's amusing short entries survey movies, money, religion, nature, and business; address such truisms as whether marriage makes you healthier; and even examine our prejudices—namely in how Europeans view each other. Here you will also find a comparison of which among the many actors who portrayed Batman were the tallest and the heaviest, and which incarnation of James Bond drank the most onscreen.


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