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This is a nonfiction book filled with interesting pieces of trivia, arcane historical facts, and tidbits of little known knowledge, each little piece made bite-sized and easy to understand for the common man.
The book has something for everybody, literally. The subjects contained in this book vary from art museums for only bad art, to zip-ties scaring away magpies, and from Andy George's $1500 sandwich to Zachary Taylor coining the term "First Lady". It has a handy index to find what you want, and the website resources for the author's material are listed thoroughly in the back if you are interested in learning more. Warning: such a diverse range of subjects does include several that are rather crude and/or adult in their nature, so this is not a book that children should read, as harmless as it may appear.
On the negative side, I don't think that this book should be called an "encyclopedia", because it is very random in its layout and is not organized at all. Webster's 1828 Dictionary states that an encyclopedia must be alphabetized to fall under that name. Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary has a slightly broader definition: it says an encyclopedia has to be systematically arranged. This book is neither.
Also on the negative side, the book sometimes goes to unreliable resources on the web (such as Twitter and YouTube), and several things that the author states as fact seem rather skeptical to me. I don't think the author is lying, not at all, and that isn't what I mean. I simply think that some of the information he was going on might have been exaggerated or incorrect. There's a lot of that on the internet.
There were a few things that I didn't like about the book, but the pros outweigh the cons in my opinion. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars, or possibly 4.
I received this kindle edition for free in exchange for an honest review and wasn't disappointed. I have read many of this author's books and found them very addicting, because of his well researched facts. Bill O'Neill knows how to keep his readers intrigued. Every topic in the world is written about in an easy to read format, anyone can get a wealth of information easily with this. Kudos, as always to Mr. O'Neill
I've been on a trivia book kick lately, as light reading before going to bed. This is one of the better books I've read, as it really kept my interest, and had some very interesting information ... some of which was useful, as well as entertaining. I recommend it.
As a person who enjoys trivia, I foound this book to be really good at minute facts and events - that could be used in light conversation at a social gathering or event. You'll enjoy reading it too! recommended.
I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten a few of Bill O'Neill's books. I especially liked his Movie Madness Book Because I love Movie Trivia!! This book though The Fun Knowledge Encyclopedia is great because it's a little bit of everything all in one book!! If you like Trivia like I do you will love Bill O'Neils's Trivia books. He has all kinds on all kinds of subjects. Presidents, Movies, Football, Baseball, whatever you like.
Some of the stories were interesting but the book was poorly written and full of typos. The sources were random websites so I’m not convinced of the accuracy of these stories. I was hoping for fun trivia but this book didn’t deliver.