A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths by Nick BelardesA People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths by Nick Belardes

A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths

byNick Belardes, Varla VenturaForeword byCaroline Leavitt

Paperback | April 8, 2014

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Did you know that Thomas Jefferson's grandson was an ax murderer? Do you delight knowing that some dinosaurs were as teeny tiny as hens? Wonder what it's like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it's named afterAlice in Wonderland? InA People's History of the Peculiar, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over to find facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide readers with the best cocktail conversation topics for many years to come! Also found here are first-person interviews with people who can explain the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen the brain and occupy readers' minds for hours of entertainment.
Nicholas Belardes is novelist, journalist, illustrator, memoirist and poet. He's author ofSongs Of The Glue Machines (poetry: 2013), 'Letters From Vegas' (Invisible Memoirs: I Speak From My Palms; memoir: 2013), Illustrator ofNew York Times best selling novelWest of Here (2011), author ofRandom Obsessions (nonfiction, reference: 2009),...
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Title:A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding TruthsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:Cleis PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1936740834

ISBN - 13:9781936740833

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Whether you are a trivia buff or not this book will keep you entertained. Young and old will enjoy the variety of subjects in this book."-Nonfiction Book Reviews"This is a very extensive gathering of the odd, the curious, the strangest of occupations, illnesses, phobias, places, artistic endeavors, and more. If you are one who enjoys reading about the weird things and happenings that surround us, you will have a great time perusing this book."-City Book Review"Nick Belardes'People's History of the Peculiar has many layers, and that includes thinking about life and people and planets and everything else with or without mass in a brand new way. I mean, truly, what's more crucial than a sense of wonder? This book is a compendium of blistering funny facts, outrageous anecdotes and all kinds of zany information you really need to know.-Carolyn Leavitt, from the foreword"Hello trivia lovers, this book is for you! [... ] This would be a great gift for the 'hard to buy for' person on your list."-Peanut Butter and Whine "If you want to learn some really out of box tidbits of information, this is definitely the book to read!"-Dad of Divas Reviews"This book has many fun facts in it you can throw out in conversation."-Princess Among Superheroes"An interesting book of facts that we have enjoyed together."-Not in Jersey"It will open mind to wonder and wander about interesting facts."-Life Ascending "