Miscelanea Original de Schott

ISBN: 847669637X
ISBN 13: 9788476696378
By: Ben Schott

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" C'est une bien triste chose que de nos jours, il y ait si peu d'informations inutiles. " Oscar Wilde. " Un couteau suisse en forme de livre. " Elmar Krekeler, Die Welt. " .. vous, Monsieur, vous lisez les livres d'un bout à l'autre ? " Samuel Johnson. " Il n'a appris à lire qu'à moitié, celui qui n'a pas aussi appris l'art encore plus subtil de feuilleter & de sauter des pages. " Arthur Balfour. " Prenez garde à l'homme d'un seul livre. " Saint Thomas d'Aquin. " Si un livre vaut la peine d'être lu, il vaut la peine d'être acheté. " John Ruskin.

Reader's Thoughts


I love this stuffuseless & wonderful...Had no idea it would be available here in the US - Hurrah for the Dane Co. Library system! ;o)& thanks Kari for forwarding it!


I love interesting facts, figures, and interesting tidbits. Schott's Original Miscellany fits the bill for all of these. This is a book that will remain on my "Currently Reading" list as it is the perfect book to occupy your mind for a bit. Highly recommended!


I saw the author interviewed on the news and I was very curious to order the book, he researches little known miscellaneous facts, figures and lists and compiles them into books every year, supposedly it is fascinating.... we shall see. I love useless trivia sometimes. tena


Omigosh...just started reading this last night as I'm in the midst of the odd quest to read something from each side of each aisle of Cascades Library.I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to read this straight thru, but it was either this book--or beginning Word Perfect...which would you choose.so loving it. It's like my nonsequitar brain has found it's god...and yes...it does want a space ship.Update:I finished it and i loved it. I may actually have to buy it...not cuz it's cover to cover...but because it's just fun to open to a random page and learn something odd.-j


This books is a seemingly random collection of facts. Though these facts are not individually weird, funny, or strange, when compiled together they reflect the bizarreness of our society. For example on page 52 you can learn American diner slang and all about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Of course.


If you ever wanted to learn basic Cockney rhyming slang or which president had the shortest term (not to mention how to tie a sari, which honorific to use when greeting a foreign dignitary, or what a stratocumulous cloud looks like), then Schott's Original Miscellany has your answers. It's a perfect addition to the basket you keep next to the bathroom sink. No, don't deny that you have one. Or that it's filled with Reader's Digests from 1982 and copies of US magazine. Recycle that old crap and put this in its place--you will be very glad you did.


Amusing, interesting and great to keep for "in the bathroom" reading. I even bookmarked a couple of sections for future reference.Well-written: 5Kept attention: 3Accessible: 5Must Read: 1Important: 1

Shannon (Giraffe Days)

Schott's Miscellany is a fascinating book of interesting, random, bizarre, hilarious, and informative facts and oddities. From Cockney Rhyming Slang to ways of saying "I love you" in numerous obscure languages (including Braile and Morse code), to sign language and Shakespearian insults, shoelace lengths and airport marshalling signals, the Miscellany is just as fun to pick up and read as it is a great reference source for all manner of things.

Terri Menke

Fun book to read. There are a lot of miscellaneous facts that are probably pretty useless except to pull information out for trivia games. It was very interesting.


I am anal for these sort of books... and this is amongst the best that I have read.. I simply cannot get enough of the banal and ridiculous facts.... Nor can I then resist the urge to tell people about them.


This is on my 'read' shelf, but I haven't read it cover to cover. This is not your grandfather's almanac - no weather predictions or crop planting calendars. It is fun to pick up for ten minutes and open to a random section. Lots of interesting tidbits for a trivia nerd like myself.

Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen

Oh, how I love random crap and this book is chock full of it. I will never need to know anything contained within it, but it is fun to know I have a book full of wonderful random information.

Brian Hischier

I now nearly know all the things that Schott knows, but more thoroughly, because I have the gift of breadth, whereas he only has the gift of scope, and he says as much in the introduction so I don't feel like I'm slandering him. Then he proves it in the rest of the pages with a sort of viscous pride reserved only for the most scoped of men. We men of breadth have a more sticky pride.


This is a book of completely useless facts.Is is very entertaining.I was at a C.S. Lewis retreat when it was recommended to me so I picked up a copy at Barnes and Noble. There is not much else to say except that you need to pick it up and flip to a random page. It WILL suck you in.


Love, love it! So much fun. You either get it or you don't. This book got right inside my brain, it's where I live. I'll buy that ticket to the moon!

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