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


A less cultured man might refer to this as excellent bathroom reading... and, oh hell, well that it is: But that and so, so much more. From a collection of Euclidian Axioms and Postulates to a list of Academy Award Winners (up until 2002, when it was published); From a listing of the rules and weight classes in Sumo Wrestling to a run down of all the famous people on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album, this pocket sized hardback with it's own elegant little red silk bookmark attached to the spine makes a great gift for the terminally nerdy on your list or simply the perfect thing to put on the coffee table when the bong comes out. A book you will read and re-read - most likely, every time you use the bathroom.

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.

brian tanabe

Despite the Bathroom Reader-esque nature of its content, I love the presentation and earnest attempt at respectability of the Schott's Miscellany series. Always a joy to read. Below are some of my high points from the 2008 volume:Most men lie about their height online while most women lie about their weight.The world's worst sound is the sound of vomitting followed by microphone feedback and wailing babies.New York's Metropolitan Museum spent over $99 million in acquisitions during FY2004-05, the most of any museum in the world.Number one on the FBI's list of top art crimes in the world is the theft of Iraqi artifacts in 2003, deemed priceless. The next biggest crime is the theft of 12 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum paintings in the USA valued at $300 million.The most visited national park is the Great Smoky Mountains, with more than twice the visitors of the Grand Canyon.San Jose has the worst roads in the country.Owning a dog has greater health benefits than owning a cat.I grew up in a state that is 41% asian and now live in a state that is less than 1% asian. I grew up in a state that is the 19th most livable and now live in a state that is the 3rd most livable. I grew up in a state with the least amount of mobile homes per capita and now live in a state with the 6th most mobile homes per capita.18% of the population believe that the cryptozoological allstars Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster will someday be discovered.


Just a really good collection of random facts and information. Great for dipping into when you don't have time of are too tired to get stuck into chapters. Thanks Chris who gave it too me.


I purchased this book after seeing it sitting by the printers at my last job. It's a book of what it says, "Miscellany". I think everyone should have a copy of it. Great facts and tidbits within it. I had the computer close by to look up topics that I wanted to know more about.For the graphic designers out there, it's a wonderfully typeset book which the author did himself. I hope he comes out with an updated version in a few years.


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!


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 finished this book on a Friday evening with a glass of wine, dictionary, Wikipedia, and some jazz, and I'm obsessed. Why aren't there more well-designed, well-written, and humorous miscellanies like this verbal divertissement? Having been raised in three countries, I always feel like I am lacking in general knowledge and common sense, as most of my formative years were spent mastering a new language and social circle instead of pursuing trivia. Mr. Schott's treatment of miscellany is familiar yet distant -- the perfect way to draw in a reader like me.


I love trivia so I loved this book :)


If you have ever spent a couple of hours leafing through an almanac or an encyclopedia, you will like this book. It consists of 150 pages of random information. Irish duelling codes, bed dimensions in England and America, the husbands of Elizabeth Taylor. I suppose the information is not really random, since it's all mildly interesting and each topic can be covered in a half a page or less.


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.

Canard Frère

Une sorte de compilation de savoirs plus ou moins utiles (de la longueur des lignes du métro de Londres aux degrés hiérarchiques de la franc-maçonnerie en passant par des tableaux de locutions espagnoles ou latines) piochés au hasard et jetés en vrac dans le bouquin. Dommage que l'auteur gâche un peu le côté futile de l'œuvre en incluant un index à la fin...


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

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.

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