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  • Author:
    Ben Schott
  • ISBN:
    140881577X
  • ISBN13:
    978-1408815779
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  • Publisher:
    Bloomsbury UK (June 1, 2011)
  • Pages:
    160 pages
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Schott's Original Miscellany makes few claims to be exhaustive or even practical.

Schott's Original Miscellany makes few claims to be exhaustive or even practical. If you look at your home library and realize you have a lot of reference books on the shelves, Ben Schott's book is the book for you! I love it. Apparently, Mr. Schott got the idea for this book because he often wrote down collections of interesting factoids and gifted them to friends and family. As all great ideas are born, someone said, "Ben. You should write this s down and publish i. Maybe they didn't use "s " as a descriptor, but Schott ran with the idea and published this book. Now, Schott has many books of Miscellany. All of which I own and enjoy

Ben Schott (born 26 May 1974) is a British writer, photographer, and author of the Schott's Miscellanies and Schott's Almanac series. Ben Schott was born in North London, England, the son of a neurologist and a nurse.

Ben Schott (born 26 May 1974) is a British writer, photographer, and author of the Schott's Miscellanies and Schott's Almanac series. He has one brother, also now a neurologist. He went to school at University College School, Hampstead – both the junior school in Holly Hill and the senior school in Frognal.

160 pages : 20 cm. If Schott's Original Miscellany could claim to be essential then it is only logical that the distillation of ten years consideration of little known but important facts and the small details that make life fascinating should . . If Schott's Original Miscellany could claim to be essential then it is only logical that the distillation of ten years consideration of little known but important facts and the small details that make life fascinating should appear under the title Schott's Quintessential Miscellany. Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Now Ben Schott returns to the miscellany format with a brand-new cabinet of curiosities.

Now Ben Schott returns to the miscellany format with a brand-new cabinet of curiosities

Now Ben Schott returns to the miscellany format with a brand-new cabinet of curiosities. Inside, you'll find fascinating facts cheek by jowl with information you can't live without. An essential addition to the bookshelf of all who love life's rich tapestry, Schott's Quintessential Miscellany - equal parts encyclopedia, almanac, treasury, and lexicon - will remind you that there is only one Ben Schott.

If Schott's Original Miscellany could claim to be essential then it is only logical that the distillation of ten years consideration of little known but important facts and the small details that make life fascinating should appear under the title Schott's Quintessential Miscellany. And like its predecessor it is entertaining, informative, unpredictable and utterly addictive.

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Schott’s Original Miscellany is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles

Schott’s Original Miscellany is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. Its purpose is to gather the flotsam and jetsam of the conversational tide. A kickshaw? A flummery? Schott’s Food & Drink Miscellany is all of these and, perhaps, more. Schott’s Food & Drink Miscellany is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles (in both senses of the word). The book’s purpose is to sweep up the crumbs strewn carelessly across the conversational table-cloth.

If Schott's Original Miscellany could claim to be essential then it is only logical that the distillation of ten years consideration of little known but important facts and the small details that make life fascinating should appear under the title Schott's Quintessential Miscellany. And like its predecessor it is entertaining, informative, unpredictable and utterly addictive.

Laizel
As a fan of trivial knowledge, and a great admirer of Schott's previous books, I was eager to read this new volume of "uncommon knowledge, vital minutiae, and indispensable irrelevance." These books are not designed to be read for hours at a time, but are quite enjoyable in short bursts.

A random sampling of some interesting sections:

- Occupations of note (A Knockknobbler is a dog catcher)
- Bortle Scale (An astronomer's scale of sky darkness)
- All of Alfred Hitchcock's movie cameos
- Color markings for underground utilities

...and numerous others. (Be sure to not miss the "Authorial Miscellany" on the last page!)

While I found this newest edition to be fun, it seemed to hold my interest a bit less than previous versions. A number of entries were simply quotes or aphorisms ("A sound faith is the best divinity; a good conscience the best law; and temperance the best physic" - Anon.), or other facts that just don't seem relevant to modern time (or even students of history). Maybe Schott is starting to run low on miscellany?

In summary, I would recommend that readers start by sampling his earlier works, and then come to this one if they're longing for more.
Macill
The reviews I had read about this book were right: Schott's Miscellany is an impossible-to-put-down collection of....well....how to explain it?....of things you might never imagine anyone would collect. Ben Schott collects information you would probably never think to look up on the Internet, but which you are nonetheless delighted to have stumbled upon; he asks questions you would never have thought to ask, but are nonetheless happy to know the answer to. Schott generously shares a vast quantity of data - which it seems to be his calling in life, perhaps his obsession, to assemble - about our language, our history, our bodies, our habits, our culture, our beliefs, our world, list after list after list of things you just can't help being interested in reading about while simultaneously being in awe of the man who has collected it all. This is great entertainment - for those of us who don't require a soundtrack, a car chase, or violence to enjoy ourselves.
Barit
I already owned a copy of Ben Schott's 2002 book "Schott's Original Miscellany". It lives next to the seat in the smallest room in my house, and over almost two years I have been SLOWLY savoring every page. It was a small, handsome book of about 150 pages, each of which was a trivia lover's delight and often inspired me to go on the Internet and learn more about a subject, e.g., the odds of drawing the top 9 hands in poker, or the names of all the people pictured on the album cover for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (both on the same page)! Unfortunately, at about 3/4 of the way through it I found myself reading more and more slowly, so as not to bring the discoveries to an end.

Imagine my delight then when I learned that Mr. Schott had published a 2011 sequel, Schott's Quintessential Miscellany! Also about 150 pages, PLUS this time a nice little violet ribbon attachment to mark your place should one deem such structured behavior to be necessary for the enjoyment of what basically amounts to merry chaos. My favorite entry (so far) from the new volume is a list of 50 words beginning with "sn" that have to do with the nose (sniff, snout, snuff, snot, snore, etc., etc.)

Who knew?
furious ox
Here are things you didn't know, and didn't know how interesting they can be. All in nicely numbered lists. Far more fascinating than the catalogue of incompetence and hatreds we deal with every day/
Mbon
Just so wonderful!
Wanenai
Excellent as always
Nanecele
great gift!
great price