Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar Vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - A delightful mixture of science fiction, utopian vision, and just plain crazy ideas,  Your Flying Car Awaits is a hilarious and insightful compendium of the most outrageous and completely ridiculous predictions of the 20th Century. For an unforgettable journey back through the misguided scientific mindset of the previous century, climb aboard—Your Flying Car Awaits!

Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar Vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century #ad - Award-winning journalist paul milo’s collection of “robot butlers, lunar vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century” is true history on the lighter side, a must for fans of Ken Davis and his bestselling Don’t Know Much About® series as well as the popular Darwin Awards books.

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Ultimate Book of Trivia: The Essential Collection of over 1,000 Curious Facts to Impress Your Friends and Expand Your Mind

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Chronicle Books LLC #ad - Ultimate Book of Trivia: The Essential Collection of over 1,000 Curious Facts to Impress Your Friends and Expand Your Mind #ad - There is something here for everyone and every occasion, Food and Drink, with topics including Space and Science, Music, Sports, Being Human, and Famous Inventions. Did you know that cats can be left-handed?Trivia fans will be eager to dive into this book for an edifying and entertaining tour of all the things they didn't know that they didn't know.

Brimming with surprising facts, this comprehensive collection of trivia is sure to puzzle and delight. It's full of conversation starters, from Herbert Hoover's pet alligators to the longest recorded bout of hiccups it lasted for 68 years.

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North and South: Britain's Economic, Social and Political Divide

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Endeavour Media #ad - This authoritative study. The industrial revolution may have started in the North of Britain. It is essential reading for anyone interested in British politics and economics. In wealth and wages, investment, job opportunities and house prices, and in the concentration of power, the gap between North and South has been increasing steadily since the 1980s.

But can a combination of congestion in the south and unused capacity in the north produce an efficient economy in the long run? Will the expanding crescent stretching from Hampshire to East Anglia eventually send ripples of prosperity into the North as well? Or will the Government always have to slam the brakes on an overheated Southern economy? Do soaring property prices merely deter Northerners from moving South - or will they prove 'the Liverpool unemployed's best friend' and finally shift business back to the North?These questions are at the heart of David Smith's detailed and objective study.

North and South: Britain's Economic, Social and Political Divide #ad - . He lives in London. New statesmandavid Smith is economics editor and columnist for The Sunday Times. His authoritative book offers a major contribution to the debate. In this updated 2014 edition, with a new introduction, the leading economics writer David Smith examines how the economies of the North and South drifted apart, and whether they can be put back together again - and if so how.

But for two generations, it has steadily been falling behind the South. Gives a very effective account of the incredible centralisation of decision-making in London, not just in government and administration, but in the press, communications and the management of every major company.

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Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

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Broadway Books #ad - An estimated 80 percent of birth certificate requests are fulfilled through the mail for people using only a name and a return address. Americans write 39 billion checks a year, and half of them never reconcile their bank statements. The charismatic forger immortalized in catch Me If You Can exposes the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and offers powerful strategies to thwart them based on his second career as an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant.

When frank abagnale trains law enforcement officers around the country about identity theft, he asks officers for their names and addresses and nothing more. Abagnale offers dozens of concrete steps to transform anyone from an easy mark into a hard case that criminals are likely to bypass:• Don’t allow your kids to use the computer on which you do online banking and store financial records children are apt to download games and attachments that host damaging viruses or attract spyware.

Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan #ad - Beware of offers that appeal to greed or fear in exchange for personal data. Monitor your credit report regularly and know if anyone’s been “knocking on your door. Read privacy statements carefully and choose to opt out of sharing information whenever possible. Brimming with anecdotes of creative criminality that are as entertaining as they are enlightening, Stealing Your Life is the practical way to shield yourself from one of today’s most nefarious and common crimes.

A driver’s license goes for $90 .

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Life in a Medieval Castle Medieval Life

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - They still hint at an age more colorful and gallant than our own, but are often debunked by boring people who like to run on about drafts and grumble that the latrines did not work. We learn what lords and serfs alike would have worn, and done for leisure, eaten, and of the outside threats the castle always hoped to keep at bay.

For medieval buffs and anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating era, Life in a Medieval Castle is as timely today as when it was first published. The gieses take us through the full cycle of a medieval year, dictated by the rhythms of the harvest. Joseph and frances gies offer a book that helps set the record straight—and keeps the romance too.

Life in a Medieval Castle Medieval Life #ad - Timea widely respected academic work and a source for George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Castles are crumbly and romantic. Martin’s game of thrones, joseph and Frances Gies’s bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship. Focusing on chepstow, the book offers an exquisite portrait of what day-to-day life was actually like during the era, an English castle that survived the turbulent Middle Ages with a relative lack of violence, and of the key role the castle played.

From acclaimed historians frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of this definitive classic on medieval castles, which was a source for George R.

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Coffee: The Epic of a Commodity

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Skyhorse #ad - This genre exploded into popularity and remains so today. A cup of coffee is a miracle, a wonderful assemblage of relationships”. Coffee tells the story of this popular beverage in short, fun to read essays that will entertain anyone that enjoys a good, strong cup of coffee. This classic follows coffee's journey around the world, telling in fascinating detail and amusing anecdote the singular history of the legendary commodity, from London to Brazil, from its discovery that chewing on the beans were keeping goats awake in Yemen to the author’s own experiences with the bean in 1935.

Referred to as a “documentary novel” back during its inception, H. E. Jacobs pioneered the concept of creative nonfiction, combining the reality of nonfiction with the epic presentation and prose of fiction.

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Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a not so dead language

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Head of Zeus #ad - Motherfoclóir" focloir means 'dictionary' and is pronounced like a rather more vulgar English epithet is a book based on the popular Twitter account @theirishfor. Thought-provoking, irreverent and often laugh-out-loud hilarious' Irish Independent. The author includes stories about his own relationship with Irish, and how it fits in with the most important events in his life.

As the title suggests, Motherfoclóir takes an irreverent, pun-friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language. This is a book for all lovers of the quirks of language. The translations are expanded on and arranged into broad categories that allow interesting connections to be made, and sprinkled with anecdotes and observations about Irish and Ireland itself, as well as language in general.

Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a not so dead language #ad - Bestseller & winner of the Popular Non-Fiction Irish Book Award.

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The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Still Wrong

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Crown #ad - Whether it's history, literature, medicine, science, geography, or common wisdom, language, the classics, sports, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong. From the brains behind the new york times' bestseller, and mind-bending facts, fascinating,  The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.

Just when you thought that it was safe to start showing off again, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are back with another busload of mistakes and misunderstandings. Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to. For example, do you know who made the first airplane flight? how many legs does an octopus have? how much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a tooth in a glass of Coke overnight? What is house dust mostly made from? What was the first dishwasher built to do? What color are oranges? Who in the world is most likely to kill you?      Whatever your answers to the questions above, you can be sure that everything you think you know is wrong.

The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Still Wrong #ad - . The second book of general ignorance is the essential text for everyone who knows they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

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Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products

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Regan Arts. #ad - Together they reveal what each additive looks like, where it comes from, and how and why it is used. But what do all those mysterious-sounding chemicals and additives actually do? Focusing on 75 of the most common food additives and 25 ordinary food products that contain them, acclaimed photographer Dwight Eschliman and science writer Steve Ettlinger demystify the contents of processed food.

Ingredients focuses on processed food additives from acesulfame potassium to xanthan gum, colorings, dessicants, emulsifiers, preservatives, sweeteners, thickeners, including artificial and natural flavorings, and more. In the bestselling tradition of the elements and salt sugar fat, an unprecedented visual exploration of what is really inside our food, setting the record straight on the controversial and fascinating science of chemical and synthetic additives in processed food—from Twinkies and McNuggets to organic protein bars and healthy shakes.

Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products #ad - What’s really in your food? we’ve all read the ingredients label on the back of a can, box, or bag from the grocery store. Pepper, hostess twinkies, nestle coffee-mate fat free the original coffee creamer, kraft singles - american skim milk fat free, general mills raisin nut bran, hidden valley the original ranch light dressing, oroweat healthy multi-grain bread, Ocean Spray Cran-Grape Juice Drink, Kraft Cool Whip Original, Quaker Instant Oatmeal Strawberries and Cream, Red Bull Energy Drink, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Trident Perfect Peppermint Sugar Free Gum, MorningStar Farms Original Sausage Patties, Klondike Reese's Ice Cream Bars, McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, Nabisco Wheat Thins, Snickers Bar, Naked Green Machine 100% Juice Smoothie, PowerBar Performance Energy Bar Oatmeal Raisin, Hebrew National Beef Franks, and Vlasic Ovals Hamburger Dill Chips.

. Essential for everyone who is concerned about the wholesomeness of their diet or merely curious about “polysorbate 60” or “tertiary butylhydroquinone, ” Ingredients is a visually and scientifically stunning journey from ketchup to Cool Whip. You’ll be surprised at what you find.

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Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z

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Broadway Books #ad - A fun, lively, and learned excursion into the alphabet—and cultural history. Letters are tangible language. While we encounter these tiny shapes hundreds of times a day, we take for granted the long, fascinating history behind one of the most fundamental of human inventions: the alphabet. The heart of the book is the 26 fact-filled “biographies” of letters A through Z, tracing its development from ancient forms, each one identifying the letter’s particular significance for modern readers, and discussing its noteworthy role in literature and other media.

. We learn, why the word “mother” in many languages starts with M, why the letter X has a sinister and sexual aura, for example, how B came to signify second best, and what is the story of O. Packed with information and lavishly illustrated, entertaining, Letter Perfect is accessible, and essential to the appreciation of our own language.

Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z #ad - Joining together in endless combinations to actually show speech, letters convey our messages and tell our stories.

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1945 - Ghosts of the ETO: American Tactical Deception Units in the European Theater, 1944

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Casemate #ad - A signal deception unit to broadcast fake radio signals, a combat engineer unit to construct emplacements and provide local security, an engineer camouflage unit to set up rubber dummies of tanks and trucks, and a sonic deception company. The men who participated in these actions were sworn to secrecy for 50 years, and are only now willing to talk about their role.

The 23rd was composed of four main units. Jonathan gawne is a leading military historian and is the author of the best selling Spearheading D Day and The US Army Photo Album both published by Histoire & Collections and available from Casemate as well as books in the Greenhill Books “GI Series”. Some of these operations had tremendous impact upon how the battles in Europe were fought.

1945 - Ghosts of the ETO: American Tactical Deception Units in the European Theater, 1944 #ad - No history of the war in europe has ever taken into account the actions of the men of the US 23rd Special Troops. He has contributed articles to numerous military magazines. These men took part in over 22 deception operations against the German Army. This book also covers the birthplace of sonic deception: the Army Experimental Station at Pine Camp; and their smaller sister unit, the 3133rd Sonic Deception company that saw action for 14 days in Italy.

The sonic unit was developed to fool German listening posts by playing audio recordings of various sounds, such as tanks moving up or bridges being built. The 23rd was the only tactical deception unit of the American Army in World War ll combining all aspects of deception.

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