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For years, the Chicago Tribune's "10 Things You Might Not Know" column has been informing and entertaining readers on a diverse range of fascinating subjects. 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything is a collection of the best of these columns, presented in a fun and easy-to-read format. This book gives readers well-researched, obscure facts on universal topics--including arts and culture, food and leisure, history, politics, science and technology, sports, holidays and religion, lifestyle, language, and more.10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything contains a plethora of surprising trivia and pertinent tidbits on so many different areas that will appeal to everyone from history buffs to sports fans to foodies, with an especially riveting look into Chicago-area history and facts. For example, in Zion, Illinois it was once not only illegal to gamble, curse, and sell alcohol and tobacco, but also to whistle on Sundays, put on plays, eat pork or oysters, spit, or wear tan-colored shoes.Some facts will make readers laugh and some will make jaws drop. This collection is a kaleidoscope of the absurd, the outrageous, and the sometimes-gruesome, making a highly entertaining mix of people, places, and things. 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything will leave readers brighter, wittier, and curious to learn more about myriad worlds they never encountered before and will never forget.
Ten true stories of real-life heroes during the attacks on 9/11! When Captain Jay Jonas of the Fire Department of New York hears an emergency radio message about the World Trade Center, he has no idea of the terrible conditions he and his team will face. Arriving at the burning building, the firefighters must summon all their courage. On the same morning, just outside Washington, D.C., a jetliner piloted by terrorists slams into the Pentagon. Can Colonel Philip McNair save lives inside the flaming building? From the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to a hijacked plane above Pennsylvania, these ten stories of true American heroes on the day that changed America -- September 11, 2001.
Ten true stories of real-life kid spies! Can you imagine crossing enemy lines to deliver a secret message? Or spying on your enemy from the attic of their hideout? Read the 10 True Tales from kids just like you who risked their lives to be spies!
Prepare to be even more revolted, flabbergasted, appalled, and completely entertained by this incredible follow-up collection of absolutely true trivia from the author of 5 People Who Died During Sex. Nothing is too insane, too inane, or too sacred for Karl Shaw's eclectic lists of the world's very worst. DID YOU KNOW... ...that according to recent estimates (2010) your body is worth between $10,000-$100,000 on today's open market--from companies legitimately trading body parts from willing donors to recognized medical facilities? ...that the great plague of Athens in 404, which lead to the defeat of the Athenians in the Peloponnesian War, was probably caused by contaminated cereals? ...that Benjamin Franklin liked to sit stark naked in front of his open windows, calling the practice "taking an air bath"? ...that in the last days of his life, the actor Steve McQueen lived on a diet largely comprised of boiled alligator skin and apricot pits, washed down with urine? From the Trade Paperback edition.
100,000+ Baby Names is the most complete, most fascinating, and most helpful name book you can find by Bruce Lansky, the #1 author of baby name books in North America. It is the best book in the category with over 300 lists of possible name choices, the top 100 boys' and girls' names and the latest trends, as well as a list of 12 important factors to consider when selecting a name. This book has it all and will help you choose a name that you and your baby will love!In this revised edition you'll find over 100,000 up-to-date names that reflect the latest naming trends--complete with origins, meanings, and variations. This includes ethnic names from over a hundred countries: nearly 19,000 English names, 12,000 Latin names, 10,000 Hebrew names, 11,000 Greek names, 9,000 African-American names, 9,000 Hispanic names, 8,000 French names, 8,000 Irish names, 7,000 German names, 4,000 Arabic names, and thousands of Scandinavian, Italian, Polish, Scottish, Welsh, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tai, Cambodian, African, Native American, Australian/Aboriginal, and Hawaiian names--plus many more names from many more origins. You'll also find: --Over 300 lists of fascinating names to consider --Gender-neutral names shared by girls and boys --Unique spellings of popular names --The most-up-to-date lists of top 100 boys' and girls' names and the latest trends --The most complete list of celebrity baby names --Ideas for picking names for siblings --A list of 12 factors to consider when choosing names This book will help you choose a name that you and your baby will love!
Thousands of business books are published every year-- Here are the best of the best After years of reading, evaluating, and selling business books, Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten are among the most respected experts on the category. Now they have chosen and reviewed the one hundred best business titles of all time--the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today's busy readers. The 100 Best Business Books of All Time puts each book in context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the problems they face, such as how best to spend The First 90 Days in a new job or how to take their company from Good to Great. Many of the choices are surprising--you'll find reviews of Moneyball and Orbiting the Giant Hairball, but not Jack Welch's memoir. At the end of each review, Jack and Todd direct readers to other books both inside and outside The 100 Best. And sprinkled throughout are sidebars taking the reader beyond business books, suggesting movies, novels, and even children's books that offer equally relevant insights. This guide will appeal to anyone, from entry-level to CEO, who wants to cut through the clutter and discover the brilliant books that are truly worth their investment of time and money. .
"My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." --Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice The taboo affair of Jane and Mr. Rochester. The (literally) timeless love between Edward and Bella. The improbable pairing of Grace and Josh. Climb between the covers with The 100 Best Romance Novels, collected here for the very first time. Avid fans of the romance genre, the ladies at Crimson Romance know a thing or two about igniting scintillating passion. They've not only collected 100 of the best romance novels of all time, but also provided delicious summaries for each of their picks. From tempting classics like E.M. Hull's The Sheik to adrenaline-pumping contemporaries like Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me, this collection of romance novels is sure to melt your heart!
With one hundred of history's most loved cocktails, 100 Classic Cocktails is the perfect addition to your bookshelf. This enjoyable collection includes all of your favorite cocktails, from recipes invented fairly recently-like the Cosmopolitan, which only dates to the late eighties-to recipes dating all the way to the nineteenth century-the Tom Collins was first recorded in writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas in his Bon Vivant's Companion. Readers will discover recipes on a variety of well-known cocktails, including:Brandy AlexanderMetropolitanAperol spritzMimosaBrambleGibsonPink ladyAmaretto sourDark and stormyTequila sunriseJungle juiceLemon dropOld fashionedAnd many moreEach easy-to-follow recipe is paired with beautiful, full-color photographs, and each cocktail lends itself to adaptation based on the reader's preference. Impress friends with your new classic cocktail expertise, or enjoy a relaxing night in with your favorite cocktail.
A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson--adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations--to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.In today's increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson--former Navy SEAL--wants you to be prepared. 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers--modified from the world of black ops--to help you take action in numerous "worst case" scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces. This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much more--all using low-tech to "no-tech" methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource. Because let's face it, when danger is imminent, you don't have time for complicated instructions.
An extensive volume that provides information about pay, outlook, education, and skills needed to obtain some of the most promising jobs in the world of work.
An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background, and much more.
A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for women's suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, or a federal minimum wage was considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted- because the radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history. It isn't taught in most high schools. You can't find it on the major television networks. In popular media, the most persistent interpreter of America's radical past is Glenn Beck, who teaches viewers a wildly inaccurate history of unions, civil rights, and the American Left. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a colorful and witty history of the most influential progressive leaders of the twentieth century and beyond, is the perfect antidote.
From the launching of America's first newspaper to YouTube's latest phone-videoed crime, the media has always been guilty of indulging America's obsession with controversy. This encyclopedia covers 100 events in world history from the 17th century to the present--moments that alone were major and minor, but ones that exploded in the public eye when the media stepped in. Topics covered include yellow journalism, the War of the Worlds radio broadcast, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, JFK's assassination, the Pentagon papers, and Hurricane Katrina. These are events that changed the way the media is used-not just as a tool for spreading knowledge, but as a way of shaping and influencing the opinions and reactions of America's citizens. Thanks to the media's representations of these events, history has been changed forever. From classified military plans that leaked out to the public to the first televised presidential debates to the current military tortures caught on tape, Breaking News will demonstrate not only an ever-evolving system of news reporting, but also the ways in which historical events have ignited the media to mold news in a way that resonates with America's public. This must-have reference work is ideal for journalism and history majors, as well as for interested general readers.Chapters are in chronological order, beginning with the 17th century. Each chapter starts with a brief introduction, followed by media event entries from that decade. Each entry explains the moment, and then delivers specific details regarding how the media covered the event, America's response to the coverage, and how the media changed history.
What were they thinking? Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas. From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth fillings to singing pop stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical--and often hysterical--missteps that have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, and even endangered the Earth. Discover: How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I Who turned down the greatest product placement opportunity in Hollywood history How a Chicago White Sox game helped hasten the demise of disco The toad that nearly ate Australia The most dangerous children's game ever invented And so much more (of so much less!) Spanning politics, pop culture, fashion, sports, technology, and more, this irreverent and witty book is packed with fun photos and sidebars, tracing how these thundering brainstorms turned into blundering brain farts-and the astonishing impacts our faux pas and foibles still have on us today.
Readers everywhere know that nothing soothes the spirit like sinking into a really good book. If you're one of that happy band, you'll quickly recognize the authors of this inspired reading guide as kindred spirits. Here David and John Major have chosen one hundred books that can each be delightfully consumed in one quiet evening. Covering categories from fantasy to fiction, history to humor, mystery to memoir, this addictive volume features books to match all your moods--by both celebrated writers and gifted unknowns, including: * Russell Baker * Willa Cather * Raymond Chandler * F. Scott Fitzgerald * Graham Greene * Edith Hamilton * Dashiell Hammett * Helene Hanff * Ernest Hemingway * Patricia Highsmith * Shirley Jackson * Henry James * W. Somerset Maugham * Mary McCarthy * Walter Mosley * Vladimir Nabokov * Patrick O'Brian * Barbara Pym * Phillip Roth * Vikram Seth * Isaac Bashevis Singer * C. P. Snow * Dylan Thomas * Evelyn Waugh * Edith Wharton * Laura Ingalls Wilder * Virginia Woolf Each selection contains an entertaining discussion of what makes the book special, from an adventurous writing style to a unique sense of humor. The Majors also share insights about the authors and literary anecdotes, as well as recommend other gems on a similar subject or by the same author. A literary companion to relish and refer to again and again, 100 One-Night Reads is a masterpiece in its own right!
With its breezy reviews and insightful advice, 100 Places Every Woman Should Go encourages women of any age to see the world - in a group, with a friend, or solo - and inspires them to create their own list of dreams. Based on her own explorations of many countries, states, and regions, and on interviews with travelers, award-winning author Stephanie Elizondo Griest highlights 100 special destinations and challenging activities - from diving for pearls in Bahrain to racing a camel, yak, or pony across Mongolia; to dancing with voodoo priestesses in Benin and urban cowboys in Texas; to taking a mud bath in a volcano off the coast of Colombia. Divided into such sections as "Places Where Women Made History," "Places of Indulgence," and "Places of Adventure," this guidebook includes timely contact information, resources, and recommended reading. "Ten Tips For Wandering Women" features safety precautions plus pointers on haggling, packing, and staying parasite-free. Vivid portraits of free spirits like Frida Kahlo ("A tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, this famous artist was bisexual and beautiful") help travelers expand their experience.
Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on when flying to Paris.Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country's destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris's hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice's Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France.
With passion, humor, and helpful tips 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go inspires women to discover places that will appeal to their spirits, senses, and quests for adventure. Author Susan Van Allen, a former staffer for the sit com Everybody Loves Raymond, has explored Italy up and down the boot for over thirty years and written about her experiences for such places as National Public Radio, Town & Country, and Travelers' Tales anthologies. In this book, she shares intriguing details and secrets of her favorite places, along with those she's gathered from her girlfriends, writers, and actresses. Each entry steers women to spots that will fulfill their Italian fantasies-whether it's exploring the palace where Audrey Hepburn lived in Roman Holiday, making a carnevale mask in Venice, or admiring Botticelli's Birth of Venus in Florence.The cornucopia of choices to experience authentic Italy are divided into categories, so whether a woman is in the mood to "Go To The Divine" and see Venus revered in Roman Forum, "Go To A Cooking Class" and roll out pasta with a Calabrian mamma, or "Go On An Active Adventure" and ski the Dolomites, Van Allen, like a savvy girlfriend, is by their side, guiding them to unforgettable pleasures. The book also includes recommendations for relaxing spas and beaches, splendid gardens, places to taste Italy's best gelato and chocolate, and shop for treasured handicrafts. Interlaced through the prose are femme-friendly insights, like the spicy story of Nero's wife who had an eye for gladiators, and artist Raphael's mistress, a baker's daughter who he called "Fornarina" (little oven). Along with inspiration, Van Allen offers nuts and bolts info and suggestions for "Golden Days" where recommended places are matched with restaurants and hotels to fit a range of budgets and make a woman's Italian vacation dreams come true.
100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go is a lively and highly subjective collection of places that will educate, illuminate, entertain, challenge, or otherwise appeal to women of all kinds. From historic (such as the Women's Rights National Historic Park) to kitschy (SPAM museum), these places and activities provide a wide-angle view of all that makes America, America.
Ever wondered what it takes to get into Fort Knox? Fancied a peek inside the Coca-Cola Safety Deposit Box? Would you dare to visit Three Mile Island? The world is full of secret places that we either don't know about, or couldn't visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, visit the Tucson Titan Missile Site, tour the Vatican Archives, or see the Chapel of the Ark. This fascinating guide book takes a look at 100 places around the world that are either so hard to reach, so closely guarded, or so secret that they are virtually impossible to visit any other way.From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the most trusted name in real estate: the indispensable guide that helps first-time buyers land the home of their dreams. Now revised and updated for today's marketplace. ¸ How do I know if my broker is doing a good job? (See question #18.) ¸ How should I decide how much to offer for a home? (See question #29.) ¸ How does the negotiation process work? (See question #37.) ¸ How much of a down payment will I need to buy my home? (See question #61.) ¸ What are the different types of mortgages available? (See question #75.) ¸ What if I'm rejected for my loan? (See question #86.) ¸ What exactly is the closing? And where is it held? (See question #89.) ¸ Will I need homeowner's insurance? What should it cover? (See question #93.)What's new in this edition?Internet resources for home buyers: Where to shop for a loan on the web, how to apply online for a mortgage, and how to contact the agency that regulates real estate brokers and mortgage lenders in your stateTax laws and what they mean to you: Why the Taxpayer Relief Act is a windfall for homeowners, and how you can take full advantage of itBuying new construction: How to compare developers and negotiate the best dealThe competitive mortgage market: How to find a reputable lender, how to find a true zero-down loan, and what service premiums tell you about your loan
The largest collection of successful college application essays available in one volume. These are the essays that helped their authors gain admission to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Wellesley, Colby, and other outstanding schools--followed by invaluable comments by experts in admissions, placement, and college counseling at some of the best learning institutions around the country. This helpful guide includes: 100 complete essays with professional commentary Examples of essays on common topics (family background, athletics, work experience), as well as the more offbeat Essays on the immigrant experience by foreign-born students A section of drawing and cartoon essays Insider advice from a Princeton dean of admissions A "What Not to Do" chapter from a top college counselor And more Compiled by members from The Harvard Independent, the weekly newsmagazine of Harvard University, this is an invaluable resource for students who want to write the best possible essay--and improve their chances of admission to the best possible school.
The Largest Collection of Successful College Application Essays Available in One Volume These are the essays that helped their authors gain admission to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Wellesley, Pomona, and other outstanding schools--followed by invaluable comments by experts in admissions, placement, and college counseling at some of the best learning institutions around the country. This helpful guide includes: 100 complete essays with professional commentary Examples of essays on common topics (family background, athletics, work experience), as well as the more offbeat Essays on the immigrant experience by foreign-born students A section of drawing and cartoon essays Insider advice from a Princeton Dean of Admission And more Compiled by members of The Harvard Independent, the weekly newsmagazine of Harvard University, this revised and updated edition is an invaluable resource for students who want to write the best possible essay--and improve their chances of admission to the best possible school.
This book will arm you with information about how to make informed choices, how to receive accommodations for a disability, what type of assistance is available, and where and how to communicate your disability-related college needs. The authors have summarized the crucial information students need to know to be successful in both academic and campus life. Student comments are included throughout the book.