Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads--click on cover)
365 days-365 quirky, brightly illustrated, and entertaining facts.
Learn Something Every Day entertains and informs readers with illustrations representing such fun-filled facts as:
• Charlie Chaplin placed third in a Chaplin look-alike contest
• Emerson Moser, Crayola's senior crayon maker, revealed at retirement that he was color-blind
• Elvis Presley received a C grade in music class
• And much, much more!
We don't usually review or feature books that are not young adult or romance but I made an exception with Learn Something Every Day. This book is based on the UK website of design duo Young (Peter Jarvis and Gethin Vaughn), where they post a different fact everyday accompanied by a quirky drawing to go with the day's fact. The book is exactly like the facts posted on the website except in paper form. There's 365 different facts in the book and you can read a fact a day for a year if you choose to but my sisters and I read the whole book in one sitting. It's really quite fun, especially the quirky illustrations which is my favorite part of the book. Though quite useless, the facts are fun as well because I do like my random facts (there's a reason why I follow OMGFacts on twitter). Here's a sampling from the book:
The longest beard on a woman was 14 inches long.
A whale's throat is smaller than a dinner plate.
It takes 0.0004 seconds to retrieve a memory.
Shakespeare was dyslexic.
The hormone that makes you grow is produced only when you sleep.
Hulk Hogan's real name is Terry.
The acid in your stomach can dissolve steel.