Listomania

Listomania

A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail

Book - 2011
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From the same team that brought you Show Me How and More Show Me How comes a whole new way of looking at the crazy facts that drive the world--and discovering that real life is not only stranger than fiction but more unexpected than anything you've ever dreamed of. Trivia fanatics and anyone fascinated by the new frontiers of visual information design--with books like Everything Explained through Flowcharts, Visual Miscellaneum, and the cartooning of Chris Ware--will be enthralled by the quirky, captivating graphics of Listomania.
Publisher: New York : Harper design, 2011
ISBN: 9780062082831
0062082833
Characteristics: 288 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm

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chriscoleman
Dec 10, 2016

This is a cool book with lots of lists, most of them quite unique and filled with trivia you won't find anywhere else. There's a list of dangerous tourist spots (New Smyrna Beach, FL is on this list as North America's top beach for shark attacks from 24 attacks in 2008). There's a list of the longest-lived empires (the Mayan Empire lasted three times as long as the Roman Empire 3,540 years versus 1,119 years). There's a list of dowries and bride prices from around the world (in ancient Germany trees were planted at a girl's birth and given as her dowry for building furniture for her new home). There's a list of places you might find extremophiles i.e. creatures who can survive extreme environments. There's also a list of helpful household spirits that includes a domovoi, zashiki-warashi, tomte, clurichaun, yunwi dijunsti, hob, bes, boggart, aitvaras, kamui-fuchi, and zao-jun. I enjoyed it enough I bought a copy. I can't think of higher praise than that.

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