Encarta Book of Quotations
From Hank Aaron (b.1934), an American baseball star, to the Chilean poet Raul Zurita (b. 1951), this book contains 25,000 quotations by more than 6,200 authors. International in scope, the listings are also up to date, with about half the quotations taken from the last 100 years. The clearly laid-out entries give authors' dates, sources for the quotations and contextual notes; and the keyword and thematic indexes make it easy to find the quotation you want.
Gladstone's Games to Go: Verbal Volleys, Coin Contests, Dot Duels,
And Other Games for Boredom-Free Days
Expanding on the usual repertoire of Noughts and Crosses and I Spy, this glove-box compendium provides dozens of entertaining travel games using only coins, pen and paper – or nothing at all. All the games are for two or more players (a few can even be played solo), and the selection includes classics such as Battleships as well as some of a more recent vintage, like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. American spelling.
A Cornucopia of Puns, Anagrams and Other Curiosities of the English Language
Taking English speakers' most frequently used greetings as his starting point, Gyles Brandreth embarks on an entertaining journey through nonsense words, cryptic crosswords, spoonerisms, malapropisms, famous last words and candidates for the world's most powerful word – 'love', 'freedom' or 'money'? In this audio version, the book's text alternates with clips from the master raconteur's Word Power stage show, recorded live at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Unabridged.
Games from Childhood
A Nostalgic Compendium of Games We Used to Play
Marked-out boards for versions of the game known in Britain as Nine Men's Morris have been discovered on classical ruins, ancient clay tiles and even in a Viking ship burial, the longevity and wide reach of the game attesting to its appeal. This compendium explains Nine Men’s Morris and eight other enduring games, such as Hangman and Battleships, with rules, strategy tips, printed playing boards and grids.
The Long and the Short of It
How We Came to Measure Our World
In the seventh century a yard was as much a reckoning of the worth of some land as a set measure of its dimensions and, although the term came to mean a unit of distance, the 36-inch standard was not settled until 1855. This light-hearted compendium explores the origins of our weighing, measuring and timing systems from the Babylonian calendar to the metric system.
All That Glisters...
And Other Quotations You Should Know
Handpicked to ‘make you sound clever, or sympathetic, or worldly wise’, this selection of short quotations, with commentaries, is arranged in broad topics, beginning with the meaning of life and ending with useless knowledge (‘There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge’ – Bertrand Russell), and draws on sources of wisdom from the Bible to Zsa Zsa Gabor.