Emus Can't Walk Backwards: Another Round of Dubious Pub Facts (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/9/6
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Did Ernie Wise really make the first mobile phone call in the UK? Did Isaac Newton invent the cat flap? Is a smurf really three apples tall?
'Pub facts' are the improbable, bizarre and yet somehow convincing claims that are often wheeled out by armchair scientists, amateur lawyers and pub historians. They'll tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that you can get tonsillitis even if you've had your tonsils removed; that it's illegal to drive in bare feet; and that some bloke had hiccups for 68 years. But is it fact or fabrication?
Emus Can't Walk Backwards will help you stride confidently through the most treacherous trivia minefield, while providing definitive answers to life's most pressing concerns. Did Johnny Cash become addicted to painkillers after being attacked by an ostrich? Do ants ever sleep? Are mushrooms and toadstools the same thing?
Refreshingly cynical and engagingly informative, this hilarious follow-up to Bears Can't Run Downhill clears up the confusion by revealing the outright lies, the muddled misunderstandings and - just occasionally - the astonishing truth.
"Anwood assiduously subverts the novelty-book format with his humour and sincere curiosity" (Guardian)
"This should settle a few pub arguments once and for all" (Daily Star)
"Fascinating" (Mail on Sunday)
He has also authored a similar book of facts "Bears Can't Run Downhill",and another one, "The Second World War Began in New Zealand".I can't vouch for these other books,but if they are as good as this one,and you liked it,they should be worth checking out.There are 2 Reviews for "Bears" that suggest it is good.Robert Anwood lives in London and claims his hobbies include going to the pub (isn't that the second home of everyone who lives in London?) and arguing ( isn't that what the English excel in?) However;in this book Anwood proves that the old adage "All you can learn from the English,and they even get that wrong,is history";may not be true .
This book of Dubious Facts is broken down into 7 categories of facts that are generally simply just accepted,and most people don't know if they stand up when questioned.These categories are Nature,Showbiz,Science,The Law,History,SPORTS , and Geography.after researching these facts,Anwood explains why they are in fact true,only partly true,or totally false.Anwood is a good writer and sprinkles tidbits of humor throughout the book ,as he covers such world shattering ideas as;
Male seahorses get pregnant.
George W. Bush's favorite book is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
Flies can take off backward.
Johnny Cash became addicted to painkillers after being attacked by an ostrich.
Jerry Springer was born in East Finchley Underground station.
You can use peanuts to make dynamite.
The Statute of Liberty is in New Jersey.
They measure Super Bowl viewing figures by flushing the toilet.
Pound for pound hamburgers cost more than new cars.
I hope this has raised your curiosity,and if it has,there's a whole 256 page book filled with dubious pub facts;to amuse yourself and drive everyone around you batty.