A fun collection of wildly inaccurate claims, half-baked theories and fascinating tidbits which may or may not contain a kernel of truth. The ideal book for the 'bloke down the pub' - the quiz fanatic or trivia buff ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs 'facts' both true and apocryphal, with reliable information presented on their origins and accuracy. Grouped into categories such as Nature, Sports, Geography, the material covers lifeÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs most important questions, including:
* Do butterflies taste with their feet*
* Is rice a fruit*
* Is it true that you can't fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times*
* Did Coca-Cola once contain cocaine*
* Are there more guns than voters in Texas*
* Did Marilyn Monroe have six toes on each footA
And, yes, the first shots of the Second World War were fired in Wellington, some hours ahead of the declaration of war by Great Britain. First published October 2006.
Richard Wolfe is a well-known social historian and writer. He is the author of Auckland: A Pictorial History among others.