Sunday, June 26, 2016

Strange History

What an interesting book. It is described as the “strangest book” you'll ever read. It is certainly full of strange facts and stories. It's a great resource for making use of those boring moments one might spend in the bathroom.

There is a story about the miniature cannon used to shoot fleas and another about modern trepanning. There are ghost stories, animal stories, strange sports facts, military blunders, odd people, movie trivia, UFO stories, strange historical facts, and more.

But there are some informational stories too, like the origin of the phrase “in a nutshell” and the name Dracula. You'll find out that the origin of “tomcat” dates way back to 1760 and “car” comes from the Latin carrum, a two wheeled Celtic war chariot. You'll learn Charles de Gaulle had 31 attempts made on his life.

One might even increase certain skills, like digging for artifacts below abandoned outhouses, or speaking hobo. A number of myths and the truth behind them are included too.

This is a fun collection of odd stories and facts you won't find in many history books. If you like to read about the quirky parts of history, you'll enjoy this book.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Portable Press, 416 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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