1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted [EPUB]
05 December 2016, 20:50
2016 | EPUB | 0.9MB
The sock-blasting, jaw-dropping, side-swiping phenomenon that is QI serves up a sparkling new selection of 1,342 facts that will leave you flabbergasted.
1,342 QI Facts coincides with more good news from QI, as Sandi Toksvig takes over the duties as presenter on the double-BAFTA nominated TV show, and the QI Elves' podcast No Such Thing As A Fish wins its second Chortle award.
- The first pencils were used to draw on sheep.
- More people work for Walmart than live in Slovenia.
- The beaded lacewing stuns its prey by farting on it.
- The allies considered dropping glue to stick Nazi troops to the ground.
- The only life on Earth for a billion years was a thick layer of slime. Scientists call it 'the boring billion'.
- On the anniversary of landing, the Mars Curiosity rover hummed 'Happy Birthday' to itself.
- 'Flabbergasted' was first recorded in a 1772 list of new words alongside 'bored'.
The Perfection of the Paper Clip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession [EPUB]
03 December 2016, 11:37
2015 | EPUB | 6.16MB
This wonderfully quirky book will change the way you look at your desk forever with stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed paper clip and the utilitarian, irreplaceable pencil.
How many of humanity’s brightest ideas started out on a scrap of paper, a Post-It, or in the margins of a notebook? In a delightfully witty and fresh voice, James Ward—cofounder of the Boring Conference and collector of the arcane—explores the secret histories of deskbound supplies, from pencils to fluorescent ink, and the gleaming reams of white paper we all take for granted, encouraging a deeper appreciation and fascination for the things that surround us each day.
In the spirit of The Evolution of Useful Things and A History of the World in 100 Objects, Ward transforms the mundane into stories of invention, discovery, and even awe. The Perfection of the Paper Clip is a fascinating tour of the objects that touch our daily lives, filled with charming drawings, illuminating stories, and winning humor that will satisfy curious minds and armchair inventors.
Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case [EPUB]
03 December 2016, 11:28
2014 | EPUB | 1.18MB
We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we never think about where they come from, why they are the way they are - or what stories they might have to tell.
But luckily, James Ward does and he's here to tell you all about the secret pull stationery exerts on our lives. After all, who remains unmoved by the sight of a pristine blu-tak slab, or the first unmarked sheet of a brand new notepad? And which of humanity's brightest ideas didn't start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or in the margins of a notebook?
Exploring the stories behind these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention - accidental and brilliant - and bitter rivalry. He also asks the questions you never thought you had: Who is Mr Pritt? What does shatter-proof resistant mean? How many pens does Argos use? And what does design evolutions in desk organisers mean for society?
This witty and entertaining book, packed with fascinating facts, will change the way you look at your desk, pencil case or stationery cupboard forever.