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A People's History of the Peculiar
A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths
Nick Belardes
ISBN: 9781936740833
Foreword by Caroline Leavitt
Book (Paperback)
Viva Editions
$14.95
5 1/2 x 8
288 pages
April 8, 2014


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"Whether you are a trivia buff or not this book will keep you entertained. Young and old will enjoy the variety of subjects in this book." —Nonfiction Book Reviews

"This is a very extensive gathering of the odd, the curious, the strangest of occupations, illnesses, phobias, places, artistic endeavors, and more. If you are one who enjoys reading about the weird things and happenings that surround us, you will have a great time perusing this book." —City Book Review

"Nick Belardes' People's History of the Peculiar has many layers, and that includes thinking about life and people and planets and everything else with or without mass in a brand new way. I mean, truly, what’s more crucial than a sense of wonder? This book is a compendium of blistering funny facts, outrageous anecdotes and all kinds of zany information you really need to know. —Carolyn Leavitt, from the foreword

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was an ax murderer? Do you delight knowing that some dinosaurs were as teeny tiny as hens? Wonder what it’s like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it’s named after Alice in Wonderland?

In A People's History of the Peculiar, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over to find facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide readers with the best cocktail conversation topics for many years to come!

Also found here are first-person interviews with people who can explain the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen the brain and occupy readers’ minds for hours of entertainment.

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