Games: Odd books of the week
Saturday 08 November 1997
I eventually found the answer in Russell Ash's Top Ten of Everything - a sort of thinking man's Guinness Book of Records full of all sorts of intriguing information overlooked in most worthy volumes of knowledge. Now the same author has produced The World in One Day (Dorling Kindersley, pounds 12.99), a splendid collection of information about an average 24 hours in the earth's life. In considerably less than that time, I have learned that evey day, on average, two people are killed by snakes in Sri Lanka, 2.4mm of snow falls on Canada, 26,000 Chinese couples get married, two billion hens' eggs are laid, 101,000 washing machines are made and the world farts enough hydrogen to fill 13 Hindenburg airships.
If, however, you are tired of this world, try "The Traveller's Guide to Mars" (Cadogan, pounds 4.99) by Michael Pauls and Dana Facaros. The 309-million- miles round trip works out, at current prices, to cost only 86 cents a mile - which is half the rate of a London cab. And once you arrive, there's something going on 687 days a year (though they say it's dead after 9pm). This book is full of information, lightened with wonderfully awful jokes.
Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
Maryland mother found pushing her dead child on a swing in a playground
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
Nicola Sturgeon did want David Cameron to win the general election, report concludes
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
- 2 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
- 3 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
- 4 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
- 5 Witch doctor arrested after forcing newborn baby to walk in Indian village
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