Download E-books The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits PDF

By Erik Sass, Steve Wiegand

Pop quiz! Who acknowledged what approximately history?

heritage is . . .
(a) kind of bunk.
(b) a nightmare from which i'm attempting to awaken.
(c) as completely contaminated with lies as a road whore with syphilis.

fit your answers:
(1) Stephen Daedalus of James Joyce's Ulysses
(2) Henry Ford
(3) Arthur Schopenhauer

It seems that the reply don't need to be bunk, nightmarish, or diseased. within the fingers of mental_floss, history's best bits were handpicked and roasted to perfection. filled with little-known tales and outrageous—but accurate—facts, you will snort your self smarter in this joyride via 60,000 years of human civilization.

bear in mind: simply because it is precise does not imply it really is boring!

Now with Breaking News

"If You concept the Last melancholy was once nice . . ."

solutions: (a) 2 (b) 1 (c) 3

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Download E-books Crónicas de Bustos Domecq PDF

By Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares

Un poco a los angeles manera de Carlyle, cuyo ‘Sartor Resartus’ (‘Sastre zurcido’) expone l. a. doctrina de un filósofo imaginario y los angeles ilustra con ejemplos apócrifos, H. Bustos Domecq dedica este volumen a los angeles discusión imparcial de literatos, de escultores, de arquitectos, de gastrónomos y de pintores que, por el momento, no existen, pero que son peligrosamente posibles, dadas las propensiones de l. a. época. El tono es humorístico, según lo impone todo examen severo de las manifestaciones más novedosas del arte y de las letras durante los últimos sesenta años. Veinte crónicas, casi todas de índole narrativa, integran este libro amenísimo, que satiriza lo universalmente consagrado, respetado, adulado y temido: es decir, lo moderno. En el desorientado siglo que corre, los angeles ignorancia y l. a. inepcia son infatigablemente inventivas; nos consta que H. Bustos Domecq ha debido espolear a su Pegaso para que l. a. realidad no lo deje atrás. Según lo señala el prólogo que avalora Gervasio Montenegro, estas impares ‘Crónicas’ constituyen el vademécum fundamental para el curioso que quiera echar una ojeada sobre el conjunto panorámico de los angeles estética en boga. Su redacción jocosa, apunta agudamente «ex cathedra» el profesor adjunto Longino, no excluye el pensamiento serio. Encarnados en los angeles figura de un «egoísta, tránsfuga, mentiroso, fanfarrón y casanova barato», según los angeles descripción de sus ilustres padres, Borges y Bioy Casares crean en estas páginas un fascinante juego de ficciones y espejos que lleva los angeles parodia hasta sus últimas consecuencias.

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Download E-books The Fifth Elephant: A Novel of Discworld PDF

By Terry Pratchett

Everyone is familiar with that the realm is flat and supported at the backs of 4 elephants. yet were not there alleged to be 5? certainly there have been. So the place is it?

When responsibility calls, Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers—even if he does not are looking to. Now, he is been invited to wait a royal functionality as either detective and diplomat. the only function he relishes; the opposite calls for, good, ruby tights. after all, the place police officers (even these clad in tights) pass, regrettably, crime follows. An tried assassination and a robbery quickly result in a determined chase from the low halls of Discworld royalty to the mythical fats mines of Uberwald, the place lard is located in underground seams besides tusks and enamel and different beneficial ivory artifacts. it truly is as much as the dauntless Vimes—bothered as ordinary through a well-recognized solid of Discworld population (you comprehend, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires, and such)—to clear up the puzzle of the lacking pachyderm. Which, after all, he'll . . . finally, fixing mysteries is his job.

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Download E-books Too Many Curses PDF

By A. Lee Martinez

From A. Lee Martinez, the Alex Award-winning writer of Gil's All Fright Diner, comes Too Many Curses.


Margle the Horrendous takes particular satisfaction in by no means killing his enemies. in its place, the wizard transforms them into a number of accursed varieties and locks them away in his citadel. His halls are jam-packed with his choice of fallen heroes and defeated villains.

It's Nessy's accountability to have a tendency this fortress. it is a lot of labor, yet she takes satisfaction in home tasks abilities that preserve the citadel from collapsing into chaos. but if Margle abruptly dies, every thing starts off to resolve. Nessy reveals herself surrounded through monsters, curses, a door that are meant to by no means be opened, and one very lethal darkish wizardess.

Nessy does not have may well or magic on her facet; she's only a kobold: brief, hairy, and brilliant. it might be smarter to stroll away, yet taking good care of the citadel is Nessy's task, and that is simply what she intends to do.

If merely she may perhaps locate time to shine the silver whereas beating again the forces of darkness.

"Fans of Douglas Adams will fortunately sink their the teeth into this blend platter of raunchy laughs and ectoplasmic ecstasy." ―Publishers Weekly, starred assessment on Gil's All Fright Diner

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Download E-books Tickling the English PDF

By Dara O Briain

Nostalgia, identification, eccentricity, gin consuming and low violence... those are only a few of the subject matters that humorist Dara O Briain explores in Tickling the English. O Briain moved to England decades in the past, but if he's taking his convey on journey round the state - from abandoned beach cities and distant off-shore islands, to sprawling commercial towns and sleepy suburbs - it's transparent to him that his followed house is nonetheless a bit an enigma. Why do the English faux to be unsatisfied all of the time?Why can't they settle for they rank approximately fifth, in everything?And what's with all of the fudge?But this Irishman loves a problem; he's definitely received the gregarious character and the sure-fire wit to carry down the obstacles of that recognized English reserve, and feature a superb outdated rummage inside of. Swapping anecdotes together with his audiences and spending time wandering of their hometowns, this nosy neighbour holds England as much as the sunshine whereas exploring a few of the attitudes he introduced over right here with him too.As Dara is going door-to-door looking for England during this half journey diary, half travelogue, the result's an affectionate, hilarious and infrequently eye-opening trip during the Sceptred Isle.

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Download E-books Psmith, Journalist (Collector's Wodehouse) PDF

By P. G. Wodehouse

The Wodehouse phenomenon maintains with extra gleaming classics from the grasp of hijinks and social comedy.

Psmith, Journalist reveals of Wodehouse's favourite early characters, Psmith and Mike, locate themselves in big apple urban, it's not lengthy ahead of these crucial Englishmen are concerned with the mysteries of yankee gang struggle. a unprecedented mixture of comedy, experience tale and weird in Wodehouse social remark. there's even a boxing fit graphically defined. As such, it really is designated between his novels in content material, yet attribute in wit and leisure worth.

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Download E-books Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0) PDF

By Scott Meyer

The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England proceed as Martin Banks takes his subsequent step at the trip towards learning his reality-altering powers and enjoyable his future.

A month has handed in view that Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and issues couldn’t be going larger. with the exception of his love lifestyles, that's. Feeling far-off and misplaced, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent state ruled by means of the Sorceresses, and a spot recognized to be a secure haven to all girl time-travelers.

Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for the entire leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks it will be an opportunity to attempt back with Gwen. after all, this is often Martin Banks we’re speaking approximately, so homicide, secret, and excessive intrigue all get within the means of a man who simply wishes yet one more shot to get the woman.

The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer’s Spell or excessive Water proves that it doesn't matter what powers you could have over the years and area, you can’t keep an eye on rotten success.

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Download E-books Loaded Magazine [UK] (April 2012) PDF

Loaded is the unique, funniest and most sensible mens journal. Created in 1994 through a host of blokes with a love
of soccer, women, tune and comedy, Loaded introduced the boys s way of life marketplace. 17 years and over two hundred
issues have handed, however the journal s mantra nonetheless is still. Alan Partridge, Kevin Keegan, Frank Skinner,
Noel Gallagher, Britney Spears, Kelly Brook and Vikki Blows have all graced the canopy through the years. So
whether you re after attractive ladies, innovative journalism, interviews with the simplest activities and
musicians, or simply irreverent foolish buggery loaded won't ever disappoint.

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Download E-books If I Ran the Circus (Classic Seuss) PDF

By Dr. Seuss

Step correct up for Dr. Seuss’s vintage rhyming picture-book story of younger Morris McGurk’s mammoth circus desires. This circus has greater than a trifling lion tamer and trapeze artist! on the Circus McGurkus, you’ll be intrigued by means of the wink-hooded Hoodwink, terrified through the noticed Atrocious, and surprised through the bold feats of the good Sneelock. And those are only the various excellent issues you’ll locate below this substantial most sensible. instructed with the humor and originality which are synonymous with Dr. Seuss, If I Ran the Circus is a crowd-pleasing showstopper!

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