A nostalgic compendium of fascinating answers, from the 1930s, to more than 1,000 curious questions
Knowledge is power. Whether it's at pub quiz or duringa lull at a dinner party, a situation could arise at any time when one needs to know if a sloth eats upside down, why onions make us cry, or whether worms are found on mountains.This compendiumis here to help the curiousprepare for those awkward moments when the golden wheat of facts needs to be separated from the chaff of stuff and nonsense. The nuggets of knowledge and wonderful illustrations selected for this book were originally found in a two-volume 1930s encyclopedia called "Everybody's Enquire Within" the Google of their day. Our interests may have changed and the world may seem smaller, but the answers to all the pithy questions posed here "How are performing fleas trained?Can ice burst bombs? "still have the power to fascinate readers young and old and fill them with the wonder of knowledge."