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A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet
 
 
Author
John Oldale.
Publisher Plume  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780452297838
Pages/Publication Date 300/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29078
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Why is kissing on trains banned in France? In what country are litigants expected to present their case at court in the form of a poem? And if Panama hats aren't from Panama, where are they from? From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, here is everything you never knew about every country on Earth. John Oldale speaks five languages, has outrun knife-wielding brigands (twice), and has been rescued from a sub-Antarctic beach. A scientist by training and an explorer by passion, Oldale has logged half a million miles visiting more than 90 nations. Here he celebrates the weird and the wonderful in a cornucopia of facts brought vividly to life through the unexpected stories behind them.
 
 
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