031: Pearson, Will, Mangesh Hattikudur, & Elizabeth Hunt, eds. mental_floss presents Forbidden Knowledge: A Wickedly Smart Guide to History’s Naughtiest Bits. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 294 pp. ISBN 0-06-078475-X.
- 000: Computer Science, Knowledge, and General Works
- 030: Encyclopedias and books of facts
- 031: General encyclopedic works in American English
There’s one at every get together—some guy or gal who can tell you exactly how Catherine the Great died, can rattle off obscure Polynesian gods, or (right when you’re giving a toast) explain the origins of toasting. I like that person because they’ve devoted the time and energy into reading the source material, committing it to memory, and painlessly transmitting to me. Sometimes, I’m that person. After reading all the books I have, there’s a lot of arcane facts rolling around my head. But today, the good folks from mental_floss have done our work for us.