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The Book of Lists, the Canadian Edition

The Book of Lists, the Canadian Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 0-676-97720-0
Pages 518
Language English only
Price $25.00
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Written by David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, Ira Basen and Jane Farrow.
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2005.


A new edition of the classic bestseller from the original authors, with additional material specifically prepared for Canadian readers.

For nearly three decades, the editors of The Book of Lists have been researching curious facts, unusual statistics and the incredible stories behind them. Now the most entertaining and informative of these have been brought together in a long-awaited, thoroughly up-to-date new edition that is also the first Canadian edition. Ira Basen and Jane Farrow have augmented the existing lists with fascinating homegrown material, and compiled lists specifically of relevance to Canadian readers.

So if you’ve always wanted to find out how porcupines really mate, how comedy can kill and — that most essential piece of knowledge — how long the longest recorded nose was, this is the book for you. With contributions from a variety of celebrities and experts including Margaret Atwood, Mike Myers, Michael Ondaatje, Dave Eggers, Phillip Pullman and Charlotte Gray, this anthology has something for everyone — and more than you ever suspected you wanted to know.

A selected list of lists from The Book of Lists:
  • 10 Notable Film Scenes Left on the Cutting Room Floor
  • 10 Afflictions and Their Patron Saints
  • 14 Nations with More Sheep Than People
  • Margaret MacMillan’s 12 Favourite 20th-Century Diplomatic Incidents
  • 5 Trips to the Canadian Wilderness That Ended in Disaster
  • 8 Really Bad Canadian Sports Teams
  • Kurt Browning’s 9 Turning Points in Figure Skating History
  • 12 Museums of Limited Appeal
  • 10 Celebrated People Who Read Their Own Obituaries
  • Margaret Atwood’s 10 Annoying Things to Say to Writers
  • 5 body parts named after Italians
  • Mike Myers’s 10 Best Things to do in Toronto
  • 13 Untranslatable words
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