There are so many useless facts in the world — why not own a book of them? Schott's Original Miscellany ($11) holds the answers to such life-altering questions as “Which Burmese kings died ‘curious deaths’?” and “Does anyone in the house have a schematic of Dante’s Inferno?” Factoids abound in this volume from Ben Schott, as does humor — making Original Miscellany a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer.
If you would rather give up your car or girlfriend rather than your beloved iPod, then The Cult of iPod ($17) by Leander Kahney is right up your alley. The follow up to his terrific The Cult of Mac, the book looks at how the iPod came to be, current crazy iPod culture, and how exactly the iPod has turned into our new god.
It’s not often we get to tell you about items that will sell out if anyone buys just one, but this is too cool not to talk about. This is a First Edition, First Printing Copy of The Hobbit ($65,000). This edition is one of only 1500 printed in the run, and contains drawings by J.R.R Tolkien himself — including pen drawings, two maps, decorations to the cloth binding, and the very cool dust jacket illustration. A treasure as rare as the Ring itself.
As much as we hope we never end up there, the possibility always exists that you or someone you know could end up in the slammer. Behind Bars: Surviving Prison by Jeffrey Ian Ross & Stephen C. Richards ($11) imparts all kinds of wisdom only those who have seen the inside could know — wisdom that could save your tail should some unforeseen circumstances (like that huge pile of NetFlix DVDs you’ve been copying) put you in trouble with the law. [via Cool Tools]
We love beer, and we’re guessing most of you probably enjoy a cup of suds every once in a while, so it only makes sense to showcase a book all about the beverage which we love. The Big Book o' Beer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Greatest Beverage on Earth ($14) is a world-wide celebration of all things beer related — from scientific facts to beer recipes to geography. Plenty of pictures pay homage to the world’s beer culture, and you aren’t a real man unless you have an “Atlas of Beer” somewhere in your home.