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Schott's Original Miscellany

Schott's Original Miscellany

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.

  • Behind Bars: Surviving Prison

    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]

  • The Big Book O' Beer

    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.