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The Mental Floss History of the World

The Mental Floss History of the World

Forget mindless memorization and monotone teachers — history can be fun, as evident in The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits ($17). This 432-page tome is filled with terrific, mostly-true anecdotes and tales from the beginnings of human civilization to modern times. [via]

  • Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

    While we're far from monks, the Uncrate staff tends to believe that simplicity is the key to a happy life. Whether that simplicity comes from a gadget or something else is largely irrelevant, the importance is that it makes our life easier. In this case the ease comes from the Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's ($20) cookbook, an excellent collection of recipes that, as the title dictates, uses only items found at Trader Joe's. If you're of the unlucky stock who live in an area void of Trader Joe's, promptly pack up your life and move elsewhere, your life can't possibly be simple enough living away from such a staple of city dwelling.

  • The DC Vault

    The DC Vault ($33) features a slew of anthologized information on the multitude of DC universes. Many classic books are reprinted within the vault as well as other, more encyclopedic information.