19 August, 2013

The Trivia Lover's Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found by Gary Fuller [Surani, Waitakere Central Library Henderson]

At first glance this title might sound boring to the average human, but if you have the same crazy itch that I have with the words "geography" and "trivia", then this book is definitely for you!

As I opened up this book the first question Gary Fuller started off with; "Where is New Zealand?", almost had me choking with laughter in the middle of my lunch! Once my choking fit subsided, my eye drifted to the chapter heading, 'The Effects of Geographic Ignorance' and I started to read the chapter to discover that 'fewer than 15% of college aged students in the US could find New Zealand on the world map'!

Peppered with many fascinating and interesting questions like, 'What is the first foreign county you would encounter if you went due south from downtown Detroit, Michigan?' to 'Which is the only continent without volcanoes?', this book has the ability to open your mind to a vast ocean of geographic information.

Gary Fuller provides us with an extremely enjoyable and engaging guide of geographic trivia along with a colourful background to each question. Many of the questions have accompanying maps that help illustrate the facts.

This book not only answers many questions that had been on my mind but it also has the ability to challenge today's global generation to truly get to know their world!

A must read if you have a pub quiz to prepare for, or if you just love random facts about our world!!

Title: The Trivia Lover's guide to the world: geography for the lost and found
Author: Gary Fuller
ISBN: 9781442214033
Published: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

 - Surani, Waitakere Central Library Henderson

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