Schott's Sporting, Gaming, & Idling Miscellany

Ben Schott, Author Bloomsbury Publishing PLC $14.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-58234-406-5
Following on the heels of Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany comes this compendium of trivia of the recreational persuasion, packaged to look not unlike a 19th century almanac or reference guide. Included are Naismith's original rules for basketball (dating from 1892), the contestants and winners of every Superbowl through XXXIX, a glossary of fox hunting terms, different types of fish bait (and the fish each are most likely to attract), a list of questions used by Gamblers Anonymous to assess the degree of a person's addiction and innumerable other morsels. Devoid of any organizational logic, the book is not intended for serious, cover-to-cover reading, but serves as a bet and argument settler that will find itself at home next to the cash register at sportsbars.
Reviewed on: 10/31/2005
Release date: 11/01/2005
Hardcover - 160 pages - 978-0-7475-6924-4
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