Truly Peculiar


Are overweight politicians less trustworthy? What can bosses learn from a hostage negotiator? What happened to the Vegas wedding industry last year? How can Big Macs measure the true size of China’s economy? And why do dung beetles’ love of human faeces result in scientific bias? The ever-keen minds of The Economist Explains ponder all these and more in this latest encyclopaedic excursion around the globe. From Hollywood to the underground hair trade, discover answers to the unconventional headscratchers you never thought to ask. This is an extraordinary compendium of the peculiarly true.

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Our extraordinary world makes more (and sometimes less) sense when you wonder:What’s driving the international turkey-meat boom?How does a cannonball determine a maritime boundary?Where can you wed your mobile phone?Why do septuagenarians have a better chance of summiting Mount Everest than ever?The ever-keen minds of The Economist Explains solve all these riddles and more in their latest encyclopaedic excursion around the globe. Baffle your friends and colleagues with unconventional headscratchers that shed surprising light on science, culture, world affairs and more. From the underground trade in hair to Hollywood’s role in the creation of the snow globe, Truly Peculiar takes a walk on the weird side.

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Weight 380 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.2 cm










032.02 (edition:23)


College – higher education / Code: F

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