Schott's Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany
By Ben Schott
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582344065, 160pp.)
Publication Date: October 13, 2005
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From the author of the international bestsellers Schott’s Original Miscellany and Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany comes the third and most playful installment in the series: a miscellanist’s wisdom from the worlds of sports, games, and idling.
What other sporting book will explain the rules of elephant polo; the perils of the Cresta Run; the link between crosswords and the devil; the story behind the Nike “swoosh”; or why surfing is the “Sport of Kings” (in Hawaii)? Which other volume will list the seven deadly sins of golf; the secrets of Houdini’s Code; or the myriad personalities of the Pac-Man ghosts? Where else will you stumble across an account of Evel Kneival’s broken bones, a detailing of Mike Tyson’s tattoos, the nicknames for classic poker-hands, or every sporting ailment from jogger’s nipple to housemaid’s knee?
You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy this irresistible volume of factual odds and ends. Schott’s Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany scores big with its fascinating hodge-podge of sports- and activity-related trivia.
Ben Schott is the author of the international bestsellers Schott’s Original Miscellany and Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany, which have sold collectively almost two million copies worldwide. A photographer, designer, and miscellanist, he lives in London and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.