Fascinating facts abound in dandy data round up
The Book of Odds
By Amram Shapiro, Louise Firth-Campbell & Rosalind Wright
Softcover, 238 pages, $26.99 / Kindle edition $13.29 (William Morrow)
What are the odds? Now you’ll know, with this handy, dandy compendium of thousands of ’em, presented in chapters that cover the cradle to the grave—like the best odds for a boy to be named Harold were in the 1920s (1 in 80.4); the odds a female college student has a tattoo on her neck (1 in 125); the odds that an adult agrees that “creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster will one day be discovered by science” (1 in 5.6). With sidebars, trivia boxes, lists, graphs and other helpful breakouts, it’s a wealth of data that you can open up anywhere and find something fascinating.
—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine