Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:10 AM

1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd

My rating: 0 of 5 stars



I heard an interview with the Author John Lloyd on NPR Saturday edition. During the interview, Author Lloyd "suggests that if this book were taught in schools, students would learn faster and remember more because it reduces real knowledge to its most interesting elements."

For example, from the first page of the book:
Asteroid 1,227 is called Geranium.
The ozone layer smells faintly of geraniums.
The center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries.
The universe is shaped like a vuvuzela.

Lloyd explains "Now these, left bald, they are astonishing and almost incredible. But they're all sourced," says Lloyd. "We can talk about why the center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries and how they know that. And that would be an amazing way of learning about raspberries, galaxies [and] physics."


Learning is the best way to keep the mind active and engaged. My goal for this book is to take each fact and learn from it. Why is Astroid 1,227 called Geranium? When was it found and named? Who found the astroid? Where is the asteroid?

Even if you don't purchase the book, download the Kindle sample and read the introduction. There are great tips on learning.

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