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Mitchell Symons was born in 1957 in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied just enough law to get a Third. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning weekly column for the Sunday Express.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts Answers everywhere to questions you might never have thought of asking…Why does toast always fall butterside down? Why does sand come in different colours? Are grasshoppers and crickets the same? And, Do Igloos Have Loos? Entertaining answers to all of the above and many more make this a fun reference book.
Mitchell Symons, the revolting reference expert, turns his attention to the world of sport. Whether you're a sports nut or more of an armchair follower, there will be facts and stories to entertain and educate you. Find out: which striker's shorts fell down when he took a penalty; when some ducklings interrupted a rowing race; who played in the longest tennis match ever; and, which football team's fanzine is called 'Linesman, You're Rubbish'.
9+. What’s the worst thing you can think of about an animal? How about “Toads only eat prey that moves” or “Turkeys will peck to death members of the flock that are physically inferior or different.” Even the nicest animals can have disgusting characteristics and dipping into this entertaining book will introduce you to many of their worst. Loads of facts in such a handy sized book. It's a jungle out there...so why not make yourself a brainbox with funny animal facts such as...why porcupines are so pongy, why angry monkeys fling their poo at each other, why ostriches pee on their own legs and how many hearts a squid has. The science that underpins it is good making it a useful source of knowledge as well as fun to read. A great series to get kids into reading. Titles in the series include Human Body, History, Creepy Crawlies and Animals.
Loads of facts about about all manner of creepy crawlies -an ant with Dracula fangs, spiders eating their own webs, musclebound caterpillars and why fleas would be champions at the high jump. The science that underpins it is good making it a useful source of knowledge as well as fun to read. A great series to get kids into reading. Titles in the series include Human Body, History, Creepy Crawlies and Animals. It’s hard to get much grosser than creepy crawlies! The thought of them is enough to give most people the shivers and, when you hear about their most gruesome characteristics, it is not surprising. Within all kinds of funny and ridiculous stories, this is a book packed with facts about flies, bees, beetles and even caterpillars.
Life in the past was very grim according to this introduction to some of its grosser aspects. Mediaeval habits of sewing children into their clothes for the entire winter or the Chinese practice of breaking baby girls’ feet so they were tiny and straight give visions of why it is better to be a child today! Other gross details tell how witches were tortured and how ancient Egyptians made their mummies. All those who enjoy gruesome details will find this dip into the past irresistible. A great series to get kids into reading. Titles in the series include Human Body, History, Creepy Crawlies and Animals.
Loads of facts about every part of the body are crammed into this highly illustrated book. And many of them certainly are gross! No sensibilities are spared in this guide to the smells, sights, sounds and look of many different parts of the body. The science that underpins it is good making it a useful source of knowledge as well as fun to read. A great series to get kids into reading. Titles in the series include Human Body, History, Creepy Crawlies and Animals.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts The place to go to find answers to out of the ordinary questions is none other than the author Mitchell Symons and his terrific series of books, of which this is the latest. This is his 7th compilation and will undoubtedly be as successful as it predecessors which included How to avoid a Wombat’s Bum, Why Eating Bogeys is good for you and Do Farts smell like Rotten Eggs? Lots to delight all those with a warped or even not so warped mind. Whether this and the previous will now have covered all the unanswered or indeed unanswerable questions in the known universe we will not know until people stop writing in with suggestions for the next compilation! Here is a list of all the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 shortlisted books: Best Book with Facts: Do Igloos Have Loos? - Mitchell Symons How the World Works - Christiane Dorion What You Need To Know Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics - Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan and Isabel Thomas Most Fun Story with Pictures: Alienography - Chris Riddell Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree - Andy Stanton Lunatics and Luck (The Raven Mysteries) - Marcus Sedgwick Favourite Stories: Dead Man's Cove (A Laura Marlin Mystery) - Lauren St John A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) - Philip Reeve Tall Story - Candy Gourlay
Winner of the 2010 Blue Peter 'Best Book with Facts' Award. Why can’t you tickle yourself? What is the best way to cure hiccups? Why do buses travel in threes? Loads of questions with some highly entertaining answers fill this information book with a difference. Fun to read, it is also full of some real facts as well as some amusing fantasies. It might even get even the most reluctant reader reading!!
The latest collection of terrific trivia from the bestselling author of WHY EATING BOGEYS IS GOOD FOR YOU and double Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award winner. The answers to these incredible questions will boggle your brain! Can rocks have snot? Why do doughnuts have holes in the middle? Could a human child ever be raised by animals? What have hyenas got to laugh about? And why is it impossible to belch after blast-off?!
From bestselling revolting reference expert Mitchell Symons comes this wickedly funny modern take on Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses. Meet a true rogue's gallery of horrid kids who hit the skids. Callum: who was a dreadful bully until he received his come-uppance; Tiffany: who couldn't put down her mobile phone and died a horrible death; Bill: whose ability to fart ended in tears and Chloe: whose determination to have the most Facebook friends meant she lost her real ones.
A collection of wise and wacky words of advice, from the bestselling and double Blue Peter Best Book with Facts-winning Mitchell Symons. From the marvellous mind of Mitchell Symons comes such gems of wisdom as: You can't trust a dog to watch your food. Why buy shampoo when real poo is free? Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, as you won't have a leg to stand on. And if getting even doesn't work, just get odd!
Mitchell Symons has stats and stories to entertain and amaze you! Did the Olympians really compete in the buff? Which striker's shorts fell down when he was taking a penalty? Which sport consists of running while juggling? Which football team's fanzine is called Linesman, You're Rubbish?
Ever wondered ...Why are slugs so slimy? Why does your skin go wrinkly in the bath? How clever is your right foot? What is the best thing to do if you fall into quicksand? And do igloos have loos? Mitchell Symons knows the answers ...and now you will too!
IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE...Arm yourself with the answers to top trivia such as: Why are porcupines so pongy? Why do angry monkeys fling their poo at each other? Why do ostriches pee on their own legs? Includes cool collector cards to swap with your mates.
GO MAD FOR MINIBEASTS! Discover the answers to top trivia such as: Does the dung beetle really stink? Why are caterpillars so muscly? Why would fleas be champion high-jumpers? Includes cool collector cards to swap with your mates.
FRIGHTFUL FACTS AND GORY STORIES ...Top trivia about life in the past such as: Did Vikings wear horns on their helmets? How did Ancient Egyptians make their mummies? Which animals were gladiators forced to fight?
NOXIOUS NOISES AND STINKY SMELLS ...Amaze your mates with top trivia such as: Why do we puke and sweat? Which tribe uses farting as a greeting? How likely are you to be injured by a toilet seat?
DID YOU KNOW ...Square watermelons are sold in Japan? There is a River Piddle in Dorset? Americans use enough toilet paper daily to wrap around the world nine times? Mitchell Symons goes global - join him on his fun fact-finding world tour!
In Do Igloos Have Loos? Mitch Symons, the revolting reference expert, answers burning questions such as: How do you get out of quicksand? Why does your skin get wrinkly if you stay too long in the bath? Is your right foot really clever? And, crucial for everyone likely to get caught short in the Arctic, 'Do igloos have loos'?
DID YOU KNOW? Stinky ear wax has been hanging around in the ear canal for nearly a month before it is 'pickable'! Humans share a third of their DNA with lettuce. Cockroaches fart every fifteen minutes. Giraffes never kneel. The average person spends six months of their life on the loo. Amaze your friends and fascinate your family with this book packed with jaw-dropping, eyebrow-raising facts.
This work lets you discover where a three-headed turtle was discovered in 1999, where the first toothbrush was invented, which country has summer as the only season and where you can buy square watermelons! It is guaranteed to have young readers hooked for hours.
EVER WONDERED ...Why we burp? What a wotsit is? Whether lemmings really jump off cliffs? Why vomit always contains carrots? And why do farts smell like rotten eggs? No subject is too strange and no trivia too tough for Mitchell Symons, who has the answer to these crazy questions, and many more.
Let Mitchell Symons be your guide into the weird and wonderful world of trivia. Camels are born without humps. Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, was scared of mice. Only 30% of humans can flare their nostrils A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink And an elephant produces an eye-wateringly pongy 20 kilos of dung a day!
EVER WONDERED . . . Why we have tonsils? Is there any cream in cream crackers? Why is the sea blue? And if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches, what happens to all the poo?! Mitch Symons answers all these crazy questions and plenty more in this wonderfully funny and addictive book for children from 8 to 80! And yes, eating bogeys is good for you . . . but only your own!
Ever wondered why we have tonsils? Is there any cream in cream crackers? Why is the sea blue? And if kangaroos keep their babies in their pouches, what happens to all the poo?! Mitch Symons answers all these crazy questions and plenty more in this wonderfully funny and addictive book for children from 8 to 80! And yes, eating bogeys is good for you...but only your own!
Did you know THAT: The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal was Shredded Wheat in 1893 (it beat Kellogg's Corn Flakes by just five years) Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher and Simon Cowell all have twin brothers. Everton were the first British football club to introduce a stripe down the side of their shorts. The word DUDE was coined by Oscar Wilde and his friends. It is a combination of the words 'duds' and 'attitude'. Well you do now! Filled with fantastic facts and figures to amaze and intrigue . . . once you start reading you'll be hooked for hours!