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ISBN 978-1-57344-360-9
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Random Obsessions

Trivia You Can't Live Without

A People's History of the Peculiar

Did you know Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was an ax murderer? Don’t you delight knowing some dinosaurs were teeny tiny as hens? How about an ailment so surreal it’s named after Alice in Wonderland? Historian Nick Belardes explains the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults, and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space.

Truly trivia you can’t live without, Random Obsessions  is filled with facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide you with the best cocktail conversation for many years to come. Your guide, Nick Belardes, has devoted his life to poking around the peculiar and perplexing, and the result is a trivia book that is anything but trivial. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen your brain and occupy your mind for hours of reading. This book is so fascinating and fun, you’ll become obsessed, too!

"...try integrating some bizarre tidbits loaded with idiosyncratic knowledge into your social conversations and watch your audience grow in interest faster than you'd imagine possible. The book to help you get there is Random Obsessions: Trivia You Can't Live Without by Nick Belardes." —Tony R. Rodriguez, For full article, click here.

"The facts are real and ridiculous and the book is fascinating. I could say so much more but I would rather you get the book and find out for yourself."— Amos Lassen, Literary Pride

NICK BELARDES is a history professor, journalist, blogger, and videographer. Nick writes several media blogs, including Noveltown's Paperback Writer and ABC23's Nick 2.0. Nick is the founding editor for Face News and runs a writers group, The Irresponsibles. His work has appeared on the homepage of and other news sites all over America. He lives in southern California.

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