Disalmanac: A Book of Fact-Like Facts: Scott Bateman
Memorizing facts and keeping them straight has just been made much easier as author, humorist and comic Scott Bateman presents his Disalmanac filled with facts that are anything but true, will definitely make you smile and never have to remember dates, numbers, or events because they are all false. From the months of the year filling each one with facts that I bet you never knew about dealing with Korea, its nuclear tests and just plain everything you want to know about the Federal Reserve, our government and more, this book will not only keep you glued to finding out just what you need to know about each month, some states and more but enlighten you to important trivia, facts that you will never forget.
The first thing you have to know is that these facts are very important and you really need to take the time to read every one of them and memorize them. You never know when you’ll be tested, asked to present important information about a day in history, something that happened in a particular month or even recall information about one of our esteemed Presidents. Now, for students out there this could clear up many of the misconceptions you have about history, the world and even science. So, let’s get started with Part One: I will share some important facts, dates and information but not all because like all novels, mysteries or thrillers what’s the fun if you don’t find out for yourself!
Part One deals with the Days of the ….Year and presents important facts about each month. Since January and February are really too cold to talk about I decided to start with March because of Spring. Did you know that “ the Vatican announced that, to go along with the Popemobile, engineers were building a really bad… PopeJetSki! How cool is that! The date this was announced was March 6th. Next, believe it or not you might find this hard to grasp but it is true according to this almanac that on March 10th the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates after consulting a Ouija Board. Now, you know just where to find out about your future and the future of the economy. How simple is that. Let’s move to April where on the 20th, which is an important date to me, we learn that “even after all this time, 4 Non Blondes still have no idea what’s going on.” So, glad I am a blonde! In June, which is one of my favorite months on the first Indiana passed a right to work it law. What that means read page 12 to find out! The entire section is filled with so many facts and so much important information that the author spans more than one year and I don’t want to spill it all. But, first I have to take a break to stop laughing and get control. Just because I want to be nice and fair to the month I was born, September, I will give you one more before moving on to the holidays within this chapter. Okay: Since this is my favorite month I will tell you that on the on the 16th Xerox introduced the first photocopier. The reason I cannot divulge. Next the holidays that are highlighted or shall I say when we all get a day off from work: Veteran’s Day on page 59, Arbor day on page 59 and of course what about Daylight Savings Time when you get to sleep and find out you lost an hour and are late for something because you forgot to set you clock ahead. Moving to the next Part let’s not forget the Fact-Like-Facts that are placed in strategic positions throughout this almanac just to make sure that you know the scores of games, highlights in history and much more.
Where would we be if we did not have the right facts about the United States and our amazing country? The author gives you a little geography lesson in the intro to let you know in case you are not sure just where the US is located so that you can find it on a map and tell others where they can find you. So, what does he share and what facts do you need to really learn we start with The Mayflower and what could go wrong and then one of my favorite’s the author of Poor Richard’s Almanac: Benjamin Franklin: Famous Guy. He was an inventor, scientist and let’s not forget he flew a kite in a thunderstorm. What you did not know and should understand the next time you try to fly a kite in a thunderstorm is that he discovered third-degree burns. Make sure you are near a pharmacy before attempting this. Just a word of caution! There is information about the British, the Stamp Act which according to Fact-Like-Fact: the worst thing about this act: All those disgruntled postal workers. But, more important find out what happens when they have to decide whose picture to place on the stamp and who won! Page 69. The next part deals with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and The War of 1812. Of course that’s not all the author shares in this section learn the truth about WWII, facts about our presidents past and present and then let’s move on to THE WORLD! Let’s not forget he also enlightened us about Social Security, so seniors pay close attention, the US Postal Service and facts about each state and much more.
To make sure that you know where to find the World the author begins with its location on page 159 and moves to the history from the beginning. You even get a great language lesson on page 161 when he allows you to learn more about Sumerian writing. Next, he teaches you about Ancient Greece and Tome: When Greeco-Roman Wrestling Ruled the Planet: to understand and learn more so that you can participate too: read pages 161-162. The Dark Ages, the Exploration and an important Fact-Like-Fact about Magellan on page 167 that you really need to understand and know. The Industrial Revolution, The Soviet Union and the Cold War are next followed by information about every nation in the world as we move to Science. He also teaches you the reader about Religion in the section on the world.
Just imagine how much you have learned, the untruths about so many facts that you thought you learned and had under your belt. Now, for science: You might want to get a notepad and take some notes to remember these facts in case you are giving a speech, teaching a class or even at a party and want to show off your intelligence and knowledge about these amazing disalmanac facts. Of course to make things really simple the author defines the word science in case you are not sure what is means and how it impacts your daily life! For those of you that want to learn more about the planets and the sun, which keeps us, tan and warm, the section focuses on that and is followed by the Universe. But, in case you cannot find your own location he brilliantly illustrates that on page 210. Make sure that you find where you are before going on! Black Holes, The Milky Way, The History of Manned Space Flights and Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Air pollution and Erosion. He has not missed even one fact in science. Erosion in case you are not sure is also a thing. However, it’s really boring, so never mind according to the author. Why our water is polluted is explained on pages 223-224 warning you to be careful! Global Warming, Rainforests, Physics, Scientists and warnings about smoking such as: read page 237 to find out. Scientists come and go but if you really want to know why some of them died the author will tell you on pages 241-244. Just because I am so nice I will tell you that Galileo: Froze until Stiff and that Copernicus fell off a Cliff. The rest you are on your own. The final section deals with All that other …. Inflation, consumer price index, Wall Street, The History of Art, music, books, authors, types of books, banned books, the Olympics and sports. Okay I will give you one more for the road: Fact: this book is hilarious and the facts although not true are definitely worth learning in order to be well informed about our country, history, music, our holidays, days of the year and much more. One more that will definitely make you want to get a copy of this book or maybe more for friends, birthdays and holiday presents: I bet you did not know that on April 16 In Wisconsin: cheese was named the state fruit. You see: you are better enlightened. This book is really worth the read and will cheer you up and definitely make you smile.
Fran Lewis: reviewer: Let’s give this book five golden disalmanac new facts to add to the next edtion.