Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Humor Encyclopedias. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Interesting Stories For Curious People: A Collection of Fascinating Stories About History, Science, Pop Culture and Just About Anything Else You Can Think of
Want to impress your buddies at the bar? Need to think of something interesting to do at the next family gathering? Want to learn a bunch of random facts about history, science, true crime, and the paranormal? Pick up Interesting Stories for Curious People, the ultimate guidebook for a plethora of interesting facts about a whole bunch of several different topics. A quick read packed with information from cover to cover. Here you will find out: How did a Frenchman successfully use a spontaneous combustion defense during a murder trial? How did a German teenager help end the Cold War? Why did some really smart guys think foam houses would be the wave of the future? What is a chupacabra and why are there two of them? Did Cleopatra really die from a snake bite? You’ll be glued to the pages of this book reading interesting fact after interesting fact as Interesting Stories for Curious People brings you the in-depth knowledge of some things you may have heard about and always wondered, but now will learn the truth. You’ll finally be able to separate fact from fiction and will be surprised to learn that some of the things you’ve been told, even by your teachers, was just plain wrong! Whether you are a trivia maven or just a person who likes to learn new things, you’ll learn something new and find yourself entertained as you discover some of the most fascination criminals, ghost stories, strange habits of historical figures, and just weird things that are a part of our world. So open this book and your mind and see another side of things that you may not know existed.
- Author: Bill O'Neill
- Publisher: LAK Publishing (March 17, 2020)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
- ISBN: 978-1648450440
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.54 x 9 inches
2. Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home
The #1 New York Times Bestseller One-half of the celebrated Men in Blazers duo, longtime culture and soccer commentator Roger Bennett traces the origins of his love affair with America, and how he went from a depraved, pimply faced Jewish boy in 1980’s Liverpool to become the quintessential Englishman in New York. A memoir for fans of Jon Ronson and Chuck Klosterman, but with Roger Bennett’s signature pop culture flair and humor. Being a teenager isn’t easy, no matter where in the world you live or how much it does or doesn’t rain in your hometown. As an outsider—a private-schooled Jewish kid in working-class, heavily Catholic Liverpool—Roger Bennett wasn’t winning any popularity contests. But there was one idea, or ideal, that burned bright in Roger’s heart. That was America— with its sunny skies, beautiful women, and cool kids with flipped collars who ate at McDonald’s. When he embraced American popular culture, the dull gray world he lived in turned to neon teal—a color which had not even been invented in England yet. Introduced first through the gateway drug of The Love Boat , then to Rolling Stone , the NFL, John Hughes movies, Run-DMC, and Tracy Chapman, Roger embraced everything that would capture the imagination of a teenager growing up Stateside. When he made a real, in-the-flesh American friend who invited him over for the summer, he got to visit the promised land. A month in Chicago, and a life-changing night spent in the company of the Chicago Bears, was the first hit of freedom, of independence, of the Roger Bennett he knew he could be. (Re)Born in the USA captures the universality of growing pains, growing up, and growing out of where you come from. Drenched in the culture of the late ’80s and ’90s from the UK and the USA, and the heartfelt, hilarious sense of humor that has made Roger Bennett so beloved by his listeners, here is both a truly unique coming-of-age story and the love letter to America that the country needs right now.
- Author: Roger Bennett
- Publisher: Dey Street Books (June 29, 2021)
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature
- ISBN: 978-0062958693
- Dimensions: 6 x 1.09 x 9 inches
3. The Book of Incredible Information
The Book of Incredible Information is a collection of hundreds of articles, lists, quotes, and anecdotes . A lively range of subjects and events, from the backwater debacles of history to infamous innovations, vocations, and personalities. Topics include extraordinary explorers, oddball professions, game-changing inventions, unprofessional sports, arts and treasures, unforgettable edibles, and even a few ghost stories. Padded hardcover 704 pages
- Author: Publications International Ltd.
- Publisher: Publications International, Ltd. (April 20, 2015)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
- ISBN: 978-1450888431
- Dimensions: 6.45 x 2 x 9.33 inches
4. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in our world—period. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves , former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry. Featuring a foreword by Frank McCourt, and interspersed with a lively history of punctuation from the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes a powerful case for the preservation of proper punctuation.
- Author: Lynne Truss
- Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)
- Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
- ISBN: 978-1592404889
- Dimensions: 4.98 x 0.61 x 7.24 inches
5. The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel
Winner of the 2021 Betty Trask Award Shortlisted for the 2021 Desmond Elliott Prize “An audacious, idiosyncratic dual love story about how language and people intersect and connect, and about how far we'll go to save what we're passionate about.”— NPR An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent that chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world. Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement. Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary . His disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels before the work is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Is the change in the definition of marriage really that upsetting? And does the caller really intend for the Swansby's staff to 'burn in hell'? As these two narratives combine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the often nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn, and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut novel from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar's Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity, and joy of language.
- Author: Eley Williams
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st Edition (January 5, 2021)
- Genre: LGBTQ+ Books, Literature & Fiction
- ISBN: 978-0385546775
- Dimensions: 5.79 x 1.14 x 8.54 inches
6. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Elements: The Powers, Uses, and Histories of Every Atom in the Universe
A gorgeous nonfiction book for kids from bestselling artist and author Lisa Congdon! The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Elements leads young readers in an exploration of all 118 known elements. From their discoveries to their uses to their special properties, this vibrant book explores all things elements. • A visually stunning tour of the periodic table • Complete with profiles of notable scientists, amazing infographics, and more • Features an illustrated history of the periodic table's origins This artful survey of the elements combines science, history, trivia, humor, and endless fascination for science enthusiasts of every age. Middle grade readers will delight in this interesting take on the periodic table of elements. • Great for science lovers and Lisa Congdon fans alike • Resonates year-round as a go-to gift for birthdays and holidays for the science-loving kid • Perfect for children ages 10 and up • Equal parts educational and entertaining, this makes a great pick for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians, science teachers, and STEM educators. • Add it to the shelf with books like The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table by DK, The Periodic Table by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith, and Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray.
- Author: Lisa Congdon
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (July 13, 2021)
- Genre: Children's Books, Education & Reference
- ISBN: 978-1452161594
- Dimensions: 9.25 x 0.75 x 11.25 inches
7. Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
The Cat in the Hat, Sally, and Dick take an undersea voyage aboard the S.S. Undersea Glubber ! Traveling down from the Sunny Zone to the Dark Zone to the Trench at the bottom, Captain Cat and his crew get up close and personal with the different life forms found at each level of the ocean. Along the way, they meet sharks, jellyfish, dolphins, manatees, whales, and sea cucumbers, to name just a few!
- Author: Bonnie Worth
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (April 6, 1999)
- Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
- ISBN: 978-0679891161
- Dimensions: 6.81 x 0.35 x 9.25 inches
8. Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know
Did you know that Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits? Or that the Mars Rover sang itself “Happy Birthday”? How about the odd ingredient Civil War soldiers used to make coffee? Trivia meets its match. From Jupiter’s diamond showers to why pirates wore eye patches to the delightful link between dancing goats and the discovery of coffee, this collection of obscure and fascinating facts is brought to you by Mike Lowery, an illustrator and connoisseur of the offbeat. Featuring four gatefolds and hundreds of infographic webs that connect the trivia in dozens of surprising ways, it’s a little book that delivers endless delight.
- Author: Mike Lowery
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (October 31, 2017)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
- ISBN: 978-0761189954
- Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
9. Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972
The essential guide to world soccer—the history, the players, the fan culture—from the phenomenally popular duo from NBC Sports. The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans. Now they immerse fans and novices alike in the history and culture of the world’s game with Encyclopedia Blazertannica . Examining fan culture, from the famous stadium chants to the tactical variations of scarf tying, exploring the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, reliving the careers of legendary players, classic matches, and colorful World Cup history, and sharing a deep appreciation for the athletic brilliance and ill-judged neck tattoos that dominate the sport, this indispensable tome gives readers a front-row seat to all the action of football madness. A New York Times Bestseller!
- Author: Roger Bennett
- Publisher: Knopf; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2018)
- Genre: History, Americas
- ISBN: 978-1101875988
- Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
10. Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters (Refresh)
From Ariel to Zazu, this jacketed hardcover guide features fun facts, tricky trivia, and cool quotes about more than 150 Disney heroes (and villains!). Readers will also learn about the stars of the latest Disney and Disney*Pixar films, such as Frozen II, Toy Story 4, Moana, Onward, and more. Plus there’s plenty of room on each page for character autographs!
- Author: Disney Books
- Publisher: Disney Press; Revised, Updated edition (June 9, 2020)
- Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
- ISBN: 978-1368056779
- Dimensions: 8.75 x 0.63 x 11.25 inches