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  1. 2.6 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Want to know how to garden with lobsters? How to sober up, grow a beard, or simply how to make a perfect omelet? Look no further, or rather, look backward. Based on the popular blog, Ask the Past is full of the wisdom of the ages—as well as the fad diets, zany pickup lines, and bacon Band-Aids of the ages. Drawn from centuries of antique texts by historian and bibliophile Elizabeth P. Archibald, Ask the Past offers a delightful array of advice both wise and weird. Whether it’s eighteenth-century bedbug advice (sprinkle bed with gunpowder and let smolder), budget fashion tips of the Middle Ages (save on the clothes, splurge on the purse) or a sixteenth-century primer on seduction (hint: do no pass gas), Ask the Past is a wildly entertaining guide to life from the people who lived it first.

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    2.6 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Ponder, if you will ... What is the difference between a kit and a caboodle? Why don't people get goose bumps on their faces? Where do houseflies go in the winter? What causes that ringing sound in your ears? Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies these topics and so much more in Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? -- the unchallenged source of answers to civilization's most nagging questions. Part of the Imponderables® series, Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? challenges readers with the knowledge about everyday life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don't have. And think about it, where else are you going to get to the bottom of why hot dogs come ten to a package while hot dog buns come in eights?

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  3. 0.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Ponder, if you will … Why are tennis balls fuzzy? How come birds don’t tip over when they sleep on telephone wires? What makes yawning contagious? Why, oh why, do roosters have to crow so early in the morning? Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies these topics and so much more in When Do Fish Sleep?—the unchallenged source of answers to civilization’s most baffling questions. Part of the Imponderables® series, When Do Fish Sleep? arms readers with the knowledge about everyday life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don’t have. And think about it, where else are you going to get to the bottom of why Mickey Mouse has only four fingers?

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  4. 1.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Ponder, if you will… What happens to your Social Security number when you die? Why are peanuts listed as an ingredient in plain M&Ms? Why is Barbie’s hair made out of nylon, but Ken’s hair is plastic? What makes up the ever-mysterious “new-car smell”? Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies these topics and so much more in Do Penguins Have Knees?—the unchallenged source of answers to civilization’s most perplexing questions. Part of the Imponderables® series, Do Penguins Have Knees? arms readers with the knowledge about everyday life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs just don’t have. And think about it, where else are you going to get to the bottom of how beer was kept cold in the Old West?

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  5. 4.6 hrs • 7/31/2007 • Abridged

    Don’t Know Much About Anything is a compendium of around 275 columns, sorted into the subject categories listed in the subtitle. Quizzes on the atomic bomb, hamburgers, football, and The Wizard of Oz are included, along with the Emancipation Proclamation, cold weather, and Mother Theresa, to name a few. Like all of Ken Davis’ Don’t Know Much About audiobooks, Don’t Know Much About Anything will educate and inform listeners while allowing them to have fun.

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    4.6 hrs • 7/31/07 • Abridged
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  6. 13.3 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    The Age of Chivalry, Thomas Bulfinch’s masterpiece of history and fable, recounts the legend of Arthur and the Round Table. A timeless tale retold by Milton, Dryden, Tennyson, and writers before and since, the Arthurian legend has metamorphosed from medieval Welsh texts to the French vernacular romances of Chrétien de Troyes, from obscure histories of a British chieftain of the fifth or sixth century to a chronicle of the advent of Christendom in the British Isles. In addition to revivifying these heroes, Bulfinch discusses their role in literature and art and explains the historical events and the worldview of the civilization that created them.

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  7. 3.8 hrs • 4/1/1996 • Abridged

    Why are conservatives on the "right" and liberals on the "left"? What is an archetype? Most people drop these and other cultural references in conversation all the time without really knowing much about them. But with this witty, information-packed book, you can quickly bone up on the actual facts behind the multitude of data, events, and words that come at you each day—and that you've been casually bandying about without really understanding.

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