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Trivia buffs and other collectors of esoteric knowledge will enjoy perusing the pages of Schott's Original Miscellany. Already a hit in England, this tiny book contains lists of information in a host of categories, from the mundane to the decidedly wacky. Author Ben Schott, a 28-year-old photographer/designer, describes his book as "the most addictive thing since nicotine," and we would have to agree after flipping through the pages for way longer than we should have. If you're looking for a list of multiple Nobel Prize winners, the dimensions of the Statue of Liberty, or the order of service for Princess Diana's funeral, it's all here. Our personal favorite is the "Curious Deaths of Some Burmese Kings," including the fate of poor Minrekyawswa, who was crushed to death by his own elephant.