The Trivia Lover's Guide to the World

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-16
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network

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Gary Fuller's entertaining and engaging guide enhances geographic know-how with good, old-fashioned fun, using trivia to open up new worlds of knowledge for all readers. Often dismissed as unimportant, trivia here highlights issues that are far from trivial, pondering, for example, what peaceful country requires citizens to keep guns in their homes; what continent contains at least 75 percent of the world's fresh water; and why New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia aren't the capitals of their respective states. An inveterate traveler and geographer extraordinaire, Fuller provides extensive background, clear illustrations, and thorough explanations for each intriguing question, carefully grounding the text in practical geographic concepts. Both enjoyable and enlightening, this book challenges today's global generation to truly get to know their world.

Author Biography

Gary Fuller taught at the University of Hawai'i for thirty-five years before broadening his scope to lecture aboard cruise ships; A former winning contestant on the TV program Jeopardy! and a seasoned world traveler, Fuller is eminently qualified to educate as he entertains. He currently resides in Kailua, Hawai'i.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
The Effects of Geographic Ignorance on the Modern Worldp. 1
We Think Big, Sometimes Too Bigp. 6
Maps Are Flat, the World Isn'tp. 11
Africa Bashing? What's That?p. 14
Places Aren't Always Where You Think They Should Bep. 17
State Capitals and American Politicsp. 22
The Exception to Everythingp. 26
Married to a Strangerp. 30
Why Old Maps Look Funnyp. 34
Military Uses of Geographyp. 39
Really Big Citiesp. 44
Agriculture and Tourismp. 48
Geography and Religionp. 52
Geographic Pockets of Isolation: Preserving Old Waysp. 56
Geographic Incoherencep. 60
Countries Breaking Apartp. 65
Unity in Disunityp. 69
Maps Fool Us Again!p. 73
Culture Hearths: Ancient and Modernp. 76
Population Decline: Change on the Horizonp. 81
Geographic Differences and Civil Warp. 86
New Agricultural Cropsp. 90
Domesticationsp. 93
Continental Tidbitsp. 101
Islands Dividedp. 114
Oceans and Seasp. 124
Bridgesp. 130
Riversp. 134
Medical Geographyp. 142
Border Issuesp. 149
Geography of Sportsp. 157
Geography and Religion Revisitedp. 162
The Northp. 167
Prison Islandsp. 173
Canalsp. 184
Land and Sea Battlesp. 193
Buildingsp. 204
Mountain Peaksp. 210
Lakesp. 217
Outliersp. 224
Cities: Planned and Fiatp. 231
Whatever Happened to …?p. 236
The Wild Westp. 241
Spatial Diffusionp. 246
Parksp. 252
Climate and Weatherp. 258
Indexp. 264
About the Authorp. 270
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