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by William Poundstone

eBook Biggest Secrets epub
  • ISBN: 068813792X
  • Author: William Poundstone
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 30, 1994)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1373 kb
  • FB2 size 1644 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. From the author of the mega-selling Big Secrets comes the equally entertaining sequel which unveils the truth about all sorts of things you are never supposed to know Frank Sinatra's real ag. .

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The first volume in William Poundstone's fun series of Big Secrets is still a fun read, even after all this time

The first volume in William Poundstone's fun series of Big Secrets is still a fun read, even after all this time. Some of the d "secrets" in all three books are somewhat like fossils now, since these were written long before cell phones and smartphones, but there are a lot of interesting tidbits and strangeness to be perused. This one's great if you want to pull pranks on Masons, and has a lot of interesting info on secret radio stations and the like. An always interesting read.

Harper Collins, 22 февр. This book does a better than expected job of delivering on its promise to let you in on some big secrets, such as secret ingredients of Coke and so on. Fun to read.

Big Secrets - William Poundstone. This is a book about institutional secrets-big secrets, secrets that affect the masses. The subject matter of this book ought not to exist at all. It may seem incredible that something like a club handshake or a franchised fried chicken recipe can remain a secret. Surely too many insiders know the secret (and might talk).

From the author of the mega-selling Big Secrets comes the equally entertaining sequel which unveils the truth about all sorts of things you are never supposed to know

by William Poundstone The Book That Gives the Inside Story on Hundreds of Secrets of American Life -Big Secrets

by William Poundstone. Colonel Sanders boasted that Kentucky Fried Chicken's eleven secret herbs and spices "stand on everybody's shelf.

by William Poundstone (Author). The Book That Gives the Inside Story on Hundreds of Secrets of American Life -Big Secrets

by William Poundstone (Author).

William Poundstone is an American author, columnist, and skeptic. He has written a number of books including the Big Secrets series and a biography of Carl Sagan. He is a cousin of comedian Paula Poundstone. An enthusiast of Harry Stephen Keeler, he maintains the Keeler homepage and contributed to the anthology A to Izzard: A Harry Stephen Keeler Companion (2002). Poundstone attended MIT and studied physics. reprints Big Secrets and Biggest Secrets. Released as How to Predict Everything in the UK.

From the author of the mega-selling Big Secrets comes the equally entertaining sequel which unveils the truth about all sorts of things you are never supposed to know.

The recipe for Mrs. Fields Cookies... What backward messages on records are really trying to tell you... Frank Sinatra's real age... Why you can't counterfeit a lottery ticket... Barbra Streisand's blue movie... The other Boy Scout rituals... Ingmar Bergman's soap commercials... The formula for Play-Doh... and more.

Comments: (5)
Bad Sunny
This book is not that great. The writing style is sloppy, & there is a lot of editorializing by the author, whom seems upset & angry. Most of the "secrets" revealed are pedestrian in nature. I've read several chapters and I am unimpressed.
Elastic Skunk
Appearing in 1993, ten years after BIG SECRETS and seven after BIGGER SECRETS, William Poundstone's BIGGEST SECRETS is evidence that the author needs to get on with life. Perhaps he too realizes that fact, since "biggest" is the superlative form of the adjective. Poundstone has nowhere to go from here.
Unshelled peanuts aren't the most convenient bar snack, but it's hard to shell and eat only several. Likewise, BIGGEST SECRETS doesn't represent fine literature, but it's difficult to put down. Poundstone has several (favorite) recurring topics in his books: the secret ingredients of famous junk foods, secret initiation rites, magicians' secrets revealed, reverse messages on popular music tracks, and subliminal pictures in movies. The last two seem almost obsessions. But, he also throws in others. For example, in BIGGEST, there are exposed: the formula for Play-Doh, security coding of lottery tickets, the meaning of gang graffiti, how to get that ship in a bottle, and celebs' real ages.
As with BIG, so many varied subjects are covered that the individual reader is certain to find some that intrigue, and some that bore to tears. So, I enjoyed learning about the Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie recipe, the method behind the rabbit-out-of-the-hat illusion, fake towns on maps, the ingredients of Spam and head cheese, Christmas gift return codes, the evolution of Kelloggs Frosted Flakes, and the location of Century House in London (MI-6 HQ). On the other hand, I couldn't care less about a stylometry evaluation of the Beale Cipher, a 19th-century treasure map in code, or the real ages of the likes of Joan Collins, the Gabor sisters, Don Rickles, Imogene Coca, Charo and Joan Rivers, or fire-lighting tricks of the Boy Scouts. Indeed, I skipped entirely the sections on hidden messages and pictures in music and films respectively. Thus, as with BIG, BIGGEST is an erratic entertainment vehicle. (I haven't read BIGGER SECRETS, nor do I intend to. Even unshelled peanuts lose their charm.)
Perhaps my favorite revelation was the means for creating a chocolate-covered cherry. Specifically, how do they get the liquid surrounding the fruit? Well, the manufacturer coats the cherry with a paste of sugar and the enzyme invertase, the latter a natural digestive enzyme, then dips it in chocolate. During storage, the invertase breaks down the sugar into a syrup. The author leaves us with a pleasing image:
"It's almost as if the candy makers were thoughtful enough to spit in the candy to give you a head start on digestion."
lifestyle
iam a magician and if theres magicians who wants to know how the big stuff is done in the illusions sections then this is it the creame of the cream of top notch magic and illusions from all three books it is a knock out!especally in bigger secrets. it tells the secret to the STATUE OF LIBERTY MY THORIES TO IT WAS CLOSE BUT I WAS WORKING TO HARD I WAS USING THE BLACK ART IDEA WITH A SCREME NETTING IT WOULD WORK BUT COPPERFIELDS METHOD IS MUTCH MUTCH BETTER.ENJOY. YOUUR FRIEND IN CHRIST AND MAGICALLY YOURS BILLPAGE THE MAGICIAN.
Cemav
Reading this book has a stark semblance to a blind date gone awry. I went over this book during the holidays last week and ended up skipping a lot of unappealing chapters. Don't get we wrong for I have set low expectations. But it fell short anyway. The only topics that I found interesting, which was a partial redemption, were "The Beale Cipher"(Chapter 13) and "Tales from the Crypt"(Chapter 30). Don't waste your time with this book.
Helldor
How would you like to know what boy scouts do on their camping trips? I didn't think so, but this book tells you anyway. From the stuff you don't care about knowing, to the stuff that you probably already know, this one's got it all, which isn't much. A terrible read. Do me a favor, pick up a book like "One Flew Over The Cookoo's Nest" by Ken Keasy, or "The Choking Doberman and Other 'New' Urban Legends" by Jan Harold Brunvard (Both available here), you'll have a much better time with them. And William Poundstone can do us all a favor by keeping all of his other "big" secrets to himself.
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