15 Now-You-Know Facts That Are Impossible To Unlearn
"The book you hold in your hands is not intended as a mere collection of amusing anecdotes. It is a book designed to instruct, and to inspire the young with an earnest desire to acquire knowledge. It is a book which should be read by every boy and girl who has ever been called upon to make up his or her own mind about anything. The book you hold in your hands is a book that will teach you how to think. And it is a book which will show you how to think clearly and well."
That was how the introduction to the weathered, beated tome I was holding in my hands started. The dust of centuries had settled on its cracked leather covers and fell in a torrent when I opened it – and, as a constant reminder of the book's age, clumps of the disgusting stuff still hid in the cracks and recesses.
But what caught my eye was the bookmark somebody had put in years ago. It was a typewritten list of fifteen facts that went like this: