Are you feeling stupid? Have you lost your edge in trivia games? Do you need better quality reading in your bathroom? Baby, you need Condensed Knowledge, big time. I have a copy, and although I’ve now forgotten everything I learned from it, I had a great time reading it. It’s funny, pithy, and in some cases, kind of rude. It’s the best kind of rude though, really.
There are lots and lots of different topics, and some you can easily skip (I skipped economics at least three times). Not that it’s not good, but the psychology, all the science bits, religion and philosophy sections deserve repeat reading.
The short articles (most less than a page), and the writing style, make this a great “pick up anywhere, put down anywhere” book. It’s been in my bathroom for the last two months, and I think I’ve read almost all of it by now (except for the damnable economics section – not that it’s bad, economics puts me to sleep, and on the toilet, that can be bad for your legs, you know). You can pick it up, flip open to any page and learn something you can use to impress your friends (or other people you might meet while you’re in the bathroom).
So yeah… that’s my review (thanks to Mr. Smokler for hooking me up with the book). In a nutshell: it’ll make you smarter if you read it on the toilet, but too heavy to take on the plane.