What a weird and wonderful world we live in. Countries banning letters of the alphabet, the accidental teabag, and have you ever wondered how many horsepower a horse actually has? You can read about these fascinating facts in I Shit You Not.
Bees can play football. Books used to be put on shelves with their spines facing inwards. A German airline allows an extra kilo of hand luggage, provided it’s books. Who knew? QI knew and you can too in 1423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over.
What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like “farting around … in the dark.” We love this witty ted talk.
Today’s book is a little bit of a different take on growing our general knowledge. Using captivating stories to illustrate research in psychology and management, Rice University professor Scott Sonenshein examines in his hugely popular book Stretch, why some people and organisations succeed with so little, while others fail with so much.
I’ve always wanted to be the one who knew a lot about something super important, but in reality, I think my speciality subject in a pub quiz is probably tea flavours or cafe locations in Melbourne. What’s yours?
No one challenges our shared assumptions like Malcolm Gladwell. Using stories of deceit and fatal errors he invites us to rethink our thinking in these troubled times in his newest book Talking to Strangers.
Well, hello there Friday, we’ve been waiting for you. The sun is out and there is finally some heat in it so it’s time to shut the laptop and head outside to safely soak up a few rays and take in that gloriously fresh air.