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Number Freaking: How To Change The World With Delightfully Surreal Statistics [Paperback]

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Item description for Number Freaking: How To Change The World With Delightfully Surreal Statistics by Gary Rimmer...

This isn't a book of statistics and it isn't a book of science. It has nothing whatsoever to do with actuaries or accountants. Number Freaking is a book of surreal sums and absurd arithmetic: it's doodling with numbers, doing sums in your head just for fun, playing dice with the universe. It's the art of putting numbers where none existed before to take an off-the-wall peek behind the curtains at how numbers rule our lives. It's about taking numbers that were never meant to be in the same room, crashing them together and seeing what comes out the other end. Number Freaking reveals the low drama of life, the unexpected realities and unforeseen truths that emerge only when numbers are tested to destruction.

How long would it take to drive your car to the moon?
How many people on Earth are drunk right now?
If you were falling from the world's tallest building, would you have time to phone a friend to say goodbye?
Which is more crowded: Jakarta, an IKEA store or Hell?
How long will it take for America to eventually collide with Japan?
What's a decent boyfriend worth in chocolate?

Discover for yourself how far you walk in a lifetime, how many people have ever lived and how to cure world debt in this essential guide to modern life.

Gary Rimmer is a journalist, author, and film and television producer. As well as writing for national press he is the author of Lonely Hearts and Thirtysomehow, as well as The A-Z of Street Cred.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   The Disinformation Company
ISBN  1932857273  
ISBN13  9781932857276  

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A Delightful Diversion  Oct 24, 2006
What a cool little book! Yes, the arithmetic is simple, the statistics are futile, but all in all this book just made me smile. Who really cares how long it will take for America to eventually collide with Japan? When you reach the answer, you'll discover you don't either.

Take this book for what it is: a little jaunt packed full of sarcasm, silly statistics, and the occasional thought provoking statement. Lots of fun, though, unless you take yourself WAY too seriously.
Useless elementary number games  Oct 23, 2006
If you like getting emails of random trivia (i.e. "37% of all people have attached earlobes. 75% percent of those reading this will feel their earlobes to see if they are attached.") then this is the book for you. But if you think this book is going to deliver what the title says, you are set for disappointment:

"Number Freaking" - seems to imply that the author is doing interesting and unusual things with numbers, but this is not it! Here's an example from the book: take your girlfriend's weight, divide it by 16 oz, and multiply the result times $2.50. That's how much your girlfriend is worth in beer! Did we gain some hidden insight?

And where does the author/publisher get off claiming that anything contained in this book will change the world? All it does is waste your time and mental energy by filling your head with useless information. AT BEST this would be a good book to help kids with basic arithmetic.

My final disappointment is that this book has been published by the "Disinformation Company" who is known for publishing a series of books written to expose just that. I find the title of this book itself disinformation.
An engaging study.  Oct 14, 2006
You'd expect the topic to be statistics with a title like NUMBER FREAKING: HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH DELIGHTFULLY SURREAL STATISTICS: not so: in fact, it has nothing to do with accounting or statistics. It's a compilation of 'absurd arithmetic' and covers everything from calculating how many people on Earth are drunk in a given moment to wondering if America will eventually collide with Japan, or how many lightning flashes there are every year. An engaging study.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
Interesting  Aug 28, 2006
This is a good book for those of us interested in things that really aren't going to change the world. How many flies do you need to balance the scales with an average male? How many eyeballs are on earth right now? I found this book fascinating!

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