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When a farmer in Spain captured a two-headed snake in 2002, scientists wanted to study it. When National Geographic Daily News published a story about the discovery, people wanted to read all about it. More than a million people clicked on the site and kept coming back for more unbelievably true stories. An Internet sensation was born. Since then, more than 100 million ind When a farmer in Spain captured a two-headed snake in 2002, scientists wanted to study it. When National Geographic Daily News published a story about the discovery, people wanted to read all about it. More than a million people clicked on the site and kept coming back for more unbelievably true stories. An Internet sensation was born. Since then, more than 100 million individuals have clicked on stories put together by David Braun and his crack team of editors for National Geographic Daily News. And readers cannot get enough information about the often weird, sometimes miraculous things being discovered by scientists every day--incredible flying sharks, the strange sex lives of ducks, mind-controlling fungus that turns ants into zombies, and the darkest planet in the universe. This reader features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories from National Geographic's Daily News site presented in a compact, fact-filled reader. It will be a must-have for fans of Braun's website and for fans of "fun fact" books like the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series. The millions of fans who follow David Braun's National Geographic Daily News will be thrilled with this incredible reader filled with their favorites from the website. The most popular ones are all here presented in a lively, engaging format that is entertaining for the mind and easy on the wallet.


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When a farmer in Spain captured a two-headed snake in 2002, scientists wanted to study it. When National Geographic Daily News published a story about the discovery, people wanted to read all about it. More than a million people clicked on the site and kept coming back for more unbelievably true stories. An Internet sensation was born. Since then, more than 100 million ind When a farmer in Spain captured a two-headed snake in 2002, scientists wanted to study it. When National Geographic Daily News published a story about the discovery, people wanted to read all about it. More than a million people clicked on the site and kept coming back for more unbelievably true stories. An Internet sensation was born. Since then, more than 100 million individuals have clicked on stories put together by David Braun and his crack team of editors for National Geographic Daily News. And readers cannot get enough information about the often weird, sometimes miraculous things being discovered by scientists every day--incredible flying sharks, the strange sex lives of ducks, mind-controlling fungus that turns ants into zombies, and the darkest planet in the universe. This reader features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories from National Geographic's Daily News site presented in a compact, fact-filled reader. It will be a must-have for fans of Braun's website and for fans of "fun fact" books like the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series. The millions of fans who follow David Braun's National Geographic Daily News will be thrilled with this incredible reader filled with their favorites from the website. The most popular ones are all here presented in a lively, engaging format that is entertaining for the mind and easy on the wallet.

30 review for National Geographic Tales of the Weird: Unbelievable True Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chy

    Oh, it's one of those things. Usually, stuff like this makes me frustrated because it tells just the little bit I know about these things, but adds nothing and gives me nowhere to look if I want to know more. But there was a lot in here that I didn't know. And I get the impression it gave me nowhere to go because there is nowhere to go that doesn't tell you the same amount. An interesting read. Saw people calling it a "bathroom reader," and I can totally see that. I had it on my living room table Oh, it's one of those things. Usually, stuff like this makes me frustrated because it tells just the little bit I know about these things, but adds nothing and gives me nowhere to look if I want to know more. But there was a lot in here that I didn't know. And I get the impression it gave me nowhere to go because there is nowhere to go that doesn't tell you the same amount. An interesting read. Saw people calling it a "bathroom reader," and I can totally see that. I had it on my living room table at times, all manner of other places in my house at others (though I don't believe I ever had it in the bathroom, hmm), and I grazed at it in between novels, or when I had just a minute and was jonesing for something to read, and on like that. And it is perfect for that. There's a lot of fiction fuel in here, if "weird stuff" gets you going as a writer. Gets me going as a reader, so go forth, you weird stuff writers, and check this out. Let's end on the line from the blurb that most confused me, talking about this book: "It will be a must-have for fans of Braun's website" Um. From what I gathered, this is a collection of articles that have already been on Braun's website, so a fan of that website would probably be rather let down by this. Unless they already know they've read it all, and just wanted to have the hard copy (with which I can totally sympathize.) Otherwise, I am qualified to say it's a must-have for people who would be fans of Braun's website if only their internet connection didn't bounce around in the Stone Age.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    A long time ago there was a cartoon of Calvin and Hobbes and Calvin says to Hobbes, "I have a thoroughly useless command of knowledge." Or something along those lines. This book will add to that knowledge. It had some weird, some interesting and some downright disgusting, don't eat while you read this, entries. A long time ago there was a cartoon of Calvin and Hobbes and Calvin says to Hobbes, "I have a thoroughly useless command of knowledge." Or something along those lines. This book will add to that knowledge. It had some weird, some interesting and some downright disgusting, don't eat while you read this, entries.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elexndra

    Library book

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    For the most part, this was very interesting. Granted, some of the articles might have been a bit slow/tedious, but for the most part, I enjoyed my time reading this. It's certainly a lot quicker of a read than other books of this length. And I really liked that each topic was discussed in five pages or less; this made for an interesting introduction to the topics, without overwhelming the reader, or boring them. For the most part, this was very interesting. Granted, some of the articles might have been a bit slow/tedious, but for the most part, I enjoyed my time reading this. It's certainly a lot quicker of a read than other books of this length. And I really liked that each topic was discussed in five pages or less; this made for an interesting introduction to the topics, without overwhelming the reader, or boring them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Acorral

    There is some really weird stuff in this book!!! Great for BBR (Better Bathroom Reading) or when one only has a few minutes to read. The entries are short and grouped together with other like-type entries under heading such as "Explaining the Unexplained" and "Creepy Crawlies". There is a topic to interest anyone. There is some really weird stuff in this book!!! Great for BBR (Better Bathroom Reading) or when one only has a few minutes to read. The entries are short and grouped together with other like-type entries under heading such as "Explaining the Unexplained" and "Creepy Crawlies". There is a topic to interest anyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kyla

    Very entertaining and well-written. Short entries that are both quick to read and very informative, lots of pictures that enhance the text. Heavy on the science, but in a light, fun way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Lima

    I don't think this was suppose to have been read straight as I had. I did learn quite a bit, but admittedly I found myself zoning in and out of topics that I don't typically enjoy. I don't think this was suppose to have been read straight as I had. I did learn quite a bit, but admittedly I found myself zoning in and out of topics that I don't typically enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Midnight Blue

    Fun and interesting....really good if you only get short installments of time to catch up on your reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ginnie Grant

    Full of weird and interesting stories in nature. Some will make you say WTF, some will make you feel a lot smarter, either way this is worth a read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ashley

    Some of the stuff is unbelievable. Literally.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kotsarinis

    A nice collection of weird stories and their scientific "explanation", just not my cup of tea in terms of depth and coherence. A nice collection of weird stories and their scientific "explanation", just not my cup of tea in terms of depth and coherence.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robbie Sellars

    Lots of interesting little snippets of news stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Arryn Pidwell

  14. 4 out of 5

    Netta Dobzinski

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Dedio

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Bullock

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debby Sullivan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm1992

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Kohler

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rick Bavera

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nida

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madison

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Henry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rhf

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Lowery

  30. 4 out of 5

    Imran Harris

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