I Used to Know That

I Used to Know That

Stuff You Forgot From School

Book - 2009
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This small but mighty collection will trigger your memory with fun facts you learned in school-from adverbs to the Pythagorean Theorem. Witty, engaging, entertaining-a book you'll pick up again and again.

Author Caroline Taggart discovered two things while researching this book and talking with other people: One, everybody had been to school. And two, they had all forgotten entirely different things. Contained in this handy little book are the facts that you learned in school, but may not remember completely or accurately. Covering a variety of subjects, this book features all the most important theories, equations, phrases, and rules we were all taught years ago.

* History: The first president to occupy the White House was John Adams in 1800
* Religion: The seven deadly sins and the names of the twelve apostles
* Literature: In which Shakespearean play "The quality of mercy" speech appears
* Science: The periodic table of elements devised by a Russian chemist in 1889 includes the symbol for lead (Pb), silver (Ag), tin (Sn), and gold (Au)
* Nature: How photosynthesis works

The information-presented in easy-to-retain, bite-sized chunks-is accurate and up-to- date. It will touch a chord with anyone old enough to have forgotten half of what they learned at school. Here is a perfect gift for every perennial student.
Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Readers Digest Association, c2009
ISBN: 9780762109951
Branch Call Number: 031.02 TAG 2009 22
Characteristics: 175 p


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Caroline Taggart’s book design is reminiscent of an old school primer, which is fitting considering the content is a bit old-fashioned in promoting the joys and virtues of general knowledge. There’s a lot I don’t remember from when I was in school. Once in a while a subject will come up in the news or elsewhere and I’ll have a nagging sensation that I once had some familiarity with the topic, or as the author would say an “I Used to Know That” moment. This is a great little reference book for people who need a refresher on topics that were covered, or should have been covered, in grade school. At a slim 175 pages, this is not a book to develop expertise in a particular subject, but to refresh some basic concepts that many people learned (or endured) during their schooling and have probably long forgotten. Once you have “refreshed” on a subject you enjoy you are free to delve deeper into that subject on your own; however, this book offers a great head start. (submitted by AM)

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