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Vital Statistics

by Ami Kealoha
on 09 August 2005
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Vital Statistics is the new Trivial Pursuit. Full of offbeat facts, the layout uses varying fonts in different sizes, color, and capsules to organize information into a format that's as highly thumbable as it is good-looking. Like the obviously ironic title indicates, the figures and tidbits aren't really need-to-know items, but nearly every entry fascinates (like that the largest diamond in the universe is a 10 billion trillion trillion carat rock, 50 light-years away, and in the constellation Cetaurus), some are surprising (City with the the highest number of plastic surgeons per capita: San Francisco), others amuse (Percentage of people who've ended a romantic relationship because of their cat: 11), and some seem pseudo-insightful (Wisconsin has the highest binge drinking rate of any state). Authored by Paul Grobman, a lawyer by trade, the book was born out of a collection of newspaper clippings and scraps of paper.

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