#BookBlitz “Winning Streak” by John-Michael Gariepy

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If you enjoy trivia and board games, then this book is for you! We’re also launching a Kickstarter for Winning Streak today so do hope you’ll have a look!

Psst! This one is also available for review! Just contact R&R Book Tours if you’re interested!

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Expected Publication Date: Coming Soon!

Genre: Games/ Trivia/ Non-Fiction

Did you ever wonder:

♞ What makes Clue the best movie based on a game franchise?
♝ What does the doubling cube in backgammon do?
♜ How trains are even supposed to operate in Ticket to Ride: Antarctica?
♛ How the designer of the board game Pandemic feels now that he’s lived through an actual global pandemic?
♚ Whatever happened to the Monopoly game show from the 90s?

Based on Ranker’s poll of almost 400,000 votes, these games define us. From multiple-award winning masterpieces of the past decade, to indestructible classics still going strong after 5,000 years of play, these are the games you must play before you die. Well, except for Sorry!. That game is a blight upon this list and mankind as a whole.

Excuse me. What I’m trying to say is that I wrote this book about games, and I thought you might like it

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About the Author

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Over the past decade, John-Michael Gariepy played and reviewed over four hundred board games for three podcasts. He produces the movie/media conversation show, Popcorn Roulette, edited Stephen Albair’s jewelry and tableau photography art book/memoir called Spectacles, and directs and produces the medical audio drama Say Hello to Black Jack. He has a wide range of interests, a tremendous love of learning, and a goofy sense of humor. You can follow him on Twitter @JM_Gariepy or Instagram @johnmichaelgariepy, or check out his blog at JMGariepy.com.

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#FREE “Interesting Facts for Smart Kids: 1,000+ Fun Facts for Curious Kids and Their Families” by Cooper the Pooper

Help your child discover the wild, wonderful world we live in by introducing them to these fantastic facts

Kids love facts… and there’s no better fact than a totally random and fascinating fact that changes your entire perspective of the world.

Or maybe there is…

What about a whole book jam-packed with over 1,000 facts?

What about a book carefully curated by… wait for it… a dog?!

There’s no better tracker than a dog, and Cooper has been on a mission, following his nose to collect the most amazing random facts in the entire world.

The result? A unique family bonding experience, as much fun for the biggest members of the household as it is for the littlest.

You could have a Harvard degree or a lifetime’s experience as a librarian, and you still wouldn’t have come across some of the facts found in Interesting Facts for Kids.

But after a few rounds of telling each other some of the most bizarre things you’ll ever learn about the world, you’ll have a family of experts in… well… everything!

If you’re looking for new ways to spend a Sunday morning or a weeknight evening, look no further.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how many eggs a hen lays per year, or how many drops of rain you’d need to fill a single teaspoon, now’s your chance!

Get ready for real family fun as you work through hilarious and unbelievable truths that will make you wonder how much you really know about the world.

In Interesting Facts for Kids, you’ll discover a new way to strengthen your family bonds. You’ll find:

  • 1,000+ amazing facts to get the brain cogs whirring
  • A wide range of bizarre nuggets organized by theme
  • 100 simple facts for the youngest members of the family (with theories they can really test)
  • A wealth of curve-ball conversations waiting to happen
  • A way to expand your kids’ minds by stealth (no school work needed!)
  • Off-the-wall information kids will be bursting to share with their friends
  • Fuel for the imagination and a sure way to spark kids’ natural curiosity
  • Fun fodder for passing time on long journeys and in boring waiting rooms
  • A treasure trove of entertainment that never gets old — no matter how many times you pick up the book
  • Weird and wonderful inspiration for your next quiz night

And much more.

If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to get your whole family enjoying something together without the need for a screen, here’s your answer.

Just one little book will get the whole family thinking, laughing, and learning… and none of you will ever look at a pineapple the same way again.

Watch your kids become fountains of knowledge — and win the ‘random’ round at your next grown up quiz night.

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National Trivia Day


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Today is one of my favorite days – National Trivia Day!

Trivia is available on every subject/topic imaginable, but I’m fond of trivia that is random… and useless. Think Cheer’s Cliff Clavin!

NationalDayCalendar.com tells us:

National Trivia Day is observed across the United States each year on January 4.

The word trivia is plural for the word trivium.

In ancient times, the term “trivia” was appropriated to mean something very new.

Nostalgic college students in the 1960s, along with others, began to informally trade questions and answers about the popular culture of their youth.  After writing trivia columns, Columbia University students Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky created the earliest inter-collegiate quiz bowls that tested culturally (and emotionally) significant, yet virtually useless information, which they dubbed trivia contests.  Trivia (Dell, 1966) was the first book treating trivia in the revolutionary new sense, authored by Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky.  This book achieved a ranking on the New York Times bestseller list.

  • Over time, the word “trivia” has come to refer to obscure and arcane bits of dry knowledge as well as nostalgic remembrances of pop culture.
  • In North America, the game, Trivial Pursuit peaked in 1984, a year in which over 20 million games were sold.
  • Steven Point, Wisconsin holds the largest current trivia contest at the University of  Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s college radio station WWSP 89.9 FM.  April 2013 hosted the 44th annual event which usually has 400 teams ranging from 1 to 150 players.  The competition, which is open to anyone, spans 54 hours over a weekend with eight questions each hour.

HOW TO OBSERVED

Check out the National Day Calendar Trivia page and see if you can answer all the questions correctly. Use #NationalTriviaDay to share on social media.

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Of course, I could not let this day pass without a list of some random and totally useless trivia of my own!  It won’t help you pass an exam, make dinner, or outline your latest WIP, but just think of all the conversations you can start (or interrupt) with glorious tidbits like Norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset on why he didn’t win a gold at the 2010 Olympics: “I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days.”

Huh? Huh? I’d give him a medal for saying that on camera!

Enjoy the day and spread some useless trivia of your own!

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Random and Totally Useless Trivia

M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.

Carly Simon’s dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster’s. He co-founded the company.

In 1939, Hitler’s nephew wrote an article called “Why I Hate My Uncle.” He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.

Fredric Bauer invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.

Alaska is the only state whose name can be typed on one row of keys.

At the 1905 wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.

William Faulkner refused a dinner invitation from JFK’s White House. “Why that’s a hundred miles away,” he said. “That’s a long way to go just to eat.”

In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.

Obsessive nose picking is called Rhinotillexomania.

The same person who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was also the voice of Tony the Tiger (Thurl Ravenscroft).

Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

In the first Kentucky Derby, 13 of the 15 jockeys were black. Of the first 28 derby winners, 15 were black.

On Saved by the Bell: The College Years, A.C. Slater learned his last name was really Sanchez. His father changed it to get into the military academy.

In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.

The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the actor who played C-3PO, calling him “the rudest man I’ve ever met.”

Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.

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From NationalDayCalendar.com and MentalFloss.com

“So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home” by Kerry Colburn, Rob Sorensen

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So You Want to be Canadian

“So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home

Genre: Travel/Canada/Trivia

Release Date: January 20, 2012

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So, you want to be Canadian? Who doesn’t these days? Canucks are enjoying a major renaissance in attention, from their enlightened social policies to their wild and wooly pop culture. This playful, trivia-packed book is a long-overdue celebration of all things Canadian, from the mysteries of “eh?” to the difference between an Ogo Pogo and a Windingo to how to prepare moose stroganoff (mmm!). Featuring a dreamy list of Canadian hotties, a toe-tapping roundup of Canadian smash hit songs, a handy Canadian-American translator, and pointers on how to eat, dress, and apologize like a Canadian if you weren’t lucky enough to be born a Canuck, So, You Want to Be Canadian demonstrates once and for all why Canada is so cool (formerly just cold).


Kerry Colburn is the co-author of The Rebound Journal, My Fabulous Life and My Dysfunctional Life. She lives in San Francisco.

Rob Sorensen is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but now lives in San Francisco, where he left his heart.