Fun Facts Found Spring 2018


It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library.

Let’s see what fun facts Mary found when she browsed through the reference related materials.


In adulthood, cross-race/ethnic friendships are less frequent, especially among adults over age 30.  About 40% of White Americans and about 25% of non-White Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos pollFROM: The Psychology of Friendship, p. 83.  (BF575.F66 P79 2017)

[In] 1922…Lenin ordered two hundred or more (historians’ estimates vary) intellectuals – doctors, economists, philosophers, and others – deported abroad in what became known as the Philosophers’ Ship (in fact, there were several different ships). The deportations were framed as a humane alternative to the death penalty.  FROM: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, p. 18.  (DK510.763.G48 2017)

Japan was the first Asian country to industrialize, starting in the late nineteenth century.   In the late twentieth century it was followed by large parts of Asia, especially Southeast Asia, and accelerating in the 1980s at rapid speed, ChinaFROM: Capitalism: A Short History, p. 98-99.  (HB501.K635 2017)

With few exceptions, Jurassic Park’s portrayal of Velociraptor was reasonably accurate.  Of course, we don’t know how smart they were, but they did have large brains and some paleontologists have speculated that they may have been social, living in groups and coordinating their predatory attacks like lions or wolves.  FROM: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, p. 6.  (QH366.2.L664 2017)

The main functions of the Geneva-based WTO, that by November 2015 had grown to 162 member countries, include administering trade agreements, constituting a form for trade negotiations between member countries, handling trade disputes, monitoring national trade policies, providing technical assistance and training for developing countries, and engaging in cooperation with other international organizations.  FROM: A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About International Business, p. 55.  (HD62.4.V479 2017)

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 21 No. 2, Spring 2018

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