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An emu not being able to walk backwards Emus Can't Walk Backwards
Another Round of Dubious Pub Facts

"Ultimate pub quiz ammo" – the Sun.

Did Ernie Wise really make the first mobile phone call in the UK? Can alligators climb trees? Is a Smurf really three apples tall?

"Pub facts" are the improbable, bizarre and yet somehow convincing claims that are often wheeled out by armchair scientists, amateur lawyers and pub historians. They'll tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that you can get tonsillitis even if you've had your tonsils removed; that it's illegal to drive in bare feet; and that the White House used to be grey. But is it fact or fabrication?

Emus Can't Walk Backwards will help you stride confidently through the most treacherous trivia minefield, while providing definitive answers to life's most pressing concerns. Did Johnny Cash become addicted to painkillers after being attacked by an ostrich? Do ants ever sleep? Are mushrooms and toadstools the same thing?

Refreshingly cynical and engagingly informative, this hilarious follow-up to Bears Can't Run Downhill clears up the confusion by revealing the outright lies, the muddled misunderstandings and – just occasionally – the astonishing truth.

Want to see what it's like? View some sample pages (in PDF format, 106 kB)
Want an idea of the weird and wonderful stuff it covers? View the index (in PDF format, 90 kB)

A chef about to cook an emu not being able to walk backwards

Emus Can't Walk Backwards is available in most reasonably-sized bookshops. If you can't immediately find it, try the Humour section (or occasionally even Reference – scary) but do please ask shops if they stock the book, as it'll make them order it in!