by Kay McMahon & David McMahon
Insects, eh? Love them or loathe them, there’s no ignoring them.
There’s a lot more to insects than people think. Yes, they can be pests. It’s not pleasant to find yourself plagued by wasps and ants the moment you settle down to a picnic, and it can be downright horrible to turn on the kitchen light in the middle of the night and see a cockroach scuttling for cover.
On the other hand, there’s more about a honey bee’s buzzing from flower to flower than the pleasantly soporific hum, or the mere mechanical production of honey. (Mmm, tasty insect vomit.) Did you know that if it weren’t for honey bees and other pollinating insects, the world would be suffering a severe shortage of fruit and veg?
by David McMahon
World Cup Edition: published 24 December 2013
Ah, Brazil. Home of the Amazon and a rather good football team. And they grow coffee. And the World Cup is being held there soon.
Most people’s knowledge of Brazil doesn’t go beyond that. Which is a bit pathetic really, considering it’s the world’s fifth biggest country in terms of size and population.
If you’d like to know more about Brazil than what time the matches are on television next June and July, The Facts Lab Book of Brazil: 101 amazing facts about Brazil and the Brazilians is a carnival of information about the country and its people – some of it useful, some of it arcane, all of it entertaining.
by Theodore Koukouvitis
Revised Edition: published 13 March 2014
(This book was originally published on 7 March 2013 as It’s all Greek to them!)
Ever wondered why we say, “It’s all Greek to me!”, or why we’re warned to beware of Greeks bearing gifts? This book will tell you.
The Facts Lab Book of Greece: 101 amazing facts about Greece and the Greeks is Theodore Koukouvitis’s second Ergo Guides book about his ever-intriguing homeland, and in it he’s come up with a cornucopia of facts, reflecting his own wide-ranging interests and the diversity of Greek culture, society and landscape.