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Just Curious About History, Jeeves

Just Curious About History, Jeeves

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Is it true that King Louis XIV never bathed?
Was Doc Holliday really a doctor?
Who were the twelve knights of King Arthur's Round Table?
And what do Scots traditionally wear under their kilts?
You'll get the answers to these fascinating questions and many, many more in the wildly entertaining, un-put-down-able Just Curious About History, Jeeves. Based on the legion of unexpected questions posed at the popular Ask Jeeves Web site, Just Curious tackles all the puzzlers, bafflers, and stumpers that find their way into our everyday lives. What were the Pig Wars and were they actually caused by pigs? Who were the first gangsters? Did Cleopatra really wear makeup? Was Ivan the Terrible that terrible?
Sure curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back. So if you want to know how tall Napoleon was, whether Captain Kidd had any little Kidds, or who the heck Charles the Fat was, look no further than Just Curious About History, Jeeves -- the unequivocal say-all, end-all, be-all authority on history's who, what, where, when, why, and how.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743427098 | 
  • January 2002
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Chapter One: The Wild, Wild West

A Cowboy Needs A Horse

What are jinglebobs, heel chains, and rowels?

They're parts of a cowboy's spurs.

Did cowboys wear high heels to make them look taller?

Well, maybe in some of the movie cowboys. The real-life kind, however, wore them for two reasons: to keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrups and to put some extra distance between their feet and the muck when walking through fields full of cattle excrement.

How much water can a ten-gallon hat hold?

About three quarts. So, how did it get its name, you... see more

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