THE WORLD ALMANAC, 2012 – “More than You Need to Know”December 20, 2011
The World Almanac, 2012, and Book of Facts
World Almanac Books
Adele and Derek Jeter Grace
This telephone directory of facts offers, well everything. But let me give you a sample of what you might not expect:
1. David Nelson died at 74; the last surviving member of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
2. “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” – President Obama in a tribute to Steve Jobs
3. 50 years ago the discount retail chain was born; K-Mart, Target and Wal-Mart all opened up their first stores.
4. McDonald’s now has 32,805 locations and a franchise costs $1.1 million to $1.9 million dollars.
5. A group of alligators is known as a “congregation.”
The World Almanac has included record-setting events and has chronicled interesting people, events and places for the last hundred years. It is impressive to see in one inexpensive volume how much you don’t know and, once you read it, will soon forget.