I was at Barnes & Noble when I spotted this:
I thought of my son, who has this thing for zombies (and ancient maps--usually not at the same time). He'd love it. I looked it over, and the tip I still remember is their advice to use our heads, because zombies aren't sharp thinkers.
It's perfect, because you never know...
I wandered around and on the Under $10 rack I saw several classics--not the classic-classics, but better.
The first was The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.
I've never heard the word, tingo, but they had the definition on the cover:
tingo (Pascuense, Easter Island) to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by borrowing them.
We all know people like this. Now you know the name for it.
Here's another one, but there isn't much need for it in America:
nakhur (Persian) a camel that won't give milk until its nostrils are tickled.
If you want this book, it's cheaper in the store than online.
Another book caught my eye because I took French in school. French for Le Snob: Adding Panache to Your Everyday Conversations is sold out online in hardback, but it might still be on the shelf in the store, and the hardback is cheaper than the paperback, which is available online. Here's an excerpt from the synopsis:
Written for sophisticated English speakers who enjoy being in the limelight as they tittle-tattle about la femme fatale, la belle brunette, l'enfant terrible, and la crème de la crème, while drinking a café noir in their pied-à-terre, this reference also covers the origins of the English language, the development of American English, and how French words invaded English speech.
Keep in mind, I have not read these books, so I can't vouch for their readability. But if you're in the mood for something quirky, one of these just might do the trick for the mood you're in.