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If translators were heard about life as much as philosophers, our language would be much better off. Our lives too…
 

Herman Boel is a well-known writer of books with all kinds of petty facts, and is sometimes called a factoid guru.

So far he has published no less than three thousand factoids in five books at Lannoo.

That interest for factoids has been continued in a Dutch language blog where you can read interesting language factoids.

All books below are in Dutch.

 

New in 2019

999 Facts that 'mostly' serve no purpose

The final factoid book!

This book will be published in Flanders and The Netherlands on 1 October 2019 with Lannoo. You can buy it online. It will also be available as ebook.

ISBN: 9789401463539

Did you know...
...Dutch has no words that rhyme with "twaalf" (twelve) or "herfst" (autumn)?
...armadillos only get quadruplets?
...warm chocolate milk tastes better in an orange cup?

Herman Boel selected almost one thousand surprising factoids on a wide variety of subjects. From mooing cows, via the scent of rain to novels without verbs: from now on you can tell a nice factoid anytime!



666 myths everyone believes

This book was published in Flanders and The Netherlands on 30 April 2013 with Lannoo. You can buy it online. It is also available as ebook.

ISBN: 9789401406918 – 11th print - 16,000 copies sold

Funny gift book with great factoids for all ages!

Mice are not fond of cheese, sex before the match is always possible, Eskimos do not have a thousand words for 'snow', and the earth is not round. Some myths are so persistent that one would almost believe that they were true. 666 myths everyone believes puts an end to this for once and for all!


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555 facts that serve no purpose

After the myths in ‘666 myths everyone believes’ Herman decided to switch things around in new book, published in April 2014.

ISBN: 9789401415149 – Fifth print - 10,000 copies sold

Did you know that you can throw an object further to the west than to the east?

Other explained facts in this book are a.o. why a cat's urine is fluorescent, why the shortest war ever only lasted about half an hour and why the number of hols in a golfball is so extremely important.

After the success of 666 myths everyone believes, Herman Boel is back with a new book filled with funny - but otherwise completely useless  - factoids!


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444 blunders that (almost) changed history

April 2015 saw the publication of Herman's third factoid book with Lannoo.

ISBN: 978 94 014 2405 9 -
6,000 copies sold

After 666 mythes everone believes and 555 facts that serve no purpose Herman Boel is back with a new terug met een nieuw book.

A bad working medecine that became the world's most popular drink, a missed exit that causes a world war, a translation error by which Mozes was displayed with horns for centuries…

How different would the world be if we all would blunder less? We will never know.

It is a fact, however, that you do not need to worry too much if you make a (serious) blunder. The 444 witty blunders in this book show you are definitely not alone!

Also published as Daisy audio book with the Luisterpuntbibliotheek. More info.


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333 tips die je leven (misschien) kunnen redden

As the previous factoid books were such a success, a fourth book had to follow.

ISBN: 978 94 014 3273 3 -
3,000 copies sold

Did you know that some medicines are better taken with coke? That a thick, warm coat in the car can be life-threatening? And that each year more people are killed by selfies than by sharks?

Danger sometimes comes unexpectedly. Fortunately, factoid guru Herman Boel is there to help you. In his new, very amusing book he gives 333 pieces of advice that may lengthen your life with a couple of years!


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Other publications

Chinese version of 666 myths - 601个人们深信不疑的谎言

This is the Chinese translation of ‘666 myths everyone believes’. It was translated by Yiyao Wang and was published in March 2015.

ISBN: 978-7-5153-2833-1

Publisher: China Youth Press

‘601’ and no ‘666’ because the typically Flemish and Dutch articles that are not relevant to a Chinese person were removed. Also, the number 666 does not have the samen meaning (read: no meaning) for a Chinese person as for Europeans.

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The Skeptic's Dictionary

An overview of weird convictions, funny deceptions and dangerous delusions.

ISBN: 978-90-209-9238-0 – 512 pages

What happens when you have a déjà vu? Do the lines on your hand tell anything about your life? How do auras and chakras work? Can you get healed by acupuncture, bach flowers, chiropraxis, osteopathy and homeopathy? And what's the deal with the Bermuda Triangle, crop circles, Roswell, UFOs and other alien beings? Etc.

The Skeptic's Dictionary is filled with definitions and critical articles on supernatural, paranormal, occult and pseudoscientific subjects. An indispensable reference book for readers who want to hear a critical voice on a world that never accepts any criticism.

‘This book strengthens your natural resistance… against nonsense and swindle.’ –Prof. Em. Willem Betz, former president of Skepp.

‘There is a tsunami of nonsense, but fortunately we are not alone.’
–Dr. Jan Willem Nienhuys, Foundation Skepsis

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Will the world perish in 2012?

Written in collaboration with the late Patrick De Witte (pdw). With beautiful cartoons by Kim Duchateau.

ISBN: 978-90-209-9988-4 – 192 pages

A clear position against all spiritual doom-mongering.

On 21 December 2012 the world will perish. At least, that is what the Mayans supposedly predicted. Sceptics Herman Boel and Patrick De Witte have objections to this and other dubious theories.

Does your handwriting reveal something about your personality? Do the lines on your hand tell you how long you will live? How do you become a baby whisperer? And what are your chances of a miracle in Lourdes?

A sever but just and sometimes hilarious analysis of all nonsense from the spiritual supermarket.

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The history of Flanders

The History of Flanders consists of 36 chapters and runs from the Roman era until the end of the 14th century, when Flanders loses its independence.

This book describes the history of Flanders like a novem. But it is no fiction. All events have happened exactly as told.

A must for anyone who wants to know the real history of Flanders.

The History of Flanders can be bought as a paper book or PDF file via Lulu.

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