I just picked up my copy of the World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013. It’s filled to the brim with facts and figures, great for verifying pesky statistical questions and whacking your political enemies over the head with cold, hard facts, or with a cold, hard paperback book if needed.
I don’t want you to get the idea that I’m an almanac geek or anything like that. It’s not like I read the book from cover to cover; that would be crazy. I skip the sports section. Actually, once I’ve read a few articles that interest me, I take a few minutes to skim through most of the entry titles just to remind myself what this book has available for those times when I will need to access it for reference purposes.
The new edition of this book comes out each December, updated with content up until just a few weeks before publication. While it’s overkill for most people to purchase one of these more than every few years (I only buy one every three to five years), now might be your year!