How to Buy an Elephant
By John Krausz
A manual of unusual skills, collected from numerous historical how-to guides—a treasury of quirky fun for trivia lovers.
While it’s possible to go through life not knowing how to tie a dhoti or carve an endless wooden chain, you never know when unusual skills will come in handy. And that’s the fun of this fabulously bizarre handbook, which explains skills that range from the mundane (how to sweep a carpet, how to lose at checkers) to the outrageous (how to restore the apparently dead, how to read minds) to the random (how to be a guest in an English country home)—as well as some that are downright dangerous.
John Krausz has culled material from government pamphlets, Victorian etiquette manuals, farmers’ publications, old military handbooks and magazines, and more. Over one thousand detailed line drawings illustrate his advice on good posture, Spencerian penmanship, Swiss barns, photosculpture, the ethics and aesthetics of eating . . . and of course, buying an elephant.