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We Made Uranium!: And Other True Stories from the University of Chicago's Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt

by Leila Sales

Item #176: A fire drill. No, not an exercise in which occupants of a building practice leaving the building safely. A drill which safely emits a bit of fire, the approximate shape and size of a drill bit. Item #74: Enter a lecture class in street clothes. Receive loud phone call. Shout “I NEED TO GO, THE CITY NEEDS ME!” Remove street clothes to reveal superhero apparel. Run out for the good of the land. Item #293: Hypnotizing a chicken seems easy, but if the Wikipedia article on the practice is to be believed, debate on the optimal method is heated. Do some trials on a real chicken and submit a report . . . for science of course. Item #234: A walking, working, people-powered but preferably wind-powered Strandbeest. Item #188: Fattest cat. Points per pound. The University of Chicago’s annual Scavenger Hunt (or “Scav”) is one of the most storied college traditions in America. Every year, teams of hundreds of competitors scramble over four days to complete roughly 350 challenges. The tasks range from moments of silliness to 1,000-mile road trips, and they call on participants to fully embrace the absurd. For students it is a rite of passage, and for the surrounding community it is a chance to glimpse the lighter side of a notoriously serious university. We Made Uranium! shares the stories behind Scav, told by participants and judges from the hunt’s more than thirty-year history. The twenty-three essays range from the shockingly successful (a genuine, if minuscule, nuclear reaction created in a dorm room) to the endearing failures (it’s hard to build a carwash for a train), and all the chicken hypnotisms and permanent tattoos in between. Taken together, they show how a scavenger hunt once meant for blowing off steam before finals has grown into one of the most outrageous annual traditions at any university. The tales told here are absurd, uplifting, hilarious, and thought-provoking—and they are all one hundred percent true.

We Made Uranium!: And Other True Stories from the University of Chicago's Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt

by Leila Sales

Item #176: A fire drill. No, not an exercise in which occupants of a building practice leaving the building safely. A drill which safely emits a bit of fire, the approximate shape and size of a drill bit. Item #74: Enter a lecture class in street clothes. Receive loud phone call. Shout “I NEED TO GO, THE CITY NEEDS ME!” Remove street clothes to reveal superhero apparel. Run out for the good of the land. Item #293: Hypnotizing a chicken seems easy, but if the Wikipedia article on the practice is to be believed, debate on the optimal method is heated. Do some trials on a real chicken and submit a report . . . for science of course. Item #234: A walking, working, people-powered but preferably wind-powered Strandbeest. Item #188: Fattest cat. Points per pound. The University of Chicago’s annual Scavenger Hunt (or “Scav”) is one of the most storied college traditions in America. Every year, teams of hundreds of competitors scramble over four days to complete roughly 350 challenges. The tasks range from moments of silliness to 1,000-mile road trips, and they call on participants to fully embrace the absurd. For students it is a rite of passage, and for the surrounding community it is a chance to glimpse the lighter side of a notoriously serious university. We Made Uranium! shares the stories behind Scav, told by participants and judges from the hunt’s more than thirty-year history. The twenty-three essays range from the shockingly successful (a genuine, if minuscule, nuclear reaction created in a dorm room) to the endearing failures (it’s hard to build a carwash for a train), and all the chicken hypnotisms and permanent tattoos in between. Taken together, they show how a scavenger hunt once meant for blowing off steam before finals has grown into one of the most outrageous annual traditions at any university. The tales told here are absurd, uplifting, hilarious, and thought-provoking—and they are all one hundred percent true.

We Made Uranium!: And Other True Stories from the University of Chicago's Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt


Item #176: A fire drill. No, not an exercise in which occupants of a building practice leaving the building safely. A drill which safely emits a bit of fire, the approximate shape and size of a drill bit. Item #74: Enter a lecture class in street clothes. Receive loud phone call. Shout “I NEED TO GO, THE CITY NEEDS ME!” Remove street clothes to reveal superhero apparel. Run out for the good of the land. Item #293: Hypnotizing a chicken seems easy, but if the Wikipedia article on the practice is to be believed, debate on the optimal method is heated. Do some trials on a real chicken and submit a report . . . for science of course. Item #234: A walking, working, people-powered but preferably wind-powered Strandbeest. Item #188: Fattest cat. Points per pound. The University of Chicago’s annual Scavenger Hunt (or “Scav”) is one of the most storied college traditions in America. Every year, teams of hundreds of competitors scramble over four days to complete roughly 350 challenges. The tasks range from moments of silliness to 1,000-mile road trips, and they call on participants to fully embrace the absurd. For students it is a rite of passage, and for the surrounding community it is a chance to glimpse the lighter side of a notoriously serious university. We Made Uranium! shares the stories behind Scav, told by participants and judges from the hunt’s more than thirty-year history. The twenty-three essays range from the shockingly successful (a genuine, if minuscule, nuclear reaction created in a dorm room) to the endearing failures (it’s hard to build a carwash for a train), and all the chicken hypnotisms and permanent tattoos in between. Taken together, they show how a scavenger hunt once meant for blowing off steam before finals has grown into one of the most outrageous annual traditions at any university. The tales told here are absurd, uplifting, hilarious, and thought-provoking—and they are all one hundred percent true.

We Need Snowflakes: In defence of the sensitive, the angry and the offended

by Hannah Jewell

'An incisive look at the reality of "woke" culture, and who gains from demonising a generation.' GUARDIAN___________________________________________________________________________________Is 'cancel culture' spiralling out of hand?Are the youth of today oversensitive, mollycoddled and intellectually weak?Does the scourge of political correctness threaten the very fabric of our society?Indignant politicians, columnists and baby boomers certainly think so. The problem, we're told repeatedly, is that the current generation is full of hypersensitive cowards; 'snowflakes' who are obsessed with making mountains out of molehills. A safe space here, an unruly protest there, it's all proof that they don't know how to handle the real world.But what if you were to drown out that noise and talk to the snowflakes themselves? What are they actually asking for? How are they going about it? And who's really benefitting from all the anger being directed towards them?In this timely and subversive book, journalist and author Hannah Jewell investigates the stories behind the headlines and finds that, shockingly, most of them have been blown out of proportion. 'Cancel culture' isn't really a culture at all, many of the people who claim to have been silenced are doing quite well now, thank you very much, and maybe it's ok to think swastikas daubed in faeces in a campus bathroom is something that should be adequately investigated.The truth is that snowflakes understand plenty about the 'real world', which is why they want to see it change. And that is what their detractors are actually scared of.

We Need to Talk About . . . Kevin Bridges

by Kevin Bridges

The comic autobiography of 2014 A comedian's autobiography? I wonder if he's ever used humour to deflect from his insecurities? To avoid being bullied? Is there heartache behind the humour? I wonder if he's a manic-depressive? Tears of a clown? Yes, all of that. Discover the hilarious life-story of one of Britain's best-loved comedians in Kevin Bridges' brilliant memoir. 'First of all, I have never written a book before, you probably haven't either, so there we have it; a connection is established between reader and writer . . .' Aged just 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time in a Glasgow comedy club and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but in that short time he discovered that he really could earn a living from making people laugh. Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy, whose weekly highlights included a cake-bombing attack by the local youths. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown, and was soon after arrested for kidnapping Hugh Grant from his local cinema on a quiet Saturday night. This was a guy going somewhere - off the rails seeming most likely. Kevin's trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners and laugh-out-loud humour blend with his reflections on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey he's taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.'. . . Hopefully now you'll take this over to the till and I can accompany you for the next wee while. That's the benefit of book shops, reading the little bit and then deciding if the author deserves to be part of your carefully selected 3 for 2 deal, or part of your plane journey, train journey, your next bath, your next shite.' Praise for Kevin Bridges:'The Best Scottish Stand up of his Generation.' The Scotsman 'A wonderfully dry and deadpan Glaswegian comic . . . one the most exciting talents to have emerged from Scotland since Billy Connolly' Guardian 'Kevin Bridges might just become the best stand-up in the land . . . he will go and deliver a one-liner that you want to jot down and frame' The Times 'Wonderfully sharp, assured stand-up from the preternaturally gifted young comic' Independent

We Need To Talk About Ross

by Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

Sportsman. Lover. Bon viviant. Cad. Ross O'Carroll-Kelly is many things to many people. But ten years after he lifted the Leinster Schools Senior Cup, Ireland's most beloved rogue remains one of its most misunderstood figures. His accomplishments on the rugby field - and in the bedroom - remain the stuff of legend, but the truth about him remains hidden by the accretion of myth.Now, for the first time, the lid is lifted on the enigma that is South Dublin's most eligible married man. In more than a hundred interviews with his family and friends - those who've loved him, hated him and slept with him - the first ever composite portrait of the Celtic Tiger's most famous cub emerges.From the mother who didn't want him to the father who wanted him too much, from the friends who shared his misadventures to the women who shared his bed - or, failing that, a back alley or bus shelter - this searingly honest biography fills in all the blanks in the life of the self-styled Cock of Foxrock.

We Only Dated for 11 Instagrams: And Other Things You'll Overhear in L.A.

by Jesse Margolis

From the hugely popular @OverheardLA Instagram account comes this illustrated collection of the entertaining, absurd, sometimes even poignant snippets of conversation overheard on the streets of Los Angeles. Oh, Los Angeles: where kids with lemonade stands accept Venmo, where your Uber driver moonlights as a spiritual adviser. Whether you love L.A. or love to hate it, you'll delight in this comical tribute to the one and only La La Land -- a world all its own, yet also a microcosm of 21st century American culture in so many ways. The book features illustrations from Emmet Truxes, creator of the popular @brooklyncartoons Instagram account, and a foreword from L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti. It's the perfect gift for millennials and everyone who loves to (gently) mock them. Prepare to laugh, to face-palm, to cringe, and to delight in such gems as, "Timing is everything, whether it's sex, drugs, or avocados." "Why are the older generations so judgmental? They were millennials once too." "Nothing screams of desperation like a paragraph of hashtags."And so many more.

We Only Saw Happiness: From the author of The List of My Desires

by Gregoire Delacourt

There is nothing like the love of a parent for a child. But what happens when that love falters?Deprived of his parents' love as a child, Antoine is determined to give his son and daughter the perfect childhood he never had. He is a dreamer, an optimist, a man who fell in love at first sight and who believes that he has found the secret to living a happy life. But when tragedy strikes he becomes someone even he does not recognise. Taken to his lowest point, he performs an act of desperation. But can he find a way back? And what does happiness actually mean?Provocative, unpredictable, heartbreaking and heartwarming, We Only Saw Happiness is a story about families, the choices we make, and the people we become.

We Should All Be Mirandas: Life Lessons from Sex and the City’s Most Underrated Character

by Chelsea Fairless Lauren Garroni

When Sex and the City premiered, many were hesitant to identify as the Miranda of their social circle - after all, sarcasm, workaholism, and dubious fashion choices are rarely considered aspirational. However, in the two-plus decades since her television debut, our culture has finally caught up with this forward-thinking icon and all she represents. The truth is, Miranda Hobbes is the feminist hero that we deserve - we were all just too busy obsessing over Carrie's corset tops to notice it at first.WE SHOULD ALL BE MIRANDAS is a celebration of a certain redheaded lawyer and the legions of fans who relate to her pragmatic, no-bullshit approach to work, love, and sex. Written by two self-proclaimed Mirandas, this humorous manifesto distils Ms. Hobbes' core principles into a strategic guide for navigating life's inevitable ups and downs. In it, you'll learn to:Overcome your internalised MirandaphobiaCope with humiliating sexual encountersMake Google Docs your bitchDump that Skipper that you've been datingEmbrace your bad hair days ...and so much more!With sharp, sardonic humor and nods to the series' most iconic moments, We Should All Be Mirandas is the perfect gift for fashionistas, pop culture mavens, and every woman who has dared to eat cake out of the garbage.

We Want to be On the Telly (Pocket Money Puffins Ser.)

by Jeremy Strong

The hilariously funny story of Heathrow (affectionately named after London's airport) whose TOTALLY EMBARRASSING parents will do anything to be on TV, even if it involves rice pudding or a racing car or a rhinoceros! But in the end it's Heathrow's quick thinking that makes the news headlines!Laugh your socks off with this highly silly story specially for Pocket Money Puffins.

We Wear Pants

by Katie Abey

Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today...don't forget to get dressed! For any parent who has ever struggled to get their kids dressed - this hilarious book is for YOU! Parents and children will be giggling together as they find their favourite animals wearing funny things. We Wear Pants invites children to choose their favourite things across 12 spreads, packed with animals wearing pants, socks, pyjamas, glasses, shoes, shirts, wellies and more. With interactive speech bubbles and hilarious shout outs. Splashing around in puddles, driving buses and even riding on roller coasters - What will you wear today?

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

by Simu Liu

The star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a lifetime.

We Were On a Break

by Lindsey Kelk

‘Witty, funny, warm and wise’ Marian Keyes Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

We Were On a Break

by Lindsey Kelk

‘Witty, funny, warm and wise’ Marian Keyes Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

Weak Messages Create Bad Situations: A Manifesto

by David Shrigley

A personal message from the author: Lots of individuals in society today are feeble-minded. They don't know what the HELL is going on. Unfortunately many of these people are responsible for running THE COUNTRY. They don't know the difference between a PRECIOUS JEWEL and a piece of animal turd. Their ideas are MEANINGLESS, illustrated using RUBBISH imagery (often made by a computer). The stupid words they write are always in BAD FONTS. Yet still people HEED this nonsense. Maybe YOU are one of these people? It's alright. I am here to HELP you. I have a FULLY-COMPOSED WORLD VIEW. I have STRONG opinions about EVERYTHING. And my ideas are HAND-ILLUSTRATED and use REAL HANDWRITING that you can trust. I know exactly what's going on and am WILLING to share my thoughts with you. If you LISTEN to what I say then things will quickly improve. No more weak messages. No more bad situations. Shall we proceed?

Weather Girl: TikTok made me buy it

by Rachel Lynn Solomon

One of...Amazon's Best Romances of JanuaryApple Books' Best Books of JanuaryGoodreads' Hottest Romances of JanuaryBuzzfeed's Most Anticipated Books of 2022Popsugar, Parade.com, The Nerd Daily, and Fangirlish's Most Anticipated Books of 2022'My forecast: read it, and you'll be on cloud nine' Ali Hazelwood, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis'A sexy storm of a book' Sophie Cousens'Probably my favorite romcom ever' 5* Reader ReviewAri Abrams loves working as a TV meteorologist. But unfortunately, her boss is so busy fighting with her ex - who happens to be the station's news director - that there's always a storm brewing inside the newsroom! After a particularly explosive showdown, Ari and shy sports reporter Russell hatch a plan to get their bosses back together, fast...As they work to help the sparring exes fall back in love, Ari finds herself telling Russell things that she has always kept hidden - and soon realises there's more to her quiet colleague than meets the eye.It seems like love might have been in front of Ari all along. But will Russell be able to embrace her dark clouds, as well as her clear skies?****'The forecast predicts a 100% chance of heartfelt rom-com charm' Kirkus Reviews'Cosy, comforting, thought provoking, it'll make you feel warm from the inside out' Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of While We Were Dating'A tender, hilarious, and heartfelt love story you'll read in one sitting!' Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer

Wed Wabbit: SHORTLISTED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2018

by Lissa Evans

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2017.You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven.You've been hurled into a strange world.You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham.You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues.You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly).And the whole situation – the whole, entire thing – is your fault.Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again.And it's funny. It's really, really funny.Praise for Lissa Evans Carnegie Medal shortlistBranford Boase shortlistCosta Book Award shortlist Guardian Children's Book Award longlist Praise for Wed Wabbit 'A classic in the making' The Times'A future classic - really, really funny' Nina Stibbe'Inventive, funny and not a word out of place.' Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller'So funny, and so sharp and dark and beautiful and un-guessable. What a book' Katherine Rundell'Evans is the real deal; a hilariously funny writer whose effortless storytelling will capture the imagination of any child. Wed Wabbit deserves a place on every bookshelf' The Guardian

A Wedding at Christmas (Proper Family #4)

by Chrissie Manby

~*~You are invited to the Wedding of Chelsea Benson and Adam Baxter~*~Preparations for Chelsea and Adam's nuptials are only just beginning when Chelsea's grandad is taken seriously ill. Determined to have him at the big day, a new wedding date is set at once - for just twelve weeks' time!Now, with the help of her family (including her soon-to-be in-laws), Chelsea must organise her perfect winter wedding. Fast.But as she contends with a frosty mother-in-law, family feuds, and a firework fiasco it seems that Chelsea may need more than Christmas magic to turn her dream of a proper family wedding into a reality . . .This warm-hearted, festive and funny novel from bestselling author Chrissie Manby is equal parts family drama and Christmas cheer. The perfect pick-me-up this holiday season.~*~To confirm your attendance, click purchase~*~Praise for Chrissie Manby:'Deliciously funny' - Heat'Funny and inventive' - Company'Brilliant' - Marie Claire'Manby's novels are made for holidays' - Glamour ONCE IN A LIFETIME, the latest novel from Chrissie Manby, is available now!

A Wedding at Sandy Cove (A Wedding at Sandy Cove #Book 1)

by Bella Osborne

‘An absolute joy to read… Plenty of humour and romance… A glorious read that I devoured in a couple of afternoons in the garden. I was able to lose myself in the story… Fabulous’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Escape to Sandy Cove, where the scent of summer and the sound of wedding bells is in the air!

A Wedding at Sandy Cove: Part 1 (A Wedding at Sandy Cove #1)

by Bella Osborne

‘Had me hooked from the first chapter and kept me on my toes the entire time! I fell in love with the characters and the romance!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This will be Ella’s eighth time down the aisle…

A Wedding at Sandy Cove: Part 2 (A Wedding at Sandy Cove #2)

by Bella Osborne

‘Another sweet instalment to what is turning out to be a joyous and heart-warming romance!… Great fun and filled with some hilarious laugh out loud moments. The next part can’t come soon enough for me with that cliff-hanger of an ending!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Wedding at Sandy Cove: Part 3 (A Wedding at Sandy Cove #3)

by Bella Osborne

Ella’s dreams lie in tatters…

A Wedding at Sandy Cove: Part 4 (A Wedding at Sandy Cove #4)

by Bella Osborne

‘An absolutely perfect ending to the four parts… Romantic, nail-biting and funny in all the right places!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ True love is never one-size-fits-all…

A Wedding at the Chateau (The Chateau Series #3)

by Annabel French

My Best Friend's Wedding meets Love Rosie in a heartwarming romantic comedy filled with second chances, friendship, and the irresistible magic of Italy.

A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe (The Comfort Food Cafe #6)

by Debbie Johnson

Return to the Comfort Food Cafe for the wedding of the year!

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