Big Secrets

The Book That Gives the Inside Story on Hundreds of Secrets of American Life --Big Secrets.

Are there really secret backward messages in rock music, or is somebody nuts? We tested suspect tunes at a recording studio to find out.

What goes on at Freemason initiations? Here's the whole story, including -- yes! -- the electric carpet.

Colonel Sanders boasted that Kentucky Fried Chicken's eleven secret herbs and spices "stand on everybody's shelf." We got a sample of the seasoning mix and sent it to a food chemist for analysis.

Feverish rumor has it that Walt Disney's body was frozen and now lies in a secret cryonic vault somewhere beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean exhibit at Disneyland. Read the certified stranger-than-fiction truth.

Don't bother trying to figure out how Doug Henning, David Copperfield, and Harry Blackstone, Jr., perform their illusions. Big Secrets has complete explanations and diagrams, nothing left to the imagination.

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By Rich (Saint Clair, PA) · ★★★★★ · January 29, 2015
The first volume in William Poundstone's fun series of Big Secrets is still a fun read, even after all this time. Some of the technology-associated "secrets" in all three books are somewhat like fossils now, since these were written long before cell phones and smartphones, but there are a lot of... ...more
By MisterFweem (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 19, 2010
This was a quick, 24-hour read; just a book I yanked out of the "recently acquired" pile beneath my desk.

Interesting stuff, from exploring the formulas for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken to the startling revelation that the "secret code" Mom taught us as a kid was also infrequenly used by t... ...more
By Gary (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 04, 2008
Facts about various subjects that you may have wondered about or find interesting. For instance, Recipe for KFC and tidbits about Colonial Sanders life, Mysterious Radio Frequencies, Celebraties real birthdays, how the model ship gets into the bottle, etc. ...more
By Barry (South Grafton , NSW, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · April 15, 2012
I love these books (there's 4 or more). Had the set and then had them pinched. Recently replaced them and re-reading again. Still love them. ...more
By George (Vineland, NJ) · ★★★★☆ · September 01, 2012
Read this as a teen. The information was cutting edge in the early eighties - today, not so much. That being said, I loved it. ...more
By Torie (Kenosha, WI) · ★★★★★ · January 26, 2010
Read this wayyy back in the early '90s. ...more
By Don (Farmington, UT) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 23, 2012
Disappointing. ...more
By Dave (Las Vegas, NV) · ★★★☆☆ · September 07, 2007
Fun book. ...more