Big Secrets:
The Uncensored Truth About All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know

by William Poundstone

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. Certified stranger-than-fiction truth, page 219.

Are there really secret backward messages in rock music, or is somebody nuts? We tested suspect albums at a recording studio to find out. Awesome revelations, page 200.

Colonel Sanders boasted that KFC'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. Lab results, recipe, page 13.

You are not supposed to know about the secret word on a Visa card. We slashed and mutilated perfectly good credit cards to uncover their secrets. Confidential findings, page 69.

What bizarre secret ingredients go into Chanel No. 5, Bal à Versailles, and Joy perfumes? We tracked won some rogue perfumers willing to talk. Priceless trade secrets, page 87.

Can Rorschach inkblot VII reveal how you really feel about your mother? The public is not supposed to know what the Rorschach blots look like, but we sneaked a peek. How to fake a veneer of normalcy, page 118.

Don't bother trying to figure out how Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, and Harry Blackstone, Jr., perform their illusions. Complete explanations and diagrams, nothing left to the imagination, page 143.