Book Description: Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource.Praise for the previous editions:"The World Almanac is the most useful reference book known to modern man."--Los Angeles Times "The most versatile single volume, and probably the biggest bargain on the shelf."--Esquire"For the most information in one source, The World Almanac remains the champion."--American Library AssociationThe World Almanac and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere--in fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy! and is routinely used as a go-to, all-encompassing guide for aspiring game show contestants. The 2012 edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia questions from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.Features include:-2010 Census Results: An up-to-date portrait of the changing face of the American people, based on newly released 2010 census data. Includes essential population statistics about each state's demographics, typical households, and new congressional apportionment. -Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the 10 items that most came to symbolize the year 2011, from the news and sports to pop culture. -Year in Sports: Coverage of every major sport, with bonus World Series coverage including play-by-play and game-by-game playoff action. The 2011 MLB individual batting and pitching statistics give baseball junkies a jump-start on next year's fantasy baseball draft. -The World at a Glance: Fully revised and updated, this annual feature of The World Almanac highlights surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world today. -The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2011 while looking forward to 2012. -Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac editors found some of the wackiest news stories of the year! -2011--Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2011, covering news, pop culture, and sports. -U.S. Colleges and Universities: This feature compiles statistics on thousands of public and private U.S. colleges and universities--an indispensable tool for college-bound students and their families. Complete with student enrollment, tuition and fees, and other useful information on schools. -and much more.