Picks and Pans Review: A Book of Lists

updated 01/23/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/23/1995 01:00AM

>A sampling from The Top 10 of Everything (Dorling Kindersly, $14.95), by British trivia buff Russell Ash:

Zaire is home to the world's largest elephant population (195,000).

Among the most common phobias, fear of people and social situations is second only to fear of spiders.

Dogs are more popular pets than cats. The most favored canine breed is the Labrador retriever; the preferred name for Fido in the U.S. is Lady, followed by King, Duke and Peppy (yes, that's what Ash says).

Abraham Lincoln (6'4") was the tallest President of the United States, while James Madison (5'4") was the shortest.

Teachers top the list of professions among computer daters.

Sheep are the most often cited animals in the Bible.

The people of The Netherlands consume the most chocolate per capita; the Irish eat more Kellogg's Corn Flakes than any other nation, and the Brits put away the most baked beans.

Togo has the world's lowest crime rate, while Dominica has the highest.

The most common item of lost property is the umbrella.

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