Picks and Pans Review: Low Browse

updated 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

>THE WHOLE POP CATALOG

A TIPTOE through the 597 pages compiled by Jack Mingo and the Berkeley Pop Culture Project yields these priceless—if useless—facts: There are more plastic flamingos in the world than real ones.

More people are injured on merry-go-rounds yearly than on roller coasters. Lou Costello was a kleptomaniac. The first toy ever advertised on TV, in 1952, was Mr. Potato Head. In bowling, a gutter ball is a "poodle."

A video of old beer commercials can be ordered by mail. So can old jukebox parts and a zillion other oddities listed in this book. (Avon, paper, $20).

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