By People Staff
November 18, 1991 12:00 PM


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).