I finally decided to look through a book that's been on the bookshelf for at least a year.. It's called The Joy of Trivia by Bernie Smith. It was written in 1976, but looks a lot older. The pages have browned and there's a tiny bit of wear on the ends of the back binding... but I find that I can't put it down! He has such a sense of humor!
"The world's first successful income tax was tried in England in 1799. William Pitt was the man who fathered the idea, to finance the war with France.
There will now be two minutes of silence while we think ill of Mr. Pitt."