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A brand-new edition of the UK No. 1 bestseller inspired by BBC2's sash-hit comedy quiz QI.This comprehensive catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' will make you wonder why anyone bothers going to school.More than 25% longer, with extra cartoons, hilarious ext rats from the TV show and 50 new things you didn't know, includA brand-new edition of the UK No. 1 bestseller inspired by BBC2's sash-hit comedy quiz QI.This comprehensive catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' will make you wonder why anyone bothers going to school.More than 25% longer, with extra cartoons, hilarious ext rats from the TV show and 50 new things you didn't know, including:No one has ever slid down a banisterThere are 613 commandments in the BibleVipers, cobras and rattlesnakes are not poisonousTh wise Family weren't called RobinsonThe unluckiest date is Monday the 27thYou have no muscles in your fingersCoffee isn't made from beansEverything you think you know is wrong.Translated in 29 languages, the original Book of General Ignorance is Amazon's fourth bestselling book in the world ever. Completely revised, corrected and plumed up, it now includes an index and an appendix listing all the celebrities who have appeared on QI to date....

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The Book of General Ignorance Reviews

  • Britt
    2019-05-23 15:48

    This book did have a lot of interesting bits of information in it, but I don’t feel like it succeeded in its goal. We were to learn the truth about so many things about which we have been misinformed. I didn’t find that I actually had the incorrect knowledge on most of this. I think a lot of what they did was argue semantics or just phrase things in tricky ways. For instance, we were properly informed about the highest v. tallest mountain, so Everest would not have been the answer they were looking for. Tricked ya! It might be the highest but it’s not the tallest! Yes, ok, didn’t we actually learn that in like 8th grade or somewhere thereabout? Or how about there are actually only 46 states and 4 commonwealths. Really? I mean, this has almost no bearing on anything, so who but those who want to trick people with these questions actually cares?There were a few questions that relied on only 1 study to contradict what people commonly believe on a topic, or what other studies have concluded. An example of this would be the question on how much sleep people actually need. Why should I believe this study over other studies?I’m also dubious as to the accuracy of many of their answers. Some of the questions didn’t even have real answers, they just threw around commonly held theories such as on the origins of the Hokey-Pokey. Or word origins, we know how easy those can be to track. Wasn’t the point to discount the common myths and provide us with truth?I had a major issue with the fact that they had a book filled with information purporting to be corrections to common misconceptions, but there was no bibliography or footnotes or anything to tell us where they got most of this information. Guess what? I can contradict most commonly held beliefs by looking for information on the Most Reliable and All-Knowing Internet. So why should I believe any of this if they don’t even tell us where they found their super special knowledge?I know this book was meant to be fun, and a lot of it was, but there are just some standards that should always be met when you want someone to accept as truth the information you are sharing. Otherwise, all you’re doing is adding to the common misconceptions.

  • Malak Alrashed
    2019-05-18 12:03

    *The book is inspired by a BBC comedy quiz show. Go to YouTube and watch it! It's funny. How much you think you know? And even if you think you know enough information, do you think all of them are true?This is what the book is about; it corrects the misconceptions that everyone thinks they're true basically because they are "a common knowledge". There are so many things that will shock you and make you wonder how much we really know? And, most importantly, how much of it is true?I loved getting to know that Mount Everest isn't really the tallest mountain on earth, it is the Mauna Kea it's 10,000 m (33,000 ft) tall while Mount Everest is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). Another thing that I liked is that piece of information about the driest place on earth, do you know that the driest place on earth is Antarctica and it's considered as a desert? Some of the continent parts have seen no rain since two million years (desert defined as a place that receives less than 25mm of rain a year) o_o!I found it entertaining to read this book because it's comprehensive; you can find information about anything and everything in it: animals, science, sports and places which all are divided to questions and then followed by a paragraph answering the Q. You may find "some" silly things, things that you think are not important to know, but generally the book is good, light and simply written. I only wished it contained a source of the informations that are mentioned.

  • Lolly's Library
    2019-06-15 15:56

    I may not be the next Ken Jennings upon finishing this book, but it's possible I could stand a reasonable chance to win a few bucks should I ever appear on a trivia-based game show. Short, witty, and cleverishly devil- wait, that's not right. Whatever. The Book of General Ignorance is a perfect book to test the contents of your brain to see what floats...and if it floats, it should be flushed. (Too gross an analogy? Sorry.) To be honest, since I have a trivial brain (and, yes, I mean every word of that), I actually knew quite a few of the tidbits presented within the book, although if someone had asked me to name them directly, the most intelligible answer they would've received would've been something along the lines of, "Um, wait, I know who/what/where/when that is, I just can't quite remember. I definitely know it's not who/what/where/when you think it is. Give me a minute, 'kay?" (At least that's a more coherent response than if I actually did appear on a game show; with the glare of the bright lights and glittering eyes of a studio audience, I would be reduced to a quivering mass unable to say anything more than "Durumdedumyoupdedoodleedoododulawhat?" Or something equivalent.) However, there were enough surprises sprinkled throughout the entries to have me gasping out a "No way!" every few pages.For a quick read or as something to scan in between reading projects, The Book of General Knowledge is a perfect book for that most entertaining of past-times, that of stuffing your brain with useless information (and risking the possibility of losing important information along the way) just to whip out said trivia to entertain your friends. Hey, it makes for great fun at parties! Especially when you start drooling and can't remember your own name...but at least you know how many penises a European earwig has. (Curious to know how many too? Read the book to find out!)

  • Kyle Johnson
    2019-05-27 17:03

    If you've never seen an episode (or even a clip) of QI, the british panel show from the BBC, you owe it to yourself to head straight to YouTube and start watching. (I highly recommend the Mannequin Bird clip, and the Parthenon clip. These two made me cry with laughter) Stephen Fry is a delight to watch, Allen Davies is hysterical, and many of the guests add unexpected wit. Series regular Bill Bailey (who is also a regular on Nevermind The Buzzcocks, a similar show about pop music) stands out amongst the many other outstanding guests.What does this have to do with "The Book of General Ignorance?" Well first, those two ugly characters on the front of the book are badly done drawings of Fry and Davies. And second, many of the questions from the show's General Ignorance part of the episodes, are in this book. Its a collection of the most random tidbits of knowledge you probably think you know, but don't.This is the kind of book you take on a long road trip with your family, to entertain everyone as you drive. It might even pair well with an edition of Trivial Pursuit, though I suspect a few of the answers may contradict eachother. Its up to you to decide which one is correct.

  • Patrick Gibson
    2019-06-15 12:56

    What's the tallest mountain in the world? Think you know right, Mount Everest, at 29,029 feet? Nope, it is Mauna Kea. Though it is a modest 13,799 above sea level, measured from its seabed base to its summit, it is a whopping 33,465 feet in height, almost three-quarters of a mile higher than Mount Everest. What's the driest place in the world? The Sahara right? It is dry alright, getting just one inch of rain a year but it is the third driest place on Earth. The driest in fact is Antarctica, as some areas of the continent have not seen rain for two million years. The second driest is the Atacama Desert in Chile, which averages 0.004 inch of rain a year, and some areas have not seen rain for four hundred years. You have been told that Eskimo is a rude term right, that the preferred term now is Inuit? True, Inuit is the preferred term in Canada, but Alaskan Eskimos are perfectly happy with the name as they "are emphatically not Inuit, a people who live mainly in northern Canada and parts of Greenland." In fact there are many types of Eskimo, of which the Inuit are just one type (the others include the Kalaallit of Greenland and the Yupiget and the Alutiit of Alaska). Think the first turkeys eaten by English-speaking peoples were the Pilgrims? Nope, Turkeys first reached Europe in the 1520s, brought from their native Mexico by Spain and sold throughout Europe by Turkish merchants, by 1585 becoming a Christmas tradition in England. Perhaps you have heard that chop suey is actually an American dish. Not so, according to this book, it is a local dish of southern Canton, where it is called tsap seui, which means "miscellaneous scraps" in Cantonese, brought over by early Chinese immigrants to California. How many states of matter? Three right, solid, liquid, and gas? Nope, more like fifteen, as the list includes such states as plasma, superfluid, degenerate matter, fermionic condensate, Bose-Einstein condensate, and strange matter. Others questions and answers deal with just plain odd things that I didn't know. Croatia for instance gave the world the necktie, as Hravat is the Croation word for "Croat" and where the word cravat comes from. In the 17th century, Louis XIII of France kept a regiment of Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Years War who as part of their uniform wore a wide, brightly colored neck cloth by which they became known, a style that was later much copied in Paris. St. Bernard dogs have never, ever carried barrels of brandy around their neck; the myth comes from an 1831 painting by a young English artist named Sir Edwin Landseer, who in his work ‘Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler’ painted two St. Bernards, one with a miniature brandy barrel around its neck which he added "for interest." ‘Ursus arctos’ is not the scientific name for the polar bear, it is the name for the brown bear, as ursus is Latin for bear and arctos is Greek for bear. The Arctic, interestingly enough, is named after the bear, not the other way around, as it is "the region of the bear." I have only one complaint about the book. Though it does include a helpful index, it lacks any mention of sources. Though not presented a serious scholarly work but merely a fun book to read, it might have nice to include some list of references.

  • Becky
    2019-05-18 11:46

    This was an interesting book full of trivia that nobody knows. Now if only I had friends geeky enough to quote it at. :DI didn't really find this all that humorous, except for the one bit towards the end about the theory of the wise man visiting Jesus who put off getting a gift for the savior until too late and the shops were closed, so had to go halfsies on the frankincense. I giggled at that. I probably would have rated this higher had I read it instead of listening to the audio. The authors, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, read this one, and while they didn't do nearly as badly as some authors I've listened to, I found them to be a bit boring. One of the Johns has a quite raspy/gravelly voice, and I kept hoping for someone to get him a glass of water or a lozenge or something. Then there were the accents given to quoted materials, which were... well, just not good. I say it in almost every time I review an audiobook: Please stop doing voices. It is not necessary, and almost never adds to the performance. I'd rather the reader err on the side of too subtle than too much. But, nonetheless, a good book full of interesting stuff. Recommended.

  • Bill Holmes
    2019-06-04 15:53

    I've been perusing this one for awhile, as I find that trivia books are best absorbed in small doses. This is one of the better efforts in the genre, a little more erudite than some. The format is essentially this:"Here's a piece of trivia you thought you knew. But you're wrong, there's more to it than that. And while we're on the topic, here are a few more facts and observations that are sort of related to the original subject but perhaps not so much."You'll learn, among other things, that Henry VIII technically had only two wives, that marmots are the most deadly mammals humans have ever encountered, and that bees were the first animals to "realize" that the earth is round. All in all, a useful resource for debunking those who presume to have knowledge of trivia that is superior to yours.

  • Nikki
    2019-06-13 17:07

    Very good for reading just a bit of before bed, palate-cleansing during frantic essay writing, or sitting down with for an hour straight, thinking 'just one more page'... I haven't actually seen much of the TV show, but I do follow @qikipedia and have heard my mother hooting away with mirth when watching the tv show. The book isn't as funny, most of the time, but it does succeed in being Quite Interesting.It covers a lot of facts I've read elsewhere in other books (some of which I suspect of taking their topics at least from here, if not the text) and a lot that I've never read elsewhere. If general knowledge sort of stuff is your thing, this and the New Scientist books are probably your best bet...

  • Özlem Güzelharcan
    2019-06-16 12:55

    Okuması hızlı ve keyifli bir kitap. Boş zaman doldurmak için ideal.

  • Abdulaziz Fagih
    2019-05-20 14:09

    QI: The Book of General Ignorance (The Noticeably Stouter Edition)As the Book name indicate this a general knowledge book I haven’t seen the show and I’m not sure I will. I got interested in this because I want something light to read as I was reading a lot and need some space and this book is an excellent idea to do that.As of the content of the book it’s targeting the Native English speaking community misconceptions so if you are not native you might not have these misconceptions In general:- Con:- It target English speaking community.- There are errors in some of the info they introduce.- They introduce a lot of boring and unnecessary stuff regarding the Question they answer.- Some of the items are theoretical unproven answers.- No citation for references and sources. - Some time all they did was argue semantics.- There are a lot of old news kind of Info- Not that funny.+ Pro:- It sure gives you the space to read slowly since the info take from 1 to 3 pages only.- It gives you the necessary motive to go a check the info from more reliable sources.- There some fascinating and interesting information I think 2/5 is fare assessment for such book.

  • Serena.. Sery-ously?
    2019-05-29 12:58

    Se pensate che il motore a vapore sia stato inventato da James Watt (.. Pivello!), che il materiale più comune sulla terra sia l'ossigeno o l'azoto, che le possibilità di morire per un fulmine siano maggiori di quelle per un asteroide, che Fleming abbia scoperto la penicillina o vi chiedete perché le falene siano attratte dalla luce o di dove sia Babbo Natale (e no, non parliamo nemmeno dell'invenzione della Coca Cola!)..ALLORA questo libro fa per voi!!!!Mi sono divertita un sacco con alcune domande/risposte.. In altre ho assunto il cipiglio da: "MA CHE DAVVERO??? DOV'ERO IO QUANDO ACCADEVA?!" mentre per altre ero lì a gongolare dicendo: "Ah-ah. Ah-ah. Sì, sì, questa la sapevo! Olè!"Insomma, ce ne è davvero per tutti i gusti e si legge in uno starnuto.. Consigliato! (Anche se "Il libro sull'ignoranza degli animali è molto più carino! :3)

  • Louisa
    2019-05-19 19:04

    How many penises does an European earwig have?Two. The European or Black earwig carries a special one in case the first one snaps off, which happens quite frequently.I love trivia (cue me spending hours on I especially love strange trivia. Penis trivia? Booyah!This book was easy to get through too - one can pick it up at any point again to discover something new about the universe. I'm a huge fan of the TV series QI. Any lover of the Stephen-Fry-run quiz show should enjoy this, as will anyone who likes, well, penis trivia. And who really invented the telephone, etc. etc.

  • Amer Alkharoubi
    2019-05-19 18:47

    كتاب رائع .. يصحح كثير مما تعلمناه وقرأنا عنه في الصحف والمجلات أو حتى شاهدناه على التلفاز أو في الأفلام والمسلسلاتليس أي شيء من العلوم الموجودة والمتناقلة بيننا وفي جامعاتنا ومدارسنا بالشيء القابل بالجزم ١٠٠ ٪ .. والكتاب يطرح حقائق ودراسات جميلة ومعلومات مفيدةباختصار .. هي أسئلة يجاوب عليها بطريقة لطيفة وممتعة كمجتمع عربي مسلم قد تكون هناك بعض الأسئلة التي ، باعتقادي ، أنها مجرد تعبئة مكان لأنها عبارة عن تصحيح لأساطير وقصص خيالية وخرافية هي أصلا غير صحيحة ولكنها مجرد وهم .. فما الفاىدة من تصحيحها أصلا ؟هناك بعض الملعومات عن الإسلام او العرب خاطئة وهذا أزعجني قليلاالكتاب ممتع ورائع وفيه الكثير من المعلومات القيمة

  • Rowena
    2019-05-19 12:11

    I watch the BBC's Quite Interesting comedy quiz show this book is based on (or is it the other way around?). After watching the show and reading this book, I want to know what exactly are we taught at school? So many misconceptions, for one. I found the book very interesting and also humourous. I definitely learned a lot of cool facts from it.

  • Tim
    2019-06-15 16:06

    Great little book of snippets of facts that one is unlikely to know. In fact it is written in such a way that it often turns misconceptions on their head with a touch of humour at the same time.The result is normally something like, "Oooh i didnt know that! Would you ever!"A great book for keeping in the toilet as there are lots of little sections to be read stand alone ;)

  • James
    2019-06-18 18:03

    Fun book full of interesting facts and unique snippets of information. I was finding it hard to dedicate a lot of time to reading each day, so this book was ideal, being divided into short, fascinating segments -- because I was picking the book up irregularly, it meant I was not constantly having to remind myself of where I left up. Overall a fun, light read.

  • Bronwen
    2019-06-06 14:11

    Bloody brilliant! One of the most fascinating books I have ever read. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended!

  • Bobparr
    2019-05-20 13:04

    Il problema di questo libro è smettere di leggerlo. Idealmente, andrebbe a fianco de "L'originale miscellanea di Schott", per la cacofonia di informazioni condensate a volte in una unica risposta a domande assolutamente banali e scontate. E' curioso, documentato, insolito, utile. Ogni tanto bisogna mettere i puntini sulle "i", e questo libro lo fa, scardinando i luoghi comuni che - tra le altre cose - fanno di Amerigo Vespucci il navigatore da cui prese nome l'America, identificano lo struzzo come l'animale che mette la testa sotto la sabbia e identificano la Svezia come una nazione ad alto tasso di suicidi.

  • Scott Klemm
    2019-05-24 17:59

    John Lloyd and John Mitchinson’s book, The Book of General Ignorance, is an interesting collection of trivia. The subtitle on the book’s jacket says “Everything you think you know is wrong.” Each entry, a short page or page and a half, discusses some popular misconception covering such fields as history, botany, zoology, physics, geology, medicine, sports, etc. Some previous reviews have mentioned the lack of documentation. Undoubtedly, the vast array of topics would require endnotes nearly as long as the text itself. In general, the book appears to be well researched and reliable. However, no one can be an expert in every field of knowledge, and Lloyd and Mitchinson are not infallible. On page 63, the authors state, “Rhinos are the only animal to have a horn that is entirely made from keratin; unlike those of cattle, sheep, antelopes, and giraffes, they don’t have any bone core.” Neither do giraffes. Giraffe “horns” are actually ossicones derived from ossified cartilage and covered with skin and fur. On page 74 it is stated that “Nero also invented ice cream (runners brought mountain snow flavored with fruit juice) …” You cannot have ice cream without cream. Fruit flavored ice would be what Americans would call a snow cone.In the discussion of Julius Caesar (p. 78), the authors tell us that “Romans pronounced ‘Caesar’ as kaiser (which is still the German word for ‘king’ …).” Wrong. The German word for king is koenig. Kaiser means emperor.On page 243, it’s alleged that the biblical story of Jesus’ virgin birth was the result of Christianity absorbing “pagan ideas to broaden its appeal.” The authors assert that “Perseus and Dionysus in Greek mythology, Horus in Egyptian and Mithra, a Persian deity whose cult rivaled Christianity in popularity, were all ‘born of virgins.’” Wrong again. Perseus was born of Zeus and Danae, Dionysus of Zeus and Semele, Horus of Osiris and Isis, and Mithra from a rock. Was Adolf Hitler a good Catholic? You would think so according to this book. To support their contention, the authors provide a 1928 quote from Hitler in which he said, “I am now, as before, a Catholic and will always remain so” (p. 194). At this point in time Hitler had not acquired full power and could not afford to alienate a large segment of the population. His real opinion is revealed in Hitler’s Table Talk, a collection of his private conversations compiled by a close aid during the war years. In it he calls Christianity one of the great “scourges” of history, and blamed the Jews for inventing Christianity.

  • Fellini
    2019-05-24 19:00

    Отличная книга для чтения в метро, короткие статейки как будто специально рассчитаны на длину перегонов и эскалаторов. Куча интересных и бесполезных фактов обо всём на свете: от анатомии до истории Англии. Что-то мне уже было известно, о некоторых явлениях прочитала впервые, например, о хамелеонах, изменяющих цвет в зависимости от настроения, а не от окружающей среды. На очереди ещё "Книга животных заблуждений", предусмотрительно подаренная мною П. =)Сборник дурацких фактов ниже:==========шампанское – изобретение англичан. ==========Сенбернары никогда – повторяем, никогда – не носили на шее бочонков с бренди. ==========Пока на человечество не обрушилось чудовищное проклятие под названием «статистика», мы жили счастливой и безмятежной жизнью, полной веселья и радости, получая информацию в виде вполне сносных суждений. Хилэр Беллок ==========Америка названа по имени уэльсца Ричарда Америка, зажиточного купца из Бристоля. ==========Пластинка (или мембрана) перца содержит наибольшее количество так называемого капсаицина ==========Никто никогда не видел, чтобы страус прятал в песок голову. Когда страусам угрожает опасность, они удирают прочь – как любое здравомыслящее животное. ==========именно грязь/ пыль/пух, присутствующие в бокале, играют роль ядер конденсации для растворенного в напитке углекислого газа. ==========Алкоголь не «убивает» клетки мозга. Он лишь мешает новым клеткам быстро расти. ==========На животе черепахи был начертан семейный девиз Девонов: «Куда я попал? Что я наделал?» ==========Нет ни одного надежного источника информации, который помог бы нам провести четкую аналогию возрастов между видами млекопитающих. ==========Человек всецело поддерживает религию до тех пор, пока не побывает в по-настоящему религиозной стране. После чего он начинает всецело поддерживать канализацию, машины и минимальную заработную плату. Олдос Хаксли

  • Emin
    2019-05-19 18:49

    İnanılmaz albenisi olan bir kitap değil mi ya? İnsan ne kadar cahil olduğunu öğrenmek için bile alabilir. Tabii bu cehalet neye göre ölçülüyor orası ayrı konu.Sırf kelime oyunu olan başlıklar da var içinde kitabın, yani bazı yanlış bildiklerimiz aslında yanlıştan ziyade eksik veya biraz farklı düşünmeyi gerektiriyor. Ayrıca hiçbir fikrimin olmadığı tarihsel başlıklara da sahipti, ki yeterince ilgimi çekmediklerinden atlayarak okudum onları. Hala haklarında pek bir fikre sahip değilim yani.Üstelik orijinalinden (herhalde Türkler napsın bunu deyip) çıkarılmış başlıklar ve üstüne eklenmiş "Türkleri daha çok ilgilendiren" başlıklar konusunda ne düşündüğümü bilmiyorum. İskoçya'nın işgal ettiği son ülke umurumda değil, doğru ama şimdi de eksik ve üstünde oynanmış bir kitap okumuş gibi hissettim.Ne kadar üstteki konularda yermiş olsam da kitabın bana pek çok şey kattığı su götürmez bir gerçek. Şimdi en vurucu bilgileri buraya yazmak için kasmayacağım kendimi, bilinçaltıma yerleştirmişsem onları bana yeter. :3Kitabın benim için en ilginç kısımlarından bazıları hayvanlarla ilgili olduğu için hayvanlarla ilgili olan cahillikler kitabını okumak için sabırsızlanıyorum.Nihayetinde başucu kitabı olmaya aday, çok zevkli bir okumalıktı. Öğrendiklerimi "thug life" müziği eşliğinde insanlara kapak yapmak için kullanmaya fırsat kollarım ben şimdi.Gelecek beş yıl boyunca ben: "Su mavi yalnız cnm.s.s"

  • Isaac Cooper
    2019-06-04 11:57

    2.2 and a quarter out of 5.This has got to be the most useless book I’ve ever read. It’s mostly quite interesting, I’ll give it that. I’ll also give it that it’s an infuriatingly pointless, and often times smug, self-satisfied book that even the most uptight Brit would surely be annoyed with. We all know the show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry and other comedians. It’s a funny, very entertaining show, mostly because it doesn’t condescend to the audience, and the panel members give the sometimes crazy factoids a balance, by cracking jokes and not taking things too seriously. That’s why the show works. In book form, I don’t think the success of the show really translates all that well. I can’t very well say that The Book of General Ignorance is a bad or horrendous book, just that it’s not so much a book, as a transcription of the show, a failed transcription at that. It’s just it’s all so very serious, all the facts, everything is written in such a stern, you-know-I’m-right kind of way that it really started grating on me by the last quarter of the book, at which point I put it down and didn’t want to read any more of it. Take this question/answer (the entire book is presented in this way) for example:Which of the following are nuts?a) Almond b) Peanutc) Brazil Nut d) WalnutNuts are defined as a simple, dry fruit with one seed (very occasionally two) in which the seed-case wall becomes very hard at maturity. Tree nuts include walnuts, butternuts, hickory, pecan, chestnut (but not conkers), beech, oak acorns, tan oak, hazel, filbert, hornbeam, birch and elder. Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazils, cashews, coconuts, horse chestnuts and pine nuts are not nuts. Pretty entertaining stuff … Not!

  • Spencer
    2019-05-22 12:43

    the facts seem credible as far as i can tell. the book is culled from info off the bbc show QI.did you know:chameleons don't change color to match their background, they color change is based on their emotional state.1/2 of humans who have ever died have been killed by mosquitoes.moths aren't attracted to light, they are disoriented by it because they think it is the sun and they keep trying to course correct their flight the 1st edition of charlie and the chocolate factory, the oompa loompas were african pygmies.loofas are dries out gourds, not sea sponges.the immaculate conception refers to marys birth, not christs.1/3 of teen girl suicides in india are by immolation.dolphins sleep 1/2 of their brain at a time in alternating 2 hour intervals over night so as to be able to watch for predators and come up for air.lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the world.there are currently more suicides worldwide than war deaths.ww2 ended in 1990 with the reunification of germany.the longest us war was the declared war on the apache nation from 1840-80.hitler considered himself catholic.davinci slept 12 hours a day in several short intervals.there was a tribe in NE greenland that up until the 1800's thought that they were the only people on earth.we are currently in the 4th ice age which will be over when the polar ice caps finish melting.the barnacles penis is 7 times longer than its is a solid.

  • Steven Peterson
    2019-06-15 12:48

    This is a gimmick book--but a pleasant one at that. The front jacket matter includes the following comment that lays out the essence of this work: "Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British best-seller." But the best way to give an idea of what this book is about is to lay out some of the questions and answers. Just enough to pique one's interest!"Who said 'Let them eat cake'"? It was NOT Marie Antoinetts according to this book. First, it was not cake being referred to, it was brioche, a different thing entirely. Second, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau claims to have heard the line in 1740.Here's a new one for me (among others): "What Edison invention do English speakers use every day?" (Page 131-132) According to the book (and this is one on me), the word "Hello" was an Edisonian invention. "What was Mozart's middle name"? Wolfgang. According to the book, his full name was actually Johann Chyrstomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. "What is the first invention to break the sound barrier"? The whip!I don't know if all the answers to the questions posed are correct, but it's quite enjoyable to run through the questions and test your knowledge against the answers provided in the book.

  • Alex Jurado
    2019-06-05 14:10

    I choose this book because it tells you the common mistakes people make when answering common questions you think you know the answer too. I find this book interesting because this tells me what to answer to people if they have a question like, "Where is the driest place on earth?' The answer to that question is Antartica. I thought it was the Sahara desert. It also makes me look smart. This book does not have a particular plot, other than to inform people. My favorite quote from this book is that, "Half the human beings who have ever died, perhaps as many as 45 billion people, have been killed by female mosquitoes." I thought that the great white shark or a lion was "the most dangerous animal that has ever lived." I think the authors' writing style are loose and relaxed, meaning that they just write without any purpose. The book is written in a 3rd person point of view. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy informational books and would like to know about 230 new and interesting facts.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-06-18 12:46

    The tallest mountain is Mauna Kea in Hawaii from base to tip but some of it is below sea level so the highest mountain is Everest from sea level to tip. Henry VIII has 2 wives, his other 4 marriages were annulled. The most dangerous animal that ever lived is the mosquito, having killed an estimated 45 billion humans since we've been around. Hitler was not a vegetarian whose favourite dish was Bavarian sausage and who was not an atheist but a catholic. Who invented champagne? The steam engine? The telephone? Where does ring a ring of roses come from? Who blew the nose off the Sphinx? What has a 3 second memory? How do lemmings die? I'll stop there but if any of the above tickles your fancy, you'll love this book. Full of amazing facts disproving a lot of the common knowledge we take for granted, and written up very clearly by John Lloyd, this is a fantastic read and great for conversations. Some will say it's a bog book but I found myself taking it out of the bathroom and continue reading it until I was finished. Great stuff, highly recommended.

  • Kendra
    2019-06-09 17:11

    I love, love, LOVE this book! My kids and I have had a fabulous time finding out how wrong we have been about so many things, and it has come to be a matter of celebration when we manage to answer a question correctly. Who knew a chicken could live for about two years without its head? It makes sense that the healing properties of we call penicillin were discovered a very long time before Fleming. And I have to say that the truth behind the invention of the telephone came as quite a shock! As a final note, I'm more than a little disturbed that some reviewers have knocked this book because of its British perspective. Seriously? This is a problem for you? We Americans (or U.S.-Americans or United Statesians) are already far too provincial, and this attitude doesn't help. I've never met anyone who couldn't stand to broaden his or her horizons quite a bit, myself included.This book now lives on a kitchen bookshelf with the dictionaries and the cookbooks.

  • Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
    2019-06-10 16:47

    A glorious book by any standards. If you love knowing things, and love being amazed, then this book is for you. What this noticeably stouter version will tell you is that weird habits, behaviours and solid facts we all know are wrong and misreported. How is that not wonderful. There are so many little things that are technically correct or technically untrue. And also everything you know is wrong to some degree, simple as that.I mean who knew that technically Henry VIII only had two wives. I mean really. There are no muscles in your fingers and again, technically coffee isn't made from a bean. So many fun facts that can change how you see the world. From the butterscotch Mars to the fact we are still living in the ice age. There are a bunch more in the QI book series and I implore you all to go find them all and absorb all their knowledgey goodness. Now! Go! Do it!

  • Natalia
    2019-05-22 17:07

    Несколько непривычный формат книги: сборник фактов (скорее общепринятых понятий и истин), которые шаг за шагом опровергаются автором фактами. Интересное чтиво в качестве упражнения для мозга, но автора писателем я бы называть не стала. Как впрочем, не стала бы считать писателем и составителей ныне популярных сборников цитат и афоризмов. Идея очень занятная, особенно для того, кто уже окончил школу и имеет широкий кругозор. Посмотрите, как много заблуждений знает весь мир - и при этом мы все кажемся друг другу умными и знающими людьми.Прочитайте, если будет желание отвлечься от переживаний за героев и обдумывания сложных сюжетов. Вам понравится.

  • Nayeli
    2019-05-25 14:47

    This book is too much, it really is too much. I got it because I like Stephen Fry's QI show and I saw he had written the foreword (Alan Davies wrote a "four word", the guy's hilarious). It took me about four months to get through it, I could never read more than 10 or 15 pages at once because there's just too much information... so I kept it as my backup book to read when I had nothing else to occupy myself with. I guess it's more of a "reference" book, if anything, but then again it does go off on tangents within the same topic which makes it difficult to follow.