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Description Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! In Stock. 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. The Book of General Ignorance is a perfect book to test the contents of your brain to see what floats Too gross an analogy? To be honest, since I have a trivial brain and, yes, I mean every word 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.
Give me a minute, 'kay? However, there were enough surprises sprinkled throughout the entries to have me gasping out a "No way!
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 Curious to know how many too? Read the book to find out! View all 5 comments. 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 amo 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.
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? 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. Jan 17, Patrick Gibson rated it liked it Shelves: What's the tallest mountain in the world?
Think you know right, Mount Everest, at 29, feet? Nope, it is Mauna Kea. Though it is a modest 13, above sea level, measured from its seabed base to its summit, it is a whopping 33, 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 What's the tallest mountain in the world?
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. 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.
Think the first turkeys eaten by English-speaking peoples were the Pilgrims? Nope, Turkeys first reached Europe in the s, brought from their native Mexico by Spain and sold throughout Europe by Turkish merchants, by 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. Bernards, one with a miniature brandy barrel around its neck which he added "for interest. The Arctic, interestingly enough, is named after the bear, not the other way around, as it is "the region of the bear. 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. 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. This was an interesting book full of trivia that nobody knows. Now if only I had friends geeky enough to quote it at. D I 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, This was an interesting book full of trivia that nobody knows. 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.
Then there were the accents given to quoted materials, which were 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. 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: 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.
All in all, a useful resource for debunking those who presume to have knowledge of trivia that is superior to yours. 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 tak 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' 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 Mar 31, Rowena rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Any fans of general knowledge. 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. May 04, Serena.. Se pensate che il motore a vapore sia stato inventato da James Watt.. Mi sono divertita un sacco con alcune dom Se pensate che il motore a vapore sia stato inventato da James Watt.. In altre ho assunto il cipiglio da: How many penises does an European earwig have?
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 Cracked. I especially love strange trivia. Penis trivia? 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, a How many penises does an European earwig have? 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.
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! 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. Bloody brilliant! One of the most fascinating books I have ever read. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended!
Sep 25, Felicia rated it did not like it Shelves: Some things wrong in this book: Saying they are not means that the author has a misunderstanding of phylogenetics. They are sister taxa, meaning that they are more closely related to each other than they are to their next closest extant relative anteaters.
They are also more closely related to each other than to any other taxon. Therefore the two types of sloth are related. To say they are not just because their skeletal anatomy is different is grossly negligent [a side note: It does, but only because three are fused together. Sloths are xenarthrans. This means they belong to a group of mammals that have weird fusions in their skeleton. Most xenarthrans have fused tibiae and fibulae, a heavily fused pelvis called a synsacrum , and fused cervical vertebrae.