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Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Stevyn Colgan
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3 Oct 2008

What is the link between the Sex Pistols and crude oil; between Isaac Newton, Pink Floyd and a suicidal dwarf on the set of The Wizard of Oz ? What is Scooby-Doo’s real name, and why should you make a point of avoiding armadillos? You’ll find out the answers to these questions and a whole lot more in Joined-Up Thinking.

Each chapter of the book begins with a fascinating piece of information, spins a dizzying web of connected facts and, with a spine-tingling final flourish, brings the loop full circle. So open up the book, begin at the beginning – and end at the beginning…

'I found myself fascinated and, like a child who thinks it's fun to go round and round in circles, somewhat dizzy. Most impressive' Stephen Fry

'The book that nails that odd, slightly unnerving feeling that everything really is connected' John Mitchinson, co-author of QI: The Book of General Ignorance


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (3 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230712207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230712201
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter and popular speaker. He's one of the 'elves' that provides questions for the popular BBC TV series QI, and is a co-writer on its sister show 'The Museum of Curiosity' on BBC Radio 4. He's also a regular contributor to the 'QI Annuals'.

Website: www.stevyncolgan.com
Blog: http://colganology.blogspot.com
QI website: http://QI.com
Twitter: @stevyncolgan


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'I found myself fascinated and somewhat dizzy. Most impressive' -- Stephen Fry

'The book that nails that odd, slightly unnerving feeling that everything really is connected' -- John Mitchinson, co-author of QI: The Book of General Ignorance

'Stevyn Colgan has a theory...but his engaging style means we don't get stuck down the road of intellectual whimsy' -- Maxim

'Those of you who enjoy all manner of trivia...will relish Stevyn Colgan's book'
-- Sunday Post

'Very enjoyable and not a stocking filler, but a real book. Buy several copies and keep one.' -- The Daily Telegraph

'if you've ever looked at the Eiffel Tower and wondered how it's related to Dracula...Stevyn Colgan is your man'
-- London Lite

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'Stevyn Colgan has a theory...but his engaging style means we don't get stuck down the road of intellectual whimsy'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All Connected! 19 May 2012
By Charles TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a amazing fact book with each chapter beginning with a fact leading to another fact that leads to another eventually returning back to the original fact.

Here is a simplified example:

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime-time TV in America were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

The Flintstones was made by Hanna-Barbera who also produced Scooby Doo.

The Name Scooby Doo was taken from an ab-lib by Frank Sinatra in his song Strangers in the Night.

Frank Sinatra appears as a singing sword in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit cartoon characters can pull objects out of thin air.

In The Mask Jim Carry pays homage to cartoons by pulling a huge multi-barrelled gun, bazooka and hundred of items from his pockets when searched.

In early Superman comics Superman stored his Clark Kent business clothes in a pouch in the inner lining of his cape.. yet his cape never bulged or hung heavy.

An animated Superman and Jerry Seinfeld appeared in an advert for American Express.

American Express was founded by John Butterfield, Henry Wells and William Fargo. Wells and Fargo also had banks which appeared in lots of movies.

The film "Wells Fargo" was directed by Frank Lloyd.

Frank Lloyd was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the Oscars.

In 2002 the Oscar for best actress went to Halle Berry.

Hallie Berry appeared in the 1994 live-action Flintstones movie.

Something about how the writer links things together gives me a headache.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the way forward 10 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
Just when I was getting bored with the miscellany's and such - this is a brilliantly inventive and fun book which traces the connections from one curious piece of information to another. Each "round" reads like a curious and adventurous essay. I picked this up because of the quotes from the "QI" bunch and I can see why they were so enthusiastic about it. Great stuff. And hoping for volume II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucky Find 21 April 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a really enjoyable and interesting book. Each chapter (round?) is a complete circle of connected facts, working from a starting point through a barn-full of weird and wonderful miscellanea, and ending up back where it started. For example, chapter 22 starts with Torchwood and Doctor Who and travels via the Star Wars (both George Lucas and Ronnie Reagan versions), The Flintstones and Scottish band "The Proclaimers", Hallmark Cards, Frankincense, and ending up back with Torchwood. If you love trivia (as I do) or are riveted to each episode of QI (as I am), then you will enjoy this journey that tries to draw lines connecting all the quirky facts to each other.

Thoughtfully, Stevyn Colgan has even provided a "joined-up index" that will let you find individual strange facts later, which will surely make this the oddest reference book on your shelves? Colgan is obviously deeply disturbed, and I commend him for it.
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