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The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World: A pointless book written by the presenters of the hit BBC 1 TV show [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Armstrong , Richard Osman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The world is full of pointless things. From rail replacement bus services to chip forks. From war to windchimes. From people who put cushions on beds to people who read the bit they write about the book on amazon. Look around you right now. Just about the only thing that isn't pointless is you. You look amazing. Join Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, the hosts of BBC1 quiz show Pointless as they take you on a journey through The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World. Filled with play-along quiz questions and unlikely facts, their hilarious collection of musings on some of the most pointless things found in everyday modern life is the perfect blend of the obscure, the fascinating and the downright silly.

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Pointless is a fascinating microcosm of life: as this formidable tome reveals, success therein depends on a combination of intellegence, chance and having a goood partner. (Sir Tim Rice)

I love Pointless. It's funny, and it makes me feel less thick. Like all the best dates. (Sarah Millican)

We gave one hundred people one hundred seconds to name the greatest show in the history of television. There was only one pointless answer and it was Pointless. And now in book form. (Stephen Fry)

A pointless book? Definitely. But in a good way. (Sunday Express)

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A funny and clever humour gift book in the tradition of QI from the presenters of BBC One's hit TV series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4018 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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Alexander Armstrong ('Xander') was born in Northumberland in 1970. After reading English at Cambridge he joined the TBA sketch comedy club in Notting Hill, where he met Ben Miller. Xander had previously been working in a double act with the excellent David Wolstencroft (who would later go on to create Spooks) but in an act of entirely self-interested and ungentlemanly derring-do he dissolved that double act in order to hitch his wagon to Mr Miller's, on the grounds that their comedy styles were much more closely aligned and Ben was going out with Rachel Weisz at the time. Mmmmm Rachel Weisz.

When Ben and Xander took a sabbatical from the double act after their Channel Four run, Xander branched into sit-com ('Beast') and straight-ish acting in Life Begins. He has also guest-hosted Have I Got News For You and a number of other TV shows over the years.

Now Ben and Xander find themselves back on telly doing Armstrong & Miller for BBC1, they have a new book called The Armstrong and Miller book and are currently on tour with their live show. They couldn't be happier. Can you think of a more fun job? Can you?

Alexander is married to Hannah and they have three children.

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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Pointless 12 Oct. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After reading entry 19, I decided that the first thing I would do after finishing this book is write a long and pointless review for it on Amazon.

I've been unreasonably excited to get my hands on 'The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World' ever since discovering it was being written (thank you, twitter), and now that it has arrived and I've read the entire thing from cover to cover in one sitting, I can gladly inform you that it exceeded all expectations. Xander and Richard, the fabulously charming, intelligent, witty and handsome gentlemen that they are, have really outdone themselves.

They make some surprisingly valid points about many things you've never even thought about, and while I disagree with some of them (*cough* readysaltedcrispsarethebestflavour *cough*) in most cases they really are spot on. And they're very funny too. Each of the 100 things has a short section dedicated to it which has been written up by one of the two men, indicated by whichever of their disembodied faces stares out at you from beside the chapter title. This is a system I failed to recognise until about a third of the way through the book, which is why I'm mentioning it in the review, as a heads-up.

As well as this, there are even some nice quiz questions and pointless facts, and even some cryptic clues for anybody who no longer values their sanity of free time. Luckily there are also answers in the back.

One final note to Mr Osman, just in case he ever chances upon this: Don't act innocent - I've been to a Pointless recording and I had a remarkably good view of your very brightly coloured rainbow socks.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 8 Nov. 2012
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I actually counted down the days until this book was released and I was not disappointed. A fantastically funny countdown of Richard and Xander's 100 most pointless things - if you enjoy Richard's rants on the show then you'll love this book. I downloaded the Kindle version and was curious as to how the Q&A parts would work but its fine, you just click the link and it redirects you to the answer. Also there are a few hidden gems in this book!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good fun read 30 Oct. 2012
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I laughed so much reading this book, its really clever and funny. A lot of interesting facts too, random stuff that I've been telling everyone I know!
The best bit is that you can share various topics with whoever you want (ie. shouting at football on tv came in handy one day...!)
There is a few questions and quizzy bits that are fun for the family to play, I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys pointless or just enjoys being entertained!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it gets a zero 26 Jan. 2013
This book is not pointless. In fact it is full of good points very well made and in a way that had me frequently laughing uproariously and reciting bits to anyone who would listen. Even the chapter headings make me laugh. It is not just 'one of those books based on a series you enjoy that will be a good extra pressie at Christmas/Birthdays to pad out the more expensive items'. Oh no. It is clever, hilarious and packed with facts and compulsive quizes.

The pictures that denote the author of each chapter are a nice touch but not necessary as it is impossible not to hear Richard Osman's voice as he denounces pandas or razors (and their increasing blade-age) or any such beef that has you nodding along gleefully. Likewise Alexander Armstrong's jovial flights of fancy have his DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid - well done if you got that at home) all over them.

I highly recommend this book and suggest you don't relegate it to the bathroom.

One final point to Mr Osman - how would we cope at the '99p shop' without 1p pieces?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pointless review 13 Dec. 2012
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If you like the quiz show, then you will like this little book. Enhance your pointless knowledge.
Great for the after Xmas dinner fun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever and very amusing 17 Feb. 2013
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I bought this for a gift at Christmas and wasn't sure how it would be received. I didn't need to worry it kept the recipient laughing all over Christmas. Richard and Alexander are both very clever and this book is well worth the money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Nov. 2012
After learning of this book's existence from Richard Osman's Twitterings I was keen to get my hands on it as a gift for a friend who is a massive fan of the show. Of course being the curious person I was, I read only the first couple of `pointless things' (one of these being the non-introduction) before deciding I needed my own copy. I picked this up at one of the two book signings Osman and Armstrong attended and can confirm that they are just as polite and charming as they appear on the TV.

The 100 sections on various pointless subjects are concise, to the point and excellently written. I found myself agreeing with a lot of the points and realising that quite a few things in life are more pointless than you first think. There are also quiz-type questions, the answers to which you can find at the back of the book. Oh I do enjoy books where you find yourself learning and laughing at the same time!

Quite simply this would be an excellent gift to entertain any member of the family or indeed yourself. A quick read, but informative and guaranteed to have you smiling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Central African Republic makes an appearance! 30 Mar. 2013
I'm a big fan of the TV show and watch every episode. I knew that the book couldn't reflect the quiz show, and I didn't want it to, but I was hoping that it would capture its style. In that sense I wasn't disappointed. The book reads as though it was actually written by the two presenters (which probably isn't true for a lot of celebrity authors) and I thought it was pretty funny. The book consists of 100 pointless things chosen by the authors and justified in each case, a bit like 'Room 101' on TV. Whether I agreed with the choices or not, most were enjoyable to read. Some are accompanied by little quiz section (with answers at the back of the book)

The only reason I didn't give the book five stars is that it's quite short. That's OK in itself if it's reflected in the price, but I felt slightly cheated because there is a lot of empty space, large fonts, large spaces between lines etc etc to pad out the book a bit.
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