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The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong [Hardcover]

John Mitchinson , John Lloyd

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Book Description

11 Oct 2011
From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.
The original Book of General Ignorance was published in 2006. It has since been translated into twenty-six languages and sold over 1.2 million copies.
     Now, just when you thought that it was safe to start showing off again, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are back with another busload of mistakes and misunderstandings. Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to. Whether it's history, science, sports, geography, literature, language, medicine, the classics, or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong.
     For example, do you know who made the first airplane flight? How many legs does an octopus have? How much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a tooth in a glass of Coke overnight? What is house dust mostly made from? What was the first dishwasher built to do? What color are oranges? Who in the world is most likely to kill you?
     Whatever your answers to the questions above, you can be sure that everything you think you know is wrong. The Second Book of General Ignorance is the essential text for everyone who knows they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY) (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030795174X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951748
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 4 Aug 2012
By ubpdqn - Published on Amazon.com
This is a genuinely delightful book (though I do have a tendency to overuse this adjective). I thoroughly enjoyed The Book of General Ignorance and anticipated a similar experience with this book.

These sort of books can be read in different ways. You can read them cover to cover or selectively, choosing whatever question piques your interest. I started with the latter approach and worried that it would disappoint (in comparison with the first book). However, after unexpectedly having some free time I read it cover to cover. It was a journey of surprise (misconceptions brought out), laughter and general pleasure. The authors range from social constructs, biology, physics, etymology. Whether it is what do aeroplanes do with the contents of their `lavatories' (or for that matter what is the right term for the small room we all have to go to), to the `forty fourth president of the United States', or how may countries are in the G20, I was entertained.

The book has a United Kingdom reader orientation but this is a minor issue. The authors have found a way to present information that is both instructive (`facts' plus reason/logic) and entertaining.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Fun Overlooked Trivia 30 May 2012
By T. A. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's original The Book of General Ignorance is great; it's funny, smart, and very engaging. This second proper installment of the series serves more of what made the original great, but at slight diminishing returns. The original Book of General Ignorance covered many popular misconceptions that we have, and after mining this content, the authors are able to serve up many slightly-less popular misconceptions. The truths revealed here aren't as startling, but they are just as fun and interesting.

Think you know how to treat a jellyfish sting?
Think you know the word for the fear of heights?
Think you know what the 2nd highest peak in the world is?
Think you know what kind of ball bounces highest (rubber, steel, or glass)?

If you think you know the answers to these questions, this book might surprise you. The authors continue the original book's format -- each question is followed by a concise answer followed by humorous elaboration.

Curious readers and fans of trivia will find a lot to like here, but I would recommend beginning with the first book before moving onto this installment. Amazon's "Look Inside!" feature offers a great glimpse of some of the contents of the book -- it gives customers a nice overview of what to expect from this book. If readers have read (and liked) the first book, THE SECOND BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE will not disappoint; definitely worth the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Read This One Better This Time 3 July 2014
By Timothy Haugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Anyone who follows my reviews knows by now that I am a fan of QI, the British “quiz show” hosted by Stephen Fry. This is the third book drawn from the series that I’ve now read. Much like the first book of its name, this one doesn’t quite have the pop of 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts…but I did find myself enjoying this second volume much more. I think I approached it better this time. I only read a few questions at a time rather than trying to read too much at one sitting. I also like the sidebar blurbs better in this volume. This time, they are actual brief transcripts from the T.V. show which gives more of a sense of what makes QI so fun, and takes the reader mentally back to the show. In the end, these books are entertaining and informative, and I look forward to any others that might come along.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just A Bathroom Book 12 Jun 2014
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
O.K., it is a bathroom book, if you have a really fancy five piece bathroom with a bidet and a glass walk-in shower, and a stained glass window that looks out over your yacht.

Most bathroom books have silly stuff or the same old stuff of lists of stuff. They're fine and entertaining. This book is special because the topics are unexpected, the explanations, anecdotes and facts are more detailed and interesting, and the entire project has a distinctive personality, which I attribute to the care that has been paid by the authors.

They have a great formula here and an engaging style. The series certainly doesn't seem to be running out of gas.
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again, Great! 2 Dec 2013
By Mark Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like the first book, this continues to expose the myths we have been taught and giving the truth about history that is sure to entertain you
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