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1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off
1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off
by John Mitchinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ensuring QI can sound the klaxon for years to come., 24 Dec 2012
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Reading this book I can't help wondering if the main reason for releasing it (and making it so cheap to ensure maximum readership) was so QI could cotinue to correct common assumptions by providing so many new ones! Now 20p may seem cheap but an incorrect fact isn't worth little - it's worth less than nothing.

I've no doubt they're are some interesting titbits in here but the problem is with it that it's time consuming to find out if they are true. Thankfully there is an online source checker (awkward to use as it requires you to end the page numbers, which aren't on the kindle version) and I checked the interesting fact that "50% more US Soldiers committed suicide in Afghanistan in 2012 than were killed in action". To my suprise The Guardian appeared to be the source of this, and I was thinking that I might have dig deeper to find where The Guardian had got its questionable data. Opening the link there was no need, as The Guardian article (actually the headline alone did) disproved the very thing that sourced it, the 50% greater suicides are from the entire active US service, compared with combat deaths in Afghanistan alone. Still the number of suicide sounded pretty high, but then less than 5 mins of checking and using a calculator revealed that, actually, the suicide rate in the US military is the same as the normal population - that might not be interesting, but it is true.

Now I'll see if 10% of football injuries really are caused by goal celebrations and the average science paper is read by 0.6 people...

Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (Terry Lectures) (The Terry Lectures)
Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (Terry Lectures) (The Terry Lectures)
by Terry Eagleton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.40

20 of 102 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Those in glasshouses..., 30 May 2009
Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Terry Eagleton on Richard Dawkins.
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Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
by William Blum
Edition: Paperback

8 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth will out, 24 Jan 2006
What a book, what a riot. This book completely agrees with my views and shows how I was entirely justified. I mean in what other country could a book that claims that it was published in the most opressive regime in the world insult it's own country.
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The Music Makers - Neil Young
The Music Makers - Neil Young
by Alexis Petridis
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never laughed so much, 27 Oct 2003
Put simply, this is the funnist book I have ever read. The many ways in which he chooses to insult Young, someone he is supposingly a great fan of, is just brilliant. There's so much bile in the many memorable lines which he uses to deconstruct and degrade young's songs it becomes a very funny very enjoyable read.

In Casino Out
In Casino Out
Offered by Side Two
Price: 9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is forever, 24 Nov 2002
This review is from: In Casino Out (Audio CD)
After being so impressed with ROC I decided to investigate further into this incredible band. I then came across in/casino/out. The album is not as heavy as ROC and is what I call (accuratly or not) ATDI's EMO album. The songs converse feelings of longing wanting, and not giving up compared with ROC's brute force. THe album starts off strong with track 5, pickpocket, a yelping single-note frenzy, being a particualar highlight. The album does then dip for a few tracks as it goes into non-discript songs, so non-discript I can't actually remenber what they sound like for this review. Tracks 9 and 10 restore the from, with these slower, but no more subdued songs producing some for the peaks on the album"I want to be an astronaut". Tranatlantic foe starts off with a melodic picking of the guitar and then morphs into a briliant staccato, octave ridden anthemic chorus.

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