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1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2012
If you enjoy the QI programme, you'll love this fantastic collection of the weird and the wonderful. I got it in the Kindle format for the bargain price of 20p and read it all the way through without stopping. Now I'm going through it again reading out loud to anyone who'll listen. One point is that this is probably better bought in the print format as it's the perfect coffee table book; your friends will enjoy dipping in - but they'll have trouble putting it down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2012
This book is another success in the canon of QI, did you know for example: that a carrier pigeon is faster than a fax over a distance of a mile, or that the 'g spot' was nearly called the 'whipple tickle'? Can be read cover to cover, or dipped into if one has a spare few minutes and is just as satisfying. I am, as you would expect, now thoroughly sockless.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
As a keen contestant in quizzes, I own a fair-sized selection of general 'trivia' books, and so it was with keen anticipation that I opened this book, the latest from the 'QI' stable. (I should make clear at the outset that I have met James Harkin, one of the writers, a couple of times, and correspond with him occasionally.)

The standard of 'QI' books has generally been high in the past (I was particularly fond of the now-discontinued series of annuals!) so I had high hopes for this. The presentation of the book is simple - the 1,227 facts are presented four to a page throughout the book. They are not explicitly divided into themes although at many points similar facts are collected together, or one fact relates somehow to the next. This works well and I found that reading the book cover-to-cover worked well - although of course, as with any work of this kind, the book can be dipped into as well.

The acid test of books of this kind lies in the choice of facts - too many such works trot out the usual chestnuts, reminding you for the 27th time that (e.g.) duelling is legal in Paraguay but only if the participants are registered blood donors. This book passes this test convincingly. Even for the dedicated trivia-lover, there are plenty of very novel facts in here and the bar has been set high in terms of quite-interestingness. I won't spoil the surprises by giving any examples but there are some real beauties in here.

All told, this would make an ideal stocking filler Christmas present for anyone interested in facts and trivia, and is one of the best books of this kind I have read - it's not as encyclopaedic as Mitchell Symons' 'This Book' trilogy, but the standard of interestingness is as high (if not higher).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2012
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...
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2012
Where else could you find out that Richard Gere's middle name is Tiffany? The joy of this book is that the facts are funny as well as clever, and it is a lot of fun reading them aloud to someone else. Perk up your Christmas Day by giving this to the cracker-joke bore in your family!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
What a load of absolute bollocks. Are we supposed to believe this stuff? "The centre of the galaxy tastes like raspberries"?
If you're a scientist or understand science, don't buy this, you'll end up shouting at your Kindle. Here's a prize one "The universe is shaped like a vuvuzela"
Talk about dumbed down! This is dumbed down to amoeba level. Don't waste your money
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2012
A must for any fan of QI, but equally accessible to anyone - full of delightfully unexpected (as well as some downright bizarre) facts. It was great to discover, for instance, the location of the Dyslexia Research Centre, or what the international dialling code for Russia is. Distills the quirky wit of the TV show into a great read. Online source list is a nice addition for the curious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 3 February 2014
"1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off" is an interesting collection of trivia information, from the ordinary to the ones who are really weird.

Although I equally like to read books on Kindle and paper form, I can recommend you to purchase this one in hardcover form.
At least because this is an interesting book which if you take it when you are going to a coffee or somewhere else with your friends, for sure when they will take it in their hands next thing you'll heard will be their asking if they can borrow it.

The probable reason I like this book is that I loved quiz shows since I was a kid, and due to that I were like a sponge soaking throughout all my life all kinds of trivia to be able to entertain people around me.
Therefore this book was great to learn about some new trivia, to check how much of it I didn't know, and in this book I came across a lot of such new funny or bizarre information.

It's curious (because I heard from friend who also bought it) that lot of information inside you'll wish to share instantly to someone who is next to you because they're entertaining or shocking.
The information is presented in some logical order resulting that one story in some way relate to the following one.

The only drawback is that for some stories reader for sure will want to learn some more details that explains it or some reference where reader can find some additional information about something that she/he was intrigued by.

If you want great anthology of entertaining trivia or you are searching for perfect gift for someone who is trivia buff the "1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off" is the good book to be considered.
Besides interesting trivia found inside, the book is nicely designed with pages that seem to call reader to turn them, to be able to learn some new interesting information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
I bought myself this book just before Christmas thanks to the Kindle price being ridiculously low. If it still is around the 20p mark, then I would definitely say just buy it anyway. Let's be clear - in terms of value it definitely hits the 5 star mark.

Also, there are undoubtedly some real gems in here. You can read the book for quite sustained periods without getting bored (perfect bathroom companion), and some of the facts you are compelled to look it up to verify it...

And that's where the book falls down for me. There are definitely some "facts" that are questionable, disputable, or downright opinion, and had I paid full price for this book, I would have been writing to the authors to claim back a penny for each so-called "fact" that I had an issue with (if I could really be bothered - probably not).

For example, "The average American absorbs 34 GB of information a day, though half of it is obtained from playing video games" - I think this is way off; knowing as I do a little bit about the size of HD video and audio streams, not to mention other inputs that can't be measured. You certainly can't call it "Fact", when it's a claim made by a single study 4 years ago.

And "The next person to walk on the Moon will almost certainly be Chinese". So I decided to look up the source of this one, and it turns out to be from an Australian news article... ' "Nobody knows where the next astronauts on the moon will come from. But I expect there is a good chance that they will be Chinese," said Morris Jones, an Australian space expert.'

Really? Come on, QI, you could do better than that.

So I might seem like I'm being overly harsh - and as I said, for 20p it's well worth it for a bit of harmless fun - but I did find myself getting annoyed by some of these lazy entries.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2013
Just started reading this as I'm interested in strange facts. A couple of them seemed so weird I decided to research to find out the details ie: why St Christopher is no longer a Saint. But the fact is he IS . Then the one about gerbils ARE used in airport security to detect adrenalin to counter terrorism. Gerbils were tried out in Israel airports in 1970 but discontinued as they couldn't tell the difference between terrorists and those afraid of flying.
Sadly after looking up just these 2 facts and finding they're not strictly true I've lost faith in reading any more.
Maybe I've missed the point and its meant to be tongue in cheek and not accurate. ??? Glad I didn't have to pay a lot for it or I'd want my money back. !
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