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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2012
I love QI, so I was expecting to read some interesting facts here, but the question about the Mediterranean Sea threw up an immediate red flag. Can the Mediterranean really swallow up Western Europe at a mere 2,500 square kilometres (965 square miles)? A quick check on Wikipedia shows that the Med is actually 2.5 MILLION square km, or 965,000 sq miles....

I'm wondering now if I have to double check every fact in there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2010
The two Johns have done it again. The long awaited second book of general ignorance has hit the shelves and it won't stay there for long! It's a format that saw the other General Ignorance books shoot up the best sellers, this time there are a few exchanges from the show dotted around through the book to go along with the kind of information they never taught you at school.
The General Ignorance series has become the standard bearer for this particular genre, and long may it continue.

An entertaining, and informative read.

Was it the Wright brothers that carried out the first flight? The wrong brothers more likely!
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on 26 November 2010
Those lovely elves at QI have been digging around in the mines of information for a few years now, picking out the gems from the rich seams of interestingness and polishing up the data nuggets that have become encrusted with fallacy and mistake along their merry way. This is the latest compilation of their work, presented in the now-familiar, stimulating and easy-to-read written style of Messrs Mitchinson & Lloyd - short, snappy pieces which present the previously unknown or the mistakenly known in a refreshing and humorous way. Building on the runaway success of the original Book of General Ignorance, and its Noticeably Stouter Successor, the pieces in this book cover a mind-bogglingly wide spectrum of subjects and will almost certainly teach you things you didn't previously know, or that you thought you knew but it turns out were wrong. Highly recommended.
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on 3 March 2012
This book is brilliant. When ever you want to refer to anything you have seen on the show or you just want to be a smarty pants and outwit someone, then this book is a must.

PRO:It doesnt just contain a question and fact, it also gives very intelligent input as to why the facts are right. this book has even helped me in a pub quiz! its written in a very easy to follow format and isnt full of formal language yet at the sametime doesnt feel like the author is talking down to you. it just says it how it is and why it is. it also contains bits of humour making it a very entertaining way of learning.

Con: Very Addictive!

i give this 5 stars simply because, if you have seen the show and want the knowledge out of the show, this gives you that

*****
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on 18 February 2013
If you watch QI you will remember many of the questions that are included in the book. Indeed it will feel like you can hear Stephen Fry's voice asking them and adding the extra interesting detail. The addition of some of the comments from the panel is a nice touch - not that every one of them is a brilliantly incisive comedic gem though.
Once you've absorbed some of the trivia in this book just imagine what a populat guest you'll be at cocktail parties!
As a dedicated QI fan I am an easy audience for a book like this to please. But in truth it lacks original content or any novelty in its structure (basically it's just a list of the quesitons and answers so I could easily imagine another reader being less enamoured.
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on 7 January 2011
The second outing of Q.I.'s 'Book of General Ignorance' contains more than mere trivia. Rather, this is a book of general knowledge in the best sense, giving us a greater feel for the concepts and ideas which lie behind the immediate impact of a whimsical factoid. Read through, and you'll not only learn how many legs an octopus has, (hint: fewer than you think), but also garner real insight into the meatier aspects of marine biology. Similarly, a piece on the height of Napolean Bonaparte becomes a reflection on the nature of propaganda during the Napoleonic Wars.

All this is delivered in the witty, delightfully contrary fashion fans of the show will eat up. A lively, funny and genuinely interesting read.
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on 6 September 2012
This is an interesting collection of more or less interesting facts which you were probably not aware of, or thought you knew them, but then it turns out just to be an urban myth. Every fact starts with a question where you might think to know the answer just to be proven wrong a few paragraphs later.
Ever heard that urinating on a jellyfish sting might help, well this is just wrong.
Interesting facts like which animal saved the most human lives and what causes pins and needles.
Overall an enjoyable read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2010
This book is great fun and lives next to my bed for those nights when you can't sleep but can't quite face reading anything too demanding! There will be copies of this in the Christmas stockings of all my family, young and old - what a great present!
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on 25 November 2010
Similar in style to the 'Does Anything Eat Wasps' books produced by New Scientist, this easy-to-read, amusing book busts some myths and left me feeling generally less ignorant. The addition of the snippets from the show keeps things humorous whilst the short length dedicated to each question ('what is the world's most aggressive mammal?', 'why were postcards invented?') means it's easy to dip in and out of as well as racing through it in no time whatsoever.
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on 11 March 2011
This is the UK version of the Bathroom Reader; but much cheaper! It is very enjoyable and extremely informative (I sent a copy to my brother in Canada too). The information contained within kills loads of myths that we have taken for granted for years.
When a subject was discussed during the much loved QI programmes on UK TV, any quips from the panelists are included.
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