QI: The Book of General Ignorance - The Noticeably Stouter Edition (Q1) Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010
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This new edition of the bestseller has 26% added ignorance, and is republished in hardback to match the sequel!
From the Back Cover
This comprehensive catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' will make you wonder why anyone bothers going to school.
More than 25% longer, with extra cartoons, hilarious extracts from the TV show and 50 new things you didn't know, including:
No one has ever slid down a banister
There are 613 commandments in the Bible
Vipers, cobras and rattlesnakes are not poisonous
Newborn babies are indifferent to their mothers
The Swiss Family weren't called Robinson
The unluckiest date is Monday the 27th
You have no muscles in your fingers
Coffee isn't made from beans
Completely revised, corrected and plumped up, it now includes an index and an appendix listing all the celebrities who have appeared on 'QI' to date. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This is more of a second edition to the original Book of General Ignorance than an entirely new book, so if you already own the latter it may not be a worthwhile purchase. If you don't, however, Noticeably Stouter has dozens of new articles, amusing quotes from the TV series interspersed throughout, and (for diehard fans), a list of all the QI guests so far. Another definite improvement is the inclusion of an index (subjects range from `aardvarks, colour-blindness of' to `zenzizenzizenzic, as failed neologism'). As well as aiding serendipitous browsing, this can be extremely useful when you confidently announce to a roomful of people that strawberries and raspberries are not, in fact, berries, then promptly forget why; or when you urgently need to calculate your pet's real age in dog years.
I've had to wrestle my copy away from visitors, who pick it up, start idly thumbing through it, and refuse to put it down for the rest of the evening.Read more ›
It is packed with all the memorable nuggets of general ignorance expanded with all the reference information for good measure.
Some of the facts are debatable, of that I am pretty sure, but it is definitely the type of book you won't want to put down until you've read the lot.
One side point worth knowing: if you (again, like me) purchased the original book of general ignorance, you will find this one is the same as the original with about 20 or so extra subjects. If you haven't bought the original, buy this instead.
If you're the kind of person who has a mental list of things you really ought to brush up on, expect it to have expanded in all kinds of unexpected ways by the time you're through. Your Ancient Greek, certainly, could do with a dusting down. Expect to confirm that you are, indeed, massively ignorant, but to find, miraculously, that a good read of this book is an excellent way to start putting that right.
There are a few misfires that prevent this from being an exceptionally interesting reference tool. The book sometimes falls short in its attempts to be authoritative, with entries like 'What's three times as dangerous as war?' resting more on loaded questioning than genuinely startling raw fact. That much of the weaker material appears to be tagged with a 'New Entry' icon suggests that this stouter version may not be a compulsory purchase for those who already own the original edition.
These gripes aside, The Book of General Ignorance is a well-crafted (and frequently amusing) tome, and is a worthy addition to any ranconteur's bookshelf.
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bought this a present - thoroughly enjoyed and frequently dipped into for funPublished 4 months ago by Ms J Kennedy
I have this an a e-reader so it's on my mobile and keeps me amused waiting for Tubes / Buses!Published 5 months ago by Tracey J Patterson
This is the first of a series of such books. Just as good as we expected it to be. Great for dipping into.Published 5 months ago by Janey Jane
great read for a good price. Packed full of facts complete with detailed explanation/evidence often making you question what you thought you knew.Published 6 months ago by Emma Taylor