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PostHeaderIcon The Book of General Ignorance [BARGAIN PRICE] (Hardcover)


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The Book of General Ignorance

From Publishers Weekly
If you think you’re a trivia expert, British TV men Lloyd (producer of the hit comedy shows Spitting Image and Black Adder) and Mitchinson (writer for Quite Interesting) may disabuse you of the notion that you’re a true scholar of random facts-and quickly. Their surprisingly lengthy tome is jam-packed with real answers to a number of less-than-burning questions-camels store fat, not water, in their humps; only five out of every 100,000 paper clips are used to clip papers; the first American president was in fact Peyton Randolph-that you nevertheless may be embarrassed to have completely wrong. Although some of the entries rely on technicality more than actual excavation of obscure fact (Honolulu is technically the world’s largest city, despite the fact that 72% of its 2,127 square miles is underwater), these page-length entries prove entertaining and informative, perfect for trivia buffs and know-it-alls; it also makes a fine coffee table conversatio (more…)

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10 Responses to “The Book of General Ignorance [BARGAIN PRICE] (Hardcover)”

  • Emery says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    People who assume they know
    After reading this ” Book of General Ignorance” both my husband & I agreed upon one subject: there is much ignorance among the population.

  • Rin says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s just a huge episode of QI
    I like QI. But another reviewer mentioned that the book is not so much odd facts, as it is technicalities. That’s true for just about every question.

  • Zurina says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
    This is a cool skip around book. My husband and I are both “skipping around” in it. It’s neat that we’ve both read different parts and we always end up telling each other…

  • Odelya says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Never enough ignorance
    A well written, fun little book of trivia that is rather more uplifting than you might think. I couldn’t get enough of this book and found it to have a charming style of prose…

  • Pablo says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Appealing premise but poorly realized
    Most people like to be well informed, and are often pleasantly surprised when being corrected on a common misconception.

  • Odeda says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Book of General Ignorance
    This is a perfect present for someone who is a know-it-all, or aspires to be one. I bought this book for my 21 year old brother who is hard to shop for and he read it for hours…

  • Denton says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What a fun read
    I had a good time reading this book. Not only do you find out interesting facts,but the whys and wherefores.If you like the History Channel you’ll love this book.I recommend it.

  • Idalee says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t believe everything you read
    I found an error right in the first few paragraphs: the authors take the Nepali name of Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) as Tibetan, and the Tibetan name (Chomolungma) as Nepali.

  • Yatima says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Quite Interesting, you know
    If you know and like the British Quiz Show ‘Quite Interesting’ then this book is a must. General Ignorance is a regular part of this hilarious panel quiz hosted by Stephen Fry and…

  • Frideswide says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    FANTASTIC LITTLE KNOWN TRIVIA
    TURNED ME INTO MORE OF A KNOW IT ALL THAN I WAS BEFORE,
    GREAT BATHROOM READING!!