1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

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A New York Times Bestseller
From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI and the best-selling Book of General Ignorance: 1,227 mind-bending facts.
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? Cows moo in regional accents.? The international dialing code for Russia is 007.? The water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body.? Pants are responsible for twice as many accidents as chain saws.? Saddam Hussein's bunker...

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller
From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI and the best-selling Book of General Ignorance: 1,227 mind-bending facts.
Did you know?
• Cows moo in regional accents.• The international dialing code for Russia is 007.• The water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body.• Pants are responsible for twice as many accidents as chain saws.• Saddam Hussein's bunker was designed by the grandson of the woman who built Hitler's bunker.• Heroin was originally sold as cough medicine.1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off is a trove of the strangest, funniest, and most improbable tidbits of knowledge—all painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity.

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Did you know that Saddam Hussein's bunker was designed by the grandson of the woman who designed Hitler's bunker? Or that pants are responsible for twice as many accidents as chain saws? (Don't think too closely on that one.) You probably didn't, but even more astonishing news awaits you: There are 1,225 additional quite interesting facts still awaiting you in this cool little hardcover. (P.S. Don't worry. This book will blow off your socks only metaphorically.)

New York Journal of Books
“Put together by John Lloyd, the creator of comedy television quiz show QI; John Mitchinson, the program’s director of research; and James Harkin, the senior researcher, the book’s disparate, seemingly random contents elicit plenty of laughs—and no wonder; these men have made careers out of finding largely nonsensical but wholly true facts with which to entertain and delight.”
Maggie Galehouse - Houston Chronicle
“You can’t NOT read books like this. They’re addicting.”
Today.com
“Informative, astonishing and often hilarious.”
Stevie Godson - New York Journal of Books
“Entertaining…elicit[s] plenty of laughs.”
National Public Radio
“A treasure trove of factoids.”
Library Journal
The authors of this fun-facts roundup are affiliated with the BBC quiz panel show QI (Quite Interesting), which has inspired several tie-ins already, including The Book of General Ignorance (LJ 8/07) and The Second Book of General Ignorance, (LJ 9/15/11), the latter employing a question-and-answer format to address such burning topics as how to milk a yak. As its title suggests, this new work is less structured in approach, although an index helps to discover such nuggets as "Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than [to] plants." No source material is cited for these quite interesting facts, but perhaps that's not quite the point. VERDICT Amusing fodder for trivia nuts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393241037
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/9/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 245,467
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lloyd is the creator of the BBC quiz panel show QI (Quite Interesting). He lives in Oxfordshire.

John Mitchinson is the director of research for the BBC quiz panel show QI (Quite Interesting). He lives in Oxfordshire.

James Harkin is senior researcher for QI and lives in London.

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