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1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop
     

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop

by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
 

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From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI, a brilliant sequel to their New York Times–best-selling 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off.1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is bursting with mindboggling morsels of trivia—informative, hilarious, sometimes arcane or utterly useless, but always

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From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI, a brilliant sequel to their New York Times–best-selling 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off.1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is bursting with mindboggling morsels of trivia—informative, hilarious, sometimes arcane or utterly useless, but always entertaining.
Did you know?• Wagner only ever wore pink silk underwear.• There are 34,000 statues of Kim Il Sung in North Korea.• There is a cult in Malaysia that worships a giant teapot.• Earthworms have five hearts.• Your eyebrows renew themselves every 64 days.• Charles Darwin's tortoise Harriet died in 2006 at the age of 176.Every fact in this magnificent little volume has been researched with punctilious care in order to bring you the truth in its purest form.

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Maggie Galehouse - Houston Chronicle
“You can't NOT read books like this. They're addicting.”
Library Journal
08/01/2014
While many fact books can be dull, Lloyd and coauthors John Mitchinson and James Harkin, creators of the BBC's successful Quite Interesting show, offer here a quirky, humorous gem. While the book is impractical, readers will enjoy browsing its pages and will find within many short facts (one to two sentences each) that will impress friends. Among them are the information that an Olympic gold medal is 92.5 percent silver, that Abraham Lincoln was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame, and that the "tiny arms" of Tyrannosaurus rex could lift the equivalent of two adult humans. The book is by no means a serious scholarly work—its facts, which cover a huge variety of subjects, are presented without verification or remarks. VERDICT Titles like this are somewhat addictive, providing entertainment and plenty of laughs. Teachers may wish to use this volume to entice their students to learn and to stimulate lively discussions. This affordable purchase is recommended for high school and public libraries.—Bobbie Wrinkle, McCrackern Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393245608
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
270,088
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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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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