The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance

by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson
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The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller.

Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,The Book of General Ignorance is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.

Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! Check out THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following:

How long can a chicken live without its head?
About two years.

What do chameleons do?
They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states.

How many legs does a centipede have?
Not a hundred.

How many toes has a two-toed sloth?
It’s either six or eight.

Who was the first American president?
Peyton Randolph.

What were George Washington’s false teeth made from?
Mostly hippopotamus.

What was James Bond’s favorite drink?
Not the vodka martini.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307394910
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 176,172
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JOHN LLOYD is the producer of the hit British comedy shows Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, and Spitting Image.

JOHN MITCHINSON writes for the British television show QI, and drinks in the same pub as John Lloyd.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading "useless information" books, and this one is by far the best I've ever read.
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QI is a comedy quiz show from the BBC hosted by Stephen Fry. If you're a fan of the show, you'll probably know some of these already, but it's still "quite interesting"! (If you don't get this, at least google the show) If you like this book, which everyone must, I can guarantee you'll love the TV series. John Lloyd is a genius for coming up with this book and the show.
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This is a great book to read about facts and our supposed "general knowledge" of mankind. The Book of General Ignorance is a book that I recommend to everyone who enjoys reading about facts and common knowledge. This book proves that the things that we think we know (Magellan - the 1st man to circumnavigated the world, baseball was invented in US, there are 50 States in the U.S, etc), is actually wrong.
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ChattyPat More than 1 year ago
What an interesting book! There are over 240 entries in this small book most of which will surprise the heck out of you. Surely did change and correct plenty of what I 'knew' to be true. Or what I thought was true. Much of this is amusing, some of it odd, some distasteful...yes, a few of them are, but maybe only to me. However, all of it is fascinating. These collected tidbits are like potato chips....you think you'll just read one or two, but it's almost impossible to put this book down. You'll find yourself reading more and more of them. Just wait, bet you can't stop at just one :>) I'm thinking this book would make a great gift for about anyone you know.
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DesiDivine More than 1 year ago
When I borrowed this book from my local library, I was intrigued to see what it was about. The book is laid out well and the authors seem like they would be fun guys to meet. The content includes answers to questions like; Who was the first president of the U.S.?, Who lives in igloos?, How did Nome, Alaska get its name,?, What color is your brain?, and Who discovered penicillin? I am amazed at how much of what I was taught in school is wrong! This book is funny, amusing, interesting, and best of all unique. Just like the sub-title says "Everything you think you know is wrong".
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