The Book of General Ignorance (Google eBook)
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.
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.
Revealing the truth behind all the things we think we know but don’t, this book leaves you dumbfounded about all the misinformation you’ve managed to collect during your life, and sets you up to win big should you ever be a contestant on Jeopardy! or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Besides righting the record on common (but wrong) myths like Captain Cook discovering Australia or Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone, The Book of General Ignorance also gives us the skinny on silly slipups to trot out at dinner parties (Cinderella wore fur, not glass, slippers and chicken tikka masala was invented in Scotland, not India).
Thomas Edison said that we know less than one millionth of one percent about anything: this book makes us wonder if we know even that much.
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.
Who invented champagne?
Not the French.
How many legs does a centipede have?
Not a hundred.
How many toes has a two-toed sloth?
It’s either six or eight.
How many penises does a European earwig have?
b)None at all
c)Two (one for special occasions)
d)Mind your own business
Which animals are the best-endowed of all?
Barnacles. These unassuming modest beasts have the longest penis relative to their size of any creature. They can be seven times longer than their body.
What is a rhino’s horn made from?
A rhinoceros horn is not, as some people think, made out of hair.
Who was the first American president?
What were George Washington’s false teeth made from?
What was James Bond’s favorite drink?
Not the vodka martini.
From the Hardcover edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: The Book of General IgnoranceUser Review - Jose - Goodreads
The Book of General Ignorance basically states that not one of us knows as much as we think we know. It turns out that Mt. Everest is not the tallest mountain in the world. We very well have more than ... Read full review
Review: The Book of General IgnoranceUser Review - Erica Rhodes - Goodreads
Ever wonder what polar bears like to eat? (Toothpaste) Wanted to know what Napoleon's most embarrassing defeat was? (Not Waterloo!) Or questioned what the word "kangaroo" really means? How about a ... Read full review
How many galaxies are visible to the naked eye?
Wlio invented the telephone?
Who invented champagne?
What goes hunk hunk?
How many states of matter are there?
Which metal is the best conductor?
What does the moon smell like?
Who invented the ballpoint pen?
Whats made of celluloid?
Whats the best floor of a building to throw a cat from?
What makes champagne fizz?
What produces most of the earths oxygen?
What are guinea pigs used for?
What shape did Columbus think the earth was?
Which has the largest brain in comparison to its size?
Whats the main ingredient of air?
How many eyes does a noeyed bigeyed wolf spider have?
Where do most tigers live?
What killed most sailors in an eighteenthcentury sea battle?
Whats interesting about the birth of Julius Caesar?
What was Tutankhamun s curse?
What color was the sky in ancient Greece?
How many states are there in the United States?
Why do deaf Americans feel at home in Paris?
What do you call someone from the United States?
What is the name of the capital city of Thailand?
Who lives in igloos?
What wasjames Bonds favorite drink?
Which organization invented Quaker Oats?
How many dog years equal one human year?
What do bananas grow on?
strawberry raspberry peach
Who discovered Australia?
Which religion curses people by sticking pins into dolls?
What were Cinderellas slippers made from?
What was the first animal to be domesticated? 24
Where do turkeys come from?