The Book of General Ignorance

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Crown/Archetype, Aug 7, 2007 - Humor - 288 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Ok, some of these anecdotes are actually set-ups, which only are wrong from a certain nit-picky angle. But mostly they're actually stuff we should better understand. The book isn't just quick facts to ... Read full review

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

Lots of interesting factoids; I did know a lot of these while some surprised and others made me openly wonder what their source was for their statements. Which is a bit of a problem as they do not ... Read full review

Contents

Do marmots kill people?
10
How many galaxies are visible to the naked eye?
15
Who invented the telephone?
21
Who invented champagne?
27
What goes hunk hunk?
33
How many states of matter are there?
39
Which metal is the best conductor?
42
What does the moon smell like?
48
Whats made of celluloid?
128
Whats the best floor of a building to throw a cat from?
141
What makes champagne fizz?
155
What produces most of the earths oxygen?
156
What are guinea pigs used for?
162
What shape did Columbus think the earth was?
168
Which has the largest brain in comparison to its size?
174
What was James Bonds favorite drink?
180

Whats the main ingredient of air?
54
How many eyes does a noeyed bigeyed wolf spider have?
60
Where do most tigers live?
66
What killed most sailors in an eighteenthcentury sea battle?
71
Whats interesting about the birth of Julius Caesar?
77
What was Tutankhamuns curse?
83
What color was the sky in ancient Greece?
89
How many states are there in the United States?
95
Why do deaf Americans feel at home in Paris?
99
What do you call someone from the United States?
105
What is the name of the capital city of Thailand? III
111
Who lives in igloos?
117
Who invented the ballpoint pen?
124
Which organization invented Quaker Oats?
185
Is the answer to depression just to walk it off?
191
Who was the most dangerous American in history?
197
Why are flamingos pink?
203
What color are carrots?
209
strawberry raspberry peach
215
Who discovered Australia?
221
Which religion curses people by sticking pins into dolls?
227
What were Cinderellas slippers made from?
233
What was the first animal to be domesticated?
240
Where do turkeys come from?
241
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About the author (2007)

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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