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    DescriptionThink 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? a)Fourteen 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? 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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    Title
    The Book of General Ignorance
    Subtitle
    Everything You Think You Know is Wrong
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Lloyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 266
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307394910
    ISBN 10: 0307394913
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: GBC
    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 680
    DC21: 031.02
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14100
    Ingram Subject Code: HU
    Libri: I-HU
    B&T Approval Code: A01980000
    DC22: 031.02
    BISAC V2.8: REF023000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REF018000
    LC classification: AG195 .M58 2006
    BISAC V2.8: HUM000000
    Thema V1.0: GBC
    Illustrations note
    42 LINE ILLUSTRATIONS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Potter Style
    Publication date
    07 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "Trivia buffs and know-it-alls alike will exult to find so much repeatable wisdom gathered in one place." --"New York Times" ""The Book of General Ignorance" won't make you feel dumb. It's really a call to be more curious." --"The Associated Press" "Ignorance may be bliss, but so is learning surprising information." --"Hartford Courant" "You, too, can banish social awdwardness by having its endless count of facts and factoids at the ready. Or you could just read it and keep what you learned to yourself. Betcha can't." --"New York Daily News" "To impress friends with your cleverness, beg, borrow or buy John Lloyd and John Mitchinson's The Book of General Ignorance, an extraordinary collection of 230 common misperceptions compiled for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting)." --"Financial Times " "This book would make even Edison feel small and silly, for it offers answers to questions you never thought to ask or had no need of asking as you already knew, or thought you knew, the answer." --"The Economist" "Trivia books, like any kind of mental or physical addiction, are both irresistible and unsatisfying. By the standards of the genre, this one has something approaching the force of revelation. Answering silly questions suddenly seems less important than taking the trouble to ask a few." "--Melbourne Age" "Eye-watering, eyebrow-raising, terrific . . . moving slightly faster than your brain does, so that you haven't quite absorbed the full import of one blissful item of trivial information before two or three more come along. Such fine and creative research genuinely deserves to be captured in print." --"Daily Mail" "This UK bestseller redefines 'common knowledge' with factoids that will inform and entertain (or at least liven up your next cocktail party)." -"OK! Magazine"