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QI: The Book of General Ignorance: The Noticeably Stouter Edition

QI: The Book of General Ignorance: The Noticeably Stouter Edition

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By (author) John Lloyd, By (author) John Mitchinson

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 30mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 25 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571246923
  • ISBN 13: 9780571246922
  • Sales rank: 579

Product description

This is the indispensable compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show, "QI". The noticeably stouter "QI Book of General Ignorance" sets out to show you that a lot of what you think you know is wrong. If, like Alan Davies, you still think the Henry VIII had six wives, the earth has only one moon, that George Washington was the first president of the USA, that Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, that the largest living thing is a blue whale, that Alexander Graeme Bell invented the telephone, that whisky and bagpipes come from Scotland or that Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, then there are at least 200 reasons why this is the book for you.

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John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. If pressed, he'd concur with Heraclitus: 'abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.' John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, he became Managing Director of Cassell, where he published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and now runs Unbound. He's with Einstein: 'There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'