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QI: The Book of General Ignorance | Hardback

Released on 05 October 2006

Format: Hardback

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Compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show, QI. Published to coincide with the fourth series broadcast in September 2006. If, like Alan Davies, you still think that 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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 Average rating (9 reviews)

 Entertainly informative

| | See all puzzledmonkey's reviews (23)

If you like to annoy people by being able to correct them or are simply entertained by useless, yet amusing facts then buy this book.

It's a great coffee table book or one to leave in the toilet for guests to read whilst they wait. It is fairly humouress in it's tone.

If you like Qi then buy this book.

 good book.. not entirlely what was expected.

| | See all mananam's reviews (9)

this title is a book that is slightly humourus but not amazing it is mainly just a book about the general mistakes people make, for example henry VIII only had 2 wives, legally, yes he married 6 women but 4 of those where annuled so never legally happened. so if like me you like to correct you r friends when they make general mistakes of knowledge buy this, and also if you like to find out what your saying is right or wrong then also buy buy buy.

 when is the next one out?

| | See all Chrispy333's reviews (22)

Well if you saw the BBC2 series of QI you will have heard most of the content already but it does go into a bit more depth.
I found it was really quite an humerous and enjoyable read... besides you can bore the pants off everyone with your knowledge of where dishwashers came from and why as well as the true colour of a Oompa Loompa and more about diamonds, St Bernard dogs and space.


| | See all Muramasa89's reviews (5)

I can't really say much more than anyone else has said.
I love humour and intelligence, so them combined is perfect for me.

Though I have to say, on pages 90 and 91 (have not yet finished), they have a fact wrong in regards to the Black Plague and the Great Fire Of London (1666). They mention the correction in series 7, episode 10, 'Greats' (perhaps the XL version, I am not sure). Least they corrected themselves though!

 A brilliant read!

| | See all oliver5069's reviews (5)

QI: The Book of General Ignorance is a brilliant read. It is witty, well written and factual. without being laden with dull statistics or uninspiring information. The book is a great buy for anyone who likes the show, or anyone who simply likes a good, instant read.

There are some brilliant facts in the book, and many acquaintances of mine have been quite annoyed when I correct many of their "facts", such as; how many wives Henry VIII actually had, who invented the steam engine, what animals can best survive a nuclear explosion and many more.

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PublisherFaber and Faber (United Kingdom)
FormatHardback - 304 Pages