QI: The Book of General Ignorance
John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
A comprehensive and humiliating catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge', which will make you wonder why anyone ever bothers to go to school.
If you still think that Henry VIII had six wives, that the earth has only one moon, and that Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, then you need this book. Urgently.
The Book of General Ignorance throws fresh light on a question which has obsessed philosophers, scientists and men in pubs for most of history: what is truth and what is total hogwash?
Thomas Edison stated that we know less than one millionth of one percent about anything; Mark Twain thought it would take 8 million years to master mathematics alone; Woody Allen said that some drink deeply from the river of knowledge, but others only gargle.
This book will make you feel very small and silly.
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The indispensable compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show,
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