QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance

John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray
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ISBN 9780571308989 Format Hardback
Published 01/10/2015 Length 320 pages

About Book

The Third Book of General Ignorance gathers together 180 questions, both new and previously featured on the QI's popular 'General Ignorance' round.

For the past decade, the QI team have been patiently correcting the myths, misunderstandings and misplaced certainties that go to make up 'general knowledge'. The first Book of General Ignorance, published in 2006, became an instant international bestseller and has been translated into 29 languages. The Second Book of General Ignorance in 2010 set the record straight on hundreds more areas of everyday wrongness. Now, the QI team returns to complete the trilogy. The Third Book of General ignorance gathers together 180 more questions to which the answers all seem perfectly obvious. Some have appeared in the BBC TV programme's 'General Ignorance' round, but many appear here for the first time. What they prove, beyond all reasonable doubt, is that none of us know anything at all.

The largest pyramid isn't in Egypt
The Nile isn't the world's longest river
The Himalayas aren't the longest mountain range
'Jingle Bells' wasn't written for Christmas
Whalebone isn't made of whale bone
Most deserts aren't made from sand
The ozone layer isn't made of ozone
Cowboys didn't wear Stetsons
All snakes are venomous
Not all fish live in water

  • About John Lloyd

    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.'

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  • About John Mitchinson

    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. 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.'

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