1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off

James Harkin

1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin is a buffet groaning with mouth-watering nuggets from QI’s first ten years.

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‘I love these books … the best books ever. Brilliant’ Chris Evans

is the smartest comedy show on British television, but few people know that we’re also a major legal hit in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Africa and an illegal one on BitTorrent. We also write books and newspaper columns; run some (frankly thriving, if we do say so ourselves) social media pages; and some of us appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Showon BBC Radio 2 every week to answer your questions. At the core of what we do is the astonishing fact – painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. In Einstein’s words: ‘Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.’

Did you know that:

Cows moo in regional accents.

The entire internet weighs less than a grain of sand.

Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTin is pronounced ‘Chin chin’ and means penis.

The water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is explicitly illegal in Britain to use a machinegun to kill a hedgehog.

1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off will make you look at the universe (and your socks) in an alarming new way.

Critic Reviews

'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant'

Chris Evans
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'A fantastic collection of pithy conversation starting facts.'

Charlie Higson
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'Fascinating ... The answers to the questions you never even thought to ask.'

Daily Mail
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'Intriguing, hilarious and downright surprising little nuggets of information.'

Daily Mirror
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‘QI at its best is sort of what television is about … when I watch the show when I’m - you know when I’m not on it - I’ll watch it and you find it's just time spent in good company.’

Jimmy Carr
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'We, generally, as people, humans, retain far more information than we’re actually aware of on a daily basis. And what this programme does, is actually by a series of sort of randomly opening doors and switching on and off of synapses unlocks all this information that hitherto you probably didn’t even know you knew.

Bill Bailey

James Harkin is a senior researcher, writer and script-editor for the BBC’s QI, and one-fourth of the award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. He has authored 13 books with the QI Elves and toured sell-out shows across the world, from the London Palladium to the Sydney Opera House. He is a long-suffering fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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