The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Still Wrong

From the brains behind the new york times' bestseller, and mind-bending facts,  The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series. Just when you thought that it was safe to start showing off again, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are back with another busload of mistakes and misunderstandings.

For example, do you know who made the first airplane flight? how many legs does an octopus have? how much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a tooth in a glass of Coke overnight? What is house dust mostly made from? What was the first dishwasher built to do? What color are oranges? Who in the world is most likely to kill you?      Whatever your answers to the questions above, you can be sure that everything you think you know is wrong.

. Whether it's history, language, medicine, geography, science, sports, or common wisdom, the classics, literature, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong. The second book of general ignorance is the essential text for everyone who knows they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to.

The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong

Misconceptions, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, misunderstandings, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Complete myth. What was james bond’s favorite drink? Not the vodka martini. Total Lie. What do chameleons do? They don’t change color to match the background.

Never have; never will. They change color as a result of different emotional states. Utter fabrication. Who was the first American president? Peyton Randolph. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! check out the book of genERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following: How long can a chicken live without its head? About two years.

How many toes has a two-toed sloth? It’s either six or eight. What were george washington’s false teeth made from? Mostly hippopotamus. How many legs does a centipede have? Not a hundred. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, and more, literature, science, nature, The Book of General Ignorance is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything.

It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school. Think magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, Henry VIII had six wives, wrong, baseball was invented in America, and wrong again.

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The third book of general ignorance gathers together 180 questions, and show why, when it comes to general knowledge, both new and previously featured on the BBC TV programme's popular 'General Ignorance' round, none of us knows anything at all. Who invented the sandwich? what was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs? Which cat never changes its spots? What did Lady Godiva do? What can you legally do if you come across a Welshman in Chester after sunset?


The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong

Fast on the heels of the new york times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance comes The Book of Animal Ignorance, a fun, fact-filled bestiary that is sure to delight animal lovers everywhere. Marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the ends of their tongues.

If you still think a pangolin is a musical instrument, that hyenas are dogs, or that sheep are pointless and stupid, The Book of Animal Ignorance has arrived just in time. Arranged alphabetically from aardvark to worm, dissected, and illustrated, here are one hundred of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom explained, with the trademark wit and wisdom of John Lloyd and John Mitchinson.

Did you know, it may stay aloft for ten years• vampire bat saliva—unsurprisingly, that• when a young albatross takes wing, the parasite carried by your cat that makes men grumpy and women promiscuous, appropriately called draculin• bombardier beetles fire a boiling chemical spray out of their rears at 300 pulses per second• a bald eagle’s feathers weigh twice as much as its bones• a giant tortoise recently died at the documented age of 255• octopuses are dexterous enough to unscrew tops from jars• spider silk is so light that a strand long enough to circle the world would weigh as much as a bar of soap?So meet the water bears that can live in suspension for hundreds of years, when you think about it—is the source of the world’s most powerful blood thinning drug, for instance, and the woodlouse that drinks through its bottom.


The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure

You may never pass a graveyard again without chuckling. The team behind the new york times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance turns conventional biography on its head—and shakes out the good stuff. Following their herculean—or is it sisyphean?—efforts to save the living from ignorance, the two wittiest Johns in the English language turn their attention to the dead.

As the authors themselves say, “The first thing that strikes you about the Dead is just how many of them there are. Helpfully, lloyd and mitchinson have employed a simple—but ruthless—criterion for inclusion: the dead person has to be interesting. Here, is a dictionary of the dead, then, an encyclopedia of the embalmed.

The book of the dead—like life itself—is hilarious, bizarre, tragic, and amazing. Spades in hand, lloyd and mitchinson have dug up everything embarrassing, fascinating, and downright weird about their subjects’ lives and added their own uniquely irreverent observations. Organized by capricious categories—such as dead people who died virgins, whose corpses refused to stay put—the dearly departed, who kept pet monkeys, who lost limbs, from the inventor of the stove to a cross-dressing, bear-baiting female gangster finally receive the epitaphs they truly deserve.

Discover:* why freud had a lifelong fear of trains* the one thing that really made Isaac Newton laugh* How Catherine the Great really died no horse was involved Much like the country doctor who cured smallpox he’s in here, Lloyd and Mitchinson have the perfect antidote for anyone out there dying of boredom.

Ludicrous in scope, whimsical in its arrangement, this wildly entertaining tome presents pithy and provocative biographies of the no-longer-living from the famous to the undeservedly and—until now—permanently obscure.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

His stick-figure drawings about science, language, technology, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd.

Com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: • what if i took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? • could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? • Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

What if? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse. National geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier steve wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall, romance gone wrong like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results, and truly bizarre moments like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.


1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted Quite Interesting

The sock-blasting, jaw-dropping, side-swiping phenomenon that is QI serves up a sparkling new selection of 1, 342 facts that will leave you flabbergasted.1, 342 qi facts coincides with more good news from qi, as sandi toksvig takes over the duties as presenter on the double-BAFTA nominated TV show, and the QI Elves' podcast No Such Thing As A Fish wins its second Chortle award.

The first pencils were used to draw on sheep. More people work for Walmart than live in Slovenia. Scientists call it 'the boring billion'. On the anniversary of landing, the Mars Curiosity rover hummed 'Happy Birthday' to itself. The only life on Earth for a billion years was a thick layer of slime. The beaded lacewing stuns its prey by farting on it.

The allies considered dropping glue to stick Nazi troops to the ground. Flabbergasted' was first recorded in a 1772 list of new words alongside 'bored'.

2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks

Here creator john lloyd and qi elves james Harkin and Anne Miller bring together 2, 024 brain-tickling brand new facts to stop you in your tracks. Humans glow in the dark. The pope drives a blue Ford Focus. One of the moons of Uranus is called Margaret. Scottish football referees are sponsored by Specsavers. Dogs visiting us National Parks can be certified as Bark Rangers.

The world's smallest computer is smaller than a grain of sand. Candyfloss was invented by a dentist. Nobody knows who named the Earth. The sunday times top 10 BestsellerQI is the smartest comedy show on British television.

1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over

The eye-popping, gob-smacking, rib-tickling phenomenon that is QI serves up a brand new selection of 1, 423 facts to bowl you over. Iceland imports ice cubesa group of ladybirds is called a lovelinessit is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child SandiEight billion particles of fog can fit into a teaspoonPeople who read books live longer than people who don'tPrince Philip was born on a kitchen table in CorfuNo human beings have ever had sex in spaceNetflix's biggest competitor is sleepMice sigh up to 40 times an hour.


Answers to Questions You've Never Asked: Explaining the 'What If' in Science, Geography and the Absurd

Using line drawings, graphs, and charts, Pisenti not only details the absurd—he also provides explanations on why things are .  .  . Where can i move to so that i’m never tempted by mcdonald’s again?how far into the pacific does trump’s wall stretch?If Plato came back to life, what would he think of modern democracy?Why do all empires fail?Who decides what countries are allowed to participate in the Olympics?What makes Finland so great?   When you take the most absurd parts of history, and geography, economics, science, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity.

In his debut book, economies, pisenti explores the nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analysis of empires, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. And why they aren’t. The #1 bestselling trivia collection with bizarre facts to entertain you for hours, from the creator of YouTube’s RealLifeLore.

. Why, you ask? Because someone has to. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get from the ocean, how do you qualify as a country, and why did Vikings wear those silly helmets? These are just a few of the strange questions that bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka RealLifeLore.