QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance, Paperback Book
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Just when you thought it was safe to start showing off again, the bestselling authors of The Book of General Ignorance and 1,277 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off are back.

With a foreword by Stephen Fry, this parcel of unimaginable information is here to solve a few common misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings.

Octopuses have six legs, oranges aren't orange, bats aren't blind, napoleon wasn't short, vikings didn't wear horned helmets, there is no such thing as a fish.

QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance is the essential set text for everyone who's proud to admit that they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are the bestselling authors of QI: The Book of General Ignorance and 1,277 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off.

Here they present a wonderful collection of astonishingly interesting facts, perfect for pub quiz lovers, trivia buffs and general knowledge experts alike.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Trivia & quiz question books
  • ISBN: 9780571269686

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As someone with an unquenchable thirst for trivia and obscure knowledge I always enjoys books like this; lots of short entries delivering oddball facts that I like to squirrel away in the recesses of mind (usually displacing unimportant information like my date of birth or similar).Looking at random entries, I see that the coldest temperature ever recorded in England was -26.1 degrees Celsius at Newport, Shropshire on 10 January 1982. Never been there but I'll be sure to pack an extra jumper if I ever do.Similarly I find that the scientific term for creaking joints is "crepitus", a word I'm required to use with ever increasing frequency these days. And a shout-out to Lord Howard of Effingham, who led the English fleet against the Spanish Armada but for some reason it's Drake that gets the plaudits.