The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd
Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong

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From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.
 
The original Book of General Ignorance was published in 2006. It has since been translated into twenty-six languages and sold over 1.2 million copies.
     Now, 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. Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to. Whether it's history, science, sports, geography, literature, language, medicine, the classics, or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong.
     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. 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.


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About John Lloyd

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JOHN LLOYD and JOHN MITCHINSON are the co-creators, producers, and writers for the wildly popular British television quiz show QI, which is hosted by Stephen Fry, has the highest viewing figures of all time for any show on BBC Four, and has been on the air for eight years. JOHN LLOYD was the producer of the British television shows Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, and Spitting Image. He earned a lifetime achievement award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). JOHN MITCHINSON used to be a publisher. Before that he was a bookseller. Now, with Lloyd, he continues to produce and write for QI. They live in the same village, drink in the same pub, and read a lot.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Crown. 352 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Fans of the popular British quiz show QI and trivia fiends alike will appreciate this latest volume of fascinating, if somewhat random, minutiae from the show’s creator and head researcher, respective

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Portland Book Review

Pick your favorite subject: history, geography, medicine, common wisdom, science, literature, sports, languages, or the classics – facts about all are included, and you’ll be shocked to realize how much you don’t know.

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John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, the brains behind QI, here present a wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating and mind-bending facts, taking on the popular General Ignorance round from BBC1's top rated quiz and the first book in the bestselling series.

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