By John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

ISBN-10: 0571241395

ISBN-13: 9780571241392

A number-one bestseller, it is a finished catalogue of all of the misconceptions, blunders and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' that may make you ask yourself why a person bothers going to college. Now on hand during this convenient pocket-sized version, hold it in every single place to provoke your folks, frustrate your enemies and win each argument.

Henry VIII had six better halves. improper! Everest is the top mountain on the planet. fallacious! Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone. unsuitable! every little thing you're thinking that you recognize is incorrect A number-one bestseller, this entire catalogue of the entire misconceptions, error and misunderstandings in ‘common knowledge’ will make you ask yourself why someone bothers going to college. Now to be had during this convenient pocket-sized variation. hold it all over with a view to provoke your pals, frustrate your enemies and win each argument.

It's received a foreword by means of Stephen Fry and 4 phrases via Alan Davies.

The remainder of it truly is through the folks at the back of QI (BBC2 10pm Fridays). they're John Lloyd (former manufacturer of no longer the 9 O'Clock information, Blackadder & Spitting Image), John Mitchinson (former writer of fats reference books) and their crack learn crew: an
astrophysicist-turned-zookeeper, an archaeologist specialising within the ninth century, a stand-up comedian who speaks Mandarin chinese language, a lapsed communist who writes for the Fortean occasions and a pub accountant from Bolton.

If you've by no means watched QI, you can be astonished at what number issues you
don't be aware of, from the very huge and unusual to the very small and conventional - galaxies and subatomic debris, killer marmots, black carrots,
colour-blind bulls and loofahs that develop on trees.

This is the realm they don't educate you approximately in school. the genuine global: the place panthers aren't black, James Bond beverages whisky, the United States used to be chanced on by way of the Welsh, champagne used to be invented through the English, Santa Claus is Turkish and there have been 14 sheep on Noah's Ark.

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Have you heard of the school I'm attending? I'm sure you've probably seen it in a TV commercial. . " I returned the book to the pile. " At my question, Yamazaki puffed out his chest and started to reply. Without intending to, I rolled my eyes toward heaven. It was several years earlier. We had been dreaming. It was the effect of the dim life in a dirty school building, beautiful young girls, and boys laughing despite the gloom. I, and everyone else, had been dreaming. K. the midst of that surreal time, we all had been dreaming of a wonderful future.

Manga, novels, videotapes, DVDs, plastic bottles, empty tissue boxes, and other rubbish littered the entire floor. " This was an understatement. I had never seen such a filthy room. "Still, I'm really happy. " Seated on the edge of the bed, Yamazaki spoke with a faraway look in his eyes, paying no mind as I trampled something different with each step. Finally, I reached the computer desk and sat in the revolving chair. My drunkenness had worn off. It had worn off completely. Not knowing what to say, I stared at his seventeen inch monitor.

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