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1,227 Qi Facts to Blow Your Socks off

By John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin

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Format: Hardback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2012
Over ten series, QI has built a reputation as the best-loved and most intelligent panel quiz show on television by amazing, amusing and enlightening its audience with the quality of its research. At the core of its appeal is the astonishing fact - the short memorable unit of information that makes you see the world differently. Everybody remembers where they were when they first learnt that kangaroos have three vaginas, that humans share more than half their DNA with bananas and that the tallest mountain on earth isn't Mount Everest. The best QI facts up-end our sense of the order of things and remind us that the universe is a bigger, stranger place than we imagine.This year, QI celebrates ten years. To mark the occasion we have decided to gather together the very best facts we have unearthed in that time: QI's greatest hits, if you like.

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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.

About the Author

John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. If pressed, he'd concur with Heraclitus: 'abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.'John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, he became Managing Director of Cassell, where he published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

EAN: 9780571297917
ISBN: 0571297919
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions: 18.4 x 11.9 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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2 review(s)
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Aller Spanninga on
Great fun, if ultimately a tad exhausting, so best taken in small doses. Recommended for Qi fans suffering between-season withdrawal symptoms, and who prefer an actual book to the (also very therapeutic) QI iPhone/iPad app.
William G Brenton on
Review by Betty Boyd

I recommend that this book be read aloud between a minimum number of two people so that they can comment on the stated "facts.". This is one of those rare books that can be read at random. Simply open the book at any page and you will find an interesting statement of fact that may be debated, for example: "in 1672 the Dutch killed and ate their prime minister" or "trousers are responsible for twice as many accidents as chain saws." 1227 Facts to Blow Your Socks Off is not only a must read but is also a must buy for your dining-room table chat.

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