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    JOHN LLOYD is the producer of the hit British comedy shows Not the Nine O’Clock News,Blackadder, and Spitting Image.

    JOHN MITCHINSON writes for the British television show QI, and drinks in the same pub as John Lloyd.
    Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again.

    Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,

    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.

    Revealing the truth behind all the things we think we know but don’t, this book leaves you dumbfounded about all the misinformation you’ve managed to collect during your life, and sets you up to win big should you ever be a contestant on Jeopardy! orWho Wants to Be a Millionaire.

    Besides righting the record on common (but wrong) myths like Captain Cook discovering Australia or Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone,The Book of General Ignorance also gives us the skinny on silly slipups to trot out at dinner parties (Cinderella wore fur, not glass, slippers and chicken tikka masala was invented in Scotland, not India).

    Thomas Edison said that we know less than one millionth of one percent about anything: this book makes us wonder if we know even that much.

    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.

    What do chameleons do?
    They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states.

    Who invented champagne?
    Not the French.

    How many legs does a centipede have?
    Not a hundred.

    How many toes has a two-toed sloth?
    It’s either six or eight.

    How many penises does a European earwig have?
    b)None at all
    c)Two (one for special occasions)
    d)Mind your own business

    Which animals are the best-endowed of all?
    Barnacles. These unassuming modest beasts have the longest penis relative to their size of any creature. They can be seven times longer than their body.

    What is a rhino’s horn made from?
    A rhinoceros horn is not, as some people think, made out of hair.

    Who was the first American president?
    Peyton Randolph.

    What were George Washington’s false teeth made from?
    Mostly hippopotamus.

    What was James Bond’s favorite drink?
    Not the vodka martini.


    ISBN 9780307394910
    Genre REFERENCE / Trivia
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 266
    Publisher Date 2007-08-07 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Crown Pub
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.95 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Mitchinson, John
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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    • it's not always what you think...
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      this is a fun book that offers much enlightenment about stuff that you thought you knew, but will be surprised to discover the true facts. it's entertaining to read and your curiosity for knowledge will be satisfied. i'd buy more copies and give it away to all of those who think you know it all! don't forget to keep one for yourself! good value too.

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    • A Bathroom Read
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      It serves its purpose and guests often comment about it!

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    • Great Gift Idea
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      Got this for my 'smarty pants' step dad on his birthday.Its a great read and pretty informative, and knocks you down a couple pegs because after reading the question, thinking you know the answer, then reading the true answer, you come to realize you arent as smart as you pretend to be ;)

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    • Things I did not know
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      This book really did tell me a lot of information I did not know! It is a good investment if you like knowledge and random facts.

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    • Great fun
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      I bought this as a gift, and it keeps coming up in conversation again and again!

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