Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Book of General Ignorance

What if 230 of the "facts" that you thought you knew proved to be wrong? John Lloyd and John Mitchinson took 230 common misconceptions, and compiled the correct answers in The Book of General Ignorance. Trivia buffs will find a treasure in this book that sets the records straight.

What does a St. Bernard carry around its neck? How many legs does a centipede have? What is the Number of the Beast? If you answered brandy barrels, one hundred, and 666, you're wrong, wrong, wrong.

It's a toss-up whether you'll feel stupid or much smarter when you finish The Book of General Ignorance. By the time you read the page long entries for each of the 230 questions, you'll have had an enjoyable, educational experience. This collection of facts covers everything from history to science to cultural "knowledge" including stories about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Easter Bunny, and Cinderella.

The book has a slight British flavor because the authors compiled the questions for the BBC panel game QI (Quite Interesting). No matter what slant the book has, though, it's a fascinating examination of our misconceptions about the world around us.

The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson. Harmony Books, ©2007. ISBN 978-0307394910 (hardcover), 266p.


Joy said...

Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, Lesa. I think I'm going to pick it up for my son (and peek at a few pages before I hand it over!).

Lesa said...

I warn you. It's addicting, Joy! Just one peek might not do it.