- ISBN-10: 0307951766
- ISBN-13: 978-0307951762
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong
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These sort of books can be read in different ways. You can read them cover to cover or selectively, choosing whatever question piques your interest. I started with the latter approach and worried that it would disappoint (in comparison with the first book). However, after unexpectedly having some free time I read it cover to cover. It was a journey of surprise (misconceptions brought out), laughter and general pleasure. The authors range from social constructs, biology, physics, etymology. Whether it is what do aeroplanes do with the contents of their `lavatories' (or for that matter what is the right term for the small room we all have to go to), to the `forty fourth president of the United States', or how may countries are in the G20, I was entertained.
The book has a United Kingdom reader orientation but this is a minor issue. The authors have found a way to present information that is both instructive (`facts' plus reason/logic) and entertaining.
Think you know how to treat a jellyfish sting?
Think you know the word for the fear of heights?
Think you know what the 2nd highest peak in the world is?
Think you know what kind of ball bounces highest (rubber, steel, or glass)?
If you think you know the answers to these questions, this book might surprise you. The authors continue the original book's format -- each question is followed by a concise answer followed by humorous elaboration.
Curious readers and fans of trivia will find a lot to like here, but I would recommend beginning with the first book before moving onto this installment. Amazon's "Look Inside!" feature offers a great glimpse of some of the contents of the book -- it gives customers a nice overview of what to expect from this book. If readers have read (and liked) the first book, THE SECOND BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE will not disappoint; definitely worth the price.
But I'd read one piece and think, "Well, just one more." Of course, I eventually finished the book. Because it really was interesting.
Dromedary humps are fat-filled? Must not be soft, hydrogenated fat. I say that based on riding a dromedary once. More important than the consistency of the hump---the guide didn't tell me the creature stands up rear legs first. I nearly catapulted over his head onto the sand. However, I'm glad to know how to avoid death by hippo though meeting one might be a one in a million experience.
As a writer, I am pleased to learn that humans have nine senses, not five. Think of all the extra details I can add to stories now.
Truly interesting but my memory won't do the volume justice.
Most bathroom books have silly stuff or the same old stuff of lists of stuff. They're fine and entertaining. This book is special because the topics are unexpected, the explanations, anecdotes and facts are more detailed and interesting, and the entire project has a distinctive personality, which I attribute to the care that has been paid by the authors.
They have a great formula here and an engaging style. The series certainly doesn't seem to be running out of gas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As fascinating and readable and chock full of mind-bending facts as the first book. One star deducted for the inane, unamusing and self-satisfied dialogues among friends of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Basingstoke
Book looks lovely. Full of interesting facts. Makes a great gift for any QI fan.Published 3 months ago by Kate N
This is a great book to have around the house when you want a little pick me up.Published 4 months ago by senatedon
Don't know if I necessarily believe everything in the book, but an interesting read.Published 4 months ago by Ambilice
I love the British quiz show QI and enjoy these books for all the interesting facts...the only thing I do miss is the humor that these facts are presented with on the show, however... Read morePublished 5 months ago by hansbandu