qi-1342Title: 1342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted

Author: John Lloyd

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Faber and Faber

The Blurb

The sock-blasting, jaw-dropping, side-swiping phenomenon that is QI serves up a sparkling new selection of 1,342 facts to leave you flabbergasted.

Trees sleep at night.

Google searches for ‘How to put on a condom’ peak at 10.28pm.

There is no word for time in any Aboriginal language.

Scotland has 421 words for snow.

Emoji is the fastest growing language in history.

Astronauts wear belts to stop their trousers falling up.

The name Donald means ‘ruler of the world’.

Tanks are exempt from London’s Congestion charge.

The anti-spam industry is worth more than the spam industry.

Florida has more bear hunters than bears.

Selfies kill more people than sharks.

Two-thirds of deaths in the world go unrecorded.

On each anniversary of its landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover hums ‘Happy Birthday’ to itself.

Nostalgia was classified as a disease by the Royal College of Physicians until 1899.

1 in 3 children pretend to believe in Santa Claus to keep their parents happy.

Black coffee drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths.

When you blush so does the lining of your stomach.

Quidditch, Digestive biscuits and overdrafts were all invented in Edinburgh.

The world’s only Cornish pasty museum is in Mexico.

Nobody knows why the Oscars are called the Oscars.

Las Vegas hosts an awards ceremony for people who make awards.

In 2015, America’s ‘National Hero Dog Award’ was won by a cat.

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
If there are any facts you don’t believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on www.qi.com.

The Review

I love this series of books. I have read them all and adored all the tidbits of information found within their pages. 1342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted does exactly what it says on the tin – the facts do leave you flabbergasted.

If you are a fan of the television show or just a bit of a nut about facts then this latest compendium is definitely for you.

I also think this series is perfect if you work in a school. The writers cover a list of topics that can be used across the curriculum as starters. It will also make a great stocking filler for the person in your life who just likes to know stuff.

1342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin I available from now.

For more information regarding Faber and Faber (@FaberBooks) please visit www.faber.co.uk.

4-stars

Synopsis

The third book in the QI series, following on from 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off and 1,399 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is the consistently titled 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways and it is definitely a book that will keep you entertained for hours and make you “top-dog” at an pub quiz.*

Review

I won’t lie to you, I love a good factoid. I can’t help but feel a little smug and superior when I drop a little tidbit into conversation among my friends and watch as the th shock, awe and sheer impressiveness of the fact washes across their little faces.

Therefore, the QI books are, in my ever so humble opinion, perfect. The third in the series, 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways, is no less impressive. In all of the facts found in between the pages there was only one that I already knew.

My favourite of all the facts was the following:

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has towns called Intercourse and Paradise. It takes six minutes to get from one to the other.

Pick up all of these books to find out more.

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin is available from October 9th, 2014.

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