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The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,221 ratings  ·  79 reviews
From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.

The original Book of General Ignorance was published in 2006. It has since been translated into twenty-six languages and sold over 1
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Crown (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica-Robyn
Anyone who is a fan of the British television show, QI (a mock game show, known for it's humor and intelligence) knows how hard it is to see one of the books associated with the program and simply pass it by. When I saw this I knew that I couldn't just leave it on the shelf, knowingly walking away from something that is connected to a group of people that I hold so dear in my squishy, nerdy heart.

Also, it has a bright yellow cover and you should know that yellow covers are a weak spot for me.

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M.
En az ilk kitabi kadar akici olan bu kitabin, tipki ilki gibi en buyuk eksikligi "referans" gostermemesi. Ornek olarak, ucaklarin diskiyi asagi atmadigini soyleyen bolumu, sadece Ingiltere'nin ucus kurallarina kati uyma zorunlulugu nedeniyle iyi uygulanabiliyor olabilir ama Turkiye'de bazi firmalarin dondurulmus diskiyi ucaktan asagi attigi rapor edilmistir.
http://www.milliyet.com.tr/gokten-buz...
Dolayisiyla kitapta gecen "bu asla olmaz, boyle bir sey asla yapilmamaktadir" gibi kesin ifadeler gu
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Nikki
As always, wonderfully entertaining for what it is. It's a whole bundle of totally random facts, most of them setting right false assumptions: naturally, it's not very organised, although there is a contents page if you want to try and skip to a specific point. It's a pleasure to read, and I really liked that it has quotes from the show at the end of some sections -- the only problem is that then generally I've seen the episode, so I'm not ignorant about that particular subject.
Manda
I’ve become quite interested in factual books as of late and the second book of general ignorance is perfect to fill my need. Facts are something that has always interested me and can be used in almost any situation. Say you’re at a party for instance and the party just isn’t in swing mode but rather like an old people’s home? Throw a fact into the air, that’ll get people talking or just have people looking at you weird while secretly making mental notes to avoid you for the rest of the night.

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Emily
This has been sat in our bathroom along with a range of similar books, and I've read it over the course over a few months by reading a question and answer every now and then and slowly working my way though the book. I wouldn't recommend it to be read in one sitting, but it's enjoyable to read in small doses to learn something new. While I imagine most people would dip in and out of it randomly, it's arranged thematically, with one question often leading into the next and works well being read i ...more
Kim
Very similar to the first book. The idea wears thin after a while but was still interesting enough to get me through. I think I'll wait a while before I read the animal edition.
Tim
Allereerst, de Nederlandse titel is verkeerd en geeft een verkeerde indruk van de inhoud van het boek. De originele titel is 'The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong', en moest dus vertaald worden als, bijvoorbeeld, 'algemene onwetenheid', aangezien er feitjes worden behandeld die je vroeger wel geleerd hebt, maar nu niet meer weet (en ontkracht worden) of die, afhankelijk van de omstandigheden, triviaal of irrelevant zijn. Maar in elk geval zijn veel ...more
Tom
The first thing that came to mind in reading this book was Cecil Adams Straight Scoop column. This seems to be a British take on the idea of researching trivial or outlandish topics. More specifically, John Lloyd attempts to debunk popularly held beliefs. Whether he always does this successfully, I think, is a matter of opinion. However, the book is quite entertaining, full of all kinds of little factoids presented in a wry and amusing way.
Eddie
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this, given that I try to rein in my trivia buff side and avoid the black hole of pedantry, and also because I can't stand QI. Unsurprisingly, it is a bit pedantic, there are some fairly meaningless excerpts from QI, and Stephen Fry's introduction irritated me just as much as I expected. With that said, it's an entertaining distraction.
Abhimanyu Madiraju
The book was fun. I cannot possibly see water in the same light here after. The end bang about immortal Turritopsis was awesome. I never realized how much entertaining being wrong and then corrected was before the first book of general ignorance and this tome backs that up. It was a scientific, historical and linguistic roller coaster ride that will not fade from my memory that easily.

The book follows a simple pattern.
Hey, you know this popular notion that you swear by? Well, that's wrong. This
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Stephen
This is a rather silly book but it is perfect for bathroom reading, being divided into several hundred "chapters" by a Q&A format. Like the first "Book of General Ignorance" (2006), it draws on the British television game show "Quite Interesting." A quiz show, the last round of QI is called the "General Ignorance" round. In it, questions to which the answers are seemingly obvious are asked but the answers are never what is commonly believed to be true. The host of the television show, Stephe ...more
Koen Crolla
QI is one of the most insidiously anti-intellectual programmes on television right now; so harmful precisely because it presents itself as ``smart''. Its General Ignorance segment and, by extension, this book, distil the worst of it: self-satisfied, under-sourced trivia, misinterpreted and at best (though usually not even) only technically correct, presented by smug idiots who think their lack of qualifications makes them, if anything, more suited to talk down to the general public.
Garbage like
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Lorraine
If you love QI, or just love reading about random things, then this is a book for you! From the non-existance of fish to the origin of the word cleavage, it is filled with marvellously strange and interesting facts.
Karen
Feb 24, 2014 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
An interesting book, but it doesn't pack the same punch that the first one did. I blew through the first one, and this one I had to force myself to get through. One thing I didn't understand about this book is why the authors decided to punctuate it with their own quips and conversation snippets. The jokes weren't funny (though maybe that's just me), and a few times they were just absurd. I started ignorning them about 1/3 of the way through. I would say the original Book of General Ignorance ge ...more
Daren Girard
This is another “second” book. It is a compilation of trivia that focuses on common misconceptions. There are 187 entries on various topics from history, science, geography, sports, etc. Each question seems obvious, but you soon find out that the “conventional wisdom” or “rule of thumb,” can be wide of the mark. There are many fascinating (but useless) facts that make it fun to read.
Amy
I love these books. I love how it can twist everything you know and tell you everything you have been taught is wrong to some degree. Who knew that Octopuses actually have two legs and Celtic priests wore horned helmets, not the Vikings. I mean really. This is a brilliant book for people who love facts, and love learning weird things that actually come in handy if you like to counteract what people think they know about everything. There are a bunch more in the QI book series and I implore you a ...more
Anita Williamson
I guess I enjoyed the first one so much that I read its sequel.
Rachel England-Brassy
totally useful useless information. wonderful.
Sandra
I bought this simply becayse I love the TV show so much, and I surprised myself by actually reading the entire book without skipping over some of the less interesting parts. I had thought that I would do that, but the whole book was actually very entertaining. At times really funny (loved the little quotes from the TV show) and mostly interesting in some way.

The only thing that was slightly annoying, was that I knew some of it already from watching QI on the television. But I got over that. Def
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Ming Siu
More fun stuff you were always wrong about.
Marlies
This was a fun read, and I learned quite a lot. But there are so many facts in this book, I don't think I'll be able to remember most of it. The questions are very diverse, so it never gets boring.

Because the book is connected to my favorite TV show, Q.I., I expect it to be very funny. There are some funny bits + quotes from the show, but it's not a very comical book overall. That's not something that bothered me, just and expectation I had because of the show.

A nice, informative, quick read.
Ann Steele
A very interesting and entertaining book.
Sasha
"The Second Book of General Ignorance" is entertaining sequel to already famous and successful book full of funny little everyday trivia and questions about the facts we all think we know but in fact we might just got it wrong. It's very easy read and reader can easily enjoy chapter by chapter as they are not connected - I laughed out loud several times and loved it very much, reading this little book before sleep, it was just what I expected though not as original as the the first part.
Danny
They key about informational book is the delivery.
Although some of the information are indeed fascinating by itself, but it lacks the depth and history that made
A Short History of Nearly Everything so enjoyable and so captivating.

Throughout the read, I had the impression that this book was written as a transcript for the popular TV series - QI.
Ubiquitousbastard
As with the first book, there were a few sections with incorrect facts in them. The Lusitania part, for example. Then there were a bunch of facts that I supposedly did not know, but actually already knew. And lastly, a lot of the facts just weren't that interesting. Like the sections on postcards and stamps in Britain, that was a huge yawnfest. This book is good for wasting some time, but really isn't that great at staving off boredom in general.
Betsy
Oct 20, 2011 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes trivia.
I have always liked books of facts. I like having this type of book handy when I don't have time to sit and read a full chapter in a novel. Almost every page contained some information that I found fascinating. The topics were so broad and diverse that it never got monotonous. Now I would like to read the original "Book of General Ignorance" to find out what else I think I know, but don't.

I won this book on give-aways.
Zorena
What can you say about a reference book? A lot if it's compiled by the same people that bring you a BBC show called QI.

A lot if not all of the information is culled from the show and presented in the same humorous way.
The presentation is kind of scattershot so it's not good for looking up things alphabetically but I'm pretty sure most of the book will stay with you.

What a fun way to learn!
Ben Gillam
I've never been a huge fiction reader so a book like this was right up my alley. From front to back it is full of facts and clarifications about all sorts of thing we thought we knew.

Indeed it does make you question a what of what you learnt or were top growing up.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with am inquisitive mind especially if you have an interest in history
Deborah J.
Both my husband and I absolutely love BBC's QI program. This book is based on the facts they researched for those programs - including the humor. I brought it with me on a trip because its having short chapters was very handy for my schedule.
I learned a lot, of course, and as I'm going 'in reverse', I'm looking forward to Book I, which has been in my home library for years.
Iain
If you're a fan of the show, you know what you're going to get here, and you get it in spades. Entertaining, amusing, and informed chat on every random subject under the sun from immortal jellyfish to the career of Genghis Khan. The subjects usually sort-of link up, each to the last in a train of thought style, but there's a subject index as well.
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John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd CBE is a British comedy writer and television producer. Lloyd was Trinity College, Cambridge, where he befriended and later shared a flat with Douglas Adams. He worked as a radio producer at the BBC 1974–1978 and created The News Quiz, The News Huddlines, To The Manor Born (with Peter Spence) and Quote... Unquote (with Nigel Rees). He wrote Hordes of the Things with And ...more
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