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The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: miscellany, teaching, writing-and-words, creative

What’s the name of the tallest mountain in the world? What’s the largest living thing? Do marmots kill people? How many moons does the earth have? How long can a chicken live without its head? Whatever your answers are to these questions, you’ve got it all wrong. Find out why in this fascinating, hard-to-put-down tome on 230 common misconceptions of the factual world…that is, if you dare to have your grade-school paradigms severely altered. Yes, you will be transported by such gems of knowledge as how to get the most caffeine out of your cup of coffee, how shrimp make themselves louder than a jet taking off, and whether it’s more dangerous to swim after eating or to put on pantyhose. I absolutely love the premise of this book, that everything “they” tell you has a motive, such as patriotic pride, money or fame. If you want the truth (and not everyone does), you must delve deeper, peruse the original documents, maps and to-date available data. Even this book, though written by grand intellects, already has some mistakes both in editing and in theoretical thinking…see if you can find them for yourself!

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