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1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off

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"QI" is the smartest comedy show on British television, but few people know that we're also a major legal hit in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Africa and an illegal one on BitTorrent.

We also write books and newspaper columns; run a thriving website, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed; and produce an iPhone App and a sister Radio 4 programme.

At the core of what we do is
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Published 2012 by Faber and Faber Ldt
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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I used to be a boghandler, that's 'bookseller' in Danish. If there are enough diamonds in the world to give everyone a cupful, why are they so expensive? Did you know Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, married Oscar Wilde's first girlfriend? There's a joke in there somewhere, I know it.

The point is, these 1,227 QI Facts are eye-opening, hilarious and just plain weird. Trivia isn't for everyone but this is a great toilet or coffee table book, something you can dip in and out of whenever the mood t
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B J Burton
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy the QI programme, you'll love this fantastic collection of the weird and the wonderful. I got it in the Kindle format for the bargain price of 20p and read it all the way through without stopping. Now I'm going through it again reading out loud to anyone who'll listen. One point is that this is probably better bought in the print format as it's the perfect coffee table book; your friends will enjoy dipping in - but they'll have trouble putting it down.
Joey Woolfardis
[First Read: 25th December, 2012. Four Stars.
Second Read: 25th March, 2018. Three Stars.]

QI is one of the most popular British comedy panel shows. It's intellectual prowess is unrivalled, as is its humour.

1227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off does exactly what it says on the tin: a book full of (1227) facts that are simultaneously wonderful, funny, intriguing and down-right weird. A wonderful book to dip in and out of. It's not set out in any kind of order: there are no themes or sections, it's
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Selena Beckman-Harned
Loved it! I thought a book of facts would bore me after awhile and I'd want to read something else, but I tore right through. The way it's organized is almost poetic!
Nikki
I have a weakness for books like this. It's really just a list of facts, some more fascinating than others. The most memorable ones of course involve penises (Kinsey could insert a toothbrush into his, bristle-end first; barnacles can have penises up to 20x longer than their body) and such things. Many of them will be familiar from even a few episodes of QI (I recognised a handful from the most recent series, anyway), and some were unfortunately also very familiar to me from Mark Forsyth's The H ...more
Lala Məmmədova
Özümə maraqlı gələn faktları sitatlara əlavə etmişəm və sayları cəmi 43-dür. Ara-sıra maraqlı idi, təkrarlar da gözdən yayınmadı. Muzey faktov səhifəsini ardıcıl oxuyursan sanki. Kitabın formatı onsuzda belə olacağını xəbər verirdi, ona görə gözlənilməz birşey yoxdur. Oxuyun, özünüzü ağıllı göstərib hamının zəhləsini tökmək üçün ideal vasitədir.
Gerry
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting!

Fascinating facts about practically everything are included in this very readable volume. Because it is QI-based, one can assume that everything within the covers is genuine but one would be forgiven for wondering whether some of the facts are spoofs (of course, they aren't). But one could always consider Mark twain's quote, 'Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.'

For instance, did Sylvester Stallone really clean out lion cages before becomi
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Stacey (prettybooks)
A great book to read before bed!

The average pencil can write 45,000 words, or a single line 35 miles long.

George W. Bush named The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as his favourite childhood book. It was published when he was 23 years old.
Denise
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2015
Fascinating and fun facts about pretty much anything and everything.
Jess
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
None of the facts "blew my socks off" but they were amusing/interesting. Some of the facts I liked where:
Some Pigs suffer from Mysophobia, the fear of mud.
Thomas Edison's last breath is held in a vial at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit.
In 2011, cheese was the most stolen food in the world.

Dan Smith
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a disappointment. Not because I expected it to be a little more organised, like the other QI books I've got (not yet finished), and not because it is frankly a bit of a bog book. No, I was disappointed because the "facts" came nowhere near to blowing my socks off.

I may have become jaded, but revelations such as "In 2010, YouTube was watched 700bn times, but 99% of the views were of only 30% of the videos" were humdrum and unsurprising. "only 2% of women describe themselves as b
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Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
As per usual, QI is very good in the sock removal department. I always adore the books QI put out, each with new and odd facts and figures you never knew you never knew, or ever needed to know for that matter. This is a quicker book to get through, filled with short snippets of information rather than the pages and paragraphs of previous books. I think John Lloyd mentioned in the introduction the lay out it similar to reading poetry, and it is. Each fact is centred and broken up into 3 or 4 line ...more
charlottebibliophile
As far as a book of facts goes, this book covered an interesting selection. There were sections on the etymology of words from many different languages, and facts about people, places, animals and artefacts. They all linked together excellently, usually bouncing off the previous fact - for example "Asteroid 1,227 is called Geranium" leads to "The ozone layer smells faintly of geraniums" - thankfully that's where the geranium related facts end.
Unfortunately, very few facts (precisely zero in fac
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Elle
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I absolutely adore random facts so when I saw this book I couldn't resist. It is an absolutely fantastic collection of facts that range from ridiculous, hilarious and really educational. I couldn't recommend it more for anyone who likes to know random things about our world and it is also great for those pub quizzes!
Amy Joynes
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this on Kindle for 20p and its brilliant. Definitely worth reading though its not one of those books you can read on you're own. You end up having to tell someone, anyone that you can find what fact you just read.
Marcus
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book of facts. I could not put it down until I finished reading it. Some seem so unbelievable that you want to fact check them. When you do, you seem shocked that they are all true!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Cheyenne Blue
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-fun
Another random kindle. Loosely grouped trivia taken from the QI quiz show. Not the sort of thing to read as a book, more the sort of thing that sits in the toilet to be opened at random and enjoyed.
Michelle
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very huh!-worthy.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I can't help myself, I love random fact books. I thought this was a good one, and I certainly learned a lot.
Sarah
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The average house cat is faster than Usain Bolt." Fun little book, endlessly useful for annoying a spouse while he/she is trying to do something else.
Rachel
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting facts indeed! I liked the way they did all poetically come together in the way they were ordered -- we can draw so many connections between the lines themselves.
Krollo
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and interesting read, full of wonderfully repeatable soundbites. It never ceases to amaze.
Nick
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowledge!
Ashley
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked a lot of the facts. A few I thought were off. For example: a Smoug is defined as a small, unimportant Scottish person. It's better defined as a Scottish word for a small, unimportant person. Another; Oprah is said to be the misspelling of Orpah, Ruth's sister in the Bible. Orpah is in the Bible, though she is Ruth's sister in law. Whether or not they are sisters isn't mentioned.

Facts I liked:
-The speed of wind has fallen by 60% in the last 30 years.
-Wars kill more civilians than soldie
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Mommooshka
This is a fun, little book to pick up for short periods of time and read a few pages. It contains lots of interesting facts from all fields, geographic areas, and subjects. There's something for everyone!
Ulduz Mammadova
Özünüzü ağıllı göstərib hamının zəhləsini tökmək üçün ideal vasitədir (c)
Claire Tyler-Smith
I bought it for a children's library and will have to put it upstairs for the teens, lots of inappropriate things for children. Pity.
Vickie
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title states, interesting facts!
**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
I absolutely adore QI. The show was my go-to distraction on days I didn't feel up to moving around while I was pregnant. So I jumped on the books the second I realized they existed. Thank you for that one, Goodreads recommendations.

1227 Facts is filled to the brim with snippets of information, the sort you would expect to hear Stephen Fry patiently explaining to Alan Davies. Of course, being just facts, there's no real substance behind them - each fact is delivered on its own, without any of the
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Katie
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
We don't watch much television in our house (probably because we don't own one) but we do rather enjoy QI, not least because of the ever charming Stephen Fry. When I spotted this book available for the Kindle for only £0.20 I couldn't resist seeing how well the format of the television programme translated into book form. It also proved an excellent choice to test drive my new ereader.

This book delighted and frustrated me in equal measure. The facts in the book are the perfect blend of the bizar
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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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