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1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,935 ratings  ·  201 reviews
From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI and the best-selling Book of General Ignorance: 1,227 mind-bending facts.

Did you know?

• Cows moo in regional accents.

• The international dialing code for Russia is 007.

• The water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body.

• Pants are responsible for twice as many accidents as chain saws.

• Saddam Hussein'
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by W. W. Norton Company (first published November 1st 2012)
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Hilary
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I found this in a free library and it certainly was quite interesting. I love facts and this certainly included some fascinating ones.

I was amused that Jeremy Paxman didn't make it into his college's university challenge team. I really couldn't believe the average British woman spends £100,000 on make up in a lifetime, considering many of us will spend next to nothing some must be spending even more. I also found it hard to believe that 1 in 50 Scots are heroin addicts. I loved that St
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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
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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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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. ...more
B.B. Mason
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socks blown 😁
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
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Nicky
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
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.
Sarah
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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. ...more
Jess
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

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Benozir Ahmed
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Purely a non fiction filled with utterly fictional facts and I devoured almost every part of the book insanely.
Detail reviews with facts interesting in my eyes will follow soon.
Oh and EID MUBARAK.
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
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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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
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! ...more
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.
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Marcus
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I can't help myself, I love random fact books. I thought this was a good one, and I certainly learned a lot. ...more
Krollo
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fun and interesting read, full of wonderfully repeatable soundbites. It never ceases to amaze.
Umut Rados
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Good subway reading that doesn't reqire great brain effort. Quite interesting if you like learning odd things that you'd never think normally:) ...more
Rachel
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ashley
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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Meg McGregor
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trivia
This was a fun read! I love learning new things; and I hope you do too!

These little gems, of trivia, were my favorites.

A. The word "time" is the most commonly used noun in English.

B. Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.

C. For 48 years after canned food was invented, people who wanted to eat it had to use a hammer and chisel. The can opener wasn't invented until 1858.

D. Jack Bauer, the lead character in the hit TV series, killed 112 people in the first five seaso
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Muheg
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I approached this book while I was looking for a fun read with random facts, it didn't disappoint in that matter, but I was surprised by a few things about the book itself. Being based on the QI show (which I have never heard of) makes most of the facts and concepts in the book oriented to British audience/culture. You will encounter many points were it is assumed you know it is in Britain whenever not mentioned otherwise, for example "The Dyslexia Research Centre is in Reading". The second noti ...more
Radhika Darbari
Some facts you'll find better than others, but what can I say we all like different things so it's a tough job!

Like the book as short, separated facts make it great and easy to read. Have given it a 3 star rating as unfortunately though above the case some 'facts' I don't think are indeed facts but statements - interesting but questionable to be 'facts' Vs. Opinion. Can only image this book was a challenge to put together as fact is dependent on time so give great gratitude to the authors. I'll
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Arun Krishnamoorthy
"Anyone who is practically acquainted with scientific work is aware that those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact" - Huxley

A fun book of interesting trivia brought to you by the QI Elves.

Some gems like

"The guy who came up with the Best Before dates, predominantly used on milk, was Al Capone's brother, Ralph"
"Uranium is is 40 times more common than silver and 500 times more common than gold"
"The guy who built Saddam Hussain's bunker was infact the grandson of the lady that bui
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Sarah
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this whenever I had a few moments to spare, but not enough to pick up a chapter book.

This book is filled with random facts and information that are "Quite Interesting." I'm a huge fan of the show, so a good number of these facts I already knew, but there are many more that I didn't!

So if you are a fan of random bits of information you can just randomly find useful (mostly a conversation pieces admittedly), this is the book for you!
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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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