1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off

1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off

by John LloydJohn Mitchinson and James Harkin

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 30/10/2012

  $7.25

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 the astonishing fact - painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. In Einstein's words: 'Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.'


Did you know that: cows moo in regional accents; the entire internet weighs less than a grain of sand; the dialling code from Britain to Russia is 007; potatoes have more chromosomes than human beings; the London Underground has made more money from its famous map than it has from running trains; Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTin is pronounced 'Chin chin' and means penis; the water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body; Scotland has twice as many pandas as Conservative MPs; Saddam's bunker was designed by the grandson of the woman who built Hitler's bunker; Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is explicitly illegal in Britain to use a machinegun to kill a hedgehog.


1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off will make you look at the universe (and your socks) in an alarming new way.

ISBN:
9780571297955
9780571297955
Category:
Humour
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
30-10-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
John Lloyd

John Lloyd co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he is a Senior Research Fellow.

Lloyd has written several books, including What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics and Journalism in an Age of Terror.

He is also a contributing editor at the Financial Times and a columnist for both Reuters.com and La Repubblica of Rome.

John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson is the original Marketing Director of Waterstone's, became Managing Director of Cassell and now runs Unbound.

James Harkin

James Harkin, QI's Head Elf, presents the QI Elves' podcast No Such Thing As A Fish and BBC 2's No Such Thing As The News.

He also produces The Museum of Curiosity.

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