Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review - 1339 Quite Interesting Facts by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin

Today I'm reviewing 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James Harkin.

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Summary from Goodreads: From the creators of the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI, a brilliant sequel to their New York Times–best-selling 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off.

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is bursting with mindboggling morsels of trivia—informative, hilarious, sometimes arcane or utterly useless, but always entertaining.

Did you know?

• Wagner only ever wore pink silk underwear.

• There are 34,000 statues of Kim Il Sung in North Korea.

• There is a cult in Malaysia that worships a giant teapot.

• Earthworms have five hearts.

• Your eyebrows renew themselves every 64 days.

• Charles Darwin's tortoise Harriet died in 2006 at the age of 176.

Every fact in this magnificent little volume has been researched with punctilious care in order to bring you the truth in its purest form.

Review: I have a secret wish to compete on Jeopardy, and I actually have a friend that competed on the show a few years ago. I also love random facts, and over the past year I have taken quite a few road trips. 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is an excellent book for when you've exhausted your conversations and still have hours yet to drive. It's also great to use as a tool to change the topic for when tempers get short as the day progresses. The other thing that I appreciated when reading this factoid book was how it was organized. Each fact connected in someway to the facts that immediately followed. That may seem obvious, but I imagine when you have 1,339 facts to organize it is more difficult to do than you would think. Hat tip to the editors on that one! Highly recommend! 

Stars: 5/5

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