Thursday, 3 November 2016

1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted

Publication Date: 3rd November 2016

Published by: Faber and Faber

Purchase from Amazon here

The Blurb:

The sock-blasting, jaw-dropping, side-swiping phenomenon that is QI serves up a sparkling new selection of 1,342 facts to leave you flabbergasted.

Trees sleep at night.

Scotland has 421 words for snow.

Emoji is the fastest growing language in history.

The name Donald means ‘ruler of the world’.

Tanks are exempt from London’s Congestion charge.

Florida has more bear hunters than bears.

Selfies kill more people than sharks.

Two-thirds of deaths in the world go unrecorded.

On each anniversary of its landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover hums ‘Happy Birthday’ to itself.

Nostalgia was classified as a disease by the Royal College of Physicians until 1899.

1 in 3 children pretend to believe in Santa Claus to keep their parents happy.

Black coffee drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths.

When you blush so does the lining of your stomach.

Quidditch, Digestive biscuits and overdrafts were all invented in Edinburgh.

The world’s only Cornish pasty museum is in Mexico.

If there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on

My review

I love QI and I have a real thirst for random facts that I can blurt out when the occasion arises. So for me books like 1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted is a god send. QI have been great at publishing books such in the lead up to Christmas, and like the others, this would make a great gift.

The pages are literally packed with fact after fact, but not dull forgettable ones, these are all really interesting, and I actually had to slow myself down when reading it. I wanted to read all that I could, but there are just so many amazing facts that I couldn’t take them all in.

Like people who subscribe to word of the day sites, and similar, this book is perfect for furthering your general knowledge, and I could easily read a fact a day that I can drop into conversation.

The topics really cover a large range and variety of subjects so there is something for everyone, and I defy anyone to turn around and say they know everything mentioned.

I loved this book and will definitely be buying copies as presents in the coming months. I would highly recommend this as a must read.

Thanks to Faber and Faber who kindly provided a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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