Title: The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World
Author: Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman
Page Count/Review Word Count: 307
Here’s a little-known fact – I appeared on Pointless as a contestant, alongside my beautiful girlfriend Laura. In fact, you can watch the episode on YouTube over here, and this book was given to me by Laura as a Christmas present! Now you know.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at the book – as its title suggests, it’s a collection of 100 different things which are completely and utterly pointless. And we’re not talking ‘pointless’ in the ‘obscure‘ sense of the word, like you might be used to from the show – we’re talking about stuff that’s actually pointless, like the introductions to books and miniature vegetables.
Sure, some of the choices are controversial to say the least, and you might not always agree with the authors’ points of view, but if you take it too seriously then you’re a fool in the first place. Even the two authors don’t take it too seriously – they make jokes about the fact that you probably received the book as a Christmas present and only read it on the toilet, which is presumably true in the majority of cases.
And if you’re only a fan of Pointless for the trivia and the questions, that’s fine too – in fact, the book includes a number of trivia questions to test you on the topics that are covered, like the traditional gifts for different wedding anniversaries. Simply decide upon your answers, then flick to the back of the book to see if you were right and, if so, whether it’s a Pointless answer.
If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll love this book – if not, you’ll be converted!