Title: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller
Author: 1,342 Q.i. Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted
Page Count/Review Word Count: 357
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
This book’s a lot of fun, and I don’t even need to explain the premise because it’s right there in the title. Suffice to say that it’s well-researched and easy to read – in fact, I whizzed through it in an hour or so, although you can read it however you’d like. And it’s interesting how the facts somehow seem to tell a narrative of sorts – or at the very least, they play word association with themselves – despite not being formally grouped into chapter headings or any specific order.
I could go on and on, but I’m going to let some facts do the talking, so here we go. Slugs have 27,000 teeth. In China, it is illegal to post erotic banana videos online. One in every 900 men from American Samoa play in the National Football League. Ducklings are capable of abstract thought. NASA scientists working on Mars rovers work to a Mars day, not an Earth day.
Really, that ought to be enough to tempt you into reading this book, but if it helps, I’d say this is one of my favourite Q.i. spin-off books so far. It’s just so easy to read, so much fun from start to finish, and there’s the added bonus of the 1,342 facts that you’re going to learn along the way.
So overall, if you’re the kind of person who likes to expand their mind by learning new things, this book is for you. And for the more cynical of you – the folks like me who like to be able to check sources – there’s an accompanying website that allow you to see the sources for all of the facts on any individual page. Bonus!
By the way, did you know that the more people believe in witchcraft, the less they tend to give to charity? Need more? Then go read the book.