• The Second Book of General Ignorance

  • Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong
  • By: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Just when you thought that it was safe to start showing off again, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are back with another busload of mistakes and misunderstandings. Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to. Whether it's history, science, sports, geography, literature, language, medicine, the classics, or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong.

For example, do you know who made the first airplane flight? How many legs does an octopus have? How much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a tooth in a glass of Coke overnight? What is house dust mostly made from? What was the first dishwasher built to do? What color are oranges? Who in the world is most likely to kill you?

Whatever your answers to the questions above, you can be sure that everything you think you know is wrong. The Second Book of General Ignorance is a must-have for everyone who knows they don't know everything and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

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A book to listen to many times

Very entertaining, I have listened to this a couple of times and will probably listen a couple more. It never gets old.

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It's all stuff from QI

I'd hoped it would be some extra or new information, and there is a little extra detail in it, but it's mostly just stuff that was covered in QI. It's interesting and informative, the narration is great, and I enjoyed it, but it's a little redundant.

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  • Brian
  • 05-20-20

So so - nothing special

I'm a fan of QI but it loses most of the fun of the show, as expected. I found myself jumping forward topic by topic to find something of interest... Ended up skipping about 2/3 of the book.

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  • Lauren Singer
  • 06-01-21

Love my ignorance

I love listening to a rich fund of clever trivia. I love hearing Julian Elfer reading. QI is great but GI is a brilliant listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-13-20

Brilliant book

A dream come true, a book full of interesting facts and they do it so well

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  • william thonemann-betz
  • 12-02-19

superb narration, lots of good facts

it's slightly more focused on UK stuff than id like but most of the facts are really interesting

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  • Chris Gibson
  • 10-29-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

A fantastic and enjoyable way to learn new limits to your ignorance. Unable to stop listening.