1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James Harkin Hardcover, 352 pages; 2013
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Compiled by the team behind the BBC quiz show QI (which stands for "quite interesting"), this breezy collection of minutiae is guaranteed to elicit a "who knew?" from even the most rabid trivia hounds. Each page features roughly thematically linked morsels of intriguing knowledge, distilled into a pithy sentence or two. Did you know, for instance, that the plural of the Toyota Prius is officially "Prii"? That Bugs Bunny is not a rabbit but a hare? Or that Casanova was a librarian? The authors tell us that everything has been meticulously researched - and that they've mercifully left all that boring stuff out. Why 1,227 you ask? The very first factoid presented is "Asteroid 1,227 is called Geranium." (This is followed by the tidbit that the ozone layer smells faintly of geraniums.) What fun and enlightening browsing for, well, anyone interested in anything! Also see 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop and 1,411 Quite Interesting Facts to Knock You Sideways. (AG)

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