Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, and Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, and wrong again.Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of re-education based on the phenomenal British best seller. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more, The Book of General Ignorance is a witty gotcha compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It'll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.Revealing the truth behind all the things we think we know but don't, this book leaves you dumbfounded about all the misinformation you've managed to collect during your life, and sets you up to win big should you ever be a contestant on Jeopardy! or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.Besides righting the record on common (but wrong) myths like Captain Cook discovering Australia or Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone, The Book of General Ignorance also gives us the skinny on silly slipups to trot out at dinner parties.Thomas Edison said that we know less than one millionth of one percent about anything: this book makes us wonder if we know even that much.You'll be surprised at how much you don't know!More
"Trivia buffs and know-it-alls alike will exult to find so much repeatable wisdom gathered in one place." (New York Times)
"The Book of General Ignorance won't make you feel dumb. It's really a call to be more curious." (The Associated Press)
"Ignorance may be bliss, but so is learning surprising information." (Hartford Courant)
"You, too, can banish social awkwardness by having its endless count of facts and factoids at the ready. Or you could just read it and keep what you learned to yourself. Betcha can't." (New York Daily News)
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- Septimus MacGhilleglas "Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes."
Kind of interesting but disorganized
- D. Wagner