The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance

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Random House, Inc.
Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller.

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.

Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! Check out THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following:

How long can a chicken live without its head?
About two years.

What do chameleons do?
They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states.

How many legs does a centipede have?
Not a hundred.

How many toes has a two-toed sloth?
It’s either six or eight.

Who was the first American president?
Peyton Randolph.

What were George Washington’s false teeth made from?
Mostly hippopotamus.

What was James Bond’s favorite drink?
Not the vodka martini.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a whimsical compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings, and common mistakes based on "common knowledge," culled from the fields of history, science, literature, and biography, presenting such "helpful" facts as French toast comes from Rome, camels originated in North America, coffee is not made from beans, and more. 80,000 first printing.

Book News
"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything." Lloyd and Mitchinson (a producer and writer, respectively, for British television), begin their British bestseller with this quote by Thomas Edison, the non-inventor of the lightbulb according to them. They proceed to clear up 229 other common misconceptions entertainingly but without references. Originally published in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Ltd., London, in 2006. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Presents a compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes based on "common knowledge," culled from the fields of history, science, literature, and biography.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [2006]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780307394910
Branch Call Number: 031.02 Lloyd 2006
Characteristics: xx, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchinson, John 1963-


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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

I devoured books about common misconceptions in my youth, so it's interesting to see one that is not only new, but debunks many previous debunking efforts. According to this book, goldfish have decent memories, glass is actually a solid, and water really is a faint shade of blue. However very few sources are credited, and most of the entries verge off into other trivia rather than backing up their revelations, leading astute readers to wonder whether this book is any more accurate than all the other trivia books.

Jan 21, 2015

This is way to cumbersome for just renewing a book. It should have a select button or something to know you have completed the task.


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