The Book of General Ignorance

By John Mitchinson, John Lloyd

Imagine Magellan used to be the 1st guy to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was once invented in the USA, Henry VIII had six better halves, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? flawed, improper, fallacious, and improper again.

Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and fallacious evidence eventually get the heave-ho during this funny, downright humiliating publication of reeducation in keeping with the exceptional British bestseller. not easy what such a lot folks suppose to be verifiable truths in components like background, literature, technological know-how, nature, and extra,

The publication of common Ignorance is a witty “gotcha” compendium of the way little we really learn about something. It’ll have you ever scratching your head brooding about why we even hassle to visit school.

Revealing the reality in the back of every little thing we expect we all know yet don’t, this ebook leaves you dumbfounded approximately the entire incorrect information you’ve controlled to gather in the course of your existence, and units you as much as win large in case you ever be a contestant on Jeopardy! or Who desires to Be a Millionaire.

Besides righting the list on universal (but improper) myths like Captain prepare dinner learning Australia or Alexander Graham Bell inventing the phone, The booklet of basic Ignorance additionally provides us the thin on foolish slipups to trot out at dinner events (Cinderella wore fur, no longer glass, slippers and poultry tikka masala used to be invented in Scotland, now not India).

Thomas Edison acknowledged that we all know lower than one millionth of 1 percentage approximately something: this e-book makes us wonder whether we all know even that much.

You’ll be stunned at how a lot you don’t be aware of! try out THE publication OF common lack of knowledge for extra enjoyable entries and entire solutions to the next:

How lengthy can a chook dwell with no its head?
About years.

What do chameleons do?
They don’t swap colour to check the heritage. by no means have; by no means will. whole fable. Utter fabrication. overall Lie. they modify colour due to various emotional states.

Who invented champagne?
Not the French.

How many legs does a centipede have?
Not 100.

How many feet has a two-toed sloth?
It’s both six or 8.

How many penises does a ecu earwig have?
a)Fourteen
b)None at all
c)Two (one for unique occasions)
d)Mind your personal business

Which animals are the best-endowed of all?
Barnacles. those unassuming modest beasts have the longest penis relative to their dimension of any creature. they are often seven instances longer than their physique.

What is a rhino’s horn made of?
A rhinoceros horn isn't really, as a few humans imagine, made from hair.

Who was once the 1st American president?
Peyton Randolph.

What have been George Washington’s fake tooth made up of?
Mostly hippopotamus.

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

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