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'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris Evans The sixth book in the bestselling series brings bizarre, astonishing, conversation-starting facts from the clever clogs at the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI. Did you know that: Iceland imports ice cubes. A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness. It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandi. Ei 'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris Evans The sixth book in the bestselling series brings bizarre, astonishing, conversation-starting facts from the clever clogs at the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI. Did you know that: Iceland imports ice cubes. A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness. It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandi. Eight billion particles of fog can fit into a teaspoon. People who read books live longer than people who don't. Prince Philip was born on a kitchen table in Corfu. No human beings have ever had sex in space. Netfiix's biggest competitor is sleep. Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour.


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'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris Evans The sixth book in the bestselling series brings bizarre, astonishing, conversation-starting facts from the clever clogs at the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI. Did you know that: Iceland imports ice cubes. A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness. It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandi. Ei 'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris Evans The sixth book in the bestselling series brings bizarre, astonishing, conversation-starting facts from the clever clogs at the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI. Did you know that: Iceland imports ice cubes. A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness. It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandi. Eight billion particles of fog can fit into a teaspoon. People who read books live longer than people who don't. Prince Philip was born on a kitchen table in Corfu. No human beings have ever had sex in space. Netfiix's biggest competitor is sleep. Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour.

30 review for 1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Another great entry in the series, full of bizarre and entertaining fact(oids) - many of which make you want to dig a little deeper to get a better understanding of the topic in question. The facts from the animal kingdom are probably my favourites. Recommended (but then I'm a big QI fan anyway!) Another great entry in the series, full of bizarre and entertaining fact(oids) - many of which make you want to dig a little deeper to get a better understanding of the topic in question. The facts from the animal kingdom are probably my favourites. Recommended (but then I'm a big QI fan anyway!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes. I’ve read and reviewed a few of these books so far, and so we’re now at the point where Faber & Faber just automatically pop a copy of every new one as and when they’re released. There’s not too much that I can say here that I haven’t said for the previous ones. It’s aesthetically pleasing, interesting and easy to either dip in and out of or to read from cover to cover. What I will say is that this Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes. I’ve read and reviewed a few of these books so far, and so we’re now at the point where Faber & Faber just automatically pop a copy of every new one as and when they’re released. There’s not too much that I can say here that I haven’t said for the previous ones. It’s aesthetically pleasing, interesting and easy to either dip in and out of or to read from cover to cover. What I will say is that this particular collection feels somehow more “up to date” than previous releases have, possibly because it includes a bunch of facts about technology, the internet and social media. But honestly, while slightly over 1,400 facts might seem intimidating, I binged my way through the entire book in an afternoon. What can I say? I love trivia. I’m not sure what else I can tell you here to sell you on the book, and so I figure I’m just going to share a few facts until I hit my word count. So here we go. A clock’s second hand is really it’s third hand. People who buy “bags for life” are safer drivers. In 2017, Doris Day discovered she was two years older than she thought she was. If you stood on top of a mountain on the moon and fired a gun at the horizon, you could shoot yourself in the back. In 2010, Fiji lost its original Declaration of Independence and had to ask Britain for a photocopy. Still not convinced? Here are some more. The award ceremony for obituary writers is called “The Grimmies“. Richard Nixon once ordered a nuclear strike on North Korea while drunk. In 2004, a pine tree planted in memory of George Harrison died after an infestation of beetles. And of course, people who read books live longer than those who don’t. I like that last fact. It bodes well for me, and presumably for you too. If these facts haven’t swayed you then I guess this book isn’t for you. If they have, go ahead and get it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Noah Houston

    Some of the facts beneath the cover are just unbelievable!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jaffareadstoo

    Christmas isn't complete without one of these intelligent and immaculately researched little books. I love the downright obscure, the amazingly factual, and the mind boggling stupendousness of the variety of facts which never fail to entertain. It's a great book to have on stand by for that lull in the Christmas proceedings, you know the one, it's after the main course, and before the pudding, when guests are girding their loins for the next onslaught of calories. So stop and digest a while and k Christmas isn't complete without one of these intelligent and immaculately researched little books. I love the downright obscure, the amazingly factual, and the mind boggling stupendousness of the variety of facts which never fail to entertain. It's a great book to have on stand by for that lull in the Christmas proceedings, you know the one, it's after the main course, and before the pudding, when guests are girding their loins for the next onslaught of calories. So stop and digest a while and keep everyone entertained with 1,423 facts that you never knew you needed to know. Here's a little appetiser: No centipede has ever been found with exactly 100 legs... The most misspelled word in the English language is seperate .....oops, Separate... Dragonflies can see directly behind themselves... And after that little snippet you can go off and discover the other 1420 QI facts for yourselves...go on, treat yourself, it's a perfect gift for Christmas. Easy to read in just a couple of hours, with the added inclusion of a source finder so that all the facts can be verified, make this an ideal resource for anyone who has an interest in discovering just a little bit more about any of the facts contained in the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Blanchard

    What to say about this book? It holds 1,423 factoids from A to Z, below and above, from left to right, and all round the world. The publisher states all of these can be substantiated. These are neither prose nor poetry, factoids. Some seem to be silly and say what? Others are things you will want to know before your next trivia contests in the pub. By the end, you will be left a lot smarter. Most of them you will probably forget. The why to put out books such as this is along the lines of someth What to say about this book? It holds 1,423 factoids from A to Z, below and above, from left to right, and all round the world. The publisher states all of these can be substantiated. These are neither prose nor poetry, factoids. Some seem to be silly and say what? Others are things you will want to know before your next trivia contests in the pub. By the end, you will be left a lot smarter. Most of them you will probably forget. The why to put out books such as this is along the lines of something different. The odds, the bizarres, the d'uh's. Amaze your friends; amuse yourself. Plus, it is kinda funky just to be educated by the world around you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Book Grocer

    Purchase 1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over here for just $8! Great read when you have a few minutes to kill. Providing lots of interesting, quirky and unbelievable facts, this is another great edition to the series. Alicia - The Book Grocer Purchase 1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over here for just $8! Great read when you have a few minutes to kill. Providing lots of interesting, quirky and unbelievable facts, this is another great edition to the series. Alicia - The Book Grocer

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    Merlin was a Slytherin, Tupac Shakur was a ballet dancer and there are two Air Force Ones. Three facts from '1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over. This ebook edition comes with hyperlinks so readers can source check. Merlin was a Slytherin, Tupac Shakur was a ballet dancer and there are two Air Force Ones. Three facts from '1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over. This ebook edition comes with hyperlinks so readers can source check.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hamid

    A fun read, as ever but nothing too challenging. Does feel like they're leaning a lot more on a quick skim of interesting news stories and very wobbly generalisations. About a third of the facts probably weren't all that interesting but, overall, still a good read. A fun read, as ever but nothing too challenging. Does feel like they're leaning a lot more on a quick skim of interesting news stories and very wobbly generalisations. About a third of the facts probably weren't all that interesting but, overall, still a good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tanwen Cooper

    Presenting information in the best way possible: a series of miscellaneous facts with no context what-so-ever. If you are looking for a good book to leave in the bathroom for when you forget your phone, you can't really go wrong with this one. Presenting information in the best way possible: a series of miscellaneous facts with no context what-so-ever. If you are looking for a good book to leave in the bathroom for when you forget your phone, you can't really go wrong with this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Full of weird, wonderful and surprising facts and trivia. Some interesting tidbits along with the downright ridiculous and possibly disturbing pieces of random information. Definitely worth a browse.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Syaddad Hilmi Bahalwan

    Unique book, just contain of conclusion from many sources, if you want more detail, go to their site and enter page number then you will get link of it. Awesome !

  12. 5 out of 5

    Louisa Keron

    I just didn't find many facts very interesting this time. I just didn't find many facts very interesting this time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Garry Marlton

    I love these books such a shame I have to wait a whole year for the next one.. I have all 6 in hard back and they are a great sorce of amusment.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pink Strawberries

    Amazing however some facts did overlap which was annoying but amazing facts want to find more fact books

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Evans

    Great read Many interesting facts to blow the mind. I have read many of these books and have never been disappointed. Recommend

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary Whitfield

    Another does of factual improvement from the QI elves

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Another wonderful 'QI' fix with loads of fun, unessential but interesting info and facts. Looking forward to the next one! Another wonderful 'QI' fix with loads of fun, unessential but interesting info and facts. Looking forward to the next one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Got Christmas 2018 and read a page a night. Some of the Facts aren’t as factual as you might want, but they at least lead you in interesting directions

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Stern

    Great read when you have a few minutes to kill. So many interesting, quirky and some unbelievable facts. Highly recommend this little chestnut!

  20. 4 out of 5

    shannon andrews

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jason S-W

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhian

  24. 4 out of 5

    Witchypoo

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steph

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ian Rawlinson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Koldem

  29. 5 out of 5

    sarah wooderson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Val Ball

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