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Where were Venetian blinds invented? What color is the black box on a commercial airplane? Where did India ink originate?* Most of us know more than we think we know. We also think we know more than we actually do-because some of what we think we know simply ain't so. We all harbor misconceptions that are accepted not only because they are popular but also because they ma Where were Venetian blinds invented? What color is the black box on a commercial airplane? Where did India ink originate?* Most of us know more than we think we know. We also think we know more than we actually do-because some of what we think we know simply ain't so. We all harbor misconceptions that are accepted not only because they are popular but also because they make sense. It makes sense to believe, for example, that German chocolate originated in Germany rather than the truth: that German chocolate is so named because it was created by Sam German. It seems logical to believe that Mercury is the hottest planet because of its proximity to the sun, or that buttermilk contains butter, that Danish pastry is from Denmark, and that the boat race America's Cup was named after the United States of America. In Sorry, Wrong Answer, Rod Evans takes readers on a tour of misleading trivia, debunking commonly held assumptions and sharing surprising right answers. *Answers: Japan; Orange; China


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Where were Venetian blinds invented? What color is the black box on a commercial airplane? Where did India ink originate?* Most of us know more than we think we know. We also think we know more than we actually do-because some of what we think we know simply ain't so. We all harbor misconceptions that are accepted not only because they are popular but also because they ma Where were Venetian blinds invented? What color is the black box on a commercial airplane? Where did India ink originate?* Most of us know more than we think we know. We also think we know more than we actually do-because some of what we think we know simply ain't so. We all harbor misconceptions that are accepted not only because they are popular but also because they make sense. It makes sense to believe, for example, that German chocolate originated in Germany rather than the truth: that German chocolate is so named because it was created by Sam German. It seems logical to believe that Mercury is the hottest planet because of its proximity to the sun, or that buttermilk contains butter, that Danish pastry is from Denmark, and that the boat race America's Cup was named after the United States of America. In Sorry, Wrong Answer, Rod Evans takes readers on a tour of misleading trivia, debunking commonly held assumptions and sharing surprising right answers. *Answers: Japan; Orange; China

30 review for Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I LOVE TRIVIA BOOKS. I LOVE JEOPARDY. LOVE IT. So for me to give this book, a trivia book, 2/5 stars, something has to be VERY wrong with it. I HATED the format. It lists little "quizzes" at the beginning of each section and then after 2 pages or so of quiz questions, it goes on to answer each question. But it doesn't repeat the question and some of the answers don't allude to the question when they are standing alone. I would have preferred just simply trivia w/o the quizzes. Or have the question I LOVE TRIVIA BOOKS. I LOVE JEOPARDY. LOVE IT. So for me to give this book, a trivia book, 2/5 stars, something has to be VERY wrong with it. I HATED the format. It lists little "quizzes" at the beginning of each section and then after 2 pages or so of quiz questions, it goes on to answer each question. But it doesn't repeat the question and some of the answers don't allude to the question when they are standing alone. I would have preferred just simply trivia w/o the quizzes. Or have the question and the answer right under it. The format made it not only harder to read, but less enjoyable to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    I sincerely thought I was going to despise this book. I ordered it from my library (where I work) and when I picked it up, I flipped to a random page to peek at the info inside. The first thing I read was something along the lines of, "bees do not get honey from flowers: they get nectar and pollen from flowers and make honey." Well....duh. I took this as a sign that the book was going to be full of *stupid* trivia, the kind of answers a smarmy friend might give after asking you a quick, craftily I sincerely thought I was going to despise this book. I ordered it from my library (where I work) and when I picked it up, I flipped to a random page to peek at the info inside. The first thing I read was something along the lines of, "bees do not get honey from flowers: they get nectar and pollen from flowers and make honey." Well....duh. I took this as a sign that the book was going to be full of *stupid* trivia, the kind of answers a smarmy friend might give after asking you a quick, craftily-worded question, catching you off guard. After digging a little deeper, however, I did find that there is some information in here worthy of my time. Truly good trivia bits. The format, on the other hand, is atrocious and off-putting. Trivia questions (sometimes sneaky ones, such as "Who was Finneas Fogg?") are organized by common theme: examples include religion, animals, United States history, and so forth. We are presented with 20 or so questions per chapter, then are given the sometimes windy answers. If you want the answer right away, or are just reading the book for general trivia knowledge and not to literally test yourself, this can be a bit annoying because of the constant flipping of pages, searching for the correct answer, and trying to avoid skipping too far ahead because you might accidentally find yourself in the answer section for another chapter. I wish the information in this book was presented differently. If it was, I would definitely consider buying a few copies as Christmas gifts. As it is, I think I will keep my eyes peeled for something better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cat.

    Really fun. Also a good book to read in short bursts with loads of interruptions which is what life has been like. I read this while sitting in assorted hospitals over the last few months.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    First off, the format SUCKED. Listing all of the questions, then the answers pages later made it very hard to read, especially when the answer didn't reference the question. Flipping back and forth got real old, real quick. Second, the vast majority of the "trivia" was simple knowledge. I found very few facts that I didn't know. First off, the format SUCKED. Listing all of the questions, then the answers pages later made it very hard to read, especially when the answer didn't reference the question. Flipping back and forth got real old, real quick. Second, the vast majority of the "trivia" was simple knowledge. I found very few facts that I didn't know.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    As a fan of trivia books in general, this one was just ok. The format had a lot of fluff and a good number of the facts were just plain facts like "people from Rochester, NY are called 'Rochesterians.'" But a number of facts were amusing and interesting. As a fan of trivia books in general, this one was just ok. The format had a lot of fluff and a good number of the facts were just plain facts like "people from Rochester, NY are called 'Rochesterians.'" But a number of facts were amusing and interesting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Good book, on quirky and neat trivia you thought you knew!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    A very good read for anyone who likes trivial tidbits!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I borrowed this from my work, and now i must go buy it. Fun facts you would hope most people know, but don't, and some surprise stumper's that make this a lot of fun. I borrowed this from my work, and now i must go buy it. Fun facts you would hope most people know, but don't, and some surprise stumper's that make this a lot of fun.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Love trivia, so this was a good book to read. Mind you, it seemed a bit picky in its facts. Good for someone who is very precise about how things 'are' Love trivia, so this was a good book to read. Mind you, it seemed a bit picky in its facts. Good for someone who is very precise about how things 'are'

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    Natasa

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anita Halpern

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendell Geis

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christos Dardamanis

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Powell

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth S. Gilliland

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diana

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aurelia Braxton

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michele Vicknair Miller

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Cazel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bob Brooks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rick Yvanovich

  30. 5 out of 5

    Keri

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