1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways - John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


Publication: October 2nd, 2014


I'm a huge fan of QI, let's start with that. I'm also a very big fan of these random facts that don't really matter but are still nice to learn. If you like these same things, I'm pretty sure you'll be happy with the new work the QI Elves have produced.


The book is basically a list with all 1411 (I'm just believing there are in fact 1411 facts in this book, I haven't actually counted). If you would check the background on these facts there's a site that will provide it for you (qi.com/1411) but as I'm writing this now the site isn't working (yet). I suppose it will be up once the book is published.


I read it almost in one go. It was very readable and I thought it was nice to see what they had associated (as there usually seemed to be some kind of association between one fact and the next one). But I can also imagine this could be a very nice toilet book (though I had an egalley and I don't know if the dimensions of the book will support that statement), or otherwise in the waiting room for the dentist or something like that. I think many people will enjoy reading (parts of) this book, and I'm going to look for copies of the earlier editions, even though they had less than 1411 facts...


Some of my favourites:

* 1 in 10 Americans thinks HTML is a STD

* The underpants the Brussels Mayor donated to the Brussels Underpants Museum were stolen in 2014 (There is an underpants museum?!)