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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-01-12 22:51
Subject: #117 John Lloyd and John Mitchinson: QI: The Book of General Ignorance
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John Lloyd and John Mitchinson: QI: The Book of General Ignorance

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Faber and Faber; TV Tie in Ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
ISBN-10: 0571233686
Category(ies): General Knowledge

The BBC TV show QI (or Quite Interesting) is one of those delightful programmes that comes along every now and then that revels in knowledge and intelligence, unlike the Big Brother dumb time-filling stuff that is too often to be found. It's a quiz show, hosted by the inimitable Stephen Fry (whose name is more prominent on the cover of this book than its actual authors), and the format is that of a general knowledge quiz show. But a quiz in which the obvious answer is usually wrong, and getting that wrong answer loses far more points than a right answer gains.

As a result, contestants often end with negative points - especially Alan Davies, the regular, whose role it seems to be to come last - while viewers learn such interesting truths as the Canary Islands are named after birds (they're named after dogs, from the Latin canis). Viewers also learn that accepted knowledge is frequently wrong, which is also useful. But it's learnt in a thoroughly entertaining way, usually as Alan Davies falls into yet another trap.

This book is a couple of hundred or so such questions, with the wrong answer mentioned, and then the right. It's as close as you can get to the feel of the programme, without having a silly 'turn over for the answer' style format.

The book of the show. That's a good show, and this is a good book.
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User: megabitch
Date: 2007-01-12 23:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
QI is one of D's favourite shows... and one of the few I let him stay up late for to watch with me :) Sometimes I even have to record it if he's away :)
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BB: Stephen Fry - salute
User: isihac
Date: 2007-01-12 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Stephen Fry - salute
Love the show, got the DVD. Ditto the book. *grin*
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Pádraig Ó Méalóid
User: slovobooks
Date: 2007-01-13 08:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Got the book for Christmas from Herself, and it is close to the top of the 'to-be-read' list!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-02-03 22:07 (UTC)
Subject: QI in the Telegraph
You may not know this but QI has just started doing a column in the Telegraph on Saturdays. It'll run for at least the next year and since I do some research for the show (I'm not an elf, but it doesn't stop me volunteering) I might even get to write one of the columns.

I've also started writing a blog (with links to the column in the online version of the Telegraph, if you don't want to buy the whole thing) which you can read here:


P.S. Sorry if I'm plugging this a bit too much, feel free not to let this on if you think it is.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-02-03 22:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: QI in the Telegraph
Hi, anonymouse. Or anonymoose. Or even anonymous.

I'm happy to hear about this column. Slightly sadder that it's in the Torygraph, but at least that's still a paper for intelligent people, even if deluded ones.
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