The QI Book Of Animal Ignorance

The QI Zoo


Animal Ignorance is an off-road safari through 100 of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom, enlivened and explained by 400 intricate diagrams and cartoons. The book features a foreword by Stephen Fry (see 'Treasures, National') and a forepaw by Alan Davies (see 'Animals, Best impressions of'). It’s even a set text for the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford.

Meet the water bears that can live in suspension for hundreds of years, the parasite carried by your cat that makes men grumpy and women promiscuous, and the woodlouse that drinks through its bottom. Marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers with ears on the end of their tongues.

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Mice sing whilst having sex.

Leeches have 34 brains.

Lobsters life for a century.

Reviews From Amazon


I defy you to read even a few pages of this little book and not be tempted to yell out to whoever else is in the house: 'Did you know that...'
JULIA NEAL

The amazing illustrations, the tireless research by the Elves and the philosophy of QI have combined to create an excellent book.
GRIZZLY

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous, fabulous, fabulous, book. Fabulous. Ideal for reading to your other half when lying in bed after an overly heavy meal.
JP

Worms get addicted to nicotine.

Geese mourn their dead.