Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.


1,339 QI Facts

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Following the sensational success of 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, the QI team returns with a second fat stack of facts to astonish and enlighten.
Like the universe itself, QI is expanding rapidly. The much-loved BBC TV show returned for its 11th series in September, along with a sixth series of QI’s sister radio show
The Museum of Curiosity. There is also a new website at qi.com; Twitter’s @qikipedia with 500K followers; 12 books and 300 newspaper columns to choose from, and an iPhone app.
What drives all this expansion? The jaw-dropping fact. Facts are the DNA of QI and this book is stuffed full of them. But, like its predecessor, it’s no mere list. It is arranged in such a way that new connections and patterns form as you read. Because, as Aldous Huxley reminded us: ‘Facts are ventriloquist’s dummies.’ It’s what you get them to say that counts.


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can get anorexia.


always wore

 pink silk underwear.


Rugby School's first official
rugby kit in 1871

 included a bow tie.


Lord Kitchener
had four spaniels called

 Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn.


It is impossible
to whistle

 inside a spacesuit.


J. K. Rowling
doesn't have a middle name.


The Statue of Liberty
wears size 879 shoes.


The first computer mouse
was made of wood.


The House of Commons
can only seat
two-thirds of elected MPs.



Only 5%
of the world's population
has ever been on an aeroplane.


I am no poet but, if you think for yourselves as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your mind.

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