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The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - Excerpt 1

The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - Excerpt 1

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From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are back with another busload of mistakes and misunderstandings. Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to. Whether it's history,
science, sports, geography, literature, language, medicine, the classics, or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong.

For example, do you know who made the first airplane flight? How many legs does an octopus have? How much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a
tooth in a glass of Coke overnight? What is house dust mostly made from? What was the first dishwasher built to do? What color are oranges? Who in the world is most likely to kill you? Whatever your answers to the questions above, you can be sure that everything you think you know is wrong.

The Second Book of General Ignorance is the essential text for everyone who knows they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

To read more about The Second Book of General Ignorance, John Lloyd or John Mitchinson please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
From the brains behind The Book of General Ignorance comes another wonderful collection of the most outrageous, fascinating, and mind-bending facts, taking on the hugely popular form of the first book in the internationally bestselling series.

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson are back with another busload of mistakes and misunderstandings. Here is a new collection of simple, perfectly obvious questions you'll be quite certain you know the answers to. Whether it's history,
science, sports, geography, literature, language, medicine, the classics, or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover that everything you thought you knew is still hopelessly wrong.

For example, do you know who made the first airplane flight? How many legs does an octopus have? How much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a
tooth in a glass of Coke overnight? What is house dust mostly made from? What was the first dishwasher built to do? What color are oranges? Who in the world is most likely to kill you? Whatever your answers to the questions above, you can be sure that everything you think you know is wrong.

The Second Book of General Ignorance is the essential text for everyone who knows they don't know everything, and an ideal stick with which to beat people who think they do.

To read more about The Second Book of General Ignorance, John Lloyd or John Mitchinson please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Oct 11, 2011
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hat’s the best way to weigh your own head?
 Self-decapitation? Are yousure?A severed head has lessthan five seconds of conscious-ness left, so you wouldn’t havemuch time to enjoy the resultsof your experiment.Resting your head on thebathroom scale is anotheridea, but it’s very inaccurate:your neck would still be sup-porting some of the weight.The simplest way is to stick your head in a bucket.The density of most people’s heads is very close to that of water. Put a bucket in a large tray, fill it to the brim with water,and then dunk your head in it. Weighing the water that spillsover into the tray will give you a fairly good approximation of theweight of your head.For an encore, you can repeat the experiment with your wholebody, using larger containers. You can then compare the amountof water displaced by your head to the amount displaced by yourwhole body, and work out what fraction of your total body weightyour head is.To ensure 100 percent accuracy, though, what you really needis a CT scan.Computed Tomography (CT) scanners use X-rays to producean extensive series of images of objects in cross-section. (Tomog-raphy is Greek for “writing in slices.”) The information can beused to analyze any part of the human body and determine theexact density at each point within it. From this, a SAM—or SpecificAnthropomorphic Mannequin—can be generated: a 3-D computer

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shirezu reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Very similar to the first book. The idea wears thin after a while but was still interesting enough to get me through. I think I'll wait a while before I read the animal edition.
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This book is more of the same; more myth-busting, more correcting history. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first book, feeling like the authors were stretching it a bit to find enough information for a sequel. Then 'chatter' at the end of each chapter is silly and I could have done without.
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