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The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - Excerpt 2

The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - Excerpt 2

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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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 John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
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hich animal drinks the most?
The biggest boozer after man is the pen-tailed tree shrew of Malaysia.
Ptilocercus lowii,
a rat-size animal with a tail shaped like a quillpen, gets through nine units of alcohol a night (the equivalent of nine single whiskies, five pints of beer, or five 5.9-ounce [175-milliliter] glasses of wine).Its staple diet is nectar from the flowers of the bertam palm(
Eugeissona tristis 
), which ferments as a result of natural yeasts inthe plant’s spiky buds. This brew weighs in at 3.8 percent ABV(alcohol by volume)—about the strength of a decent pale ale—andthe pen-tailed tree shrew spends an average of two hours a nightsipping it.The nectar of the bertam palm is among the most alcoholic of any naturally occurring food. German researchers from the Uni-versity of Bayreuth were first alerted to the presence of alcohol inthe plant by its wafting, yeasty aroma and what looked very muchlike a foamy “head” on the nectar.Analysis of the tree shrew’s hair revealed blood-alcohol lev-els that would be dangerous in most mammals, but it never getsdrunk. If it did, it wouldn’t have lasted long as a species. Beingsmall and edible makes for a tough enough life, but being small,edible, and permanently confused would be fatal.The pen-tailed tree shrew has somehow evolved to break downthe alcohol without becoming intoxicated, and it may also havebenefited from the so-called aperitif effect. First noted in humans,this is the fact that alcohol stimulates the appetite, so we eat more.The higher an animal’s caloric intake, the more energy it hasand the more likely it is to survive. As the pen-tailed tree shrewappears to have discovered, the smell of fermentation in a fruitindicates that it has reached its peak calorific level.

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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.
wearylibrarian reviewed this
Rated 2/5
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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please do u have it from page 1??
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