1,227 QI facts to blow your socks off!

1,227  QI facts to blow your socks off compiled by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson & James Harkin.


This is a fascinating little book which will be loved by trivia and quiz show buffs, and those who enjoy amazing, unusual, and singular or clever (but true) facts!

It was given to me as a birthday present, and I enjoyed it so much I shared it with our book club, who also loved it. It is ideal for those with limited time (is that everyone at this time of year?), and you can pick it up and just read a few facts here and there in no particular order if you choose…and enjoy learning something new every day. Some of the nuggets of information do connect or follow a theme…for example, “The same man invented heroin and aspirin in the same year; Felix Hoffman, 1897”; “Heroin was originally marketed as cough medicine”; and, “Worldwide sales of cocaine earn more than Microsoft, McDonald’s and Kellogg’s combined”.

The three compilers count themselves as self-educated despite all having gone to university. They produced this book using the QI Research Method, which can be expressed as ‘to read all of anything (even the footnotes), but only write down what you, personally, find interesting’. To quote the authors, “here, in bite-sized pieces, nestling among the known and the numbered, are the mysteries of the enormous and the minuscule; of human comedy and tragedy; of heat, light, speed, life, art and thought.” Did you know that “Google was originally called Back-Rub; the entire internet weighs less than a grain of sand; an octopus can ooze through an opening no bigger than its own eyeball; and, the London Underground has made more money from its famous map than it has from running trains” ?

QI is a very popular comedy show on British Television.  I think that this little book will be well-used by the many people who want to amuse others with attention-getting facts, perhaps to liven up a talk or speech. I hope that you enjoy reading the book as much as I did!