I’ve said before that what always takes me by surprise is what I didn’t know I didn’t know. I suppose what I was actually doing was to ‘spin’ my state of ignorance by demonstrating that my ‘common knowledge’ might be wrong.
So I was really pleased to come across The Book of General Ignorance, a QI spin-off by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, 230 things you think you knew, but turn out to be false. I shall pick out a few examples. Click the comments link to see how well you do:
- Who introduced tobacco and potatoes to England?
- When does ‘ring-a-ring o’ roses’ date from?
- What’s the name of the statue in Piccadilly Circus?
- How did Roman Emperors order the death of a gladiator?
- What is the world’s largest city?
If, like me, you like this sort of stuff then go buy (half-price at Dillons). If not, a definite stocking-filler for your pedantic other-half!