1,411 Qi Facts To Knock You Sideways, a book review

My father had the best general knowledge of anyone I’ve ever met.  Two other people come close, my former geography teacher, Miss (now Dr) Leurs, and the former professor of Geography, Dean of the Arts Faculty at Wits, Professor Keith Beavon.  Between them they taught me to love facts – obscure, ridiculous and self-evident.


The third book in the Qi series is, as the title suggests, a book of facts.  It contains an introduction about facts, a way to check every fact and an index of how to find that particular fact you want to share.

The facts work on association with each fact having some bearing on the one before it – usually – leading to the various pages containing broad themes.  The page numbers are important because they are what one uses to check the facts as I mentioned above – this is important because one someone things “Really?”

The facts are delicious and tempt one to want to share them with other people. This is the kind of book one wants to keep handy to dip into regularly.  Fun.

  • More than a third of all sick leave is taken on Mondays.
  • In 1924 half of all the world’s cars were Fords.
  • It takes 700 grapes to make one bottle of wine.
  • Ladybirds can fly as fast as racehorses can run.

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways compiled by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin is published by Faber & Faber, London, 2014.  Its ISBN Number is 978 0 571 777 0 and its recommended selling price is R210.  It makes a fabulous Christmas present for the person who thinks he/she knows everything – or someone who is simply interested in knowing everything.  Either way, it is accessible to everyone.


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