Following the sensational success of 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, the QI team returns with a second fat stack of facts to astonish and enlighten.
J. K. Rowling has no middle name, In ancient China, panda fur was used for sanitary towels. According to Velcro’s official website, there is no such thing as Velcro. The Statue of Liberty wears size 879 shoes. After just four moves in a game of chess, there are 318,979,564,000 pos- sibilitiesfor the layout of the board. George W. Bush was a college cheerleader. On any given day, half of the world’s population are wearing jeans.
Like the universe itself, QI is expanding rapidly. The much-loved BBC TV showreturned for its 11th series in September, along with a sixth series of QI’s sister radioshow The Museum of Curiosity. There is also a new website at qi.com; Twitter’s @qikipedia with 500K followers; 12 books and 300 newspaper columns to choosefrom, and an iPhone app.
What drives all this expansion? The jaw-dropping fact. Facts are the DNA of QIand this book is stuffed full of them. But, like its predecessor, it’s no mere list. Itis arranged in such a way that new connections and patterns form as you read.Because, as Aldous Huxley reminded us: ‘Facts are ventriloquist’s dummies.’ It’swhat you get them to say that counts.
John Lloyd is a broadcaster. He devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born for radio and Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fortelevision. John hosts The Museum of Curiosity on BBC Radio 4, now in its sixthseries.
John Mitchinson is from the world of books and has published the Beatles,Michael Palin and Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. The smash-hit panel game QI first aired on the BBC in September 2003 with John Lloyd producingand John Mitchinson in charge of the research. There are now more than 100editions of the programme.
James Harkin, QI’s Senior Researcher, has a maths and physics degree, adark past as an accountant for a chain of pubs and is nicknamed ‘Turbo’ for hisphenomenal work rate