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QI: The Pocket Book of General Ignorance is an illuminating collection of fun facts , perfect for general knowledge, trivia and pub quiz enthusiasts. QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance (eBook) available to buy online at ppti.info Many ways to pay. Non-Returnable. We offer fast, reliable delivery to. The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong by John Lloyd. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format.
To say they are not just because their skeletal anatomy is different is grossly negligent [a side note: It does, but only because three are fused together. Sloths are xenarthrans. This means they belong to a group of mammals that have weird fusions in their skeleton. Most xenarthrans have fused tibiae and fibulae, a heavily fused pelvis called a synsacrum , and fused cervical vertebrae.
A tinamou and a swan have different skeletal anatomy the swan has many more vertebrae than the tinamou and there are different bones fused in the swan's pelvis compared to the tinamou but I'm not sure who would say they aren't related. Figure 1: Bradypus three-toed and Choloepus two-toed are sister taxa 2. The authors state that whales and "most other mammals" have them.
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Baculi are found in Primates minus humans , Rodentia mice, rats, squirrels, gophers, porcupines, beavers , Insectivora shrews, moles, hedgehogs , Chiroptera bats , Carnivora dogs, cats, raccoons, weasels, mongooses, hyenas, bears, seals, walruses , and Lagamorphs rabbits, hares, pikas; although this was discovered in The baculum is not found in Edentata anteaters, sloths, armadillos , Pholidota pangolins , Macroscelidae elephant shrews , Scandentia tree shrews , Dermoptera colugos or flying lemurs , Artiodactyla pigs, deer, cattle, goats, sheep, hippos, camels , Cetacea whales , dolphins, porpoises , Tubulidentata aardvark , Perissodactyla horses, tapirs, rhinos , Hyracoidea hyraxes, dassies , Sirenia manatees, dugong, sea cows , and Proboscidea elephants, mammoths, mastodons.
There are several extinct clades of eutherian mammals that also lack baculi Creodonta, Condylarthra, Desmostylia, and Embrythopoda. Most eutherian placental mammals do not have baculi. Yes, there is no stub of bone protruding from the nasal bones on the skull, but the nasals have thickened, rough bone marking the base of the horn. This is an indication that some sort of soft tissue sits there. This is another instance where the author does not have an understanding of phylogenetics.
The sentence in question reads as such, "This creature [what humans evolved from] descended from squirrel-like tree-shrews, which in turn evolved from hedgehogs, and before that, starfish. The fallacies in that sentence. That sentence implies that we know direct ancestry. In paleontology under the phylogenetics framework, it is not possible to know that one species directly led to another and so on. It is not possible to know that the population of fossil specimens you just found is the ancestral population that led to another species.
There is nothing that differentiates that population from another found, say, 10 miles away as being the ancestral population. Another sentence: This means we quite possibly interbred to produce unrecorded and now extinct hybrid species before the final separation 5. What is a "hybrid species"? I have three science degrees including a Masters in Paleontology. I have never heard of this. If it is different enough to be called a species, then call it such.
Also, the authors clearly have not heard of ghost lineages. A ghost lineage exists when a divergence dating analysis puts the date of speciation divergence before the age of the oldest known fossils from either of the resulting lineages species.
The time between the divergence date and when the first fossils show up is the ghost lineage. Paleontologists might not find the fossils in this period of time for a number of reasons.
The area where the fossils should be found may not have any sediments rocks dating from that time.
Maybe they were deposited but then the environment changed and they were eroded away. Maybe they were never deposited in the first place: In erosional environments, nothing can fossilize. Fossilization can only happen in depositional environments where the dead can be quickly buried and stay covered. Another reason why we may not have found the fossils in the ghost lineage is that we may not have searched all of the sediment dating from that time.
Which just means we need to go searching some more. Another thing wrong in the last sentence I quoted: If the supposed "hybrid species" are unrecorded, absence of evidence is evidence of absence. You can't just go making them up if there is not evidence that they ever existed. So to say that it has largely been replaced by the hot plate is false. As a biochemistry major in undergrad, I can assure you that there are some experiments in high school and college that can only be done with the heat of an open flame.
In high school, I remember being tested multiple times on my ability to start a Bunsen burner and keep it going. All are dogs. The same species. The creation of dog breeds is an example of artificial evolution, in which the creation of new breeds or sometimes species is often accelerated. If I could give it 0 stars, I would. I really thought QI was better at science than this. These errors are disgraceful. Additionally, I don't like that some of the facts are repeated.
A question will be asked and in the answer, the authors will mention the answer to another question that is asked later. I also don't like how pedantic some of the questions are, as if they are written with the purpose of tricking you based on the wording. I have to say that in the end, I regret reading this. As someone with three science degrees, I found that I already knew a third to a half of this book. Additionally, my view of QI and the books that spawn from it is much less favorable considering how horrible they were at explaining some aspects of science in this book.
I understand that they are trying to explain complex subjects such that everyone could understand them. However, especially when it comes to anything having to do with evolution, they either didn't care, didn't understand themselves, intentionally got it wrong, or simplified it too much because all of their explanations in this field of science are wrong.
May 09, Al Young rated it liked it. The Book of General Ignorance purports that everything you know is wrong which means its either because we have longtime cultural memes like cannibals cooking people in big pots or technically true Mauna Kea in Hawaii is taller than Everest from base to tip but starts under sea level or just unlikely the most dangerous animal is the mosquito.
So, there's things like Loofahs aren't Sponges, Cashews aren't nuts, Chameleons don't change their color to match their background and moths aren't at The Book of General Ignorance purports that everything you know is wrong which means its either because we have longtime cultural memes like cannibals cooking people in big pots or technically true Mauna Kea in Hawaii is taller than Everest from base to tip but starts under sea level or just unlikely the most dangerous animal is the mosquito.
So, there's things like Loofahs aren't Sponges, Cashews aren't nuts, Chameleons don't change their color to match their background and moths aren't attracted to light. All stuff that won't make you a better husband, more productive at work, or get you into college, but the type of things you might talk about at the right type of parties.
In , the internet is powered by this kind of stuff because it makes for the best clickbait on social media. So, I give credit that most of the book is filled with stuff that I wouldn't probably know. This is the perfect size to give the answer and then move on- not too short but not too long. It also is a relatively short book but doesn't "feel" short.
The book is based off the British Show QI, which I wasn't familiar with, and although it has a British slant, there were maybe only a couple of times where I might have missed the reference. It seemed to be written for an universal audience.
As far as these books go, it does a good job. It is 'bathroom reader' style material, but that's a good thing. Recommended for those who think similarly.
Idealmente, andrebbe a fianco de "L'originale miscellanea di Schott", per la cacofonia di informazioni condensate a volte in una unica risposta a domande assolutamente banali e scontate. E' curioso, documentato, insolito, utile. Ogni tanto bisogna mettere i puntini sulle "i", e questo libro lo fa, scardinando i luoghi comuni che - tra le altre cose - fanno di Amerigo Vespucci il navigatore da cui prese nome l'America, identificano lo struzzo come l'animale che mette la testa sotto la sabbia e identificano la Svezia come una nazione ad alto tasso di suicidi.
Sep 23, Scott Klemm rated it liked it.
Some previous reviews have mentioned the lack of documentation. Undoubtedly, the vast array of topics would require endnotes nearly as long as the text itself. In general, the book appears to be well researched and reliable.
However, no one can be an expert in every field of knowledge, and Lloyd and Mitchinson are not infallible. Fruit flavored ice would be what Americans would call a snow cone. In the discussion of Julius Caesar p.
The German word for king is koenig. Kaiser means emperor. Was Adolf Hitler a good Catholic? You would think so according to this book. At this point in time Hitler had not acquired full power and could not afford to alienate a large segment of the population.
Jul 06, Isaac Cooper rated it it was ok Shelves: We all know the show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry and other comedians. Which of the following are nuts? Tree nuts include walnuts, butternuts, hickory, pecan, chestnut but not conkers , beech, oak acorns, tan oak, hazel, filbert, hornbeam, birch and elder.
Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazils, cashews, coconuts, horse chestnuts and pine nuts are not nuts. Pretty entertaining stuff … Not! Nov 07, Spencer rated it it was amazing. May 22, Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing. This is a gimmick book--but a pleasant one at that.
The front jacket matter includes the following comment that lays out the essence of this work: Just enough to pique one's interest! First, it was not cake being referred to, it was brioche, a different thing entirely.
Second, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau claims to have heard the line in Here's a new one for me among others: The whip!
I don't know if all the answers to the questions posed are correct, but it's quite enjoyable to run through the questions and test your knowledge against the answers provided in the book. Oct 08, Alex Jurado rated it really liked it Shelves: I choose this book because it tells you the common mistakes people make when answering common questions you think you know the answer too.
I find this book interesting because this tells me what to answer to people if they have a question like, "Where is the driest place on earth?
I thought it was the Sahara desert. It also makes me look smart. This book does not have a particular plot, other than to inform people. My favorite quote from this book is th I choose this book because it tells you the common mistakes people make when answering common questions you think you know the answer too. My favorite quote from this book is that, "Half the human beings who have ever died, perhaps as many as 45 billion people, have been killed by female mosquitoes.
The book is written in a 3rd person point of view.
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I would recommend this book to people who enjoy informational books and would like to know about new and interesting facts.
Sep 20, Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing. The tallest mountain is Mauna Kea in Hawaii from base to tip but some of it is below sea level so the highest mountain is Everest from sea level to tip. Henry VIII has 2 wives, his other 4 marriages were annulled. The most dangerous animal that ever lived is the mosquito, having killed an estimated 45 billion humans since we've been around. Hitler was not a vegetarian whose favourite dish was Bavarian sausage and who was not an atheist but a catholic.
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