The British Pub Quiz Challenge
60 Quiz Cards
With 1,800 questions and answers arranged in 120 quizzes, this set of 60 cards is ideal for cramming facts and figures before the local pub quiz (best not take them with you), quizzing with friends, or playing general knowledge patience on your own. Slipcased.
Trivial Events and Trifling Decisions that Changed British History
In 1831 26-year-old Captain Robert FitzRoy advertised for a companion to accompany him on a voyage to South America. The ship was the HMS Beagle; the successful applicant the young Charles Darwin; the result of the voyage the theory of natural selection. This entertaining compendium of 40 historical anecdotes, whose topics include science, politics, food and literature, illustrates how seemingly insignificant events can alter the course of history.
Brain of Britain
Ultimate Quiz Book
Starting as What Do You Know? in 1953, and changing its title in 1967, BBC Radio 4's Brain of Britain is probably ‘the most venerable of general knowledge quizzes anywhere’. With this book you can challenge your own brain with 2,000 questions (50 quizzes of 40 questions each) drawn from the programme’s archives. By way of introduction, the current presenter, Russell Davies, has written a history of Brain of Britain and shares his thoughts on ‘this quiz lark’.
The All-New University Challenge Quiz Book
Following the exact format of the venerable BBC2 television quiz (except you won’t have to sit on each other’s heads), this book poses the starters, each with three bonus questions, for 15 matches – altogether, over 2,000 questions. The dilemma will be to Google or not to Google. Off-mint.
Useless Science Fact-o-pedia
A Startling Collection of Scientific Trivia You'll Never Need to Know
Although much of the Earth is covered in water, only 2.5 per cent of it is fresh water and a mere 1 per cent of that is accessible drinkable water – the rest is trapped in ice caps or deep underground. This compendium of scientific knowledge selects nearly 2,000 such nuggets of entertaining information about the universe, physics and the natural world.
Shakespeare for Grown-Ups
Everything You Need to Know About the Bard
Are you shaky about Shakespeare? Have you nodded off during The Winter's Tale? This handy guide will help you buff up on the Bard at one fell swoop before you are hoist with your own petard. Packed with facts, it charts his life and times, sums up the plot of each of his works in one sentence, explores the comedies, histories and tragedies, and offers helpful tips for watching the plays.
The World in Numbers
'When I started collecting number-related trivia, I found that I just couldn't stop.' In this addictive compendium of numbers, Mitchell Symons shares some of his nuggets of information: the number of rivets in the Eiffel Tower (2,500,000), countries involved in the Second World War (57), the number of lenses in a dragonfly's eyes (30,000). The book is in 27 sections on subjects from Around the World (surface area 197,000,000 square miles) to Pure Trivia (number of museums devoted to strawberries: 1).
How Smart Are You?
Test Your Math IQ
How to improve your number skills: these 50 ten-question quizzes have an IQ-style scoring system that enables you to compare your performance with the average mark. The tests cover decimals and fractions, interest and percentages, means and medians and pose a range of algebraic word problems, interspersed with brief biographies of great mathematicians from Pythagoras to Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1994. American spelling and elastic closure.
Any Number of Things You Didn't Know... and Some You Did
Money, music, movies, life on Earth and the human body, sport, science and space – everything, in fact, is governed by numbers. Arranged (numerically of course) in sections on subjects from the here and now of the modern world to infinity, Numeroids presents 1,300 pieces of numerical information. There is something for everyone, whether your interest is in the number of teeth a tortoise has (zero), or the size of the US defence budget (ca. $689 billion).