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The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong

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Publisher Comments:

Fast on the heels of the New York Times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance comes The Book of Animal Ignorance, a fun, fact-filled bestiary that is sure to delight animal lovers everywhere. Arranged alphabetically from aardvark to worm, here are one hundred of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom explained, dissected, and illustrated, with the trademark wit and wisdom of John Lloyd and John Mitchinson.

Did you know, for instance, that

• when a young albatross takes wing, it may stay aloft for ten years

• vampire bat saliva—unsurprisingly, when you think about it—is the source of the world’s most powerful blood thinning drug, appropriately called draculin

• bombardier beetles fire a boiling chemical spray out of their rears at 300 pulses per second

• a bald eagle’s feathers weigh twice as much as its bones

• a giant tortoise recently died at the documented age of 255

• octopuses are dexterous enough to unscrew tops from jars

• spider silk is so light that a strand long enough to circle the world would weigh as much as a bar of soap?

So meet the water bears that can live in suspension for hundreds of years, the parasite carried by your cat that makes men grumpy and women promiscuous, and the woodlouse that drinks through its bottom. Marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the ends of their tongues.

If you still think a pangolin is a musical instrument, that hyenas are dogs, or that sheep are pointless and stupid, The Book of Animal Ignorance has arrived just in time.

Synopsis:

The authors of The Big Book of General Ignorance present a whimsical compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings, and mistakes based on "common knowledge" about members of the animal kingdom, offering fascinating tidbits of trivia and information about everything from aardvarks to zebras. 125,000 first printing.

About the Author

JOHN LLOYD is the producer of the hit British comedy shows Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, and Spitting Image. He earned a lifetime achievement award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

JOHN MITCHINSON is a former publisher and bookseller who now writes for the British television show QI (Quite Interesting).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449917
Subtitle:
Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Lloyd, John
Author:
John Mitchinson
Author:
Mitchinson, John
Author:
Mitchinson, John Lloyd and John
Author:
John Lloyd
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Reference : General
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080902
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
241

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Reference » Almanacs
Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology

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Product details 241 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307449917 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The authors of The Big Book of General Ignorance present a whimsical compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings, and mistakes based on "common knowledge" about members of the animal kingdom, offering fascinating tidbits of trivia and information about everything from aardvarks to zebras. 125,000 first printing.
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