This is another fun book, which is currently available in Kindle form for just 20p, which may account for how well it’s been selling.
After an introduction by compliers John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin which talks in a quite engaging way about the great Michael Faraday, they get straight on with a nicely random collection of facts. Well, I presume they’re facts. From the limited selection I’ve read so far, they all seem plausible enough, even the more bizarre ones. Well, come to think of it, I have my doubts about this one:
The center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries.
Err, what? But this one sounds both believable and alarming:
10% of all the photographs in the world were taken in the last 12 months.
And I’ve heard something like this one before:
In 1894, The Times estimated that by 1950 London would be nine feet deep in horse manure.
Which is as fine an example as I’ve ever seen of how not to predict the future. And there are loads more to enjoy, question, say “what??!?!?!?!?” to and all the usual QI type things. It probably helps if you imagine Stephen Fry reading them out.