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Summary

The QI elves are the clever clogs researchers behind the smash-hit panel show QI

Every Wednesday they appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show and they answer the ponderings and wonderings of BBC Radio 2's most inquisitive listeners.  

Why isn't a unicorn called a unihorn?  

Who first put the alphabet in alphabetical order?

How much water would you need to put out the sun?

When, and exactly why, did salted caramel ice cream become so popular?

Funny You Should Ask... features the QI Elves' answers to 200 questions on topics ranging from goosebumps to gherkins and everything in-between. Generously sprinkled with mind-boggling extra facts from the Elves, this is essential listening for the incurably curious.

©2020 QI Elves (P)2020 Faber Audio

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Naturally, it's quite interesting

Fun trivia. However, it would be great if they could give measurements in metrics as well (especially as they mention that the UK use metric).

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Should have just stayrd a book

It is what it is, a book full of light hearted facts, but some awful narration here........one female in particular. Rather disappointed.

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bingable

binge listened to it in 2 days, a great listen like their other releases and podcast :)

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Great fun facts for easy reading or listening

Great alternative to my usual book of the year. It is perfect listening for the dailey commute. I arrive to work every day with slightly more knowledge than yesterday.

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Interesting but dry

A fun collection of interesting facts, but the audio performance is extremely bland when compared to the QI team's "No Such Thing As A Fish" output, and the constant sound effects which accompany each fact are extremely jarring.

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informal

great listen, if you like Qi you will love this also worth listening to the podcast no such thing as a fish

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  • 28-02-21

More!

More please!
Big fan of No Such Thing As A Fish and QI, and now this also. Great to listen to while I'm just pottering around.

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If you are used to live podcasts from the Fish...

... you will find this somewhat under-whelming. The factual material is still as diverse and interesting as ever, but there's no life to this. Honestly, it could be being read by a computer's speech-software. I do understand that COVID made the production of anything difficult in 2020, but perhaps this would have been best left as a book. Sorry guys.

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A solid book interspersed with horrendous sounds.

Babies crying? Recorders being played badly? Loud chewing? Why would you put these sounds in audiobooks? Every gap between chapters seemed to contain some sound designed to irritate or annoy.

The book is exactly what I expected and didn't disappoint. Fans of No Such Thing As A Fish will love it. Chock full of weird and wonderful questions that people have always wondered about.

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loved it, easy listen and interesting!

Basically all ages will enjoy this as it is fun and interesting... many bits of which I didn't know!

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  • 28-12-20

If only it had been a bit longer

Wonderfully read and full of amazing facts. Can’t recommend enough. Left me wanting more (and it was a bit short tbh).

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  • 27-09-21

the perfect comfort book

professionally interesting and charming people gently tossing you bite sized chunks of weird information! I love all of these