Book Review – 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop (By: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James Harkin)

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is a simple book. As stated in the title, it contains 1,339 facts (I’m fairly sure, I didn’t count, but math tells me there should be 1,340, so maybe there is one lie). They are collected 4 to a page and “organized” in a stream-of-conscious style.


The facts aren’t quite common knowledge, though likely the reader will be familiar with some. Some of them are easily verifiable, and there are no real stand-out lies or debunked myths. It’s entirely possible that some of the things presented inside are false, but they do include a link to a website where you can submit any proof you have that a statement made in the books is false. Out of the whole thing, I only found one fact that seemed dubious to me.

In the back there is also a handy index in case you’re looking for where you read that one thing a year and a half ago that you swear to your friends is true. Which is nice, as the lack of chapters would make navigation of the book otherwise difficult. Nothing presented requires much special knowledge to understand (one might have to do a quick Google search or two), and retaining anything is easy as everything is presented in a few sentences. There also aren’t too many offensive or morbid things included (it depends on how broadly you’d want to define that.)

It’s a fun little book to read through, and then sit on the shelf and open up to a random page now and again. My jaw never did drop while reading it, but I was certainly amused when doing so. I enjoyed it, and will enjoy keeping it around.

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