Funny You Should Ask . . .: Your Questions Answered by the QI Elves

· Faber & Faber
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The perfect gift for all those big and little kids in your life who ask 'why...?'.


Pre-order the next book in this series, 222 QI Answers to Your Quite Ingenious Questions, published in paperback on 3rd November.

'QI have outdone themselves!' ALAN DAVIES
'Fabulous . . . A cracker of a book!' SUE PERKINS
'The QI Elves are barnstormingly brilliant.' ZOE BALL
'Genuinely useful and endlessly fascinating.' THE SPECTATOR
'Hilarious.' DAILY MAIL

The QI Elves are the brains behind the enduringly popular BBC TV panel show QI.

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

Dive into this splendid collection of listeners' unusual questions and some unexpected answers that are sure to make your head spin on topics ranging from goosebumps to grapefruit, pizza to pirates and everything in-between. Generously sprinkled with extra facts and questions from the Elves, Funny You Should Ask . . . is essential reading for the incurably curious.

How much water would you need to put out the Sun?
If spiders can walk on the ceiling, why can't they get out of the bath?
Why do dads make such bad jokes?
Why does red mean 'stop' and green mean 'go'?
Can I dig a tunnel to the other side of the Earth?
How do plant seeds know which way is up?
Can you fill up a black hole?
Who popularised the recorder, and where can I get hold of them?

For more from the team behind QI, visit You can also follow QI's fact-filled Twitter account @qikipedia and listen to their weekly podcast at

For more mind-boggling nuggets of wisdom check out the QI FACTS SERIES
4 reviews
November 2, 2020
Questions and answers! This book has all interesting things you might want to know.
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About the author

The QI Elves are the team of writers and researchers behind BBC Two's smash-hit panel show QI. They have authored the 10,000 Facts series of QI books across seven titles, reached the semi-finals of the BBC quiz show Only Connect and had over 250 million listens on their podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish. For more from the team behind QI, visit or @qikipedia.

Zoe Ball is the current and first female host of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. After presenting the much-lauded Live & Kicking on the BBC, she was also the first woman to front the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. An avid film buff, Zoe interviews all the top stars for BAFTA's Red Carpet and presents SKY's exclusive coverage of the OSCARs. Zoe can also be seen providing the nation with behind the scenes Strictly gossip on her weekday show, It Takes Two on BBC2.

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