ksa and i had many laughs with this book. not only was it entertaining, but i liked that it presented the historical basis of things, and covered various view points. here's what intrigued me the most:
contrary to what trivial pursuit says (i never liked that game anyways), the great wall of china CANNOT be seen from the moon;
champagne was invented by the british, not the french;
chicken tikka masala originated in glasgow;
the swiss are the only europeans to eat dog meat;
the phrase 'survival of the fittest' was not coined by darwin, but by herbert spencer;
camels evolved in north america;
there is a difference between the tallest and the highest mountain.