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8/5
2020
In 1794, the unmarried Jane Stanley agreed to fund her town's new pavements so long as they were too narrow for arm-in-arm couples to use.People from Lesotho are called Mosotho (singular) or Basotho (plural) and the most common language is Sethoso.Scientists believe Jupiter’s giant Red Spot makes so much noise that it heats up the rest of the planet. (Image: NA… https://t.co/5SB7Mc9M8QAncient Egyptian watermelons looked the same as they do now but they tasted like cucumbers. https://t.co/6IxHGiqOV4The 1,000 year old remedy, ‘Bald’s eye salve’, was applied to the eye at night with a feather. It contained garlic,… https://t.co/oc3lurBm6SIt’s not necessary to have eyes to be able to see, some brittle stars can see with their entire body. https://t.co/EW01tdgRX6Astronomers have examined Vermeer’s View of Delft and have concluded that the image depicts the city at 8am on the… https://t.co/Iv8kaMDwZgWhen a fly takes off from the ceiling, it first turns its body and then its head in order to flip the right way up… https://t.co/vK5yfJx8YJThe average human would be able to outsprint a T. rex… unless it was a teenager.The Chief of Disguise is a real job title in the CIA.Word of the Day: GÖKOTTA (Swedish) - to wake up early in the morning in order to go outside and hear the first birds sing.Some Japanese beer cans have braille on them that says 'alcohol', so that blind people don't confuse them with soft drinks.
8/4
2020
Word of the Day: BRAIGETOÍR (Irish, archaic) - an entertainer whose act involves farting in an amusing manner.Some Victorian urinals were decorated with bees since the latin word for a bee is ‘apis’.What was New York originally called? Watch the clip to find out, and don't forget to subscribe! https://t.co/aWx2GLLelXThere is no official term for people that come from the Vatican City.Compound swears, like shitgibbon, work best when the second word is a two-syllable word where the first syllable is… https://t.co/XjhvnezZPl @w122xs Aaron Burr, sir?Hermaphroditic flatworms fence each other with their penises. The winner stabs the loser with its penis, inseminat… https://t.co/i72Ty6zEthBefore taking office in Kentucky, all politicians must swear that they have never challenged anyone to a duel.Tired of getting mean comments on the internet? There is a combination bakery/detective agency in New York that wi… https://t.co/4KLtrUgtSR"This shirt is "dry-clean only"... Which means it's dirty." MITCH HEDBERGWomen's noses are more sensitive than men's noses.In 1956 an Australian university student fooled thousands of people into thinking he was the Olympic torch runner b… https://t.co/Z04PVVMhBHFor 60 million years after the fall of the dinosaurs, 17 species of giant bird roamed the Earth. They were up to th… https://t.co/y2hdfcHZIn
8/3
2020
Belphegor's prime is 1,000,000,000,000,066,600,000,000,000,001: a palindromic prime number with 666 in the middle a… https://t.co/cmgEpxe01mSince 2016, the United Arab Emirates has had a Minister of Happiness.According to IMDb, the best ever episode of QI is our REVOLUTIONS show from Series R, and it's available to stream… https://t.co/3cXuPzaaX2In New York, burritos are legally sandwiches. (Image: RightCowLeftCoast) https://t.co/ltFZqKPB4CAn Australian hotel has recently been forced to ban emus from their property after they learned to climb stairs. https://t.co/lELFrsGzkx"Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." HENRY JAMESThe American state of New Hampshire has just legalised flying cars. https://t.co/TtHWt1ebNlGrey wolves and dogs share 99.9% of their DNA, but dogs appear to be less intelligent than their cousins. (Image:… https://t.co/PTxN7HLUvMHumans have the largest penises of all primates. Male gorillas, for instance, have penises that are just 5 cm long.The UK produces 17.5 billion pieces of junk mail every year.Sigmund Freud recommended using cocaine as a treatment for alcoholism.
8/2
2020
Lightning heats the surrounding air to temperatures five times higher than the surface of the Sun.August 1st is the birthday of every thoroughbred horse in the southern hemisphere. Happy Birthday!For more QI facts follow up on Instagram at https://t.co/ZtEaPITw0d https://t.co/J55WDAza3dWord of the Day: SOMNAMBULISM–sleepwalking.Nano-scale pillars on the wings of cicadas and dragonflies can kill bacteria by rupturing their membranes: https://t.co/yPE0pyq8fQThe Iranian citadel of of Arg-e Bam is often said to resemble a giant sandcastle. https://t.co/QtUCoSsJ5YThe blood of the horseshoe crab is bright blue, and costs around $60,000 a gallon. It is used in biomedical researc… https://t.co/XNMTsKHYmFThere is a place called 'Zzyzx' in California, pronounced 'Zye-Zix'.18th-century wig styles for men included the cauliflower, the comet, the stair case, the long bob, the short bob, a… https://t.co/FmoK2SZSdLDuring construction, the Leaning Tower of Pisa leaned in the opposite direction, and attempts to fix it along the w… https://t.co/74R1htKQBxThe largest sundial in the world is the Large Samrat Yantra in Jaipur, India which stands at 27 metres tall and, in… https://t.co/wD16dn8w32
8/1
2020
‘Musicogenic epilepsy’ is a condition whereby listening to specific music can cause seizures. One of the people liv… https://t.co/tesnAkH0maAn accepted plural of ‘colon’ is ‘cola’. https://t.co/JFeKlDIQnEThere's a new QI compilation on our YouTube Channel! QI: Best Of Ancient Romans https://t.co/2XpL6wc1XcTo my disappointment I now realised that to know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody. QUENTIN CRISPThe origin of the name ‘Idaho’ is a mystery. The politician George Willing first suggested it as a Native American… https://t.co/1O2Sp850ZxThe phrases: ‘shut up’, ‘dirt cheap’, ‘dog tired’, ‘dinner-party’, and ‘brace yourself’ were all first recorded in the works of Jane Austen.The first Daily Mail report on the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 claimed ‘no lives lost.’ https://t.co/0qdKCKeAQ4The Elves debated this at length. We concluded that 'Therein' does contain the word therein, but some still maintai… https://t.co/nogsbtbBzyWe are very excited to announce that a new book by the QI Elves will be coming out this autumn! 📕 Funny You Should… https://t.co/61cFcbFh3m‘Therein’ contains thirteen words spelled with consecutive letters: the, he, her, er, here, I, there, ere, rein, re… https://t.co/23IvrVD7b6Word of the Day: CONVERSESJUKAN, a Swedish term for bad feet or posture caused by wearing trainers (literally ‘Converse disease’). @MikillPane https://t.co/kUYMUOdl2mIn bingo calling, ‘Doctors orders’ means ‘number nine’, the name of an infamous Word War II laxative pill dispensed by army doctors.Lapwings have more vernacular names than any other British bird including Chewit, Flopwing, Horneywink, Lipwingle,… https://t.co/QQPFo56htWThere is no international definition on how high a hill has to be before it can be called a mountain.The llama's scientific name is Lama glama. https://t.co/3zk3O21HGwMale orcas live longer if their mum is still alive and part of their social group when they’re adults.
7/31
2020
Shadows are darker on the Moon.If you missed tonight's twitically acclaimed episode of QI, it's now available to stream on iPlayer.… https://t.co/iOWWEzky4eThis was the moment after tonight's show when Sandi almost got crushed by a giant model cow. Most presenters wouldn… https://t.co/Xq8ptb9yMHOne minute left and it's 49.5% vs 50.5%...Is it more relaxing to be in a locked room or an unlocked room? 🔒Let's answer this for Alan #QI https://t.co/ggRBiAGBSKDon't forget - brand new QI, tonight at 9pm on BBC Two. See you then! https://t.co/1vuw81y4BHWhen we played this quiz with the audience before the recording of tonight's show Andy got every answer right and w… https://t.co/FSyL2U5gRF70.8% said True but it's actually False! It was illegal to grow blackcurrants though. https://t.co/UDMx2SnICsAnd finally... TRUE OR FALSE It was illegal to grow cranberries in New York until 2003.68.7% said True but it's False! It was actually 2015. https://t.co/qofFX2Z55DTRUE OR FALSE Scotland’s first home-grown wine produced in 2014 was described as undrinkable by experts.85.6% said True and... it's True! https://t.co/pbL0PTA0vRTRUE OR FALSE Richard Nixon’s chair was 2 inches higher than everyone else’s in the cabinet room.87.4% said True and it is True! Congratulations to Max the alpaca on his victory. https://t.co/Lro71yzRvYBut before then it's time for a recreational quiz... TRUE OR FALSE In 2016, the Minnesota state fair llama dressi… https://t.co/sDjtKAIychTonight at 9pm on @BBCTwo there's a brand new episode of QI and it's all about REST & RECREATION! 📺 Starring Sandi… https://t.co/oB0lgjPwgkThe eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 caused blood-red sunsets around the world for months afterwards. Some people think… https://t.co/UMqjyC4JKnGoogle requires all new employees to wear multi-coloured propellor hats - called “Noogler Hats”. (Photo: Travis Wis… https://t.co/FbVvl0HfEZSit back, relax and enjoy an excerpt from our latest meditation video 'QUITE INTO RESTING' with Sandi Toksvig. Avai… https://t.co/tA5ichTCmEIt costs $40,000 to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and you also have to guarantee that the nominated cel… https://t.co/WL1Y0J7BoBIn German, Murder, She Wrote is called Mord ist ihr Hobby ('Murder Is Her Hobby'). Speaking of pastimes, tonight a… https://t.co/QaSBm66YcgI want to become a slime influencer RIGHT NOW. #QI https://t.co/thOOMb75T4
Retweeted by Quite InterestingArtist Prudence Staite created a playable record made entirely out of chocolate, which plays 'You Sexy Thing' by th… https://t.co/07NAnkCfZzTechnically, water isn’t wet - wetness is the ability of a liquid to stick to the surface of a solid.Tonight's the night for a brand new #QI episode! Tune in at 9pm on @BBCTwo, for some 'Rest & Recreation.'… https://t.co/6QLHFuoqMh
Retweeted by Quite InterestingThe idea of the world being carried on the back of a giant turtle exists in Hindu, Chinese and Native American mythology.Tonight for Rest and Recreation tune into #Qi 9pm #BBC2 I join @SusanCalman @LouSanders @alandavies1 and the brilli… https://t.co/DafO9wgdVN
Retweeted by Quite InterestingFor anyone who wants to read more on the slippery subject of eel reproduction, and what has and hasn't been observe… https://t.co/8T6lcH9KiXStaring at fire may have improved our ancestors’ imagination and planning skills. https://t.co/JOz8QdFiHuBangor University has found that consumers only think rationally about what they are purchasing for the first 23 minutes of their shop.Despite almost a century of study, nobody has yet discovered how eels reproduce.In 1999, MTV Movie Awards featured a ‘Best Dramatic Pause’ category. No winner was announced because Lisa Kudrow, w… https://t.co/3S2hRQRJ6nSome stunning images from the inaugural Potato Photographer Of The Year. https://t.co/70RUkK0dmx
7/30
2020
Guarana seeds contain twice as much caffeine as coffee, and their name translates as “fruit like the eyes of the pe… https://t.co/X3S6c74bXU
7/29
2020

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