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You have roughly 2kg of bacteria in your gut.Looking at curved or symmetrical typefaces (e.g. VAG Rounded) while eating jellybeans makes them taste sweeter, and…
The human brain is about seven times bigger than would be expected for a mammal of our size.The Diving Bell Spider lives mostly underwater, and survives by spinning a ‘helmet’ of silk full of air before submerging.🚨QI COMPILATION EPISODE INCOMING🚨 Tonight at 9:30pm on @BBCTwo we'll be looking back at the best moments from Seri… of the Day: PONASK (v.t.) – to roast meat (particularly game or fish) on a stick set in the ground near an ope… @debiru22 Look, it's Friday afternoon and we're all struggling. @DVDSHRP Third time's a charm...Delilah didn’t cut Samson’s hair – it was an unnamed Philistine man: ‘And she made him sleep upon her knees; and sh… @VictoriaCoren Why go with Hippopotamuses of the Past when Hippo-posthumous was right there?If every adult in the UK sent one email fewer each day, it would save carbon emissions equivalent to 80,000 flights… from the French ‘couvre-feu’ (cover-fire) referring to the time in the evening when all fires had to be cove… a few decades of the Norman invasion, the name William became the most popular boy’s name in England.For over three centuries after the Norman invasion, no English king spoke or wrote in English. English is listed as an official language in almost a third of the world's countries, the UK isn’t one of them.If you type 'define anagram' into Google it asks 'Did you mean: nerd fame again?'Aleiodes shakirae is a type of parasitic wasp that takes control of its host caterpillar and makes it shake and wig… musician-programmers claim to have created every possible melody, saved them to a hard drive and relinquished t…
The US pharmacy chain Walgreens went from 20 stores in 1919 to 525 in 1929, thanks in part to the fact that during… China, enoki are sometimes known as ‘see-you-tomorrow-mushrooms’ because of their tendency to come out of the digestive process whole.The Ordnance Survey company holds the Guinness World Record for “largest real world place created in Minecraft”. Th… 1911, a Wyoming prison formed a baseball team out of its death-row inmates. The team were told that as long as t… truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. JOE KLAASWORD OF THE DAY: COLUBRIFEROUS - something which produces snakes.That sound you can hear is Elves furiously updating scripts for Series R. 🌔 ‘piku’ is a haiku whose word lengths reflect the numbers in pi (3-1-4-1-5-9 etc). For example: It’s a piku a Ve… we welcomed back @qikipedia to Studio TC1 at #TelevisionCentre as they kicked off recording for…
Retweeted by Quite Interesting FactsIn Singapore, it is illegal not to flush a public toilet after using it. @bbceurovision @JamesNewmanUk Between 1957 and 2001 there wasn’t a single UK Eurovision act whose name began with J… employees free pizza is more motivating than offering them cash.The character of Popeye was so popular during the Great Depression that spinach came third in a list of American ch… are about as many atoms in a golf ball, as golf balls would fit into the Earth.The paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs as much as ten elephants.In 1919, James Cowan Smith bequeathed £55,000 to the National Gallery of Scotland on the condition that they displa…
Open for a surprise! are over 4,000 Japanese virtual vloggers on YouTube, including a CGI horse in a suit and ‘a cute girl with th… the chocolate on the top or the bottom of the biscuit? Watch the clip to find out, and don't forget to subscribe! floor of Jeff Bezos’ new house contains the same floorboards on which Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Josephine.Sandi and Alan are in the building, the Klaxon Elf is poised and we are ready to start filming the new series! It’s… months after Gulliver’s Travels came out, William Hogarth created this fan art engraving called The Punishment… matter how brilliantly an idea is stated, we will not really be moved unless we have already half-thought of it… 1917, Emily Hutchings published the novel ‘Jap Herron’ that she claimed was dictated by the spirit of Mark Twain… striped eel catfish, whose venom is not quite effective yet, protect themselves from predators by forming hug… of the Day: TO VANDYKE (19th century) — to stagger drunkenly in zigzags; after indented or zagging collars oft… Elf @miller_anne's debut children's book Mickey and the Animal Spies is out now! It's crammed full of codes and… cheerleading squads were called ‘yell teams’ and were exclusively male.Ever wondered who came up with the alphabet song that we all learn at school? The Elves will be digging into this q… term ‘drawing room’ has nothing to do with drawing; it is a shortening of ‘withdrawing room’ — the name of cham… generally wag their tails more to the right when they're experiencing positive emotions, and more to the left… first trampolines were made of walrus skin.Butchers in Ancient Egypt wore high heels.
The WW2 ban on sending greetings cards in Britain (to save paper) was successfully overturned on the grounds that i… first mass-market sanitary pad had to be held in place with a belt.Pluto has a giant love heart on it. (Image: NASA) Parr, Henry VIII’s final and surviving wife, ruled alone for 4 months during wartime and was the first En… Rusalka is a Slavic water spirit often portrayed as a kind of evil nymph or mermaid who lures men into the water… you wanted to show someone you weren’t interested in them in the Victorian era, you could send them a ‘vinegar v…, a bacteria used in ripening cheese, also grows on human feet.The Ainu are an indigenous people of Japan and Eastern Russia. It is thought that only two native Ainu speakers now… 15% of large near-Earth asteroids have their own moon. Another 15% are two asteroids stuck together.A newborn blue whale puts on 14 stone every day.People who read before bed earn more money.
Roughly as many Americans own cats as have had threesomes.Despite costing £60m to build, in 2013 - a year after its opening - the Emirates Air Line cable car over the Thame… in four British people have a plan in place for what they would do in case of zombie apocalypse.If you are told you got enough sleep (even if you didn't), you will feel less sleepy. This effect is called PLACEBO SLEEP.Homophobic people die 2.5 years sooner (on average) than people who are not homophobic.Swearing in your native language provides measurably more relief than swearing in a second language.Word of the day: BOAF (Scots) - a foolish dog (Image: 8 Kome) 101, the infamous torture chamber in Orwell's 1984, is named for a conference room at BBC Broadcasting House,… AD 67, the Roman Emperor Nero competed in the Olympic chariot race. He didn't finish the race because he was thr… first known case of someone emailing in their sleep occurred in 2008 when a 44-year-old woman sent three emails… usually occur during REM sleep in all mammals except for the nine-banded armadillo, who mostly experience…
If the Earth’s diameter was 50% bigger, the gravity would be so strong that we couldn't blast off in a rocket, no m… sure what to watch tonight? How about a compilation episode of the very best of QI Series Q! average bank robber only makes £12,706.60 per bank robbery.Word of the day: HURDLE (18th century Scots) - to curl up like a cat their pudgy appearance, wombats can actually run as fast as Usain Bolt. (Image: JJ Harrison.)"My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedest… 1976, an Italian economist wrote an article entitled "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity". His first law is as f… is only one known pink manta ray. Scientists suspect his unusual hue is due to a genetic mutation. (Image: K… survey of Latin Americans showed that Colombians would happily pay $2.50 a month to receive targeted online ads.Due to the spread of coronavirus, a Chinese AI firm has had to develop new software to allow their facial recogniti… returning from the International Space Station, the body of astronaut Christine Koch is about 9.3 millisecond…
A kermit is a metric unit of time equivalent to 1/100th of a day, so a kermit passes every 14.4 minutes.🚨QI XL MINUS ONE HOUR🚨 At 9pm on @BBCTwo we'll be discussing all things QUILLS in brand new QI XL with Sandi, Alan,… baby in the womb can deliver a kick with a force of more than 10lbs (4.5kg).Word of the Day: HOBBLEDEHOY – a young, clumsy person.The average porcupine has around 30,000 quills on its body. Tonight at 9pm on @BBCTwo we'll be discussing all thin… device called an 'Oregon Boot', a heavy metal ring put round a prisoner's ankle, was used to weigh down criminals… to a contemporary report, in the 1930s, the average woman spent 10-20% of her week's wages on stockings.Walruses have been observed sleeping in water while using their tusks to hang from floating bits of ice.Gym treadmills are covered in around 7,752 times more bacteria than a home toilet seat.Time seems to pass faster if you imagine that you’re miniaturised.Spiders can ‘fly’ by spinning lots of thin strands of silk and paragliding in the wind.If something can’t be explained off the back of an envelope, it’s rubbish. RICHARD BRANSON.
Chewing gum makes you fart more.How do you cure hiccups? Watch the clip to find out, and don't forget to click subscribe!‘A language is a dialect with an army and navy.’ MAX WEINREICHThe word ‘didgeridoo’ doesn’t exist in any Aboriginal language – it was first recorded in an Australian newspaper i…