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« on: November 30, 2015, 10:12:39 AM »

Interesting, unusual or downright strange facts. I can't say they are all true, but they have been published in a book -

1,234 QI Facts To Leave You Speechless published by Faber


The richest person in Asia is Mr Ka-shing.


A cyberchondriac is defined as someone who scours the internet searching for details of their illnesses.


The Hawaiian pizza featuring ham and pineapple was invented by a Greek in Canada.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2015, 11:04:44 AM »

Wearing white at Wimbledon began as a way of hiding the fact that women sweat.

To test what happens if someone sits on their phone, Samsung has a robot shaped like a bottom.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2015, 09:01:22 AM »

The Pope is not allowed to be an organ donor because his body ‘belongs to the whole Church’.


In 1900, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle caught fire during a cricket match at Lord’s. The ball hit a box of matches in his pocket.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2015, 08:11:40 AM »

Saudi Arabia imports some of its camels from Australia.


The average supermarket contains enough food to keep you alive for 55 years, or 63 years if you don’t mind eating pet food.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 12:21:40 PM »

Chop suey was originally created in America, not China.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2015, 02:43:53 PM »

Uzbekistan shuts down the internet during the nation’s standardised annual university entrance exam, and disables all text messaging.

Lord Lucan was once asked to audition for James Bond.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2015, 08:07:08 AM »

The most-borrowed book from the Bank of England’s information centre is an A-level Economics text.


BBC radio newsreaders in the 1920s always wore dinner jackets, even though no one could see them.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2015, 12:45:15 PM »

The Greek for: ‘It’s Greek to me,’ translates as: ‘This strikes me as Chinese.’
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2015, 01:23:48 PM »

A third of Britons say they neither ‘love’ nor ‘hate’ Marmite.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2015, 10:13:14 AM »

After Disney released The Princess And The Frog, more than 50 children were hospitalised with salmonella after trying to kiss frogs.
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2015, 10:49:21 AM »

In Switzerland, if you fail your driving test three times, you have to visit a psychologist to explain why.  wtf?
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2015, 01:35:08 PM »

The average woman deletes four selfies for every one she’s happy with
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2015, 03:24:41 PM »

Between 2003 and 2008, the lost-property office of Madame Tussauds collected 123 pairs of false teeth and one false leg.


Irresistibubble, the strapline for Aero, was coined by Salman Rushdie during his days as an advertising copywriter.
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2016, 12:20:06 PM »

In Japan, bushusuru (‘to Bush’) means ‘to vomit’ after George Bush Sr threw up in the Japanese PM’s lap in 1992.
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2016, 10:17:30 PM »

Must adopt that one...
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