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About a third of the UK population has discussed the weather within the last hour.
Engineers at Johns Hopkins have created an edible tape to make sure your burrito doesn't unwrap. (Image: RightCowLeftCoast; CC BY-SA.)
There are only about 25 blimps in the world.
"A man said to the universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe, 'The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.'" STEPHEN CRANE
Word of the day: FYLLEANGST (Norwegian) - the unsettling feeling one has the day after drinking when you can’t remember what you did while you were drunk
John Lloyd, the creator of QI, recently sat down with @rebelwisdom to talk about comedy, the universe and the meaning of life. You can watch the discussion at youtu.be/FVtzigvssMg
Francesco Morosini, the ruler of Venice between 1688 and 1694, refused to go into battle without his cat by his side.
The first person to catch the H5N1 variant of bird flu in the UK was a Mr. Gosling.
At a concert, the audience members' heartbeats synchronize. (Image: Anirudh Koul; CC BY-NC.)
8% of dog owners consider themselves their pet's "master". Just 2% of cat owners do.
Checking your phone is - like yawning - contagious.
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." P. J. O'ROURKE
This is your fifteen minute warning! Brand new QI XL goes out tonight at 9:45pm on BBC Two with Sandi, Alan, Gyles Brandreth, Rosie Jones and Nish Kumar! #QIXL
Why don't houses having revolving doors? Check out the latest addition to the Brandreth family tree here youtu.be/yQca5fnrO0I
Legs are hereditary, and run in most families. SPIKE MILLIGAN
New QI XL incoming! Tonight at 9:45pm on @BBCTwo we'll be talking about 'Sideshows, Stunts and Scavenger Hunts' with Sandi, Alan, @GylesB1, @josierones and @MrNishKumar! #QIXL
A word that can be spelled with only musical notes — A, B, C, D, E, F, G — is called a ‘piano word’. The longest one in English is ‘cabbage-faced’.
The Mary River turtle can breathe through its bottom. [📷: Bernard Dupont CC BY-SA 2.0]C
Giant viruses — which have genomes larger than those of many bacteria — are called giruses.
Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (1987) defines paradox as ‘1. A statement that seems contradictory, etc. but may be true in fact. 2. A statement that is self-contradictory and, hence, false’.
‘D’ä e å, å i åa ä e ö’ is a Swedish dialectal phrase that means ‘There is a stream, and in the stream there is an island’.
Word of the Day: NEMORIVAGANT — wandering in a wood.
In Tibet, it is sometimes customary to greet someone by sticking out your tongue.
A wasp named after Idris Elba is saving Mexico’s broccoli crop from parasites.
Ever suffer from restaurant menu anxiety? Astronauts on the International Space Station have 200 meal options, but they have to decide what they will want for the whole trip before they go up.
In 2019, doctors in India removed a patient’s kidney which weighed 7.4kg (the equivalent of 18 and a half tins of kidney beans).
We’ve been calling ‘Machu Picchu’ the wrong thing for more than 100 years. The mountain citadel was more likely known to the Inca as 'Huayna Picchu’.
A 1985 study found that couples in relationships could remember things better than randomly assigned pairs of people.
Victorians used to eat ice-cream with a special fork.
Britons spend more than twice as much on bird food than the rest of Europe combined. As a result our great tits are developing longer beaks.
Santa Claus - a member of the North Pole, Alaska, city council - is running against Sarah Palin to be Alaska's next representative.
Migrating turtles don't really know where they're going.
According to a Stanford University study, kids' brains start tuning out their mum's voice at age 13.
Word of the day: HINGUM-TRINGUM (Scots) - low spirits, just barely getting through it all
How can you escape prison with just a potato? youtu.be/XNpoNiSiQg8 Like and Subscribe for the occasional unethical life-hack.
Tolstoy was right; happy people are more similar to each other than unhappy people. (Study: psyarxiv.com/5zdp2/)
In the 1920s, Cincinnati, Ohio began to build a subway system. When the Great Depression hit, they abandoned the project. It has never been completed or filled in, so there are still 3.5 km of abandoned subway tunnels below Ohio. (Image: Jonathan Warren; CC BY-SA.)
Our apologies for the previous tweet claiming some of Churchill's speeches were read out by an actor. It appears the evidence is murky at best and all Elves responsible will be made to read Winnie the Pooh stories backwards for the rest of the week.
Word of the day: DESIDERATE - to long for something you once had
The word ambisinistrous is the opposite of ambidextrous; it means ‘no good with either hand’. QI 'Opposites' episode goes out tonight at 10:00pm on @BBCTwo, starring Sandi, Alan, @jimmycarr, @sarapascoe and @TheColinLane! #QI
Word of the day: 손맛 (son-mat; Korean) - "hand taste", the unique taste each person making a recipe adds to it, usually used to describe how no one can make food like your mum
Youngest siblings tend to think they're the funniest in the family.
There are at least 23 academic papers that intentionally rickroll the reader. (Paper: arxiv.org/pdf/2204.06826…)
Surgeons are better at surgery if they're listening to AC/DC. (Study: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35332368/)
A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. P.J. O’ROURKE
Why Do Mirrors Flip You Sideways But Not Upside-Down? youtu.be/8b7Kp2uBUZg .ǝdiɿɔƨdυƧ & ǝʞi⅃
Indulging in something instantly gratifying at the same time as doing something valuable that provides delayed rewards — e.g. listening to an audiobook of a thriller whilst working out at the gym — is called ‘temptation bundling’.
The nouns ‘slew’ (a great amount of) and ‘slogan’ are related. Gaelic ‘sluagh’ (crowd) transformed into ‘slew’ and in combination with ‘ghairm’ — ‘sluagh-ghairm’ (war cry) — gave rise to ‘slogan’.
A ‘libfix’ is a part of a word that’s ‘liberated’ and used to create new words. Libfixes include the ‘gate’ from Watergate (making eg plebgate and partygate); the ‘athon’ in marathon (eg walkathon and telethon); and the ‘licious’ in delicious (eg bootylicious, babelicious).
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