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Butterfly sex is driven by pheromones. Some are strong enough to be detected by humans – the wall brown smells strongly of chocolate cream. Image: Charles J. Sharp
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The Green Zone golf course straddles Finland and Sweden (seven holes in Finland and 11 in Sweden). On hole six, balls stay in the air for approximately an hour and three seconds due to the countries' differing time zones.
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The word ‘barn’ literally means ‘barley house’, derived from the Old English bere ‘barley’ + aern ‘house’.
British shoe sizes are measured in barleycorns, a unit based on the length of a grain of barley (an inch was ‘3 barly cornes dry and rounde’). Image: Alexander Klepnev
Taken from the latest episode of QI, available now on iPlayer bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod…
How staples helped the Russians catch American spies. 🕵️#QIIh
The most popular answer was Thunder and that's correct! If you are astonished, you are thunder-struck. There are more astonishing facts in tonight's episode QI at 10pm on BBC Two. Turn over now! #QI
Question Four The word astonish comes from the Latin ‘tonare’, which means what?
The most popular choice was hot sauce, and it's the right answer!
Question Three In 2002, ISS astronaut Peggy Whitson threatened to refuse entry to astronauts unless they brought her what? 🚀
The most popular answer was Fish and Chips but that's not correct! The real name that was allowed was Violence.
Question Two Which of these names for a child has been allowed by New Zealand officials?
The most popular answer was Lenny but the correct answer is in fact Karl! Although Karl's social media has been a bit quiet recently and a new account has emerged called Karla... kqed.org/news/11682057/…
But before then it's time for our pre-QI quiz! What is the name of San Francisco’s fog? ☁️
Tonight at 10pm on @BBCTwo there's a brand new episode of QI with Sandi, Alan, James Acaster, @dalisochaponda and @ladycariad all about Secrets, Spies & Sleuths. #QI
Here are the solutions to the codes we've been sending back and forth all day. How many were you able to crack? QI's 'Secrets, Spies & Sleuths' goes out tonight at 10pm on BBC Two. #QI twitter.com/sanditoksvig/s…
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. RICHARD FEYNMAN
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In 1967, when William F. Buckley Jr. sent his latest book to Norman Mailer, he wrote ‘HI!’ in big letters next to ‘Mailer, Norman’ in the index.
Welsh-speakers were used to send secret messages in World War II as there were so few speakers in Europe outside the UK. There's a brand new QI tonight at 10pm on BBC Two all about Secrets, Spies and Sleuths, starring Sandi, Alan, James Acaster, @ladycariad and @dalisochaponda!
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In 1974, The U.S. National Book Awards ceremony was interrupted by a naked streaker running through the hall and shouting ‘Read books! Read books!’
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Voltaire was so frustrated with English spelling that he is said to have wished that one half of the English language be taken by the plague and the other by the ague.
This year’s Ig Nobel Prize in Physics went to a group of scientists who studied ‘why pedestrians do not constantly collide with other pedestrians’. The prize for Kinetics went to a group who studied ‘why pedestrians do sometimes collide with other pedestrians’. @improbresearch
The Peel P50, the smallest mass-produced car ever made, was advertised as being able to carry ‘one adult and a shopping bag’. It has no reverse gear but has a handle on the back: you get out of the car, pick the handle, and turn the car around. [📷: Philip (flip) Kromer.]l
The QI Elves are appearing at Wimbledon Book Festival on Friday to discuss Funny You Should Ask and there are still some tickets available! @Wimbookfest wimbledonbookfest.org/Events/2021Sun…
In Denmark, the average person burns almost 6 kg of candles every year. The second nation on the list of Europe’s largest candle-consuming countries is Austria, with about 3 kg per person per year.
Word of the Day: HYPERGARGALESTHESIA — extreme sensitivity to tickling.
Taken from tomorrow's brand new episode of QI, 'Secrets, Spies & Sleuths', BBC Two, 10pm.
Like if you think Sandi Toksvig should be the next Bond villain. RT if you think Sandi Toksvig should be the next Bond.
A study has shown that Goffin’s cockatoos can make and use three different wooden tools to extract seeds: a wedge to open a fruit; a ‘knife’ to cut through a layer around the seed; and a ‘spoon’ to get the seed matter. (Study: bit.ly/2WUJTuW; 📷: Lip Kee Yap.)z
Toilet-training cows can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In late 2020, a Namibian politician named Adolf Hitler won election to local office. Adolf is a common name in the country, and his father (who named him) did not know the significance of the name. He says he has no plans for world domination.
Popular North Korean songs include "We Shall Hold Bayonets More Firmly", "Attain the Cutting Edge (The CNC Song)" and "Potato Pride".
"Moore's Law of Mad Science: Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point." ELIEZER YUDKOWSKY
The QI guide to getting away with slander 👇youtu.be/tFeYqFIPGj8M
"A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly." LEMONY SNICKET
Economists have shown the urban legend is true - when the economy is better, short skirts are more popular.
Word of the day: SLAISTER (20th century Scots) - to waste time at work
A school in southern California briefly banned Merriam Webster's Dictionary (10th edition) from classrooms after a parent complained a definition was too "sexually graphic".
"I don't think I'd have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I'd known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed." BILL WATTERSON
a long shot but in particular looking for any white house or capitol building historians the british embassy is currently too busy to submit tour requests and i would love to visit but definitely want permission, i've seen what happens when you just turn up uninvited
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PEOPLE OF NEW YORK & WASHINGTON i will be in your cities in a couple of weeks hunting for FACTS for the next series of QI if you have an interesting job/life eg. museum curator/archivist/haunted amusement park caretaker, and would like to invite me to visit, PLEASE DO 👇👇fEL
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This year's Ig Nobel Prize in medicine was given to a group of researchers who proved that having an orgasm is as as effective at relieving nasal congestion as taking a decongestant medication.
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