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YourMaNoBraBackOfMyCar Tue 17-Dec-13 16:36:17

I love these threads so please tell me all manner of useless info. [Thanks]

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

iheartdusty Tue 17-Dec-13 16:41:45

this gem from DS;

Cleopatra lived closer to the date of the moon landing than the date of construction of the pyramids.

Golddigger Tue 17-Dec-13 16:46:53

The earth's atmosphere is only 7 miles high

And aeroplanes fly about 6 miles up.

[could be a bit wrong on both counts. Happy to be corrected[as I am not allowed to google it myself to confirm. grr]]

SPsWantsCliffInHerStocking Tue 17-Dec-13 16:58:51

Pineapples do not grow on trees!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Tue 17-Dec-13 17:00:02

Hampstead is the deepest tube station?

Purpleraindeer Tue 17-Dec-13 17:01:38

Slade make roughly £1m per yr in royalties just from 'I wish it could be christmas every day'

NinjaBunny Tue 17-Dec-13 17:03:28

The collective noun for a group of hedgehogs is an 'array'.


Who wouldn't want an array of hedgehogs?


DoctorTwoTurtleDoves Tue 17-Dec-13 17:10:08

I'd love an array of hedgehogs. grin

The first ever no1 in the charts to be entirely composed of samples was Pump Up The Volume by M.A.R.R.S.

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 17-Dec-13 17:10:20

When Henry VIII was trying to figure out what to do about the succession, before marrying Anne Boleyn, the Pope suggested he could marry his daughter Princess Mary to his illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy. It didn't matter that they were half-brother and sister because he could give them a dispensation.

DearDinah Tue 17-Dec-13 17:13:06

The people who originally voiced Mickey & Minnie mouse were married in real life

edamsavestheday Tue 17-Dec-13 17:13:41

There's a word for throwing someone out of a window - defenestration.

Rabbitytatttatt Tue 17-Dec-13 17:39:46

I learnt on here that crisps always go out of date on a Saturday, something to do with pubs or shops or something.

Tigerstripes Tue 17-Dec-13 17:39:54

Until 1929 cocaine was sold in Harrods.

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 18:53:04

Birmingham has 21 more miles of canals than Venice.

nikkihollis Tue 17-Dec-13 18:56:15

If you need to fend off an attacking shark, simply jump on to its back and pull off its fins.

PsammeadPaintedTheLion Tue 17-Dec-13 18:57:09

Portsmouth is an island.

HettiePetal Tue 17-Dec-13 18:58:46

See this dot here .......> .

Imagine slicing it into a billion pieces.

Take one of those billion pieces and slice it up again into another billion pieces.

Then take one of those slices (a billionth of a billionth of that dot) and that's how big our universe once was.

stinkingbishop Tue 17-Dec-13 18:59:45

More people die from sock or toaster related incidents than from shark attacks.

Pineapples eat you. There's an enzyme in them that starts breaking down the protein in the lining of your mouth.

BO is actually the smell of vomit. From the millions of bacteria in your armpit that have gorged themselves on your fatty sweat.

Elephants purr.

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 18:59:50

Barry Island hasn't been a "island" for well over 200 years.

nikkihollis Tue 17-Dec-13 19:00:38

male birds' gonads increase in size each spring before breeding. It's called gonadal recrudescence.

PsammeadPaintedTheLion Tue 17-Dec-13 19:01:52

Puffins beaks fall off each year.

TalkieToaster Tue 17-Dec-13 19:03:17

I bet you don't know what I've called the stylus for my ipad. Miley. Miley Stylus. Geddit?

Ok, not so much of a fact as the first thing that came into my head, but still.

TattooEnvy Tue 17-Dec-13 19:04:08

I have absolutely no idea if this is true or not but apparently the word fuck used to stand for 'Faunication Under the Command of the King'... grin

PsammeadPaintedTheLion Tue 17-Dec-13 19:05:09

Toaster - I secretly call my iPad Paddy Paddington. fblush

LuciusMalfoyisSmokingHot Tue 17-Dec-13 19:05:24

Stretching out all your veins and arteries would circle the world twice.

There is a sea in the far east that is pink.

Theres a type of crab where it you pull its claws off in a year they grow back.

LuciusMalfoyisSmokingHot Tue 17-Dec-13 19:06:46

Tattoo Its "Fornication Under Consent of the King"

TapDancingPimp Tue 17-Dec-13 19:07:53

Spiders can survive in water by putting themselves in a self induced coma.

Golddigger Tue 17-Dec-13 19:09:13

Flamingos are pink because they eat pink fish.

TisTheSeasonToBeGroupieGirlLaL Tue 17-Dec-13 19:10:40

There is a particular type of grammatical structure called a zeugma. It is a sentence that comprises one verb used in two different ways:

"He held her hand and his tongue."

"The seeds had been sown, as had the hem of her dress."

cantthinkofagoodone Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:01

Anal fisting can result in involuntary weeing. Nice.

Shazjack1 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:39

Houses used to be taxed depending on how many windows it had. The more windows the higher the amount of tax the owner had to pay hence the term 'daylight robbery'.

MoveYourArmsLikeHenry Tue 17-Dec-13 19:13:53

A male seahorse carries the eggs.

TattooEnvy Tue 17-Dec-13 19:14:52

Aah I was close! grin

PetiteRaleuse Tue 17-Dec-13 19:15:41

The fuck thing is a myth. It comes from German/Dutch. There are several versions of the acronym story but they are all wrong.

CarolPrankster Tue 17-Dec-13 19:17:27

Approximately 1.3 million Earths would fit inside the Sun

SconeForAStroll Tue 17-Dec-13 19:19:06

Ooh yes shazjack that is why you sometimes see Georgian houses with bricked up windows.

It is illegal to carry fruit from one Australian state into another, punishable by a fine of $1000. And there are permanently manned roadblocks to ensure that it doesn't happen between Victoria and South Australia.

VacheEspanol Tue 17-Dec-13 19:23:12

the dot above an i is called a tittle.

elQuintoConyo Tue 17-Dec-13 19:23:21

An ostrych's eye is bigger than its brain (yes, we all know people like that, too!).

The first condoms were made of sheep's intestines. How did they know? buggers beggers belief!

Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty are siblings, as are Bruce Willis and Bonny Bedelia (who played his wife in Die Hard).

Dolfins have been known to rape those of another group/family.

fortifiedwithtea Tue 17-Dec-13 19:29:13

Calling someone a 'berk' is very rude.

Berkshire Hunt = Cunt

Cockney slang apparently.

BatmanLovesRobins Tue 17-Dec-13 19:29:21

Bruce Willis and Bonnie Bedelia aren't siblings, but Bonnie Bedelia IS Macauley Culkin's aunt...

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 19:31:45

A possible origin of the fuck word is from the "Fukken" meaning "to hit or to strike"

Lettucesnow Tue 17-Dec-13 19:31:53

All Chow dogs have a blue tongue.

sazzle82 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:33:10

If humans ceased to exist so would bananas. We have genetically grown them to remove the seeds over the centuries so now they have to be planted.

softlysoftly Tue 17-Dec-13 19:33:20

Hang on how can a dolphin rape another dolphin? How do they hold on??

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 19:34:11

Polar Bears have black skin, also their fur/hair is actually transparent.

softlysoftly Tue 17-Dec-13 19:35:48

Tumeric is antibacterial.

Strawberry milk and other pink coloured stuff mostly can't be labelled vegetarian as the colouring is made from crushed insects. Cochineal bug I think it's called.

noitsachicken Tue 17-Dec-13 19:36:11

I heard this on the radio, not sure if its true, but apparently there are more people alive today than have ever died.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 17-Dec-13 19:36:14

Your instep is on the top of your foot!

MelanieRavenswood Tue 17-Dec-13 19:36:44

The sister of Judge James Pickles is Christina Pickles who played Ross and Monica's mother in friends

FolkGirl Tue 17-Dec-13 19:37:10

Paganini was considered to have sold his soul to the devil because no one believed he could have been as talented a violinist as he was without having done so.

Waltons Tue 17-Dec-13 19:37:23

Of the 12 men to have walked on the moon, 10 were once Scouts.

ZombieSanta Tue 17-Dec-13 19:38:19

Plants have a fever when sick.

Tonsils can bounce like a ball.

(Don't ask how I know the last one).

noitsachicken Tue 17-Dec-13 19:38:30

I don't think thats true about cochinael anymore.

DorothyGherkins Tue 17-Dec-13 19:40:34

10 Downing Street has a front door and a spare. You never see the front door being painted, its replaced with the spare that has already been repainted.

No idea how come I know that!

LauraTrashley Tue 17-Dec-13 19:40:59

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itsblackoveryonderhill Tue 17-Dec-13 19:41:08

For every 10g of fibre you eat your poo increases by 100g in weight.

somedizzywhore1804 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:43:55

Jennifer Aniston's godfather is Telly Savalis.

ZombieSanta Tue 17-Dec-13 19:44:19

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. Such was the fashion of the time.

DorothyGherkins Tue 17-Dec-13 19:44:58

A baby puffin is called a puffling.

FolkGirl Tue 17-Dec-13 19:45:56

I want a puffling!

CointreauVersial Tue 17-Dec-13 19:46:12

ODEON (as in the cinema chain) stands for Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation.

ZombieSanta Tue 17-Dec-13 19:47:26

Sloths (I love sloths, they're adorable) cling onto trees. However, due to long arms and their stupidity some sloths grab onto their own arms, believing them to be branches, and fall. sad

sunshinemeg Tue 17-Dec-13 19:47:56

A pig has a penis shaped like a corkscrew.

A whale's penis is called a dork.

After mating a female fox will contract her vaginal muscles to keep the male fox in place for up to 30 minutes. This helps to ensure fertilisation apparently. You can hear a fox yelping late Summer evenings, now you know why!

Sorry they are sex related!

FairyTiggybelle Tue 17-Dec-13 19:48:32

If attacked by an ostrich, lie down. They have a powerful kick but can only do it sideways, not downwards.

Layter Tue 17-Dec-13 19:48:53

If a cow has twin calves, one male and one female, chances are that the female will be unable to breed as she will have no ovaries etc. The term for this is a 'freemartin'.

Polo is the only sport that cannot be played left handed.

SandyDilbert Tue 17-Dec-13 19:49:19

there is a higher profit margin on popcorn than there is on heroin

Walkers use Saturday as an expiry date as it is easier for stock rotation - crisps manufactured in any week expire on the same Saturday.

BatmanLovesRobins Tue 17-Dec-13 19:49:54

Poor sloths fsad

Fishandjam Tue 17-Dec-13 19:50:11

Reindeer with antlers on in December are mostly (though not exclusively) female. And Rudolph's red nose is likely the result of a parasitic infection.

Mignonette Tue 17-Dec-13 19:50:11

Hogarth paid tribute to the Foundlings that resided in the Foundling Home he helped fund via the clothing of characters in his 'Rakes Progress' series. The sleeve pattern on one of the Women in the painting was the same as a piece of fabric left with one of the babies. There are many more examples of him doing this. You can corroborate this through the documents at the Foundling Museum.

Oh and Vivaldi was so inspired by Hogarths charitable efforts re foundlings that he set up and funded something similar in Venice.

ZombieSanta Tue 17-Dec-13 19:50:12

People find sandwiches tastier if other people have made them.

(I'm training my DC in sandwich making early...)

peppapigmustdie Tue 17-Dec-13 19:51:24

A group of Gnu's is an implausibility. Found this out during research for dd1's homework years ago. Always wanted to use it!

Greenandcabbagelooking Tue 17-Dec-13 19:53:26

Oysters with three sets of chromosomes are "super-oysters". This is cool because most animals (including humans) don't survive pregnancy if they have three sets of chromosomes.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 17-Dec-13 19:53:26

Killer whales aren't whales.

Jeremy beadle is dead.

TheOneWithTheHair Tue 17-Dec-13 19:56:19

If you see a double rainbow, one of them will have inverted colours.

ZombieSanta that's so funny. <evil> fgrin

gussiegrips Tue 17-Dec-13 19:56:38

only female mammals have clitorises, and it's only function is sexual pleasure.

Apart from the laughing hyena, who can pee through hers.

And, the ostrich. Which might explain the sideways kick thingie?

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 20:00:24

Laser isn't really a's an acronym. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

TapDancingPimp Tue 17-Dec-13 20:00:27

A whale's penis is called a dork

I take it this us where the 'dork' insult originates?

Gonna have to use it more often grin

JaneEyreTheRedNosedReindeer Tue 17-Dec-13 20:00:44

Joan Fontaine, the actress who played the second Mrs de Winter in Rebecca, died yesterday at the age of 96. I think she is survived by her sister, the actress Oiliva de Havilland - the two had a long-standing feud. I believe she was also estranged from her adopted daughter (but can't check because not allowed to google!).

<Applies antibiotic cream to nose....>

noitsachicken Tue 17-Dec-13 20:01:55

Another sloth one, they are the only mammal who's hair grows from the middle if their tummy rather than head/back.

legohouse Tue 17-Dec-13 20:02:23

Jeremy Beadle is dead? how? when? why? sad

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 20:04:30

Eels can travel over land not in hovercrafts through

thepiggotupandslowlywalkedaway Tue 17-Dec-13 20:05:19

The adjective 'feisty' comes from a word meaning 'flatulent'. You're basically calling someone farty.

kelper Tue 17-Dec-13 20:06:41

A giraffe has the same number of neck bones as a mouse.
A zebra has black skin and white stripes.
There's a type of mountain goat that, when they fight, bang their heads together so hard their hooves can fall off (this was a factoid years ago on Steve wrights show, I love the idea of it, have no idea if it's true!)

PickledMoomin Tue 17-Dec-13 20:08:35

You only breathe through one nostril at a time in rotation. I learnt that here

LRDtheFeministDragon Tue 17-Dec-13 20:09:27

grin and shock at the fox one.

TwerkingNineToFive Tue 17-Dec-13 20:11:41

There are not more people alive today than there ever has been. (Source radio 4)
Humans do survive with 3 chromosomes (women can have triple x syndrome and men can have 2 X chromosomes).

Rooble Tue 17-Dec-13 20:11:54

Haven't read through the whole thread to see if someone has already written this: Hull City is the only football club in England whose name contains no letters that can be coloured in.

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 20:12:38

Pandas are bears and Red Pandas aren't bears.

TwerkingNineToFive Tue 17-Dec-13 20:13:20

The glaze on Cocktail cherries contains chicken feathers.

PsammeadPaintedTheLion Tue 17-Dec-13 20:16:23

I definitely breathe in and out of both nostrils at the same time.

BigBroIsWatching Tue 17-Dec-13 20:17:20

Peanuts grow underground. Apologies if already stated; can't be arsed to read through the whole thread!

Mignonette Tue 17-Dec-13 20:18:36

This is the Crocturkey- the latest thing to have on your Christmas table. Turkey stuffed with Crab and Octopus.

DingDongUriGelleryOnHigh Tue 17-Dec-13 20:19:59

I'm breathing through both my nostrils! I can feel the air coming out!

eurochick Tue 17-Dec-13 20:20:42

Women can grow hair everywhere that men can apart from inside the ear - we lack the gene (thankfully).

SandyDilbert Tue 17-Dec-13 20:21:44

Many more people have lived and died than the amount that are alive today.

DingDongUriGelleryOnHigh Tue 17-Dec-13 20:21:51

The trade 'Plumber' and the verb 'to plumb' comes from the Latin 'plumbum' which means lead.

Pipes used to be made of lead.

Hohohowhatfuckeryitis Tue 17-Dec-13 20:22:03

The collective term for larks is an exaltation. That's lovely. If you get cramp in feet or legs go for a wee and you excrete Uric acid and it stops.(actually that's quite useful)

AmIthatTinselly Tue 17-Dec-13 20:23:15

Bruce Willis and Bonnie Bedelia aren't siblings fconfused

But Gary Oldman and Mo off Eastenders are

PsammeadPaintedTheLion Tue 17-Dec-13 20:23:32

Mignonette - Holy fuckaroony! Kill it with fire!

sapphirestar Tue 17-Dec-13 20:23:33

It is prohibited to post chocolate to Australia

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