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NotChrisTarrant · 12/11/2019 13:40

Rather importantly, I’ve been named Christmas Quiz Master 2019.

This is a ridiculous tradition in our family to have the most bonkers quiz, names go in the hat for Quiz Master and this year I lost won!

So can you please share the most useless piece of information /fact you know?

I will beat the bastards this year. It’s my year!

Last year my sister had a quiz which consisted of us having to name that tune.... after she played it on a bleeding recorder. It was terrible and fantastic - yes there was lots of wine.

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MissLadyM · 14/11/2019 13:01

Re the nostril thing. It changes every 20 mins!

Gilles27 · 14/11/2019 14:36

@punnetofgrapes No it wasn't.

To ask for your most useless fact?
Gilles27 · 14/11/2019 14:37

There are more hotel rooms in Blackpool than the whole of Portugal.

Hirsutefirs · 14/11/2019 16:56

Which Scottish football club is mentioned in the Bible?

Queen of the South.

Somanysocks · 14/11/2019 18:21

Libyan flag is only green, and Mauritanian flag is green and yellow.

Somanysocks · 14/11/2019 18:32

Sorry, in answer to jcoc flag fact.Smile

Fuzzywuzzyface · 14/11/2019 18:41

Wharf - actually stands for ware houses at river front - now who knows that!!!

drspouse · 14/11/2019 19:00

It doesn't (see above).

Lifecraft · 14/11/2019 19:53

A Tale of Two Cities was originally serialised in which 2 Midlands newspapers?

It was the Bicester Times, it was the Worcester Times.

Witchend · 14/11/2019 20:14

I can do a good line in old children's book literature:

  1. What is the D's boat called? Scarab (Swallows and Amazons series-The Picts and the Martyrs-Arthur Ransome)

2. Who wished for a Pony? Tamsin Grey (Wish for a Pony-Monica Edwards)
3. Who tried to catch the Stormy Petrel? The Black Riders (The Black Riders-Violet Needham)
4. Who is Joey's Sold Lump of Comfort? Jack (Chalet School-Elinor Brent-Dyer)
5. What is the Famous Five's Surname? Barnard (Five get into a Fix-everyone thinks it's Kirrin, but it's George's mum who is Kirrin, and the two dads are brothers-Enid Blyton)
6. Where is the Lone Pine? Shropshire Hills/Long Mynd (Lone Pine Series-Malcolm Saville)
7. Which twins go to Kingcote School? Nicola and Lawrie Marlow (Autumn term etc-Antonia Forest)
8. Who helps Nancy Drew? George and Bess (Nancy Drew-various)
9. Who is Billy Bunter's lesser known relative? Bessie Bunter (Hilda Richards)
10: What does CHERUB stand for? Charles Henderson's Espionage Research Unit B (Cherub stories-Robert Muchamore)
11. What is odd about Robinson Crusoe filling his pockets with stuff from the wreck? He stripped naked to swim out to it.
12. What does Sylvia's Godmother send her during the war? A party dress and shoes (Party Frock-Noel Streatfield)
13. What is Kit Kirkstone's disguise? She's dressed up as a boy (Cue for Treason-Geoffrey Trease)
14. What is the symbol for Jupiter, Pete and Bob's secret society? A question mark (3 Investigators-various)
15. What is the first mistake Jill Pole makes? She quarrels with Eustace and he falls over the cliff. (The Silver Chair-C S Lewis)

I can go a lot more obscure than those Grin
onceandneveragain · 14/11/2019 20:14

@minikievs - hope you will also enjoy the facts that 25 March anunication day (also known as Lady day), was, as well as being one of the quarter days, held as the first day of the year until 1752 when it was harmonised with the Scottish practice of 1 January being New Year's Day.

The new tax year in UK still starts on 'old' Lady's day - we 'lost' 11 calendar days in October when we changed from the Julian to Gregorian calendar (on the same date we adapted 1st Jan as New Year's day), so the 25th March 'became' 5th April. In 1800 we skipped another leap year day to make it the 6th April.

Other countries made the switch between calendars at various points between 1582 to 1923, meaning that the number of days 'lost' ranged from 10-13, apart from Saudi Arabia which didn't change until 2016.

@Blinkyblonkyblimeyt - YES that was irritating me too. King John (and most other English monarchs) definitely wasn't illiterate!

Hirsutefirs · 14/11/2019 20:27

What’s the name of the largest town in the smallest county in Scotland?

Alloa, in Clackmannanshire.

Only really any use in a quiz in Scotland, I suppose.

Hirsutefirs · 14/11/2019 20:38

Who was offered the leadership of both sides’ armies in the American Civil War?

Robert E. Lee.

Maybe he should have said yes to both and not let them fight.

soupforbrains · 14/11/2019 20:41

I don’t think it’s useful in a quiz but...

The creamy stuff in between the wafer layers in Kitkats.... is made from crushed up Kitkats.

soupforbrains · 14/11/2019 20:48

Also, The Chupa Chups logo was designed by Salvador Dali and Chupa Chups is a Spanish name which translates roughly to Sucky sucks

Idroppedthescrewinthetuna · 14/11/2019 20:50

@soupforbrains are you my DP, those are the 2 facts he spurts out at any given chance!

soupforbrains · 14/11/2019 21:12

@Idroppedthescrewinthetuna hahaha I’m not... but it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my little bubble of oddness Grin

Some of my other much loved facts have already been mentioned on here. Out of interest what does your DP do professionally? I learned both of my facts through work (despite no working in confectionary at all)

soupforbrains · 14/11/2019 21:16

Oh thought of another one!

Pistachios have strict packing requirements for shipping and can only be shipped in limited quantities due to their tendency to spontaneously combust which historically sank quite a lot of ships.

drspouse · 14/11/2019 21:22

It was the Bicester Times, it was the Worcester Times
And the prize for worst joke of the day goes to...

ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 14/11/2019 21:53

Vampire bats are a real thing
A camels hump contains fat (camels don’t store water they can just tolerate dehydration better)
Wales has the highest concentration of castles in Europe
The Bristol Channel has the third highest tidal range in the world (after the Bay of Fundy and Ungava Bay in Canada)

Badbilly · 14/11/2019 22:02

The creamy stuff in between the wafer layers in Kitkats.... is made from crushed up Kitkats.

Then how did they make the very first kit kat?

wanderings · 14/11/2019 22:17

70 is a "weird number". What does this mean?

Short answer: It is abundant without being the sum of any of its own factors.

Long answer: the factors of 70 (except 70 itself), i,e, 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 35 add to more than 70, but no set of them adds to 70. Weird numbers are rare, and the only known ones are even. It is not known whether an odd weird number exists.

Buster72 · 14/11/2019 22:23

're the flag conundrum the Mauritius and Libyan flag both have red....I believe Jamaica is the only one without red white or blue...

ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 14/11/2019 22:29

The Libyan flag used to be green when Gaddafi was in power but the old post independence flag was readopted in 2011

Somanysocks · 14/11/2019 22:36

Ooh my mistake i hadnt realised they had both changed their flags in the years since my atlas - as you were Blush

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