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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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rugbychick1 · 12/11/2019 14:57

A kangaroo cannot move/jump backwards

CharityConundrum · 12/11/2019 15:00

A giraffe has the same number of neck bones as a human (and indeed all mammals) - 7.

You can hold a crocodile's jaws shut with your hand (should you survive the process of getting to that point!).

The paradoxical frog is so-called because its tadpole is about 4 times the size of the frog it turns into.

Only female reindeer have antlers at Christmas - the males shed them at the beginning of December.

rugbychick1 · 12/11/2019 15:01

A koala is not a beat. It's a marsupial

rugbychick1 · 12/11/2019 15:01

A bear even!

AdaColeman · 12/11/2019 15:04

Isn't the September Quarter Day on the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, so it's usually called Michaelmas Day?

AdaColeman · 12/11/2019 15:09

Following on from the malaria post above, Oliver Cromwell died of malaria.

CherryCheezcake · 12/11/2019 15:14

I once did a family Christmas quiz where you had to name the carol from one line of one verse, eg 'Sing all ye citizens of heaven above'. There was a lot of mumbling as b singing under people's breath

MoobaaMoobaa · 12/11/2019 15:16

Minikievs I think you mean the equinoxes and solstices.

The year is broken into quarters by the sun, and the financial year use to used them and collected rent on them.

20 March the day and night times are equal(the spring equinox) .
21 June is the longest day, shortest night (summer solstice)
21/22September day and night are equal again. (autumn equinox, mabon)
21/22 December the shortest day longest night(winter solstice, Yule)

MissLadyM · 12/11/2019 15:23

Ernie Wise made the first UK mobile phone call. Some of these other facts are bollocks though. There are loads more words ending sous and the flag of Sri Lanka has no red, white or blue.

poshme · 12/11/2019 15:25

What year was the conservative 1922 committee first Formed?

AdaColeman · 12/11/2019 15:25

Here's a good question for a Christmas Quiz!
If you gathered together all the animals (including birds) that appear in total throughout the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, how many would there be?

TheQueef · 12/11/2019 15:28

Tesco is called Kippa in Turkey.

thecatsthecats · 12/11/2019 15:29

How many letters are there in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?

Answer? 51 NOT 58 - because there are 7 Welsh letters in there formed of 2 characters in there.

(I bitterly resent having been marked down by an English pub quiz on that one!)

sashh · 12/11/2019 15:30

The painted line where the colours differs on the hull of a boat is called a plimsoll line. It is a marker of how much load a ship can take by weight. If you can’t see the line the ship is overloaded

There are markers beneath it because ships are more buoyant on salt water than fresh, this is important for ships that wail in both the sea and on rivers.

American and French Sign Language are very similar to each other but different to British Sign Language. Each country has its own sign language and some have more than one.

You have two cans of coke, one is full fat the other is diet, when you put them in a bucket of water which will float and which will sink. Bonus points for the reason.

Not all badgers are black and white, what other colour can they be (red / ginger).

Different egg shapes - maybe with pictures. Birds that nest on rocks and cliffs have eggs that are more pointy so that they role in a smaller circle.

Why are the kidneys left in rabbit when you buy it at the butcher?

ScreamingCosArgosHaveNoRavens · 12/11/2019 15:31

The flag of Sri Lanka has maroon on it, which is a shade of red.

CharityConundrum · 12/11/2019 15:31

I'd count maroon as red for the purposes of flag colouring though.

Shaggy in Scooby Doo's real name is Norville Rogers.
Velma's surname is Dinkley and Scooby's full name is Scoobert! (Guess what we watch a LOT of in this house!)

Tanith · 12/11/2019 15:34

St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.
Apparently, he was ignored for centuries because people confused him with Judas Iscariot, so they gave him that brief as a consolation prize (though they didn't phrase it quite like that, I'm sure!).

PooWillyBumBum · 12/11/2019 15:41

Which group of animals have females with three vaginas and males with two-pronged penises?


Minikievs · 12/11/2019 15:41

@AdaColeman @MoobaaMoobaa @HollowTalk

Sorry, yes, September is Michaelmas (St Michael) St Stephens is Boxing Day, you’re right.

No, I mean financial quarter days, not quarter days as in literal quarter days solstice/equinox

Lifeover · 12/11/2019 15:42

Despite nearly ending the world, the Kruschevs gave the kennedys a puppy who was descended from one of the first dogs to go to space and return, the puppy was called Pushinka. But remember a puppy is for life not just the Cold War!

MissLadyM · 12/11/2019 15:42

Honey never spoils (some was found in an Egyptian tomb and was edible)

A hedgehogs heart beats 300 times per minute.

Coke is green before they add colourings

Eric Stolz was Marty McFly in Back to the Future first but was replaced after several weeks of filming.

Owls are the only bird that can see blue.

You are born with 300 bones but an adult has 206.

Al Martino was the first UK number 1

Tanith · 12/11/2019 15:42

The 100 Years War lasted 116 years (1337-1453)

Panama hats are from Ecuador, not Panama.

Catgut is traditionally made from sheep or goat intestine - occasionally cow or pig or horse - but never cat.

sashh · 12/11/2019 15:45

What percentage of people are born with a hole in the heart? (100% - there are various types and this one closes in a few days after birth ).

Which countries drive on the left, pick one from Africa, America, Asia, and 3 from Europe.

Who is the emperor of Japan and when did he become Emperor.

Which European countries have a monarchy?
Names / brand names in other countries eg Durex in Australia is what we call sellotape, a doona is a duvet a Vauxhall car is a Holden.

In the UK we have a vegetable called a courgette, in the US it is called zucchini, so what ae the words for a marrow in French and Italian.

Which country(ies) celebrates Xmas day first? Russia and Greece (I think one or two other eastern European countries) calibrated Xmas 2019 last January.

The last Czar of Russia spoke and wrote to his German wife in which language (English) and to the rest of the court in which language (French).

Name the 4 daughters of the last Czar.

Noroof · 12/11/2019 15:48

When you see lots of little dust motes moving in a beam of light the movement is called Brownian motion.

OhLookHeKickedTheBall · 12/11/2019 15:51

Polar bear fur isn't white, it's mainly clear. Their skin is black too.

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