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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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MrsToothyBitch · 12/11/2019 15:52

In the Swiss version of Cluedo, Colonel Mustard becomes Madame Curie.

The steel drum is the only non electric instrument invented in the c20th.

Princess Alice - 3rd dc and 2nd dd of Queen Victoria was the first of her children to die and died on the anniversary of the death of Prince Albert.

Mark Twain was born in a year that Haileys comet was seen in the sky. He remarked that he came with the comet and would die with the comet - and he did.

King John was killed by kindness; he died after eating too much peaches & cider at a feast given for him.

mogloveseggs · 12/11/2019 15:52

What date did Corrie start (9/12/60)

blamethecat · 12/11/2019 15:53

Polar bears do not have white fur, it is actually a transparent tube that reflects light.
You can fit the entire human race in a sugar cube (If you remove all the space from atoms the actual substance is tiny)

PollyFeather · 12/11/2019 15:55

The aboriginal word for Ayers Rock is Uluru

zemblanity · 12/11/2019 15:57

In Turkey, a turkey is called an American Bird.

When trying out a new pen, 97% of people write their own name.

Slavery was not made a statutory offence in the UK until 6th April 2010 (Shock)

Americans eat enough peanut butter a year to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon

South-East England has a lower annual rainfall than Beirut

I've got loads of these Smile

Dylanpickle · 12/11/2019 15:57

Polar bears fur is actually see-through & their skin is black.

A Nile crocodile can stay underwater for up to 2 hours.

It would take 1.3 million Earths to fill up the Sun

All great apes laugh like humans when they are tickled.

Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour.

SinkGirl · 12/11/2019 16:05

Most frogs don’t say ribbit.

In fact only a handful of American frog species make that sound. Sound recordists from Hollywood recorded that sound and convinced the whole world that frogs go ribbit.

Coldemort · 12/11/2019 16:12

A lot of welsh words are deliciously literal. You could try guess the animal e.g.
Pysgod Wibli Wobli (literal translation - Wibbly wobbly fish - colloquial)
Buwch Goch Gota (small red cow)
Bochdew (fat cheeks)
Mochyn daear (earth pig)

MockersthefeMANist · 12/11/2019 16:13

South Africa has three capital cities.

Mark Kermode's real name is Mark Fairey.

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery.

Magna Carta was not signed (kings were illiterate in them days)

The four sides of Nelson's Column depict four of his great naval battles: The Nile, Cape St Vincent, Tenerife and Trafalgar. There was consideration of alternatives, and it might have been Copenhagen, Ushunt, Nile, Trafalgar

blahblahblahblahhh · 12/11/2019 16:14

Wharf (as in like Canary Wharf) stands for WareHouse At River Front

MissLadyM · 12/11/2019 16:17

I love this - Cleopatra is closer to our time than the building of the pyramids!

burninglikefire · 12/11/2019 16:17

The number google is 10 to the power of 100, i.e. 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Ali1cedowntherabbithole · 12/11/2019 16:17

It would take 605 farts to kill a person.

Shit. Who knew that sleeping with DH was so dangerous?

NotChrisTarrant · 12/11/2019 16:19

Loving some of these. My Christmas Quiz will beat them all.

Now I just need to name it. ‘Useless shite’ isn’t very festive Hmm

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MrsFoxPlus4Again · 12/11/2019 16:21

If you keep elastic bands refrigerated they are less likely to snap

Stuffofawesome · 12/11/2019 16:24

Take a look @qikipedia on twitter.

ElphiasDoge · 12/11/2019 16:33

Which is the only station name to be present on both the Paris Metro
and the London Underground?


NormaBean · 12/11/2019 16:33

The sex of a tuatara (a fascinating living fossil reptile living on small islands around New Zealand) is dependent on the temperature of its egg during incubation.

The same is true of turtles.

hellsbellsmelons · 12/11/2019 16:34

Not sure I like No. 6 as we always say on here that NO is a complete sentence!

  1. Hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water.
  2. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
  3. The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
  4. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
  5. Ant's take rest for around 8 Minutes in 12 hour period.
  6. "I Am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  7. Coca-Cola was originally green.
  8. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  9. When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less.
  10. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from the blowing desert sand.
  11. There are only two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
  12. The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
  13. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  14. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  15. Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  16. Chocolate can kill dogs, as it contains theobromine, which affects their heart and nervous system.
  17. Women blink nearly twice as much as men!
  18. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
  19. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  20. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  21. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
  22. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky
  23. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  24. "Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.
  25. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
  26. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
    Spades - King David
    Clubs - Alexander the Great,
    Hearts - Charlemagne
    Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
  27. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  28. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  29. If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
    If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
    If the horse has a all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  30. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
    Ans. - All invented by women.
  31. Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this?
    Ans. - Honey
  32. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  33. A snail can sleep for three years.
  34. All polar bears are left handed.
  35. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
  36. Butterflies taste with their feet.
  37. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  38. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  39. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
  40. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  41. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
  42. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  43. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
  44. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
  45. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times
  46. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  47. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  48. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
  49. 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow
  50. 98% of people who read this, don't know What is SEO?
Shannith · 12/11/2019 17:19

@bumpertobumper bollocks you are right. I knew that. Or at least I really ought to, given my job.

SilverySurfer · 12/11/2019 17:21

The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name - gnurr.[

In 1943 the president of IBM predicted there is a world market for maybe five computers.

NASA had to rename the sizes of the apparatus used for male astronauts to pee, from small, medium, and large, to large, gigantic, and humongous, because no one was willing to pick their true size.

The line between the two numbers in a fraction is called the vinculum.

After each player has moved three times in a chess match, there are 121 million possible routes that the match could follow.

Shannith · 12/11/2019 17:21

@Rememberallball love that. Wheatherbys OKed Briantheracehorse for me. Stupid fellow owners vetoed it.

Spudlet · 12/11/2019 17:22

Which are there more of in the world; working equines, or tractors?

It’s equines! And the gap isn’t shrinking, it’s growing.

Dylanpickle · 12/11/2019 17:25

Name of Quiz

NotChrisTarrant's Fab-YULE-us Quiz-mas.

alwayscoffee · 12/11/2019 17:30

Edinburgh is west of Bristol. Everyone assumes that it is to the east because Edinburgh is on the east coast and Bristol is in the West Country but the way the country is shaped means on a purely east-west basis that Edinburgh lies west of Bristol by about 15 miles. If you ask people how far is Edinburgh to the east of Bristol most people guess about 70 to 100 miles rather than the correct answer of minus 15.

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