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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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AdaColeman · 13/11/2019 16:28

Q. Which is the only English place name that includes an exclamation mark?

A. Westward Ho! in Devon.

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats · 13/11/2019 16:32

I've always liked the fact that the Normans (as in the Norman conquest) were descended from Vikings who had invaded and then settled Northern France previously.

MyGhastIsFlabbered · 13/11/2019 16:40

Many millions of years ago all the land on earth formed one supercontinent. What was its name?


Sweetpea55 · 13/11/2019 16:42

The soaps game sounds good. What about sticking those little sandwich flags into them with the numbers on

Blinkyblonkyblimey · 13/11/2019 16:46

@ MockersthefeMANist King John used a seal to ‘sign’ the Magna Carta - which was much more authoritative than a written signature. The peasants were illiterate, not the nobility who were highly educated. Apologies for being pedantic - been dwelling on that all day!

tillytrotter1 · 13/11/2019 17:03

What's the sum of the first 5 prime numbers? Sit back and enjoy the rows about whether 1 is or is not a prime number! It's not, a prime number has exactly 2 factors, itself and 1. Answer's 28 by the way, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11.

What's name for a quadrilateral having equal sides? Not a square, it's a rhombus, ie diamond.

What nations contended the War of Jenkin's Ear? England and Spain.

tillytrotter1 · 13/11/2019 17:07

When Ed Balls was on Strictly, the football team he was chairman of did not win a single match.

We've not even got that excuse this season!

tillytrotter1 · 13/11/2019 17:09

Which American state has the largest percentage of boat owners?
Arizona, or at least it used to be!

tillytrotter1 · 13/11/2019 17:12

As they're written in English which UN nation has the longest name?

The UK of GB and NI, sure you know what the initals stand for!

I really must go and start feeding the rabble!

ThereIsIron · 13/11/2019 17:15

Pineapples don't grow on trees

Thatsenoughjuststopit · 13/11/2019 17:20

The distance between the inside of your elbow and your wrist is the same size as your foot.

Thanks Julia Roberts/pretty Woman

tillytrotter1 · 13/11/2019 17:21

@AdaColeman 365. 12 Days of Christmas

The first 12 triangle numbers add up to 364 but he also sent his love so the book makes it 365 but surely he sent it every day!

First 3 old men in Last of the Summer Wine. Cleggy, Compo and Blamire. Foggy replaced Blamire during Series 1 apparently.

Badbilly · 13/11/2019 17:28

got a cracker of a fact off a colleague the other day!
The quarter days in England are on those specific dates because in the olden days no one had a calendar. So they made the rent etc due on particular religious festival days so that everyone knew when to pay.
Xmas day - Dec
Feast of annunciation - March
Midsummers day - June
Feast of Stephen - sept.

Another useful bit of trivia about quarter days- starting at Christmas Day, you know the next one will be the 20 - something of March and then the 20- something of June and then the 20- something of September, but to work out the “somethings”, just count the number of letters in the month. So March = 25, June = 24, and September = 29th.

I would also point out that 29th September is Michaelmas, not St. Stephen’s Day, which is 26th December.

adaline · 13/11/2019 17:31

Beagles have a white tip on their tail so they can be identified by hunters in woodland/scrubland.

They also have three distinct barking sounds - the usual alert bark (eg when someone knocks on the door), baying and howling!

BluebellCockleshell123 · 13/11/2019 17:34

Which animal has the longest penis to body ratio? The limpet!

AllStarBySmashMouth · 13/11/2019 17:39

I haven't RTFT but did you know the collective term for a group of peacocks is an ostentation of peacocks?

Of course if it is a mixture of peacocks and peahens then they are peafowl.

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Fishflame · 13/11/2019 17:43

When you look up at a bright sky, the little circles you see in your eyes are white blood cells.

ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 13/11/2019 17:56

The Queen doesn’t have a passport as they are issued in her name
Peanuts grow underground
The longest lived vertebrates are Greenland sharks (a 400 year old shark has been found)
Bristlecone pines can live over 4000 years.

ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 13/11/2019 17:59

Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Cryalot2 · 13/11/2019 18:00

Loving this

ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 13/11/2019 18:05

The Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr was the co inventor of a frequency hopping system to prevent radio controlled torpedos being jammed.

Badbilly · 13/11/2019 18:13

Of all the 50 US States, which are the most eastern, western, northern and southern.

The answer is Hawaii (southern) and Alaska (most northern, western and eastern).

Alaska straddles the 180 degree longitude, so is both the most eastern and the most western state)

marchez · 13/11/2019 18:14

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ContinuityError · 13/11/2019 18:19

What did Reg Varney do in Enfield in 1967?

He was the first person to use a cash machine in the UK.

ChazsBrilliantAttitude · 13/11/2019 18:24

Edinburgh is on the same latitude as Moscow

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