50 falbergasting factoids from the most eminante intelellectual fluff gathering team on the planet …. known as the QI Elves
How well do yo think that you know Christmas? In this article are some Christmas factoids listed with possible answers. See how many you get right.
It would be handy wouldn’t it – photosynthesising all our food rather than having to stop to eat three times a day – so why can’t we do it ?
In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. As well as technical innovation the language and grammer of war changes also. In this article we look at some of the terms, still in use today, that owe their origins to this conflict.
If it wasn’t actually real you’d swear that this was all made up. We’ve collected here some of the dumbest ‘ealth & safety warnings around … enjoy !
This is another of those questions to which the 1st response is often ‘Why should it?’ But think about it – when something moves in the external world, its image moves across the retina, the ‘screen’ at the back of the eye. If something is stationary in the external world and we move our eyes past it, its image will move across the retina in the same way. – How do we tell the difference ?
The use of the colloquial “Xmas” has often been singled out as an example of how this religious celebration has been commercialized and robbed of its religious content. So how did Xmas come to stand for Christmas?
The Romans were pagans for the first 300 years of Christianities existence.We’ll see in this article that Christianity has been very clever in subsuming pagan festivals and replacing them with their own, especially when the exact dates of some Christian festivals cannot be pin-pointed precicisely.
Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The...
The key currency symbols of the World’s biggest currencies are instantly recognizable. In the this article we look at the etymology of some of these symbols.
In this article we find proof that British Chemists do have a sense of humour .. well a puerile one at least.
How Many Piano Tuners in Chigago ? – Or how to answer a question with little or no knowledge at all !
Enrico Fermi showed how a whole range of scientific questions could be answered with very little basic knowledge and 1 simple rule. In this article we look at this amazing theory.
Some rather random factoids about our island home of Guernsey …
How on earth can Ancient Romans have built our modern railway system ? We take a side-ways look at this claim.