Quite Interesting

Quite Interesting


Quite Interesting facts from the team behind the BBC TV show QI. https://t.co/KajPX02jPd https://t.co/e7kKHcHU2N https://t.co/q3qVciWTD7

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Alcohol really can make you better at speaking foreign languages. (Study: ).

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In 1449, Italian engineer Taccola advised protecting your camp using the ‘enogastronomic stratagem’. Put food and wine into an enclosure and pretend to flee at the approach of your enemy, who would easily get inside, then naturally eat and drink themselves into a stupor.

The flag of Nepal is so difficult to draw correctly that the country’s constitution provides a 24-step instruction guide.

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The word ‘frustrating’ first appeared in print in George Eliot’s Middlemarch.

Legalising marijuana causes sales of junk food to increase about 4%.

The Victorian slang for ‘chronically lazy’ was ‘born a bit tired’.

The recently-closed Antigallican pub in Woolwich, London, was named after an 18th century society that campaigned against the influx of French culture and produce to Britain.

About a third of people sneeze when they look at bright light. Although this has been studied since Aristotle first recorded it, no one knows why it happens.

Companies can vote in City of London elections depending on how many employees they have. Deloitte has 260 votes.

Cuttlefish have self-control, and are able to hold off eating snacks on the promise that they will get a better snack later.

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Until 1979, Sweden classified homosexuality as a mental illness. That year, activists took the classification as an illness to its logical extent - Swedes called in too gay to go to work.

Word of the day: TASLEEK (Saudi Arabic) - to nod along and pretend you care what another person is saying

Crows not only hold grudges, they tell their friends and family about them.

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In English, a "French exit" is to sneak out of a party without telling anyone. In French, it is known as "partir à l’anglaise" - to leave the English way.

On October 1st 1861, Charles Darwin wrote in his diary: ‘I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything’

In Washington DC, the Slovakian and Slovenian embassies meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail.

Independence from Britain is celebrated somewhere in the world, on average, one in every seven days.

Word of the day: QUOCKERWODGER (19th century) – a politician who has his or her strings pulled by a third party, who behaves likes a puppet

Word of the day: GLUGGAVEÐUR (Icelandic) - Weather that looks lovely from inside your house, but is horrible to be outside in. Literally 'window-weather'.

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