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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Events at the chaotic 1900 Paris Olympic Games included kite flying, firefighting and competitive lifesaving.

In seawater, it can take up to 1,300 years for a single Lego brick to completely break down. (Study: .)

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While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact. ANDREA DWORKIN

When filming Titanic, only one half of the ship was built, and the appearance of an entire liner was achieved through left-right reversing the shots. Because of that, an unusually large number of extras seem to be left-handed.

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN

Speakers of the indigenous Australian language Dyirbal switch to a completely different dialect in the presence of their mother-in-law.

Word of the Day: SLANTINGDICULAR - something awry or amiss.

One of the techniques used for testing new toilet bowls is to flush progressively larger cylinders of soybean paste through them until they can no longer be flushed away.

The original concept of the board game Operation was to avoid dying of thirst in the desert.


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

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.

The best selling chocolate bar in America (Hershey's) doesn't contain enough cocoa to be legally classified as "chocolate" in the UK. (Image: SpooSpa.)

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

Word of the day: BORIS-NORIS (19th century) - to go on blindly, without any thought of risk or decency

Word of the day: HIMBO (late 80s slang) - an attractive but unintelligent man