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Quite Interesting

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A group of ostriches is known as 'a wobble'.

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Dr. Samuel Johnson, author of the famous English dictionary, collected orange peel but refused to say why.

There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not. ROBERT BENCHLEY

Turkey has a province, a city and a river all called Batman.

Thanks to everyone who sent feedback about the wording of this tweet and the phrase 'evolved twice' - we've since brought it down. Here's some more reading on this fascinating story: Natural History Museum: blog: @Evolutionistrue 

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The abbreviation ‘O.M.G.’ was first used in 1917 by Admiral John Arbuthnot "Jacky" Fisher in a letter to Winston Churchill.

A historical basis for some of the plagues of Egypt may have been after-effects of a real volcanic eruption. This could have turned the Nile red, driven frogs and insects to seek fresh water, and caused acid rain and dust clouds.

Word of the Day: SPAGHETTIFICATION - the process by which an object is stretched and ripped apart if it falls into a black hole.

An average Victorian living room could contain up to 2.5 kilograms of arsenic, which was an ingredient in wallpaper, rugs, furniture, and children’s toys.


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

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

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.

Word of the Day: ÁILLEÁNACH (Irish) - an attractive and yet useless man.

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

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

2 minutes and 44 seconds of Sandi Toksvig hugging people. That's it. That's the tweet.

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