The 23 Most Surprising Facts Learned From QI

Hello, and welcome to QI, where fools rush in, and angels suddenly remember they have a prior engagement. Fact checkers can take it up with The BBC.

1. Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.

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2. Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because Tintin is pronounced ‘Chin chin’ and means penis.

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3. People in Victorian Britain who couldn’t afford chimney sweeps dropped live geese down their chimneys instead.

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4. When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, one of the suspects was Picasso.

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5. The Ancient Greeks claimed the sky was bronze as they had no word for blue.

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6. The Queen is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.

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7. The shortest war ever fought was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

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8. Harry Houdini could pick up pins with his eyelashes and thread a needle with his toes.

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9. Thomas Edison’s last breath is held in a vial at the Henry Ford museum in Detroit.

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10. The word ‘time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.

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11. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.

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12. The human heart pumps enough blood in a lifetime to fill three supertankers.

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13. Jimmy Carter once sent a jacket to the cleaner’s with the nuclear detonation codes still in the pocket.

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14. After two weeks of wear, a pair of jeans will have grown a 1,000-strong colony of bacteria on the front, 1,500-2,500 on the back and 10,000 on the crotch.

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15. In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were named Mary.

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16. In his first year at Harrow, Winston Churchill was bottom of the whole school.

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17. The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.

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18. The American secret service tried to spike Hitler’s carrots with female hormones to change him into a woman.

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19. Manchester United is the most hated brand in Britain and the seventh most hated in the world.

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20. The French mathematician Descartes had a theory that monkeys and apes were able to talk – but kept quiet in case they were asked to do any work.

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21. Ants can survive in a microwave: they are small enough to dodge the rays.

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22. It costs more to make the cardboard box that Shredded Wheat comes in than it does to make the cereal itself.

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