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61 Surprising Facts That Will Make You Say "Blimey!"

With thanks to innumerable Quora threads and QI books.

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1. Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

2. Einstein spoke his last words to a nurse who didn't speak German, so we don't know what they were.

3. The centre of the Milky Way tastes of raspberries.

4. Kissing was banned in England in 1439.

5. The Twitter bird logo is made from overlapping circles.


6. There's a small island off the coast of New Zealand that has nationwide free Wi-Fi and some incredible currency, including Pokémon coins.

7. Matt Groening's mother was called Marge Wiggum.

8. KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell are owned by the same company.

9. When the "Mona Lisa" was stolen, Pablo Picasso was questioned as a suspect.

10. The nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" never states that the titular character is an egg.

11. Qatar is the only country that begins with a "Q", and Iraq is the only country that ends with one.

12. A Swedish couple named their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, pronounced "Albin".

13. Dildos were illegal in Texas till 2008.

14. You're more likely to drown in your bath or be killed by a vending machine, terrorist, bee, or lightning than to win the lottery.

15. Paris only has one stop sign.

16. Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler were scared of cats.

17. Every time you enter one of those Captcha answers on a website, you're helping digitize books.

18. The sports brands Adidas and Puma were the result of a decades-old sibling rivalry.

19. Margaret Thatcher contributed to the development of Mr Whippy ice cream.

20. Female capuchin monkeys flirt by throwing stones at males.

21. Harrods sold cocaine until 1916.

22. Babies are born with an innate swimming reflex, although it's not recommended that you take them swimming.

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23. You might feel it with your hand on the left side, but your heart is located in the centre of your chest.

24. Yoda's first name was going to be Minch.

25. A man in Ohio once faced charges for having sex with a picnic table.

26. Whoopi Goldberg used to be a bricklayer.

27. Fred Perry was the world table-tennis champion before he won Wimbledon.

28. There's a really dark episode of Tom and Jerry with an ambiguous ending that suggests they take their own lives.

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29. If you shuffle a deck of cards properly, the resulting order has probably never been seen before in the world.

30. There are more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks branches in Denver, Colorado.

31. There's a country with no capital.

32. Ely Place, by Holborn Circus in central London, is not part of London.

33. Scotland's national animal is the unicorn.

34. Pigeons regularly get on the tube at Hammersmith and alight at Ladbroke Grove.

35. The Easter Island heads have bodies.

36. Everyone on this island in the South Pacific speaks with a Gloucestershire accent.

37. The first fatal car accident in the UK was caused by a car travelling at 4mph.

38. The first McDonald's menu items weren't hamburgers; they were hot dogs.

39. One of the largest contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary submitted his entries from a lunatic asylum after he killed a man.

40. This blind man can mountain-bike and recognise a building from 1,000 feet away.

41. The island of Tuvalu made over $20 million by selling its domain name.

42. The last movie rented out from Blockbuster before it closed down was This Is the End.

43. Arnold Schwarzenegger earned around $21,429 per word for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

44. There are more stretch limos in Glasgow than in Los Angeles.

45. Koalas have fingerprints so similar to humans' that they could be confused at a crime scene.

46. On the original Star Trek set, there were pipes and tubes marked "GNDN" – it was a joke by the set designers, as it stood for "Goes nowhere, does nothing".

47. There's a book with a plotline bearing incredible similarities to the details surrounding the wreck of the Titanic that was published 14 years before it happened.

48. The character of Michael Myers in Halloween wears a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

49. Shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when listening to French music in a shop, and German wine when German music is playing.

50. Sigourney Weaver actually made that backwards basketball shot in Alien: Resurrection.

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51. One in 10 people from Iceland will publish a book.

52. Mount Everest has 4G coverage.

53. The closer a woman lives to the equator, the more likely she is to give birth to a girl.

54. "Success Kid" was trying to eat sand in that picture.

55. British intelligence services experimented with using semen as invisible ink.

56. A blood donor in Australia has saved 2 million babies.

57. There is an ATM in Antarctica.

58. Maggie Simpson's cost when she's swiped through the checkout in the opening of The Simpsons has changed.

59. Rowan Atkinson once prevented a mid-air disaster that could have killed everyone on board.

60. You can estimate when the sun will set simply by using your hand.

61. You have more bacterial cells living in and on your body than human cells.