34 facts to leave you speechless | From the QI team © BBC

34 facts to leave you speechless

From the QI team

The 'elves' who research QI have just published a new collection of 1,234 weird and wonderful facts. Here are 34 snippets of information from the book, some of which might also be familiar to listeners to their Chortle-Award-winning No Such Thing As A Fish podcast…

• The founder of the Daily Mail was convinced that Belgians were poisoning his ice cream.

• Albert Einstein's eyeballs are in a safety deposit box in New York.

• In 1900, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle caught fire at a cricket match. The ball hit a box of matches in his pocket.

• Baths kill more people than terrorists.

• Box jellyfish have 64 anuses.

• No US President has ever died in May.

• The world's most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex has its teeth wrapped around the most complete fossil of a triceratops.

• All the American war dead on European soil were buried facing away from Germany, apart from George S Patton, who is facing his troops.

QI facts• Humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish.

• The US military is America's largest purchaser of explosives; number two is Disney World.

• Airplane! was released in Germany as The Unbelievable Journey In A Crazy Aeroplane!

• When Fawlty Towers was broadcast in Spain, Manuel became an Italian called Paolo.

• McDonald's used to sell bubblegum-flavoured broccoli.

• In the 5th Century AD, the Catholic Church excommunicated all mime artists.

• Three times as many people follow Russell Brand on Twitter than all 650 MPs combined.

• The Wikipedia page for 'pedant' has been edited more than 500 times.

• Robin Williams improvised so much of Aladdin it was ineligible for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

• London's first telephone directory didn't have any numbers in it.

• If a mother polar bear fails to double her weight during pregnancy, the foetus is reabsorbed into her body.

• By the end of her life, Queen Victoria's bust measured seven inches more than her height.

• In the Senegalese version of Firefox, a crash is a hookii, which means 'a cow falling over but not dying'.

• Birds practise their songs quietly in private before they perform them in public.

• Until the 1990s, Britain's nuclear weapons were secured with bike locks.

• Lachschlaganfall is the condition where a person laughs so much they fall unconscious.

• The dialling code for space is the same as the one for Texas.

• Children on long car journeys are more likely to grow up rich and successful if they take the middle seat.

• Uranus was originally called George.

• Grumpy Cat earns more than Gwyneth Paltrow.

• A recent scientific study concluded there are too many scientific surveys.

• Martin Luther King Jr got a C+ for public speaking.

• Prince Charles's valet irons his shoelaces.

• Almost half of American adults believe that dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

• The word 'nuppence' means 'no money'.

• Jugglers in medieval Germany were not allowed to inherit property.

For 1,200 more facts, buy 1,234 QI Facts To Leave You Speechless, published by Faber & Faber. Click here to order for £3.39.

Published: 1 Dec 2015

What do you think?

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.