All the mountains on Saturn’s moon Titan are named after peaks in The Lord of the Rings.Selections from the first book written by the elves at QI/NSTAAF. They have now authored The Book of the Year.
J.R.R. Tolkien and Adolf Hitler both fought at the battle of the Somme.
Splenda was an insecticide that became a sweetener when an assistant misheard an order to “test” it as “taste” it.
The symbol of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada is the forget-me-not.
A decapitated planarian flatworm grows a new brain complete with all its old memories.
95% of all avocados on sale today are descended from one tree grown by a
Milwaukeepostman in 1926.
There are whales alive today that were born before Moby-Dick was written in 1851.
The 1784 “Kettle War” between the Netherlands and the Holy Roman Empire involved only a single shot. It hit a kettle.
North Americans account for less than a sixteenth of the world’s people, but more than a third of their weight. (error - see reader Kyle's comment)
After just four moves in a game of chess, there are 318,979,564,000 possibilities for the layout of the board.
10,000 horses were killed at the battle of Waterloo.
06 December 2017
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