All the mountains on Saturn’s moon Titan are named after peaks in The Lord of the Rings.For more, see the book - and the program (which sadly doesn't air in this country). I believe I recall one of the QI elves visiting this blog some years ago. Still here??
Agatha Christie was a keen surfer.
Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn.
At any one time, 45 million people in the world are drunk.
The Beatles classic Yesterday was originally entitled “Scrambled Eggs”.
Since 1990, more people have been killed by sandcastles than by sharks.
Wordsworth had no sense of smell.
Your eyebrows renew themselves every 64 days.
If Jane Austen hadn’t broken off her engagement, she would have been known as Mrs Harris Bigg-Wither.
Sgiomlaireachd (pronounced “scum-leerie”) is a Scots Gaelic word meaning “the kind of friend who only drops in at mealtimes”.
There is one Kalashnikov assault rifle in circulation for every 70 people on Earth.
There is only one sneeze in the Bible. [error - see Comment below]
The only member of ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard is drummer Frank Beard.
Silent letters in words such as “knife” and “psychic” are called aphthongs.
Splenda was an insecticide that became a sweetener when a lab assistant misheard an instruction to “test it” as “taste it”.
Reposted from 2013 to add a couple more facts from the book, with links to sources:
James Dean’s last appearance on film before his fatal carcrash in 1955 was in a road-safety commercial.Herbert Spencer, who coined the phrase “survival of thefittest,” was the only one of eight siblings to reach adulthood.In 1796, in a cricket match between Greenwich Pensionerswith One Arm and Greenwich Pensioners with one Leg, Greenwich Pensioners withOne Leg won by 103 runs.
The 1339 fact book has since been supplemented by several additional publications, all of which have been compiled into a seven-volume boxed set of 10,000 facts.