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580142.  Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:28 am Reply with quote

How about this as a suggestion for the H series of QI:

Hungary (the country, not the sensation of needing nourishment)

Ian Dunn
580157.  Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:52 am Reply with quote

Well, it would be interesting seeing as how Stephen's grandfather was a Hungarian Jew.

580165.  Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:02 am Reply with quote

Hmmm.. Yes. I'd like to hear more tales of "Peter Gorus" and "piniople opshiden-dovne tsoke".

580189.  Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:46 am Reply with quote

Stephen's tales of his grandfather's pronunciation reminded me strongly of Paul Erdős. He's a Hungarian and a very interesting person.

I don't have the source to hand (The Man Who Loved Only Numbers - Paul Hoffman) but I remember a story of a mathematician who went to see Erdős lecture for the first time, and came out having understood not a word due to Erdős's accent. Though he was assured by others in the audience that it was a very good lecture.

Erdős also spoke a lot in his own vocabulary, a few examples were that he referred to God as 'the SF' or 'Supreme Fascist', women were 'bosses' and men 'slaves', and thus to be married was to be 'captured' and divorce was 'liberation'. As would seem fairly obvious, he wasn't married himself, indeed he didn't even have a permanent address. He lived out of a suitcase, travelling between universities and the homes of mathematicians, staying for a time and collaborating with whoever he could, then moving on.

He's the most prolific mathematician ever, publishing around 1,475 mathematical papers, with 511 collaborators.

Sorry for going slightly off-topic, but he's one of my heroes.

632305.  Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:18 pm Reply with quote

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Spud McLaren
633191.  Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:46 pm Reply with quote

That seems pretty representative, Mark.. My father-in-law is Hungarian (resident in UK) and he & his mates do things like that rather a lot. It's as if they have a different logic system. Tony Hawke would be right at home hitchhiking around Hungary with a fridge.

But I find Hungarian folks incredibly generous. Dad-in-law will happily give away his last 50p to whoever he considers a worthy cause, even if they're many times better-off than he is. And if you visit his home, you cannot get away without accepting some kind of gift. The last time we visited, I was forced to come away with a donkey jacket 2 sizes too small for me and a 2-ft long ring spanner. It was just easier than trying to say "no".

Spud McLaren
633227.  Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:07 pm Reply with quote

Hungary became the first country where the parliament had supremacy over the crown, as provided in the Golden Bull of 1222. This was the first constitution in Continental Europe and was the Hungarian equivalent of Englandís Magna Carta

Sadurian Mike
633242.  Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:29 pm Reply with quote

I wonder if this thread can go the distance without someone mentioning that their hovercraft is full of eels.*

Oh... sorry.

*Possibly because of the general decrease in popularity of smoking.

Ian Dunn
633272.  Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:34 am Reply with quote

One of the most famous fictional residents of Hungary is Debbie Aldridge in The Archers. This is the character played by Tamsin Greig. The main reason why Debbie is in Hungary is that because Greig is so famous now, the character makes only a few appearances every year, but Greig still plays her.

Spud McLaren
633506.  Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:41 pm Reply with quote

In 1873, the old capital Buda and ”buda (Ancient Buda) were officially merged with the third city, Pest, thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest. So Budapest is the result of the merging of 3 cities, and not 2 as conventional wisdom dictates.

633800.  Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:42 am Reply with quote

I was a tour guide for a group going on holiday to Lake Balaton in Hungary.

One day, they asked if I'd take them into Budapest to sight-see. Well, it wasn't on the itinerary, but seemed a reasonable request.

So, I bought train tickets in my goddamn-awful school boy German. As they sat on the train and talked amongst themselves, I spent the 2-hour journey, unnoticed, swotting up on the city from my Lonely Planet guide.

On arrival, I escorted them around for the day, pointing out places of interest as we went. "And here we have the chain bridge, built in xxxx and famous for being..."; "And ahead, on the other side of Wenceslas Square, is St Stephens Cathedral, where in xxxx there was a ..."; "Now we go for lunch at the X restaurant, where you really must try the Y" etc etc

At the end of the day, the group thanked me for the wonderful tour and one of them asked how many times I'd visited the city.

"It's my first visit here, actually" =8-O he he

633833.  Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:42 am Reply with quote

Did you ever visit a little place called Velence, gruff?

633848.  Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:38 am Reply with quote

That name rings a bell, but this was more than a decade ago, so I'm a bit hazy on the trip now. Why, what's there?

Spud McLaren
634742.  Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:25 pm Reply with quote

Just to tie up: post 364203 in QI Countries.

634850.  Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:35 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
I wonder if this thread can go the distance without someone mentioning that their hovercraft is full of eels.*

Oh... sorry.

*Possibly because of the general decrease in popularity of smoking.

my nipples explode with delight.

better now? :-P




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