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thetwig
31204.  Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:40 pm Reply with quote

Well, Series Three has a General Ignorance Thread so I thought I'd begin one here.

Question: Who Was born on Christmas Day?

Forfeit: Jesus (That's kinda obvious, isn't it)

Answers: Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), Sir Issac Newton, and Wordsworth's Sister.

 
Jenny
31210.  Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:07 pm Reply with quote

This may fit with an article I saw in today's Guardian, the thrust of which is as follows:

Medical researchers have found that "granny's nostrums" to fend off colds may be scientifically proven.

Ninety volunteers who spent 20 minutes with their feet in bowls of iced water have provided evidence that failing to wrap up warmly is directly linked to falling prey to sore throats and a bunged-up nose.

Straightforward connections between chilling and viral infection have been hard to prove, according to the common cold centre at Cardiff University — the world's only such centre.

But the latest experiment reinforces theories that existing, latent infection can be activated when parts of the body, particularly the feet and nose, get wet and cold.

Claire Johnson and Ron Eccles from the centre found that 29% of the volunteers developed cold symptoms within five days, compared to 9% of a control group who dangled their feet in empty bowls.

All participants took off their shoes and socks and temperatures were monitored throughout the experiment.

"When colds are circulating, many people are mildly infected but show no symptoms," said Professor Eccles, whose findings are published in today's issue of Family Practice magazine.

"But if they become chilled, this causes a pronounced constriction of the blood vessels in the nose and shuts off the warm blood that supplies the white cells that fight infection.

"Although the chilled subject believes they have 'caught a cold', what has in fact happened is that the dormant infection has taken hold."

Another explanation could be that our noses are colder in the winter. Prof Eccles said: "A cold nose may be one of the major factors that causes common colds to be seasonal. When the cold weather comes we wrap ourselves up in winter coats to keep warm but our nose is directly exposed to the cold air.

"Cooling of the nose slows down clearance of viruses from the nose and slows down the white cells that fight infection."

 
tetsabb
35763.  Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:40 am Reply with quote

thetwig wrote:
Well, Series Three has a General Ignorance Thread so I thought I'd begin one here.

Question: Who Was born on Christmas Day?

Forfeit: Jesus (That's kinda obvious, isn't it)

Answers: Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), Sir Issac Newton, and Wordsworth's Sister.


Mithras, the deity of a cult in Rome, many of whose traditions were nicked by the Christians.
I also offer the following:-

1887 Conrad Hilton (hotelier)

1899 Humphrey Bogart (actor)

1918 Anwar Sadat (Egyptian President)

1949 Sissy Spacek (actress)

1971 Dido (singer)

I seem to remember in the 70s that Marie Trudeau, wife of the then Canadian Prime Minister, gave birth on 25th December twice, prompting my father to exclaim, "Who the Hell does she think she is?"

 
swot
36164.  Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:05 am Reply with quote

What about people born on April 1? They must have awful birthdays.

Otto von Bismarck (1815)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873)
Edgar Wallace (1875)
Lon Chaney (1883)
George Baker (1931)
Debbie Reynolds (1932)
Ali McGraw (1938)
Phillip Schofield (1962)

 
tetsabb
36182.  Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:20 am Reply with quote

Or 31st October???

eg My good lady.. and yes, we have cats


Celebrity Birthdays October 31st:
Anniversaries of Deaths - Oct. 31st:

Barbara Bel Geddes (Actress - Miss Ellie on TV Series Dallas.) Born October 31, 1922.
John Candy, 1950
Dale Evans, 1912
Lee Grant, 1930/1927 (Actress) *
Michael Landon, 1936
Juliette Low, 1860 (Girl Scouts founder)
Dan Rather, 1931 (TV Anchorman - CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes)
* Born twice????

And exits...
Indira Gandhi - Former Prime Minister of India. Born November 19, 1917. Assassinated October 31, 1984.
Harry Houdini, Magician. Died October 31, 1926 from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. Buried in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York. He was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. Source: www.houdini2.com
River Phoenix, 1993 (at the age of 23)

 
swot
36187.  Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:50 am Reply with quote

thetwig wrote:
Well, Series Three has a General Ignorance Thread so I thought I'd begin one here.

Question: Who Was born on Christmas Day?

Forfeit: Jesus (That's kinda obvious, isn't it)

Answers: Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), Sir Issac Newton, and Wordsworth's Sister.


What about who died on Christmas Day?

Charlie Chaplain. no idea of the year though. Anyone know any others?

 
samivel
36248.  Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:27 pm Reply with quote

no1 school swot wrote:
What about who died on Christmas Day?

Charlie Chaplain. no idea of the year though. Anyone know any others?


Chaplin died in 1977. As for other Christmas deaths, here are some:

1995, Dean Martin (singer/actor)
1992, Monica Dickens (author)
1989, Nicolae Ceausescu (Romanian dictator)
1983, Joan Miro (Spanish painter)
1963, Tristan Tzara (founder of Dadaism)
1946, W.C. Fields (actor/comedian)
1938, Karel Capek (Czech author)


Last edited by samivel on Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:32 am; edited 1 time in total

 
samivel
36250.  Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:31 pm Reply with quote

Charles Pathé, moving pictures pioneer, was born on Christmas Day 1863 and died on Christmas Day 1957.

 
swot
36329.  Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:34 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
1963, Tristan Tzara (founder of Dadaism)


What's that?

 
samivel
36413.  Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:53 pm Reply with quote

More info on Dadaism here

 
Caradoc
36463.  Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:54 pm Reply with quote

and dada

 
swot
36539.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:28 am Reply with quote

Thankyou. That's quite interesting

 
QI Individual
37515.  Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:41 pm Reply with quote

What is on the top of the list of inventions the Americans say they can't live without?

 
Amie
37517.  Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:43 pm Reply with quote

Err.. Television or McDonalds

 
samivel
37520.  Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:50 pm Reply with quote

Guns?

 

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