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1145613.  Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:12 am Reply with quote

OK, a tenuous excuse because this would have been better in the M-series, but...

"How many monuments are there in Washington DC?"

Surprisingly, the answer is just the one - the Washington Monument. All the rest are Memorials. [source - Tour Guide on recent segway tour of the city].


1145617.  Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:33 am Reply with quote

they say memorial, we say monument. Let's call the whole thing off.

1156260.  Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:40 pm Reply with quote

I guess the clue is in the name: the Washington Monument.

1157554.  Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:19 am Reply with quote

The minimum number of people required to colonize another planet successfully is (about) 10,000, according to Portland State University's anthropologist Cameron Smith.

The news may have used a more sensational number of 40,000 launched people, including disaster safety margins.

1157567.  Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:16 am Reply with quote

That reminded me of a little factoid I read many years ago.

"How many roads are there in the City of London?"

None. There are lots of "Streets" "Avenues" etc, but no "Roads".

1157606.  Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:30 pm Reply with quote

And, of course, the old chestnut about the number of lakes in the Lake District

1157607.  Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:33 pm Reply with quote


And One.

1157617.  Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:56 pm Reply with quote

And the answer to the monuments question is probably "quite a lot" - they're just not famous.

Here's one.

1161050.  Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:57 pm Reply with quote

How many Moon's does the planet Earth have?

1161059.  Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:25 pm Reply with quote


If you have a good argument for the answer being anything else, we'd be interested to hear it. Just be aware that the Resident QI Astronomer took Commander Lloyd himself to task over a claim on the show that there were two ...

1161398.  Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:46 pm Reply with quote

Two moons, called Moon and Moon?

1161549.  Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:52 pm Reply with quote

I was just interested in what people thought after they had been given so many different answers to the question.

I wonder if this will be addressed again on QI.

1161551.  Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:21 pm Reply with quote

TBH, I doubt it. I don't know whether the Management have a sheet of paper headed "Things that QI must never again ask a question about", but if that document exists then i) Japan (alleged eccentricity of inhabitants) and ii) Earth (number of moons thereof) are right at the top.

Before asteroid 3753 Cruithne was mentioned on QI, practically no one who was not a professional astronomer had even heard of it. Commander Lloyd has been known to refer to the show's bringing that little world to a larger audience as QI's talisman - but that still doesn't make it a satellite of the Earth.

In a similar way (and thanks to husband for this), a British children's magazine called Puffin Post once asserted that asteroid 1566 Icarus had become a satellite of the Earth. This claim was made in a letter to the editor which was presumably published unchecked, but it's not true either. (For the benefit of anyone who has a shelf full of back issues to look through, husband thinks this would probably have been two years either side of 1975.)

1161588.  Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:46 am Reply with quote

I am the real Commander Lloyd (that being my 2nd name) and from now on, moons shall be known to be non-artificial round bodies only. All the rest are just lumps of rock, satellites (both artificial and natural) etc - call them what you will.

I have commanded this and so let it be.

1161698.  Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:47 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for that Commander.

In that case the Earth has no moons. The one I thought was a moon is not round, it is not even sphere shaped. It is slightly wider than I is tall ... or the other way around ... depends on how you look at it.


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