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duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1246015.  Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:46 am Reply with quote

Afternoon everybody

Douglas here

This is my first time on the QI forum. I've been a massive fan of the show since it first started and been a lover of trivia all my life especially where history is concerned.

I have three history degrees and am currently jobseeking. I enjoy philately, history, reading, walking, cinema and genealogy as hobbies.

So let's start as I mean to carry on.

Every major Russian leader since 1881 has been alternately bald and hairy.

[www.futilitycloset.com/2016/08/26/flip-floppers]

 
Jenny
1246022.  Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:14 pm Reply with quote

Hi Douglas and welcome.

I do like that factoid :-)

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1246190.  Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:36 pm Reply with quote

Thanks.

But isn't the definition of a factoid something that purports to be true but isn't?

 
crissdee
1246193.  Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:11 pm Reply with quote

Hi Douglas!

I've always understood "factoid" to mean a small/trivial fact, one of no apparent significance, the equivalent (and indeed main constituent) of "small talk".

 
'yorz
1246203.  Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:54 pm Reply with quote

Actually, according to Merriam Webster it is both:

Quote:
Definition of factoid

1: an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print
2: a briefly stated and usually trivial fact

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1246270.  Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:25 pm Reply with quote

All quite interesting!

And so is this.

Leo Fender, inventor of the famed Fender Telecaster, never learned how to play the guitar and had to use musicians to test them out.

[www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/03/the-inventor-of-the-legendary-guitars-never-learned-how-to-play-guitar]
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Bondee
1246273.  Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:37 pm Reply with quote

Random Factoids have their own thread which begins here. It's more than 200 pages long, so it might take you a while to work your way through it.

The Leo Fender fact has already appeared on said thread, way back in post 275077.

 
Prof Wind Up Merchant
1246278.  Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:50 pm Reply with quote

Hello duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1246444.  Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:05 am Reply with quote

A 'mushfaker' is another term for a repairer of umbrellas.

Surely this can't be common wisdom!

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duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1246585.  Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:59 pm Reply with quote

King Erik XIII of Sweden became a pirate after losing his throne.

[www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_of_Pomerania]
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'yorz
1246599.  Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:16 pm Reply with quote

Bondee wrote:
Random Factoids have their own thread which begins here.


Just to emphasise.

 

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