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JumpingJack
10723.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:51 pm Reply with quote

There is only one rule to this thread.

You may ONLY post information that you didn't know when you got up in the morning.

This is an attempt to encourage the difficult (but utimately addictively rewarding) business of true QI research.

 
JumpingJack
10724.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:55 pm Reply with quote

Here's one.

What's the connection between lepers and butterflies?

 
JumpingJack
10725.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:56 pm Reply with quote

The word 'leper' and the word 'lepidoptera' both derive for the Greek word for 'scale'.

 
dotcom
10726.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:58 pm Reply with quote

I learned that a saprophyte was a type of plant that took nutrients from surrounding decomposing vegetation.

 
JumpingJack
10728.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:02 pm Reply with quote

Thank you, dotcom. I knew I could rely on you.

Erm...

Rule 2....

(so soon!)


...is that it has to be both brand new and quite interesting...

 
JumpingJack
10729.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:07 pm Reply with quote

Not sure that saprophytes are quite ringing my bell so far.

Although I've just discovered that Saprophytes are also a Lithuanian rock band.

Quote:
"these young guys from a small town Pabrad? play emotional deathrock with gothic touch and lucid sympathy to Type O Negative sound. The band comes with sincere and wild live shows, and seem being strong pretenders to the elite of Lithuanian dark music scene"

 
JumpingJack
10730.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:10 pm Reply with quote

Have to hurry along now, because although I genuinely didn't know the lepers factoid, I'll bet there are lots of people on this site who did...

 
JumpingJack
10731.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:11 pm Reply with quote

The word gaucho is French political slang for a 'leftie'.

 
dotcom
10732.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:14 pm Reply with quote

Alas and alack, I have learned very few Quite Interesting things today, just recycling some Geography notes.

 
brackett
10733.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:14 pm Reply with quote

The planet Uranus, dicovered by Sir William Herschel, was originally called: George

Well, almost. It was named, Georgium Sidus, which translates as "Star of George" or "George's star"

The name was turned down however and now we are stuck with Uranus.

 
brackett
10734.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:17 pm Reply with quote

What did the Ancient Chinese use for body armour when in battle?

 
JumpingJack
10735.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:18 pm Reply with quote

brackett

I'll let you off this once, but I refer you to Rule 1.

Further infringements will not be tolerated.

You're sitting in the best bookshop in Europe with no customers: there's no excuse...

 
brackett
10736.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:18 pm Reply with quote

Only found it out today.

 
dotcom
10737.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:19 pm Reply with quote

Both butterflies and moths belong to the order lepidoptera. In Greek, this means scale wing.

 
brackett
10738.  Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:21 pm Reply with quote

I was talking to a man from China, we got talking, then we did some more talking, then he told me about these Chinese armour, while we were talking and I found it all out, while talking to a man from China today.

 

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