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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.

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

Here's one.

What's the connection between lepers and butterflies?

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'.

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.

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

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


Rule 2....

(so soon!) that it has to be both brand new and quite interesting...

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.

"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"

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...

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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


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...

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

Only found it out today.

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.

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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