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178330.  Sun May 27, 2007 11:48 am Reply with quote

Question: How do you turn a frog into a prince?

Answer: Have sex with it.

One of the oldest known versions of the Frog Prince fairy tales is from Hungary; but the frog wasn't kissed, but shagged, to turn it into a prince. After the transformation “they hastened to celebrate the wedding, so that the christening might not follow it too soon.”

In other fairy tales rumpelstiltskin "tore himself in two", cinderella's sisters had their eyes pecked out by doves and the little mermaid had her tongue cut out by a witch.

178334.  Sun May 27, 2007 12:06 pm Reply with quote

Question: What effect would losing half your brain have on you?

In the last century surgeons have sergically removed a whole hemisphere of the brain hundreds of times for disorders uncontrollable in any other way; it's called hemispherectomy.

The surgery has no effect on personality or memory, but you would lose use of one eye and one hand (the opposite side to the side of the brain lost). Furthermore, if you lose the left half of your brain you may struggle with speaking for a little while until your brain can self-right.


178339.  Sun May 27, 2007 12:31 pm Reply with quote

Question: Why don't cats like kit-kats?

Answer: Because they can't taste sugary things.

As animals who survive solely on meat, cats cannot taste sweetness, missing the genes which create the necessary receptor. In fact, of all the animals examined, cats are the only mammals for whom this is the case. Cats can, however, taste adenosine triphosphate, the compound that supplies the energy in every living cell, which is a signal for meat.

It's probably just as well that cats don't like sweet things; chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which are stimulants which can cause cats to suffer vomiting or diarrhea.


178341.  Sun May 27, 2007 1:06 pm Reply with quote

Question: What is the cruelest art exhibition you can think of?

The cruellest I've ever found was a 2006 exhibition by Jill Greenberg. Greenberg gave a lollipop to each of 27 toddlers before letting them have one lick and then taking it off them; she then took a photo of each child. She argued that the images of distressed children were extremely powerful.

The internet community jumped on the exhibition, calling for Greenberg to be charged with child abuse, while American Photo magazine labelled the exhibition the most controversial of the year.,,1830213,00.html

178482.  Mon May 28, 2007 9:46 am Reply with quote

Question: The most powerful spirit of the Innu people of Canada is the fart man; how did he defeat the caribou master?

According to the folklore of the Innu people who were indiginous to the Quebec and Labrador area of Canada, they were once held ransom by a spirit called the Caribou Master who would not give caribou to the Innu. Caribou was their most important food.

They asked Matshishkapeu, the Fart Man, to help them. Matshishkapeu told the Caribou Master that if he did not give caribou to the Innu, he would cause some bodily affliction to befall him; still he refused to the Fart Man made him severely constipated.

The constipation would have led to the death of the Caribou Master had he not finally acceded to the Fart Man's requests. Thus the Innu became masters of their own caribou.

178589.  Tue May 29, 2007 2:17 am Reply with quote

Question: In mediaevel Sweden, what would happen if you entered the Cave of Roses?

The Cave of Roses was a pre-enlightenment form of execution from Sweden which was finally abolished in 1772. A similar version can now be seen on "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here".

The condemned man would be placed in a pitch-black cave with a number of poisonous snakes and reptiles, knowing that it would be only a matter of time before his movements caused a fatal bite. 200 years after abolishing the Cave of Roses, Sweden became one of the first countries to abolish the death penalty altogether.


178591.  Tue May 29, 2007 3:19 am Reply with quote

Question: Why might the Salvation Army be the least charitable charity in the world?

Last year, an Issaquah man H. Guy Di Stefano died leaving a $264 million estate to charity. Not knowing which charity to leave it to, he split it between eight charities, including the Salvation Army and Greenpeace.

However Di Stefano's will said the $33 million should go to Greenpeace International, which no longer exists. Instead, it was absorbed into the Greenpeace Fund. The Salvation Army were not happy, thinking that instead the fund should be split seven ways and took Greenpeace to court.

No other charity would touch the case, and so eventually the case was settled out of court; the Salvation Army will get the $6 million extra share of Greenpeace’s slice of money, while Greenpeace will still get about $27 million.


178603.  Tue May 29, 2007 4:25 am Reply with quote

Never trust a charity with the word "Army" in their title. It kind of clues you in that they're not going to play nice :)

178726.  Tue May 29, 2007 7:50 am Reply with quote

Q: If you were in ancient Egypt, why would you wait until summer to rent a pedalo? (or something...)

The Egyptians marked their 'hours' by dividing the length of the available daylight into twelve. Therefore a summer hour has more actual time in it than a winter hour.

But if you wanted to cruise at night, you'd do it in the winter, of course, when the length of the 'hour' is longest at night.

As far back as 1,500 BC they were using sundials to mark the passage of time during the day, and water clocks to mark the passage of time at night.

Frederick The Monk
178826.  Tue May 29, 2007 12:03 pm Reply with quote

Gray wrote:

The Egyptians marked their 'hours' by dividing the length of the available daylight into twelve. Therefore a summer hour has more actual time in it than a winter hour.

As indeed did the Romans. They turned the centre of Rome into one huge sundial, the Horologium Augusti which used an Egyptian obelisk as a gnomon and bronze numbers set into the ground to mark the hours. On auspicious days, such as Augustus' birthday it also pointed at particular hours to monuments such as the Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augustus.

178941.  Wed May 30, 2007 2:08 am Reply with quote

Question: Why do women have a higher life-expectancy than men?

Forfeit: Heart disease

Ok, men are more likely to get heart disease at a younger age, but if you look at the statistics, the reason that women live for, on average, four years longer than men is due to violent deaths and accidents.

Men are more likely to die young due to car-crashes, drunken accidents and work-related hazards, so they skew the statistics.

s: The Times: 26/05/07

180095.  Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:04 am Reply with quote

Question: Why do the Topamina people of Brazil put snakes down their trousers?


The Topamina of Brazil encourage poisonous snakes to bite their penises in order to boost their size. The practise is not to be encouraged, but apparently it does work temporarily for about 6 months.

Indian Sadhus men use weights to increase their penis length and while modern-day vacuum and traction devices do not cause any increase in length, researchers have shown that in some cases they can provide a “psychological uplifting effect.”

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180122.  Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:34 am Reply with quote

Question: Where's the easiest place in Italy to find cocaine?



Researchers testing the air in Rome have found that there are traces of cocaine in the city's air. Concentrations were highest in the city centre, especially near the University of La Sapienza. Other chemicals found in the air included cannabis, nicotine and caffeine.

The report's authors said that while concentrations were five times less than the legal limit for other toxic substances, there was reason for concern.


180125.  Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:38 am Reply with quote

Question: Why might QI be partly responsible for obesity?


A recent study has shown that people eat more when they are watching television, and the more entertaining the programme, the more they eat.

Forty-five volunteers ate as many chips as they wanted during five-minute intervals when they were watching David Letterman and Jay Leno. They also ate during intervals with no television. It was found that they ate an average of 44 percent more chips while watching Letterman and 42 percent more while viewing Leno, than when they did not watch TV.

180130.  Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:53 am Reply with quote

Question: True or False, eating chocolate can cause acne?


Surprisingly it may be true.

Spots are certainly not directly caused by what food one eats, they erupt due to overactivity in the glands which secrete oil onto the skin. This oil clogs the pores which give bacteria an excellent environment to grow.

So what does chocolate have to do with this? Well the overactivity is often caused by increased testosterone (one reason why teenage boys have worse acne than girls) and recent studies have shown that increased dairy products may lead to increases in testosterone. So despite many dermatologists claims to the contrary, eating lots of milk chocolate may indeed increase your chances of getting acne.



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