1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

By John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

QI is the neatest comedy convey on British tv, yet few humans comprehend that we're additionally an enormous criminal hit in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Africa and an unlawful one on BitTorrent. We additionally write books and newspaper columns; run a thriving web site, a fb web page, a Twitter feed; and convey an iPhone App and a sister Radio four programme. on the center of what we do is the fantastic truth - painstakingly researched and distilled to an excellent and surprising readability. In Einstein's phrases: 'Everything will be so simple as attainable, yet no longer simpler.'

Did you recognize that: cows moo in neighborhood accents; the complete web weighs under a grain of sand; the dialling code from Britain to Russia is 007; potatoes have extra chromosomes than people; the London Underground has made extra money from its well-known map than it has from working trains; Tintin is named Tantan in jap simply because TinTin is mentioned 'Chin chin' and capacity penis; the water within the mouth of a blue whale weighs greater than its physique; Scotland has two times as many pandas as Conservative MPs; Saddam's bunker was once designed by way of the grandson of the lady who equipped Hitler's bunker; less than the flora and fauna and geographical region Act of 1981, it's explicitly unlawful in Britain to exploit a machinegun to kill a hedgehog.

1,227 QI evidence To Blow Your Socks Off will make you examine the universe (and your socks) in an alarming new way.

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Not worth looking at,” Virgil says, and the two companions move past those who can’t even get into Hell, to the great river, Acheron, the torrent that feeds all of the tributaries and swamps of the underworld. On the shore wait the dead, coins at the ready to pay the burning-eyed steersman, Charon, who will row them in his ferry to the nether shore. ” “Chill, Charon, what’s willed you can do,” Virgil responds and whispers to Dante, “Charon is just wondering what a nice guy like you is doing in a place like this.

Dante went off to Rome in October. While under the Pope’s capacious thumb, he could only observe the entry of Charles II of Naples into Florence from afar. The Black faction and the seven Priors were victorious, and in January, Dante was banished from the city for two years and permanently excluded from office. Yet, the Priors decided that wasn’t bad enough. In March, Dante was exiled from Florence forever on pain of death. His journey had begun. 33 Book:Layout 1 10/11/11 4:07 PM Page 34 42 HOMELESS, Dante would never again feel the comfort of his own four walls.

The input of the other Guilds was only sought on the biggest questions, when the Council of the Hundred was called. 27 Book:Layout 1 10/11/11 4:06 PM Page 28 36 To get anywhere in politics, one must first join a Guild. Dante surveyed the list, and being an intellectual and a poet didn’t exactly qualify him for most of them, but he somehow decided to join with the Physicians and Apothecaries. His way with words made him an ideal candidate for advancement, and it was only shortly after becoming a Guildman that he was selected as ambassador to San Gimignano to help patch up a small dispute.

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