Quite Interesting Facts 3
Here is a list of little known facts from the BBC show “Q.i.” These are much more interesting than your typical “factoid” lists.
-A dialogue does not have any limits to how many people can take part. Two people have to take part in a duologue.
-The ‘winner’ of the marathon at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Frederick Lorz, went most of the way by car. Fourth place was awarded to a Cuban postman named Felix Carbajal, despite falling ill to apples he ate from an orchard en route. Len Tau, one of the first black African competitors in the Olympic Games, finished 9th despite being chased a mile or so off course by a large dog.
-Many riders competing in the 1904 Tour de France were disqualified because of receiving illegal tows from motor vehicles during night races. Maurice Garin was disqualified for taking a train through part of the route.
-Humans have between 9 & 21 senses.
-The Chinese invented the toilet, toilet paper, chess, acupuncture, fireworks, abacus, decimal system, drilling for oil, fishing reel, flamethrower, helicopter, horse collar, iron plough, lacquer, mechanical clock, hot air balloon, negative numbers, parachute, Printmaking, leaf maps, rudder, seismograph, stirrup, suspension bridge, umbrella, water bomb and whisky. Non-Chinese inventions include the Rickshaw, Chop suey and the fortune cookie, which were all invented in the United States.
-The first President of America was Peyton Randolph, the first President of the Continental Congress (Not George Washington or John Hanson). The second was John Hancock, whose name became an American term for a signature.
-A list of Scottish inventions and discoveries include rubber tyres, adhesive stamps, Australian national anthem, Bank of England, bicycle pedals, breach-loading rifle, Bovril, cell nucleus, chloroform, cloud chamber, cornflour, cure for malaria, decimal point, Encyclopædia Britannica, fountain pens, Genetic fingerprinting, hypnosis, Hypodermic syringes, insulin, kaleidoscope, lawnmower, lime cordial, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, matches, motor insurance, paraffin, piano pedals, radar, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, raincoats, tarmac, teleprinters, tubular steel, typhoid vaccines, ultrasound, United States Navy, UST, vacuum flasks, wave powered electricity generation and wire rope. Others that aren’t Scottish include kilts, which are Irish and Danish, Hogmanay, which is French and whisky is Italian and Chinese.
-Examples of berries are the banana, tomato, orange, lemon, grapefruit, watermelon, kiwifruit, cucumber, grape, passion fruit, papaya and pomegranate. The only berry fruits that end in “berry” are the gooseberry and the blueberry.
-If you cut an earthworm in two, it becomes two halves of a dead worm. Not two new worms.