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This is the long-wattled umbrellabird. The length of the wattle can be controlled– retracted in flight and extended when it wants to impress a female.

In 1900, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle caught fire during a cricket match at Lord’s. The ball hit a box of matches in his pocket.

The word ‘vanilla’ comes from the Latin root ‘vagina’.

In order to capture the “Street View” of the Arabian desert, Google used cameras mounted on camels.

PepsiCo’s first three US patents were for advances in the design of baseball bats, golf clubs and tennis rackets.

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I’d love to be a mole on the wall of the Liverpool dressing room at half time. KEVIN KEEGAN

The intense abdominal pain known as ‘Devonshire colic’ which afflicted thousands of West country people through the 17th and 18th centuries turned out to be poisoning caused by lead-lined cider presses (not the strength or acidity of the cider).

‘Strengths’ is the longest word in English with only one vowel.

Word of the Day: MUMPSIMUS n. Someone who clings to an old belief despite it being demonstrably wrong (from a story of an old monk who misrecited the Eucharist using ‘mumpsimus’ (meaningless) instead of ‘sumpsimus’ (‘we have taken’).

Strictly speaking, to join two ropes together you make a bend, not a knot.

The mineral in the teeth that limpets use to scrape algae off rock is harder than Kevlar.
(Image: Claudio Valdovinos & Maximillian Rüth

Romantically, you could say that we are all made of stardust, but the truth is also, that we're all just nuclear waste. JIM AL-KHALILI

The world’s largest ball pit, in the World Ice Arena in Shenyang, China contains 2,080,000 balls.

In Belize, teams of wildlife conservationists sleep under the trees of nesting scarlet macaws for five months, to deter poachers.

The all-day breakfast sandwich found in most supermarkets has as big a carbon footprint as driving a car 12 miles.

Holly has a trick for how you can say Spice Girl with a Glaswegian accent.
It's completely useless but also... kind of brilliant?

Right, we're off to get cosy before tonight's episode.
Brand new QI, BBC Two, 9pm with Sandi, Alan, Maisie Adam, David Mitchell and Holly Walsh!

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מסטודון היא רשת חברתית חופשית, מבוססת תוכנה חופשית ("קוד פתוח"). כאלטרנטיבה בלתי ריכוזית לפלטפרומות המסחריות, מסטודון מאפשרת להמנע מהסיכונים הנלווים להפקדת התקשורת שלך בידי חברה יחידה. שמת את מבטחך בשרת אחד — לא משנה במי בחרת, תמיד אפשר לדבר עם כל שאר המשתמשים. לכל מי שרוצה יש את האפשרות להקים שרת מסטודון עצמאי, ולהשתתף ברשת החברתית באופן חלק.