Top ten facts of this week

QI, a Deskarati favourite, is a ‘Quite Interesting’ TV quiz program featuring Stephen Fry & Alan Davies. It is also an eclectic mix of science, technology, history and the arts. The website QI.com has a ‘facts of the week’ section which we reprint for you here with a recommendation to check out both the TV program and the site – Deskarati

1 The planet Neptune orbits the Sun so slowly, it hasn’t even completed one orbital period since its discovery in 1846.

2 All Best Before dates on packets of crisps manufactured in the UK fall on a Saturday.

3 According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

4 There are roughly 60 Lego bricks for every human on Earth.

5 The biggest tyre manufacturer in the world is Lego.

6 TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be spelt using only the letters on one row of a qwerty keyboard.

7 Some languages, such as that of the Pirahã tribe in the Amazon, rely so heavily on tone to convey meaning that the language can actually be hummed or whistled and still be perfectly understood.

8 A photon that takes eight minutes to travel from the Sun to Earth took 100,000 years to get from the centre to the surface of the Sun.

9 You actually take in less oxygen yawning than you would if you took in a normal breath of air.

10 More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.

via The QI App.

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