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Quite Interesting 1h
In the 1980s, Soviet discos were advised not to play the music of such foreign artists as Prince (due to ‘pornography, indifference to politics, nuclear war propaganda’), U2 (‘militarism’), Donna Summer (‘eroticism’) and Madonna (‘sex’).
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Quite Interesting 3h
The carving of a pilgrim hare in St. Mary’s Church in Beverley is theorised to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland’. (Image: David Wright.)
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Quite Interesting 5h
In 30 minutes, a leech can ingest 5 to 15 ml of blood, which is 10 times its weight.
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Quite Interesting 7h
To play a joke on a Star Wars comic book editor who would constantly add the word ‘Master’ to any Jedi’s name, a writer introduced an unnecessary Jedi character called Bayts. The editor was off duty at the moment, so the character made it through and became part of the canon.
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Quite Interesting 8h
In 1984 Suzette Haden Elgin wrote the feminist sci-fi novel Native Tongue and invented a language for it called Láadan. Words included RADÍIDIN, a time that is supposed to be a holiday but is actually so much of a burden due to work and preparations that it is a dreaded occasion.
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Quite Interesting 11h
Scientists have discovered a "Pi Earth" - an Earth-sized planet with an orbit of 3.14 days.
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Quite Interesting 15h
People who are scared of spiders are less fearful after watching a clip from a Spider-man movie.
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Quite Interesting 18h
98 percent of British people consider themselves to be among the nicest 50% of the population.
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Quite Interesting 20h
American troops fighting in the first Gulf War were explicitly banned from having raffles.
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Quite Interesting 22h
The Pixar film ‘Inside Out’ features a scene where a child refuses to eat broccoli. It had to be changed in the Japanese version because broccoli is not universally hated by kids there (they swapped it for green peppers).
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Quite Interesting 24h
When 41 cyber security experts were asked for their top 5 most important things for the public to do to protect themselves online, they came up with 118 different suggestions.
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Quite Interesting Sep 22
Eucalyptus trees are regrowing from their trunks after the Australian bush fires. (Image: Robert Kerton, CSIRO)
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Quite Interesting Sep 22
Counterintuitively, PULCHRITUDINOUS means beautiful.
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Quite Interesting Sep 22
Taking paracetamol makes you more likely to indulge in risky behaviour.
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Quite Interesting Sep 22
People who are ‘sarcastic, cynical, resentful, impatient or irritable’ are at higher risk of death after heart attacks.
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Museum of Curiosity Sep 21
Delighted to find out we are Comedy of the Week! A wonderful episode featuring John Lloyd, , , and Helen Fielding as they gather on the Museum's rooftop to discuss bikes, waterfalls and ugly plants.
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Quite Interesting Sep 22
The word 'rooster’ was adopted by American puritans in the 18th century because they didn’t want to use the word cock.
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Quite Interesting Sep 22
A frog last seen in Brazil in 1968 and thought to be extinct has been shown to be living by analysing the DNA in the environment in its last known habitat.
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Quite Interesting Sep 21
Do not consider yourself deprived because your dreams were not fulfilled; the truly deprived have never dreamed. MARIE VON EBNER-ESCHENBACH
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Quite Interesting Sep 21
This square is found outside the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona. The numbers of all the rows, columns and diagonals add up to 33, the age at which Jesus is said to have died. (Image: Ad Meskens)
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