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This website exists.

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Mosquitoes kill more people per year than humans do.

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If this planet starts to run out of mosquitoes, no one better even try to put them on the endangered list and try to save the species!

13 November 2017
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That Public Enemy recorded this TNK sample - based track in 2002 (years after I quit paying attention to them). It's interesting.

 

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

15 November 2017
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In 2013, former Spice Girl Mel B became the first musician to accept Bitcoin as payment. Snoop Dogg followed suit shortly thereafter. 

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A professor on campus invested some money in Bitcoin when it was fairly new. She keeps telling us how much of a profit she has made.

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The idea that baby carrots are made from ugly, deformed big carrots is actually somewhat of a myth.  I totally believed this one.

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19 November 2017
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The chords in the chorus of the AC/DC song High Voltage (the title track off the first internationally-released AC/DC album) are A, C, and D.  According to guitarist Angus Young, this was totally intentional.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaA7n33zWak

 

(I'm not sure if I'm learning this now or if I learned it years ago and forgot it.)

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21 November 2017
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The generic default user icon for Microsoft Outlook 2010 is based off a 1977 mugshot of Bill Gates. 

 

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24 November 2017
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A job interview with Thomas Edison would begin with a bowl of soup. If the person Edison was considering hiring seasoned the soup with salt and/or pepper before trying it, they had no chance of employment with him. He considered the seasoning before trying as indicative of an unimaginative mind, blindly doing what they thought was necessary without testing to discover what was necessary to enhance the soup.

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Ron Nasty said
A job interview with Thomas Edison would begin with a bowl of soup. If the person Edison was considering hiring seasoned the soup with salt and/or pepper before trying it, they had no chance of employment with him. He considered the seasoning before trying as indicative of an unimaginative mind, blinding doing what they thought was necessary without testing to discover what was necessary to enhance the soup.  

I have a feeling that that story's not true. I've heard the exact same story before, except with Henry Ford. When a story is attributed to multiple people, it's usually false. 

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24 November 2017
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After the (final) fall of Napoleon in 1814, the flag of the Kingdom of France was this

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That's all. Just white, nothing more.

 

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end" - John Lennon

 

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@Necko said
I have a feeling that that story's not true. I've heard the exact same story before, except with Henry Ford. When a story is attributed to multiple people, it's usually false.   

I don't have any problem with that. Edison was a childhood hero of Ford, and they became lifelong friends after first meeting in 1896. Were Ford to ask Edison for any advice he could offer, any words of wisdom, as I'm sure he did, there seems a very reasonable chance Edison would have shared his interview technique, and that Ford may have followed his advice.

The same, and similar, stories are also attributed to others, all of whom postdate Edison. Edison is the earliest person I have been able to find about whom the tale is told, and these stories often have a truth at their core before they become apocryphal tales attached to many.

And, anyway, I trust the QI Elves...

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Dog noseprints are as unique as human fingerprints. A dog can be identified by a noseprint, and it has been done in crime investigations before. 

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Two things today:

1. Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, used it for the first time in 2016 at the age of ninety-six. He used it at his retirement home on an eighty-seven year old woman sitting next to him who was choking on a piece of hamburger. 

2. It is estimated that one million people watched the 1948 World Series (Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Braves) on television. This is despite the fact that less than 200,000 television sets existed at the time. The reason for this is because most of the television sets at the time were in public places. 

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29 November 2017
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Ron Nasty said

I don't have any problem with that. Edison was a childhood hero of Ford, and they became lifelong friends after first meeting in 1896. Were Ford to ask Edison for any advice he could offer, any words of wisdom, as I'm sure he did, there seems a very reasonable chance Edison would have shared his interview technique, and that Ford may have followed his advice.

The same, and similar, stories are also attributed to others, all of whom postdate Edison. Edison is the earliest person I have been able to find about whom the tale is told, and these stories often have a truth at their core before they become apocryphal tales attached to many.

And, anyway, I trust the QI Elves...  

Apocryphal is such a nice word. Honestly that made me really happy to read. Thanks, RN, it's appreciated.

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https://www.merriam-webster.com/video/words-from-the-norman-invasion

This is what I learned today. I would type it out, but I would suggest watching the video.

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An early slogan for Hershey's chocolate was "More sustaining than meat." Imagine that on a chocolate bar nowadays! 

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emergency rooms are a pretty new thing

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Found this amazing quote 

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which, as you can see, is attributed to Bob Marley. 

Except that Bob Marley almost certainly never said it, as reported by the Houston Press

It is all over the Net -- over a million citations, all credited to Marley. We've come across at least a hundred people who use it as their favorite quote on their Facebook page. And we are almost certain that Marley never said or sang anything of the sort. Over 4.4 million people have "liked" the quotation's fan page, for crying out loud.

We searched Google Groups and were unable to come across any use of that quote before 2001, two decades after Marley's death. You'd think a quote as popular as that one has proven, one allegedly uttered by one of the most famous entertainers in world history, would have turned up sooner.

We checked out the pretty exhaustive list of Marley's quotes on his top-listed fan site, and there's no mention of it there. Again, you'd think the rabid Marley fans who run that site would have slapped it on there.

It is not sourced to any song.

Other people can't find it sourced to any interviews or other public utterances either.

And while it does kinda sound like something he might put in a love song, it doesn't really sound like something he would have experienced in life.

This was a man who had eleven or twelve kids with eight or nine women, all while remaining married to his first wife (who also sexually explored). (Sources vary on the actual number of kids and women.) Maybe by "suffering for" he meant "impregnating," but that is not a Jamaican slang usage we have come across.

So we are kinda throwing down the gauntlet here to the whole entire Internet:

Can anyone cite a primary source that proves Bob Marley actually uttered those now-ubiquitous words?

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of 'self' to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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