1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

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The best way to avoid being struck by lightning is to crouch down away from any trees with your bottom sticking up in the air. Blowing air up an armadillo’s bottom causes it to leap three feet into the air. Air trapped inside hedgehogs can make them blow up like a balloon. They should be carefully deflated with a syringe before they burst. The Victorians kept hedgehogs in their kitchens to control cockroaches. If a cockroach touches a person, it immediately runs away and washes itself. Rats urinate on food to mark it as edible.

The e-reader was invented in 1949. A group of kittens is called a ‘kindle’. J. K. Rowling has no middle name. Harry Potter in Calcutta (India), Harry Potter and the Big Funnel (China) and Tanya Grotter and the Magical Double Bass (Russia) are all Harry Potter rip-offs. Working titles for The Great Gatsby included Trimalchio in West Egg and The High-Bouncing Lover. Something That Happened was the original title of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The first manuscript of Of Mice and Men was chewed up by John Steinbeck’s dog, Toby.

They should be carefully deflated with a syringe before they burst. The Victorians kept hedgehogs in their kitchens to control cockroaches. If a cockroach touches a person, it immediately runs away and washes itself. Rats urinate on food to mark it as edible. Monkeys urinate on themselves to attract a mate. An ostrich can kill a lion with a single blow. Being attacked by an ostrich left Johnny Cash with an addiction to painkillers. Early Arabic texts refer to cannabis as ‘the bush of understanding’ and ‘the shrub of emotion’.

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