Things I Have Learned This Week 003

Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the 1920s.

♥ A tetraconch is a building, usually a church, with four apses, of equal size, in each direction. The Zvartnots Cathedral in Armenia is an example of one.

♥ The –super-Mare part of Weston-super-Mare is Latin for ‘upon sea’. It was added to the name Weston to distinguish it from other places with the same name.

♥ The word toponymy means the study of place names.

♥ The Solway Spaceman mystery involves a photograph of a child, taken by her father on a day out, that has a man in what seems to be a spacesuit standing behind her. It has never been discovered who or what the figure is.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ Talking to Rob while he’s asleep is actually the funniest thing.

♥ Buying the soundtrack to Pride will result in dance parties in my living room. Sometimes these will involve Anna and Isla, sometimes they will be solitary affairs. They will always be entertaining.

♥ Little Mix are a lot of fun to watch live.

♥ I seem to have developed something of an intolerance to Weetabix.

Things I Have Learned This Week 002

It’s time for another post that may or may not help you in a pub quiz.

Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The word orthoganal means of or involving right angles.

♥ All of the ants in the world weigh the same as 645,000,000 humans.

♥ Povitica is an Eastern European sweet bread, traditionally served at Christmas (and looks yummy).

♥ Kate Burton (of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy fame) is the daughter of Richard Burton.

♥ The last debutantes were presented at court in 1958.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

Happy Birthday Ruby is not a happy book.

♥ It’s impossible for me to watch Strictly Come Dancing without a smile on my face for the majority of it. (Except when Tess is making FUNNY JOKES. They don’t make me smile at all.)

♥ I love my best friend very much. (I didn’t learn that this week, it was just reiterated.)

♥ I don’t love The BFG as much as I feel I ought to.

♥ I will never stop finding C.J. Cregg saying “…crazy glued my phone!” funny.

Things I Have Learned This Week 001

Having learned a number of interesting (to me, at least) facts this week, I thought I’d start a new blog series. I thought it might be helpful to divide the lists into two; some things that might be helpful in a pub quiz, and some things that definitely won’t.

Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ Lusophone countries are those that speak Portuguese, with Brazil being the largest in the world.

♥ At the moment, both platinum and rhodium are worth more than gold, and palladium is worth more than silver, but less than gold.

♥ It is grammatically acceptable to use both ‘learned’ and ‘learnt’ as the past participle of ‘to learn’.

♥ All of the gold ever mined would fit in the space underneath the Eiffel Tower.

♥ Simon Mayo, Bill Murray, Leonard Cohen, Liam Gallagher and Luke Wilson all share a birthday (along with my brother-in-law).

♥ Eugene Cernan, the last Apollo astronaut to walk on the moon, etched his daughter’s initials (TDC) into the dust, knowing that they would remain there undisturbed for many years.

♥ Dysthanasia (meaning ‘bad death’) is the opposite of euthanasia. It means keeping people alive artificially, in a condition where otherwise they could not survive.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ I rarely see a pair of glasses that I don’t want.

♥ It’s possible for me to watch an episode of Doctor Who and not hate Clara.

♥ The immolation of a mole of magnesium is pretty darn exciting, though one should cover their ears and not look directly at it.

♥ I have a brand new crush on Professor Andrea Sella.

♥ Show of Hands are a great folk band.