There is noth­ing triv­ial about trivia if you are an en­thu­si­ast of amus­ing yet use­less in­for­ma­tion

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Stellar - - columnists - FRANCES WHIT­ING frances.whit­ing@news.com.au

Ilove a bit of trivia, and re­cently I was sent an ex­cel­lent book called 1423 QI Facts To Bowl You Over. If you are a fan of de­light­ful, quirky and amus­ing but oth­er­wise com­pletely use­less in­for­ma­tion, then I highly rec­om­mend it.

Now, be­cause I en­joyed it so much, I thought I would share some of the most in­ter­est­ing facts I found with you, as well as my thoughts on each:

*The film Fifty Shades Of Grey was banned in Cam­bo­dia be­cause it de­picted “in­sane ro­mance”.

Also, I be­lieve, be­cause it was writ­ten very, very badly – most notably the line, “My in­ner god­dess is do­ing the merengue with some salsa moves.”

*Tol­stoy, af­ter a long night, once wrote in his di­ary, “I’ve fallen in love, or imag­ine I have. Went to a party and lost my head. Bought a horse which I don’t need at all.” I feel you, Tol­stoy, I feel you. *In 2017, Doris Day dis­cov­ered she was two years older than she ac­tu­ally was. I bet she wasn’t all que sera, sera about that.

*Os­ten­ta­tion Funk is a Brazil­ian mu­si­cal genre that cel­e­brates the mid­dle- class life­style. Hits in­clude ‘Rock­ing Our Aldi Ski Wear’ and ‘ We’re In A Wine Club’.

* IKEA so­fas have Swedish names, its rugs have Dan­ish names, and its beds have Nor­we­gian names…

And no-one in any of those coun­tries knows how to put them to­gether.

* Sch­nap­sidee is Ger­man for an in­ge­nious plan con­cocted while drunk.

Who knew? Turns out I am an ex­pert in Sch­nap­sidee…

*Kinder­garten chil­dren in Alaska are taught how to slaugh­ter a moose…

It’s a long way from “Let’s make fin­ger pup­pets” isn’t it?

*It is il­le­gal in Swe­den to name a child “Veran­dah”.

What a shame it is not il­le­gal to name any child “Ve­jon­ica”, any­where – yes, that is a real name.

*Posh baby names sug­gested by Tatler mag­a­zine in­clude Bar­clay, Ux­u­ri­ous, Mao and Npeter (the N is si­lent).

Other names also in­clude Wil­lard, Raoul and Ptosser (the P is si­lent).

*Bri­tons use the wink­ing emoji twice as much as any other emoji.

They also use the nudge, nudge, wink, wink, “Oops I’m a naughty boy, Nanny” emoji more than any other.

And fi­nally, for no other rea­son than to hope­fully bring you some joy…

*A group of la­dy­birds is called a “loveli­est”.

“Bri­tons use the wink­ing emoji twice as much as any other emoji. They also use the nudge, nudge, wink, wink, ‘Oops I’m a naughty boy’ emoji more than any other”

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