The People's Friend - - Tea-break Trivia -

Q My friend says an oc­to­pus has two hearts – is this true? Mr J.M., Bris­tol.


Oc­to­puses ac­tu­ally have three hearts – and blue blood. Not only this, they have nine brains, which helps when sig­nalling what they want to do with each of their eight arms. Although they can lose the odd arm to preda­tors, just like starfish, they have the abil­ity to re­grow it.

QI have a vague rec­ol­lec­tion of read­ing about the au­thor Agatha Christie go­ing miss­ing in her younger years. Can you tell me a bit more about what hap­pened?

Mrs L.P., Aberdeen.

AFa­mous crime writer Agatha Christie cre­ated a real-life mys­tery when she dis­ap­peared in De­cem­ber 1926. It sparked a ma­jor man­hunt for the thirty-six-year-old and made head­lines at the time.

The au­thor ap­par­ently drove off one night, and fears for her safety grew when her aban­doned car was found. Sus­pi­cion fell on her hus­band, and some peo­ple thought it was a pub­lic­ity stunt. It took 11 days be­fore Agatha was lo­cated safe and well in a ho­tel in Har­ro­gate.

Po­lice came to the con­clu­sion that she must have crashed her car, and her hus­band of­fered this as an ex­pla­na­tion for her to­tal mem­ory loss. Agatha her­self rarely dis­cussed the mat­ter.

QI was brought up to un­der­stand that you shouldn’t buy pork if there is no “R” in the month. I hap­pened to men­tion this to my fam­ily and they just laughed. Can you shed any light?

Mrs E.J., Rugby.

AThis old say­ing may ac­tu­ally hold a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion. In the days when there was no re­frig­er­a­tion, ob­vi­ously meat bought in the sum­mer months wouldn’t last as well as in the colder months. None of the sum­mer months have an “R”, so the cau­tion­ary words make sense.

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