I’D LIKE TO KNOW
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.