How dogs tell the time and other amazing facts in mind-boggling new IQ boffins quiz book

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The team behind the IQ quiz has done it again, compiling an intriguing book of facts and incredible answers to some of life’s trickiest questions …

The Abba Museum in Stockholm has a piano linked to the home of band member Benny Andersson. Every time he sits down to practice he plays what he plays.

You have to use an artificial Christmas tree for 20 years before it becomes more environmentally friendly than a real local tree. The oldest known artificial tree still in use was purchased in 1886.

Ants can count – in fact, they find their way home by counting their steps to a food source and vice versa. Scientists attached tiny stilts (made from pig hair) to a group of ant feet after they left in search of food. They found the ants with the elongated legs protruding from their nests on the way home, revealing that they had an internal pedometer to help them move around.

When in London, Queen Louise of Sweden (who was also the aunt of the Duke of Edinburgh) always carried a card saying, “I am the Queen of Sweden” in case she was hit by a bus.

Even DNA tests cannot distinguish twins, but dogs can by smelling them.

Until the FBI fingerprint database was scanned in 2014, it was kept on 83 million cards.

Dogs can “tell the time” using their sense of smell: if a dog owner usually comes home at the same time every day, then the odor levels of the person around the house will be. at their lowest point just before their return, which amounts to signifying the imminent arrival of their owner.

There is a light bulb in a fire station in California that has been illuminated since 1901. It took a brief hiatus when it was moved between two different stations, but it holds the Guinness World Record for the bulb that burns the Longer.

To cope with the increased demand for electricity around major TV events – for example when viewers jump into a commercial break to make a cup of tea, known as “TV pickup” – the National Grid has a team dedicated to forecasting these surges, even following the plotlines of the soap opera to plan dramatic moments that are likely to attract many viewers.

Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 when its creators were trying to create a fancy textured wallpaper. They glued two shower curtains together and ended up with a sheet of sparkling plastic. They had the idea of ​​selling it to IBM, who had recently launched a new computer and needed a way to protect it in transit.

Dogs can “tell the time” using their sense of smell: if a dog owner usually comes home at the same time every day, the odor levels of the person in the house will be theirs. lowest point just before its return.

Buses often arrive in threes due to a phenomenon known as “bus grouping”: if a bus is delayed, by the time it reaches its next stop, there will be more people waiting than usual.

And so it takes longer to get everyone on board, which means the bus will be even later at its next stop. There the same will have happened, and it will continue around the road. During this time, the bus behind the retarded one will find its stops more empty (because the waiting passengers caught up with the delayed bus earlier), so it will win on the first bus, and so on.

Rock band Slade got worried about the song title Because I Love You looked a little wet for their image – so they chose the more punchy Coz ​​I Luv You; words that could, according to singer Noddy Holder, be easily visible “on the walls of the toilets in the Midlands”.

The trunk of an elephant contains up to 40,000 muscles. By dilating its nostrils, an elephant can increase the volume of its trunk by 64%, which means it can suck up five liters of water in less than two seconds. Elephants can inhale air through their trunk at 336 mph, faster than a Japanese bullet train.

About one in five people is a “very attractive type” to mosquitoes, but your bitability depends on several factors. Mosquitoes land on people with type O blood twice as often as they do on people with type A. They also prefer tall people who exhale more carbon dioxide (which is why mosquitoes children are often not bitten, while their parents suffer), those who have been drinking and those who wear dark colors.

Buses often arrive in threes because of a phenomenon known as

Buses often arrive in threes due to a phenomenon known as “bus grouping”: if a bus is delayed, by the time it reaches its next stop, there will be more people waiting than usual.

Astronauts on the International Space Station don’t bother with laundry – their dirty clothes are thrown into space on a spaceship that then burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Dogs can suffer from an outstretched tail if they get too happy.

“Saturday night paralysis” is a soft wrist condition that can last for several weeks and is caused by sleeping in a hard chair with one arm on your back. It is called that because it happens most often to the most deteriorated people after a big night out.

The final two-and-a-half-hour episode of M * A * S * H ​​has been watched by approximately 125 million Americans. In the end, the million New Yorkers flushing their toilets poured an additional 6.7 million gallons of water into the city’s sewers.

Radars were invented by Dutch racing driver Maurice Gatsonides to record his own lap times. He then sold his device – which measured the time it took him to travel between two wires and then calculated its speed – to the police. The cameras – known as “Gatsos” – are still in use, although the systems now use radars and lasers. “I am often caught by my own radars,” he later said, “and I find hefty fines on my doormat.”

A 2011 survey found that earworms, when a song gets stuck in your head, affects around 90 percent of people at least once a week. This happens more often with songs that are upbeat and have more predictable elements. If your brain already has a lot to process, it can grab a repetitive idea – or tune in – and stick to it. Chewing gum or trying to solve anagrams can help “remove” them because they give your brain another repetitive thing to think about.

In 2005, Christie’s and Sotheby’s hosted a rock, paper, scissors match to decide who would auction a client’s $ 20 million art collection. Christie’s won with scissors.

In flight, frigates nap in 12-second increments, which means they can stay in flight for up to two months at a time.

Fans of Graham Chapman of the Monty Python, annoyed at not having received an official plaque to mark the 20th anniversary of his death in 2009, erected one in his memory, which reads: “Jacob von Hogflume, 1864-1909, inventor of time travel, lived here in 2189 ‘.

The trunk of an elephant contains up to 40,000 muscles.  By dilating its nostrils, an elephant can increase the volume of its trunk by 64%, which means it can suck up five liters of water in less than two seconds.  Elephants can inhale air through their trunk at 336 mph ¿faster than a Japanese bullet train

The trunk of an elephant contains up to 40,000 muscles. By dilating its nostrils, an elephant can increase the volume of its trunk by 64%, which means it can suck up five liters of water in less than two seconds. Elephants can inhale air through their trunk at 336 mph – faster than a Japanese bullet train

Rock band Slade got worried about the song title Because I Love You looked a little wet for their image ¿so they chose the more punchy Coz ​​I Luv You;  words which, according to singer Noddy Holder, could be easily seen

Rock band Slade got worried about the song title Because I Love You looked a little wet for their image – so they chose the more punchy Coz ​​I Luv You; words which, according to singer Noddy Holder, could be easily seen “on toilet walls in the Midlands”

In 2011, researchers investigating the effectiveness of cold calls made more than 6,000 cold calls and found that they got an appointment or referral for every 209 calls made. These calls represented 7.5 hours of work, so if a company sells a product of a sufficiently high value and pays its callers a sufficiently low salary, it makes financial sense.

Roosters crow so loudly that they have special ear canals that close when crowing, so that they do not become deaf.

In 2020, following an incident on a bus, Transport For Greater Manchester announced that live snakes are not acceptable face coverings.

A country’s birth rate typically drops nine months after its football team ranks well in an international competition.

From Funny you should ask. . . Again: More of your questions answered by the IQ elves in association with the BBC, posted by Faber at £ 12.99. © Pretty Interesting Ltd 2021

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