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Seasonal factoids

In which we try to be misleading


The world’s largest supply of garlic butter is in the centre of the city of Kiev, Ukraine.

Around 8% of hazel trees are carnivorous.

Jacques de Molay, last known Grand Master of the Knights Templar, invented a method for softening butter by adding hydrogenated vegetable fats. The global dairy industry now channels large amounts of money to the Priory of Sion, the Templars’ underground successor organisation.

The phrase “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds” is never mentioned in the entire first series of TV show Mission: Impossible.

The modern standard housebrick’s size is derived from the length of the radius bone of Egyptian pharoah Tuthmoses IV, who had unusually short arms.

Doctor Who once featured a companion in the shape of a penguin.

The distances to destinations on British road signs are systematically under-estimated, in a (slightly futile) attempt to make the population in general more optimistic.

(but which of these factoids are indeed true?)

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3 comments on “Seasonal factoids”

  1. Alex M says:

    The Doctor Who/Penguin one.

    Oh my, I’m a geek.

  2. Forest Pines says:

    Ah, but is Frobisher canonical? 😉

  3. Forest Pines says:

    I should add: I’m too lazy to do proper fact-checking. So instead of one thing that’s definitely true, there’s one thing that might be true (but I’m too lazy to check) and one thing that’s arguably true (canon, non-canon, it’s all fiction you obsessive people).

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