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QI Daily | 23 August 2017

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Ghengis Khan

'Genghis Khan' was his title, not his name. As a boy, he was called Temujin ('iron one').
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In 1517, Richard Foxe, the blind bishop of Winchester, founded Corpus Christi College, Oxford. On his first visit to the new college, he was led twice round the main quad to make it seem bigger than it really was.

QI Daily | 22 August 2017

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Palm-Reading

Tyromancy is supposedly divination by the patterns formed by the coagulation of cheese.
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Linguistics

A word like 'thingy' or 'whatchamacallit' is called a cadigan, or a placeholder name.

QI Daily | 21 August 2017

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary’s last words before the axe fell: ‘Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit’.
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Vacuums

One of the first vacuum cleaners was invented as a door-to-door service in 1903. It was horse-drawn.

QI Daily | 20 August 2017

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Gambling

Las Vegas is no longer the largest gambling centre in the world; Macau surpassed its gambling revenues in 2006.
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Iceland

Icelandic is the oldest language in Europe. The Icelandic for 'sleep' is sofa.