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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:57 pm

But if the chicken hadn't been invented yet, who laid the egg?
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby michelanCello » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:00 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:But if the chicken hadn't been invented yet, who laid the egg?

Something that wasn't quite a chicken, but some pre-chicken ;)
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:01 pm

A pheasant with attitude? ;)
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby michelanCello » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:03 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:A pheasant with attitude? ;)

Exactly :lol:
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Sister Jennifer » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:25 pm

Eggs because birds evolved from dinosaurs and dinosaurs laid eggs... Ta dah! :animals-chickencatch:

Somewhere in all that of course is the Hollywood Chickens.
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Dotsie » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:06 pm

A geniune QI question - how any moons does the Earth have?
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:08 pm

2! :P
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Dotsie » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:10 pm

Oh dear me no!

For shame Stephen Fry, leading young Sjoerd astray! :lol:
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:12 pm

:lol:

Are you telling me Stephen was not telling the truth? :shock:
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby CrysaniaMajere » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:13 pm

IfI remember Fry correctly he said that they are 5. they might be asteroids so you could either say one or five but "certainly not two" ;)
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:19 pm

You're right it's 5 :P

But it used to be 2, or something :lol:
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby CrysaniaMajere » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:28 pm

:D Do I get a point? At least one? :P
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Quatermass » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:45 pm

There is only one proper moon of the Earth, but many satellites. You are, of course, thinking about Cruithne, which itself was the centre of the plot of Stephen Baxter's novel Time.

And for the fingerprints answer, the answer is the Chinese. Although fingerprints were used as identification as far back as Babylonian times, and there is a reference to the possibility that criminals in those times were fingerprinted, the Chinese are the first to have been confirmed to do so. As far back as 300 AD, fingerprints were used as evidence in a trial for theft.

Quite Interestingly, the Chinese also wrote one of the first forensic science textbooks, called variously Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified, or The Washing Away of Wrongs. Besides discussing autopsies, the author, Song Ci, also describes one of the first cases to use forensic entomology, involving a hand sickle and flies attracted to the smell of blood.
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby CrysaniaMajere » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:26 am

I'm afraid I've never read Time, I just remember those early episodes of QI when they talked about it. :lol:
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Re: QI: TPF

Postby Dotsie » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:34 am

Bless those Chinese, they invented everything the Greeks didn't.

Quatermass wrote:There is only one proper moon of the Earth, but many satellites.

Kind of, there's only one moon/satellite (they're the same thing), but lots of things occasionally get caught up, orbit a few times, then fly off again. That doesn't make them moons unfortunately. That Stephen's a wrong'un!
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