USA bought 37.3% of its current land in 2 financial transactions (Alaskan and Louisiana Purchase)
The cells (HeLa) from a woman who died in 1951 were the first cell line found to be ‘biologically immortal’ (senescent). The only organism to display natural senescence is the humble freshwater phylum Hydra.
To call the fire service in Chad, you need to dial 2251-4242! Remember that number on your travels!
Isaac Newton was an MP for 2 brief periods, however his only act was to complain of a draught and request a window be shut.
Until 2015, Bangladesh’s PM was paid a salary of approx £7,000. The highest paid non-monarch is Singapore’s leader on $2.2m.
Ted DiBiase held the WWF Million Dollar Belt for so long that he was its lightest ever and heaviest ever title holder. The Fabulous Moolah won the WWF Women’s Championship at the age of 76.
The biggest stadium in the world with a whopping capacity of 150,000 is in North Korea! It hosts the Mass Games every six years with around 100,000 participants!
The 2nd most expensive painting ever (Modigliani’s Reclining Nude) was paid for by credit card (American Express ‘Black’ Centurion card – what else?!) by someone who’d earlier paid £36m for a teacup (also on credit card). It’s believed the Chinese tycoon did so to bypass the government-imposed limit on nationals moving money abroad.
BT Tower, at 191m, was the tallest tower in the UK from 1964 to 1980, however technically, due to its use in national communications, was a state secret referred to as ‘Location 23’. It was only in 1993 when an MP used parliamentary privilege to reveal it that it became officially public knowledge!
Is Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos the most outrageously British name ever?
If these facts leave you flabbergasted and dumbfounded, you’ll love Quizotic Mirth.
A new quiz night launching on 10th October and 1st November at the Elgin Pub, Maida Vale (W9 1NJ).
An evening of quiz, trivia, challenges and games. Think Krypton Factor meets Mastermind (without any of the running around!). This is nothing like any pub quiz you’ve been to before – we’ve got the Intervention Gong, interactive bits with open mic, collaborative tasks, buzzers and much more!
Assemble a team of up to 4 players and pit your wits against the rest of the audience.
Tickets are strictly limited to maintain the intimate (and competitive!) nature of the event. So we’re holding the same event twice.
£5 for a single ticket or £15 for an entire team (of up to 4 players). Single players can form teams any time by clubbing in with other single tickets or an existing team. Buy from DesignMyNight at https://goo.gl/QPw89r
The quiz & contest starts at 8pm but we’ve got the entire upper floor all night – we’ll be there from 5pm warming up with all sorts of entertainment for you. Come as early as you can, eat, drink and get settled, ready for the main event!
Full dinner menu is available all night (http://www.theelgin.com/food) and an awesome bar selection available at our exclusive bar (http://www.theelgin.com/drinks)
Trophies, prizes, praise and glory will be distributed freely throughout the night for the winner(s) and best competitors.
Further info will be revealed to ticket holders in due course…….
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