I’m writing my office’s christmas pub quiz and need help with fun facts. Please share yours so we can all be interested. (Bonus points for evidence and bonus bonus points if it’s christmassy)
Here’s some of mine:
(Stolen from 99% Invisible)
- Companies will often put sequins and pockets on their kids clothes as a cost cutting measure. Kids sleepwear needs to be fireproof, but sleepwear is technically classed as “anything a child might potentially sleep in”. Sequins and pockets both make the clothes more active seeming but also make the clothes uncomfortable to sleep in. This makes it easier to defend the clothes as not sleepwear for legal purposes if they aren’t fireproof.
- Eton Fives is a spin on handball that can only be played in one particular courtyard in Eton, England. The courtyard has the end of a staircase and a lopsided step in the middle. However, the sport has started spreading across the world which means there are now official squash court sized rooms with a completely useless replica of a staircase, gutter and step in them solely for the purpose of playing eton fives http://www.etonfives.com/the-game/laws-of-the-game
(Not stolen and coincidentally all about office supplies)
- The punched circles that collect in a hole-puncher are officially called “Chad”.
- A quire is the name for 25 sheets of paper. A ream is 500, a bundle is 1000 and a bale is 5000.
- IKEA is the world’s largest distributor of pencils solely because of those rubbish brown ones they give out for free (which, not coincidentally, have a shout out in the British Medical Journal for being ideal for marking patient skin before surgery as they are cheap and disposable https://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6595.full)