Facts

  • Hull City is the only football team which has a name with no letters that can be coloured in.
  • St John’s Wood is the only Tube station which has a name containing none of the letters from the word ‘mackerel’.
  • Honey is the only foodstuff which never goes bad.
  • It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
  • The collective noun for jugglers is ‘a neverthriving of’, whereas the collective noun for pipers is ‘a poverty of’.
  • The # hash sign is technically called an octothorpe.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary contains 192 definitions for the word ‘set’ – more than for any other, and an average of 64 definitions per letter.
  • The longest word containing only one vowel is ‘indivisibility’. The longest word with no repeated letters is ‘uncopyrightable’. The only word with three consecutive pairs of double letters is ‘bookkeeper’ (that is, if you don’t count ‘bookkeepers’!)
  • Barbie’s full name is Barbra Millicent Roberts.
  • Piccadilly Circus is the only Tube station to be completely underground, with no overground doorways or buildings at all.
  • The tin-opener was invented in 1855 — 83 years after the tin. Just as well the food was preserved.
  • Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’. Think of all the death and misery that’s come into the world because of that.
  • The two US Presidents’ assassins, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, both had three names, both 15 letters long in total. Booth’s crime took place in the Ford theatre. Oswald’s target was sitting in a Ford car. Both assassins were assassinated before being brought to trial. Coincidence? I think not.

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