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Redsoil:
I'm currently reading one of the QI books (Steven Fry - TV show "QI" stands for Quite Interesting).

I never knew...

That Scottish clan tartans are a quite recent "invention".  You gasp in horror?  Scots on the board are screaming "awaaay an' bile yer heid"?

Read on, oh ye of little faith:

Content deleted.  Basic synopsis, clan tartans are a myth and only relatively recent  inventions.  Clan tartans were not worn at any of the famous battles for Scotland.

So now you know!


http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=77630
   Post 221002 (about halfway down the page)


http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/8/11/

And just for fun...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-aaUFbi6u4
Feel free to add your own interesting facts on any and all topics!  :)
 

mbbored:
Early on in the movie Jurassic Park, they show scientists removing blood from the stomach of a mosquito trapped in amber in order to get dinosaur DNA.

However, the mosquito they used in the movie is of the genus Toxorhynchitinae, which is the only genus of mosquitoes that do not blood feed as adults: they only eat sugar water from plants.

squeakers:

--- Quote from: Redsoil on January 06, 2013, 01:43:54 AM ---I'm currently reading one of the QI books (Steven Fry - TV show "QI" stands for Quite Interesting).

I never knew...

That Scottish clan tartans are a quite recent "invention".  You gasp in horror?  Scots on the board are screaming "awaaay an' bile yer heid"?

Read on, oh ye of little faith:


--- End quote ---

Wherever you got that from (should cite it) it almost copied it word for word from the wiki on it (tartan).

Redsoil:
Really?  It's as written in their book (in part) and also some further info from a board linked to QI.  There ae multiple sites with similar info if anyone wishes to check, if there are concerns of plagiarism.  Perhaps the info made it to Wiki from their  boards?  I thought I HAD cited - it's from the book I'm reading on QI, the show.

And here I thought I was, having a nice topic for info and fun!  If I have to reference everything like I've been doing for assignments, then it seems a bit over the top.

Redsoil:
Okay, I've been and read the forum rules to clarify.  Deleting original post (which is a shame, but there you go).

Links inserted if anyone wants to follow them.

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