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So it turns out if Donald Trump ordered a nuclear attack on North Korea he would not be the first US President to do so.

The creators of hobbits and Narnia were not big fans of dwarves.

And on the first day's filming Irish Hollywood star Colin Farrell always wears shamrockpatterned Bear Grylls is scared of cocktail parties underpants. These jawdroppers are in the latest book from the brains behind the BBC quiz show QI.

Here are some more of the 1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over

1 in 4 Americans didn't read a book last year.

Theresa May owns more than 100 cookbooks

In 1973 the internet consisted of just 43 computers.

19th-century nicknames for sex positions included The Ordinary, The Spiky Chair and The View of the Low Countries.

A Westminster Abbey cleric is called Canon Ball.

The chief economist at the Bank of England has never owned a credit card.

At IKEA names of sofas are in Swedish, rugs in Danish and beds in Norwegian.

In January 1205, it was so cold in England that wine and ale froze and were sold by weight.

An analysis of eight million books published between 1776 and 2009 found that Britons were happiest in 1957.

In 2017 a Brazilian great-grandmother discovered that the figure of St Anthony she had prayed to for years was an elf from The Lord of the Rings.

Giraffes have blue tongues, and nobody knows why

A statue of Hercules in Arcachon, France, has had its penis stolen so often it has a detachable one for "special occasions".

In 2017, a Kiwi tourist was detained in Kazakhstan because immigration refused to believe there was a country called New Zealand.

Million Dollar Point is an area in the Pacific where the US army dumped its equipment after the Second World War because it was cheaper than bringing it home.

In Waitrose, empty jam jars cost more than ones with jam in.

On the first day of filming, Colin Farrell always wears his lucky shamrock-patterned underpants.

Dog lovers tend to have more Facebook friends than cat lovers but cat lovers are invited to more parties.

British children can be held responsible for crimes from the age of 10 but can't own a goldfish until they're 16.

When dieting, Queen Victoria ate what doctors advised in addition to normal meals.

Donald Trump has bathmophobia, fear of falling down stairs.

The Peter Principle holds that people are always promoted beyond their ability.

The Ministry of Defence owns three-and-a-half times as many pieces of fine art as it does warships, tanks, helicopters, planes and submarines.

The world's healthiest human hearts belong to the Tsimane people of Bolivia, who eat monkeys, tapirs and piranhas.

Thomas Hardy had a cat called Kiddleywinkempoops.

Every winter, great white sharks swim for 40 days to meet up between Mexico and Hawaii, and nobody knows why.

Drug lord Pablo Escobar once burned $2million in cash in one night to keep his family warm.

According to a study in Ethiopia, you can avoid malaria by carrying a chicken at all times.

JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis went to the cinema together to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but didn't enjoy it.

Celebrities got more mentions in British newspapers than politicians for the first time in 1901.

You can be blocked from getting a Swiss passport if your neighbours find you too annoying.

The first Christmas tree erected in Trafalgar Square was transported at night because it was over the UK daytime weight limit.

60% of the world's selfie deaths take place in India.

In 2017, six Chinese officials were punished for falling asleep in a meeting about lazy bureaucrats.

"Playing chess with the Pope" is an Icelandic euphemism for having a poo.

In 2010, Fiji lost its original Declaration of Independence and had to ask Britain for a photocopy.

Pennsylvanian candidates in the 2016 US presidential election included Mickey Mouse, Harambe the Gorilla and Shoot Me Now.

During the Second World War, British pilots carried garlic-infused chocolate so their breath smelled French if they were shot down.

225 Canadian fishermen die every year while standing to urinate over the side of their boat.

Rapper Tupac Shakur was a former ballet dancer.

Gym weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

Cinema audiences blink in unison.

1,423 QI FACTS to Bowl You Over, compiled by John Lloyd, James Harkin & Anne Miller, from Faber & Faber, PS9.99.

The new series of QI starts on Friday on BBC Two.

Bear Grylls is scared of cocktail parties

Giraffes have blue tongues, and nobody knows why

In case someone needs to escape a polar bear, people in Churchill, Canada, never lock their car doors

NASA provided the first American woman in space with a specially designed make-up kit

When Winston Churchill got really angry, he would throw his teeth across the room
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