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This animal isn't attracted to a flame, it's disoriented by it.
Pinocchio is much too big- the largest thing this animal can swallow is about the size of a pineapple.
These animals don't commit suicide, though overpopulation does sometimes result in accidental deaths.
Rather than blending into their environment, these animals generally change color because of emotional and temperature changes.
Despite its name, no species of this animal has exactly 100 legs.
This animal, not the rhino or lion, is the mammal that kills the most humans in Africa.
It doesn't matter how many humps these animals have, they store fat in them, not water.
Old West hunters never killed any of these animals (despite Bill's famous name)- what they killed were bison.
Unlike what legend tells you, this animal is one of the most susceptible insects to radiation.
Whether it be from a clarinet, flute or oboe, these animals don't really 'hear' music, but rather frequency ranges and vibrations.
Violin strings have long been made from sheep intestines, but they've never been made from the guts of these animals.
Smart enough not to suffocate itself, this animal does not hide its head in the sand.
This one's for the birds- the Canary Islands are actually named after these animals.
Catherine the Great died of a stroke. In bed. Alone. In her late sixties. She was not underneath one of these animals.
The first animal in space was not a monkey, but rather one of these frequent test animals.
Cutting this animal in half does not give you two animals, but rather just twice as much fish bait.
Though they do eat shrimp, these animals get their color from algae in their diet.
These animals are attracted to the movement of a cape- its red color makes no difference to them since they're colorblind.
Despite their name, these fowl come from North America, but were sold in Europe by traders from Istanbul.
Glowing nose or not, these animals had to be female since only the female keeps its antlers in the winter.
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Dec 18th, 2012 at 05:16 GMT
Whew. People have been telling me I have bats in my belfry forever.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 05:51 GMT
In the Disney version, I thought Monstro looked more like a sperm whale.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 06:38 GMT
I would have thought that mosquitoes (indirectly) kill many more people in Africa each year than Hippopotamuses.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 12:55 GMT
@kcostell- Indirectly, mosquitoes are, indeed, the deadliest animal on the planet. I'll try to come up with a way to word that question more clearly.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 13:30 GMT
Can you please add a source, these are really cool facts!
Dec 18th, 2012 at 14:24 GMT
@Hejman: The easiest fix is probably to specify "deadliest mammal" or some such.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 14:33 GMT
I love informative quizzes like this! Thanks, Hejman.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 15:02 GMT
@Spacemaniac- The sources are many, varied and most print volumes, so I can't add a single source line. @cuendillar- Great suggestion! @chriskotx- Thanks!
Dec 18th, 2012 at 17:33 GMT
In the book, Pinocchio is swallowed by a shark (
Dec 18th, 2012 at 19:52 GMT
I always thought that snake charmers used the movement of their flutes to mesmerise their snakes.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 20:24 GMT
That's correct, TheCleverone- the snakes don't hear the music (though they do detect vibrations and modulations) and the combination of that modified sound detection and the movements of the flutes are what 'charm' the snakes.
Dec 18th, 2012 at 22:25 GMT
I really enjoyed this quiz, didn't know about the Canary Islands (found out through process of elimination). Five golden orbs and a favorite for me.
Dec 19th, 2012 at 00:10 GMT
@_Check_Mate- Pliny the Elder noted that the largest island was full of dogs and so given the Latin name Canariae Insulae. The bird was named after the islands, not the other way around.
Dec 19th, 2012 at 05:11 GMT
The relevant supplement to Hejman's previous comment being that the Latin for "dog" was "canis", from which we get the word "canine".
Dec 20th, 2012 at 13:15 GMT
@spacemaniac: All of these facts are from QI.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 13:25 GMT
Hate to be a nitpick, but as far as I can find the reindeer fact isn't entirely correct. Apparently especially younger males can often keep their antlers well into spring. There also seems to be quite a lot of variance among the different populations.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 15:21 GMT
@Tobsodan- Adult male reindeer lose their antlers in very late fall/early winter (but before Christmas). In some species, the female reindeer don't have antlers, but in those species that do, the antlers fall off in spring or summer. As Santa's reindeer are all adults, the only explanation for them having antlers at Christmas is that they are adult females of a species that have antlers. @smithy3311- My initial reaction was that I didn't even know what 'QI' was (being an American) but, indeed, some (though not all) of these facts used 'The Book of General Ignorance' (a QI publication) as a source.
Dec 21st, 2012 at 20:28 GMT
You have a double period in the hippo clue.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 11:17 GMT
@Hejman: Love the quiz. Especially the Canary Island question. Regarding your last comment, I believe there is only one species of reindeer.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 19:09 GMT
Humans are probably the mammal that kills the most humans in Africa.
Dec 27th, 2012 at 19:23 GMT
Technically, most of these are not misnomers. "Centipede" is a misnomer, and you could argue that "catgut," "turkey," and "Canary Islands" are misnomers. The rest are just misconceptions. There is nothing about the name "hippopotamus" that suggests it is NOT the most dangerous mammal in Africa. People just assume it isn't because they assume lions are more dangerous.
A misnomer is specifically a misleading name. A misnomer would be the fact that a "peanut" is neither a pea nor a nut, for example.
Dec 28th, 2012 at 17:12 GMT
Absolutely correct, imclala- I've changed "misnomer" to "misconception."
Game published: Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:00 GMT
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:12 GMT
Great call with the Catherine the Great one. That's long bothered me
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:15 GMT
So if cockroaches are indeed very susceptible to radiation, does that mean that there could be giant mutant cockroaches after a nuclear apocalypse? Just one more reason that the Zombie Apocalypse is preferable.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:27 GMT
I like quizzes that teach me things :) Good job!
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Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:29 GMT
insects are not animals!!!
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:32 GMT
I'm pretty sure that violin strings have never been made from the guts of cockroaches either ;)
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:34 GMT
Fun little quiz despite how poorly I did. I'll chalk that up to not being misinformed to make myself feel better. BTW, the clue for bull says it's when it should say its.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:39 GMT
The fruit fly one seems kind of backwards to me. It's not a myth *about* fruit flies. Perhaps reword it and make the answer be monkey?
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:42 GMT
The reindeer clue is actually a myth itself. Young male reindeer shed their antlers in spring, with only the older male reindeer shedding their antlers in December. I'm not entirely sure if this applies to all reindeer, but it definitely is true of the Scandinavian variety.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:49 GMT
Watching episodes of QI can help a lot with this one!
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:55 GMT
@Jeffhabfan- Santa's reindeer are adults, though, so they would have to be female to have antlers at Christmas. @tojwonkle- That makes me wish that BBC America would show QI over here in the U.S. @BunnySMG- fixed, thanks!
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:55 GMT
Bulls aren't colorblind, exactly. They see fewer colors than normal humans, but they could still tell the difference if you were waving a blue cape at them instead of a red one.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 16:05 GMT
Re the quiz title: "Incorrect Facts" is an oxymoron (except on certain news programs).
Jan 7th, 2013 at 16:30 GMT
These are all from the 'QI Book of General Ignorance', aren't they?
Jan 7th, 2013 at 16:31 GMT
Insects are indeed animals. They are classified- Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda, and Class: Insecta. So all insects fall in the animal kingdom.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 16:34 GMT
Guinea pigs could be included (like turkeys) because they don't come from Guinea. (Of course they aren't pigs either, although their Linnaean name is Cavia porcellus, "porcellus" being Latin for 'little pig'). They are from Andean South America.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 16:54 GMT
@Hejman, Santa's reindeer are adults, but I assume they are in their prime, not pensioners. I may be mistaken on what is meant by young males and older males, though. Also, BBC America and BBC Canada stink for showing quality BBC programs in North America because they cut out large portions of the show for commercials.
Jan 7th, 2013 at 17:27 GMT
@Jeffhabfan- Now I have this picture of a reindeer retirement community in my head and I'm wondering if the retired reindeer would let Rudolph play Bingo (and other games). @WeaselKing1000- Indeed, some of them are from the 'Book of General Ignorance'. Others are from 'Not So!', 'Lies My Teacher Told Me' and one other series (the name of which I am currently having a senior moment on even though I'm only 37...).
Jan 7th, 2013 at 17:51 GMT
And here I thought 'reindeer' was a fictional animal altogether like unicorns...
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