Hey all!Â Have you missed me? I had to give up my regular Friday Afternoon Inquisitions due to my life being taken over by an evil presence called ‘work.’ But I missed you guys so I thought I’d sneak in here while Chelsea wasn’t looking and post an AI for today
Lately, @phlebas and I have been overdosing on the British show QI (Quite Interesting), which is a panel show hosted by Stephen Fry.Â In it, Stephen poses obscure, difficult or seemingly obvious questions to four comedians with inevitably hilarious results. They award points for correct or funny (or quite interesting) answers and take away points for “answers which are not only wrong, but pathetically obvious.”
It’s a great show and I have found myself time and time again answering the ‘pathetically obvious’ answer, just like Alan Davies on the show. I am always surprised at the number of things that I assumed are fact that are not (Alexander Graham Bell did *not* invent the telephone?) as much as thrilled with learning things I never knew about at all (The Chinese, not the Scots, invented whiskey!?) So, I ask you guys:
What did you assume to be true and later found out was not? What did you never think was true and later found out actually was?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.