For quizmasters looking for some new angles and slightly unusual material, there's always good material on

the BBC's online Magazine. Around this time of year, they always publish "100 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Year" which is not necessarily stuff that happened in 2009, just stuff they wrote about in 2009.

So as well as naked ramblers and wind farms, there's stuff about Brahms and Henry the 8th.

A quick look at this year's article and I was able to write these six quick questions:

  1. True or False: In the 17th century the English Channel froze over between Dover and Calais?


  2. If you are a paraskevedekatriskaphobic, what are you scared of?

    Friday the 13th

  3. What is the geeky hobby of French President Nicols Sarkozy: is he is a train spotter or does he collect stamps?

    Collects stamps

  4. Adolf Hitler and General Franco were both monorchids which means that they only had one … what?


  5. True or False: The man who was the voice of Mickey Mouse was married to the woman who did Minnie's?


  6. Fred Perry was the last British male to win Wimbledon but at which indoor sport did he become world champion in 1929?

    Table Tennis

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