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Diabolically Arcane

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22 January, 2013

The fact diggers behind the popular show are called the QI Elves. And last night on Twitter (my new toy, I admit), they posted this observation: The word ‘bed’ looks like a bed, and the word ‘shark’ looks like a shark (swimming from right to left)”

Same goes for hammock. And I like how football ends on two uprights. Or with a tweak, you can create a plunger for dynamiTe. We may have dabbled in this territory before, under the banner of autologues, but see who can eclipse the elves for mischief.

By way of weak segue, Q&A almost resembles two bodies facing each other. In this case one body is girl.com.au, grilling DA.org. In a short space we cover Zumba, MAMIL and moofer.

And tonight on RRR I’ll be playing the Q-role with Krissy Nicholson, a remarkable young woman who’s worked at ground zero in tsunami relief, African famine and Pakistan quakes. Tune in to hear her tales first-hand.

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