OK, some festive season lightness of a sort.
The love of decontextualised facts is useful for winning pub quizzes, but destructive for making people think they are knowledgable and intelligent when actually they're not.
Still, I do love headtwisting factoids.
- Pink Floyd's Nick Mason holds the record for making the world's largest ever crumpet.
- Mick Jagger's dad wrote Know The Game: Basketball, the UK's best selling book on how to play the sport.
- The USA was the first country to use napalm in warfare - they dropped it on France, the cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
- John Peel was at the front of the press conference where Texas police first showed Lee Harvey Oswald to the public - he can be seen in archive footage standing between Oswald and Jack Ruby, the man who assassinated Oswald the next day.
So I commend unto you the BBC's 100 things we didn't know this time last year, which features gems like;
- Ernie Wise made Britain's first mobile phone call.
- the Little Britain wheelchair user and friend Lou and Andy are named after Reed and Warhol.
- it takes 75kg of raw materials to make a mobile phone.
- devout Orthodox Jews are three times as likely to jaywalk as other people.
- whilst what we call Arabic numerals (actually invented in India) have been in use for nearly 2,500 years, but we didn't get the = sign until it was invented by a 16th century Welshman.
Then there are several great morbid ones, like;
- you can bet on your own death.
- the day when most suicides occurred in the UK between 1993 and 2002 was 1 January, 2000.
- nettles growing on land where bodies are buried will reach a foot higher than those growing elsewhere.