OK - so I'm posting this a little bit early, but knowing that quite a few people are off work over the holidays and could do with some diverting reading, this is a great list of new, often trivial but always interesting facts that were learned in 2006 as compiled by the BBC Magazine. For example;
1. In a fight between a Polar Bear and a Lion - the Polar Bear would win
2. Goths are likely to become doctors, lawyers and architects
3. The age limit for marriage in France was 15 for girls, but 18 for boys
4. A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.
5. Forty-one percent of English women have punched their partners
6. Cows can have regional accents
7. One third of all the cod fished in the world is consumed in the UK.
8. The egg came first
The one that particularly caught my eye was "Pele has always hated his nickname", perhaps I like it because of this quote "Being referred to by a single name - even if it is a nickname - sets him apart," he says. "It is a unique, God-like name. It lifts him out of the ordinary and makes him a phenomenon rather than a person." Can't disagree with that :-)
Click Here for the full list of 100 new facts.