This blog is an attempt to make a quirk into a hobby. For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated by facts. For many years growing up my Christmas presents would be a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records and Dorling Kindersley’s Top Ten of Everything. I took great joy in knowing that the Whale Shark was the largest fish, that JFK was the youngest ever President and that Moonraker was – but is no longer – the second highest grossing James Bond film.
While as an adult I am – arguably – less anorakish about accumulating facts, their fascination remains. A single fact can crystallise or confound an argument. They can produce disbelief, anger or mirth.
The internet is hardly devoid of websites alive to the power of facts. There are many fact checking sites but despite their evident value they do not satisfy the true fact aficionado. They treat facts as an antidote to error or deceit. By contrast, this blog is for readers who feel an interesting fact can be its own reward.