‘In fact’

I love the stuff from the ‘In fact’ column in Prospect.  This month I was particularly taken by these facts:

  • Gordon Brown is the first university-educated* prime minister since Stanley Baldwin not to attend Oxford. [Sutton Trust]
  • The 1922 film Nosferatu credited 16 people; The Matrix Revolutions (2003) 701. [The Observer Book of Film]
  • The closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex is the chicken. [The Guardian, 13th April 2007]
  • The going rate** for the tooth fairy in Britain is £1.05, compared to 17p 25 years ago. The price of teeth has risen over three times as quickly as the cost of living. [Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2007]

*As I’m sure you all know Churchill didn’t go to university.

**Particularly helpful information in the week that my son’s first tooth came out!

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to ‘In fact’

  1. Nick says:

    Sounds to be like the 5p piece is a health hazard. Don’t be suckered into going the whole hog Andrew, surely it’ll be a while before he is inclined to set up the “My tooth fairy is tight” facebook group.

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    The trouble is, Nick, that he doesn’t need Facebook to do his social networking and so already knows the value of a tooth.

    I have however tried to introduce him to the concept of supply and demand. If lots of children loose their teeth in one day the tooth fairy will pay less per tooth than on a day where fewer children become gappy!

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