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!