I came across The Best Book of Useless Information Ever last week on my bookstore shelf. Published by Penguin in 2008, this book is an amusing collection of facts and trivia. The information is presented by category and covers topics such as sports, entertainment, animals, history, marriage and finances and alcohol and drinking, among others. A few examples:
'Scandinavia leads the world in Internet access, according to the United Nations' communications agency.' Page 56.
'Four out of five visitors never come back to a website.' Page 57
'New Zealand has abandoned plans for a flatulence tax on animals in the face of fierce opposition from farmers.' Page 124.
'During The Empire Strikes Back famous asteroid scene, one of the deadly hurling asteroids is actually a potato.' Page 80.
'As much as 80 percent of microwaves from cell phones are said to be absorbed by your head.' Page 54.
Some of these facts can change over time such as the one about Scandinavia and visitors to websites. Other information included are quotes from celebrities or events that actually happened.
I like this sort of book to read just before bed - it doesn't involve much thinking and serves my purposes to help induce sleep without getting too absorbed by a novel that will only keep me awake.