501 Facts from a Neighbouring Reality

112. The beret was inspired by the assassination of Thomas Beckett.

113. Despite refusing to describe in any detail what he feels was the most feared method of
execution during the 1853-1856 Crimean War, a leading historian has said that it involved some brie, a hedgehog and a large gong.

114. Only about 9% of the description ‘natural medicine’ is strictly accurate.

115. In 2003, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare in Greece closed a loophole which had previously allowed 11,000 people to claim benefits by asserting that they couldn’t work because they were allergic to numbers.

116. The film ‘Mary Poppins’ was banned in 7 countries in South-east Asia on the grounds that it
seemed to endorse the use of psychoactive substances.

117 If you had a Pound for every time someone said ‘if I had a Pound for every time….’ you’d have enough to buy a small plane.

118. The longest a garden solar-powered night-light-on-a-stick has stayed working is about 19 days.

119. Mathematicians are roughly 60% to 62.5% dissatisfied with whiskey.

120. A psychoactive substance has been banned in Europe after 7 people were left with the
permanent conviction that they are Mary Poppins.

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