Like Nicholson Baker, I love Wikipedia. I know, I know, it's full of mistakes, but that's probably part of the attraction. Here are five things I've learned recently from that vast, sprawling Borg of fact. Unless they turn out not to be facts. Although, in that case, I've still learned them.
1. The Indian football team withdrew from the 1950 World Cup after FIFA insisted that all players must wear boots.
2. TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has the middle names Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda.
3. Among the indigenous people of south-east Queensland, the word 'daughter' refers to women of one's great-grandmother's generation.
4. French rugby league player Puig Aubert was nicknamed Pipette, because of his habit of smoking on the field during matches.
5. Zero is the only number that is both real and imaginary.
This could be a meme, if you're so inclined.
(And if you're not a Wiki-fan, you can always try one of its rivals; perhaps the extraordinary Conservapedia. Here's the entry on atheism. Utterly jawdropping.)