The world is a much more engrossing place when you read past the headlines and seek out the details.
The BBC news website agrees and publishes a regular column called 10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week.
Here are some interesting facts usually gleaned from getting past the first paragraph of some recent news stories. (Thanks to blog reader Sean for the tip)
Archimedes was murdered over pi. More details
Forty years after color TV was introduced to the UK there are still 34,700 people with black and white television licenses. More details
Arthur C Clarke wrote story-lines for the comic-book hero, Dan Dare. More details
There are frogs that use semaphore. More details
A bear helped carry ammunition for Polish troops during World War II. More details
Men eat more Brussel sprouts and broccoli than women. More details
Dishcloths are purged of 99% of their bacteria during two minutes in a microwave. More details
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosts a daily radio phone-in show. More details
The average duvet is home to 20,000 live dust mites. More details
There is mobile phone reception from the summit of Mount Everest. More details
Kryptonite exists. More details