- Kevin Spacey glued his fingers together in the film The Usual Suspects to give his left hand the feeling of paralysis.
- During the Cold War, British nuclear submarines were instructed that if the Today programme was off-air without explanation for three consecutive days, it was a signal that Britain had been wiped out.
- Writer Graham Greene once came second in a 1949 ‘write like Graham Greene' contest.
- Inhabitants of the Trobriand Islands ‘kiss' in a three-step procedure, beginning with biting each other's lower lips, then pulling their partner's hair, before nibbling off each other's eyelashes.
- Due to a computer error in 1989, 41,000 Parisians received letters charging them with murder, extortion and prostitution instead of traffic offences.