BBC Factoids

Street brawlers sometimes arm themselves with potato peelers, according to the Home Office, which wants to make them banned weapons.

Freak conditions above Everest can cause the sky to "fall in". An analysis of weather patterns in May 1996, by University of Toronto researchers, said eight people died when the stratosphere sank to the level of the summit.

One gigabyte of information - about a quarter of the memory of an iPod mini - is the equivalent of a pick-up truck load of paper.

In the past decade, four people in the UK have died in cemetery accidents, crushed by falling tombstones.

According to John Reader's "Cities", the day after the atomic bomb exploded on Hiroshima, the banks re-opened. They had one customer.

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