Because the world is an interesting place we have been collecting Interesting Facts about Interesting Places, Interesting People, Interesting Animals, Interesting Numbers, and Interesting Words.
(Double click any word for its definition.)
According to a mathematical study, by Neil Thomson, the best properties to buy in the London version of Monopoly are the orange ones - Vine Street, Marlborough Street and Bow Street. He used probability matrices to come up with this.
(He also said that the key is to buy every street you land on, and to put hotels on one set before you put houses on another. He added that the stations are rubbish, but the utilities are even worse. - Now I know where I've been going wrong all these years.)
Sir Hugh Beaver, the MD of the Guinness Brewery, commissioned the first edition of the Guiness book of records in 1955.
(Seemingly he was unable to settle an argument about the fastest species of game bird and realised that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove popular. After all there is no limit to man's appetite for trivia.)
The best-value consumer purchase in terms of the price and usage is an electric kettle.
(Seemingly there are gadgets that we buy and hardly-ever use. Ice-cream makers, sandwich toasters, bread makers etc. But for obvious reasons, in the UK, the most widely used kitchen appliance is the electric kettle. Cup of tea anyone?)