Useless facts

DSC03506 - bottle cap trivia

DSC03506 – bottle cap trivia,
originally uploaded by RaeA.

I don’t know about you but the boys in the school where I teach love all sorts of facts. They have always enjoyed the Guinness Book of Records, 1000 facts on…, 1001 gruesome facts…., Amazing facts about…. and the list goes on. The WOW!: the visual encyclopedia (DK) is a new but is becoming well perused book. The weird, wonderful, scientific, etc. but always short, sharp paragraphs or sentences seems to appeal to the whole age range, 12 to 18 years, and a few of the staff as well.

Posted back in November 2007, Useless facts, is a site that lists over 400 facts. I am not sure about the validity of all these facts but it might make an interesting research task for students to try and check just how legitimate they are, and using different search engines to compare the answers they find. It would be the sort of task I would set in the last few week of school, the end of our year 7 research subject.

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