Today's the most depressing day of the year - take your mind off it with these wonderfully useless facts

Happy Blue Monday! Fun-lovin' scientists have worked out that due to rubbish weather, high debt levels, post-festive blues and the fact that it's Divorce Monday, today is the most miserable day of the year. Hoorah! To distract you from the gloom, we've put together this delightful selection of unexpected (and sometimes disturbing) facts, as furnished by Mumsnetters on this thread. The original poster asked: "Tell me something useless but interesting I don't know. No googling allowed." Here's what we found out...

 

Cleopatra lived closer to the date of the moon landing than the date of construction of the pyramids - iheartdusty

Cleopatra

 

 

Elephants purr - stinkingbishop

elephant

 

 

Gary Oldman and Mo off Eastenders are siblings - AmIthatTinselly

Big Mo

 

 

A baby puffin is called a puffling - DorothyGherkins

Puffling

 

 

There's a pub in Canada that serves a drink that includes a decomposing big toe, and to be considered to have actually drunk the drink, the toe has to touch your lips - LuciusMalfoyisSmokingHot

Toe drink

 

 

Edinburgh is further north than Moscow - BillyBanter

snow

 

 

The correct name for England's national flag is the Union Flag. It is only known as a Union Jack when flown from the jack staff of a ship.
Therefore only the Royal Navy (and maybe the Merchant Navy) can correctly fly the Union Jack - PuddleglumtheMarshWiggle

Geri Halliwell Union Jack

 

 

Oxford University is older than the Incas - Rosencrantz

Oxford University

 

 

Apparently, the falalala part in old songs is to cover up the rude bits that everyone knew about but couldn't say out loud. "Now is the month of maying, when merry lads are playing, falala (wink, wink) lalala etc. - PennyJennyPie

Bawdy song

 

 

There used to be a "beard tax" in Russia, which was instituted by one of the Tsars to put the kybosh on a religious sect that grew big beards - Absy

Paxman beard

 

 

It used to be believed that blowing tobacco smoke up someone's bottom (bellows) would resuscitate them and this was widely used - SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus

 tobacco

 

 

 

Last updated: 04-Feb-2014 at 12:14 PM