Some people like Sudoku or crosswords; I like books like The Perfectly Useless Book of Useless Information. They have the advantage of being both restful and full of oddities you might trot out at the next social event where you find yourself challenged for conversational fodder. As in, "Did you know that the mascot of UC Santa Cruz is the banana slug?" Such questions are sure to prompt an inquiry from the recipient as to whether they can freshen your drink. If you're speaking with a sporty type, you can discuss how throwing the ball at base runners used to be legal (and may have put them out in more ways than one).
People who sleep with snoring partners don't need Voorhees to tell them that "a loud snore can reach 80 decibels, the equivalent of a pneumatic drill breaking up concrete" and that 5 more dB than that is dangerous to ear health, but it's nice to know someone cares! Sting got his nickname because he used to wear a yellow and black striped shirt. Good thing it wasn't fuschia! What is the most covered song in history? I'll tell you: "Yesterday" by Paul McCartney, who woke up from a dream after hearing the melody in his head. Here is some Woody Allen trivia. Allen divorced Mia Farrow because she wouldn't stop acting in Rosemary's Baby and make a movie with him. Then when Allen took up with Farrow's daughter Soon-Yi, Frank Sinatra (whose mother was a convicted felon for running an abortion racket) offered to break Allen's legs. What a mensch! TV Guide voted Bugs Bunny the greatest cartoon character of all time. Bugs' iconic pose of munching a carrot while standing against a tree was taken from Clark Gable in It Happened One Night. And