49. Tim Henman has a tennis court at his new home in Oxfordshire which he has never used.
80. Fifty-seven Bic Biros are sold every second - amounting to 100bn since 1950.
81. George Bernard Shaw named his shed after the UK capital so that when visitors called they could be told he was away in London.
94. Bill Gates does not have an iPod.
BBC 100 things An almanac of quirky snippets that we didn't know this time last year (via J walk)
Comments: 100 more things
Tim is my favorite sportsperson, having comprehensively supplanted the previous incumbent, Eddie the Eagle who I think was either a one-legged lumberjacking Moomba Masters skier or an expatriate visually impaired Jamaican bobsledder. Anyhow, Tim's other claim to fame is that he also has a winning killer instinct that he hasn't yet taken out of its gift wrapping.
We wish him all the best at the traditional and time-honoured Qatar ExxonMobil Open on January 2.
Posted by Sedgwick at December 31, 2005 05:29 PM
"The power of the mind is very underestimated" TH
Wonder if Henman has played the Hopman?
Posted by boynton at January 2, 2006 08:57 PM
I bought most of those Bics since about 1970. In a list of all-time essential pieces of kit, the Bic's near the top.
(I think I feel a meme coming on...)
All the best for an entirely wonderful 2006, B.
Posted by Dick at January 3, 2006 11:01 AM
I don't know if the Henman stat illustrates the reason he hasn't yet won a grand slam or if he simply has no friends.
Posted by Russell Allen at January 3, 2006 01:54 PM
or does he just have one unused court (still gift-wrapped) along with several others, frequently used?
Happy New Year, Miss B.
Posted by wen at January 3, 2006 05:18 PM
÷ of the 57 per second won't write for longer than 57 seconds?
Thanks, Dick, and happy 06 to you and yours.
Russell, I wonder if he'll gain a wild card entry at his place?
Most likely, wen, a gift for when he's not present?
Happy New Year
Posted by boynton at January 3, 2006 07:22 PM
I yam also brilliant, and do not have an I-POD.
I DO have a toy with a mouse that goes rounds and rounds. It is grouse!
Posted by Chairman Mao the Burmese Cat at January 3, 2006 10:18 PM
Hmm... wonder if Tim H has any of your rellies in his rackets? ;)
Posted by boynton at January 4, 2006 04:45 PM
I wish I could say, who is Tim Henman ?
Posted by andy Farnsworth at January 7, 2006 08:25 PM
I'd rather be able to say: who is hewitt, ll?
Posted by boynton at January 10, 2006 05:45 PM