Clearly someone had got this as a gift last Christmas because I picked it up in mint condition for 50p in a charity shop last March. Seeing as I started feeling quite festive around September 16th (don't know why, it's just noted in my journal) I thought I'd give it a read.
I'm a bit of a sucker for popular science books - but I don't mean the ones by Real Scientists (like Richard Dawkins or wotsummy Stephen Lee Gould) but by the people like Bill Bryson and the author of this book Roger Highfield who go and ask all the difficult questions and give me a nice fluffy Cliffs Notes version.
The facts that will probably stick with me is that a) 'getting pissed' as an expression out dates alcohol by quite some margin and instead refers to eating the yellow snow of the local shamen who would have hallucinogenic mushrooms. b) This may also be where the idea that Reindeers fly come from. c) It's technically possible to cook your Christmas dinner with lasers d) Ian Stewart is in all popular science books these days, but that's probably quite a good thing as he is nice.
I enjoyed the book - I can't say it stuck on topic of Christmas that much, or rather Christmas was crowbarred in - and I shall now be looking out for Santa this Christmas Eve renewed in the knowledge that he obviously exists and I've seen how he does that epic post round.
(Speaking of which maybe Santa is the answer to get the backlog moving >:( )