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Top facts from 2012

  1. We love a good fact attack here at Top Gear. The problem is we’re sick of the rubbish ones that come in Christmas crackers. So we’ve trawled the internet for this year’s best facts for you to share down the pub, at midnight mass or during Boxing Day games of Bop It.

    Click through to increase your knowledge of weird facts and if you have any of your own, feel free to email them to us at editor@topgear.com

  2. Did you know that this year… US luxo-brand, Neiman Marcus, offered ten poshed-up FFs at £395k apiece? The entire run sold in just 50 minutes.

  3. Did you know that this year… A man called Tim Backhouse painted a 15-foot ‘30’ sign on his Devon house to deter lorries from speeding?

  4. Did you know that this year… A Marmite tanker overturned on the M1, spilling 20 tonnes of the divisive yeasty spread onto the road?

  5. Did you know that this year… The body of a 52-year-old Brighton construction worker was brought to a funeral in JCB bucket?

  6. Did you know that this year… President Obama’s old Chrysler 300C turned up on eBay? Bidding started at a cool $1,000,000.

  7. Did you know that this year… Speedway Motorsports planned to build full-size Nordschleife replica in Las Vegas desert?

  8. Did you know that this year… 2012 was the first F1 season since 1969 without an Italian driver on the grid?

  9. Did you know that this year… Lexus built a virtual race track around swimsuit model Tori Praver? We’re not sure why.  

  10. Did you know that this year… 26 per cent of Land Rover Discovery owners were caught speeding? The highest proportion in the country.

  11. Did you know that this year… A 43-year-old Chinese woman dragged two 2.25-tonne Jeeps… with her hair? Ouch.

  12. Did you know that this year… Turkmenistan’s president Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov bought a green Bugatti Veyron? He also has a veryveryveryverylongname.

  13. Did you know that this year… Ginger car altruist Chris Evans bought Donington’s famous Dunlop bridge for £312? It’d look ace in the TG office, Chris.

  14. Did you know that this year… Notts police spotted an dog abandoned on the rear seat of an OAP’s car window? They smashed the rear windo to rescue it. The dog was a cuddly toy.

  15. Did you know that this year… A hedgehog caused a German man to crash his Testarossa after it leaped from the bushes onto road? It survived.

  16. Did you know that this year… A Canadian man was arrested for eating fried chicken at the wheel? Damn that irresistible oily avian meat!

  17. Did you know that this year… All Land Rovers sold in Dubai came equipped with an edible desert survival guide? Informative AND delicious.

  18. Did you know that this year… Halfords claimed that red cars are the most likely to suffer bird-poo attacks? We doubt the rigorous science of this survey.

  19. Did you know that this year… The Pope was given a specially modified Kangoo Maxi ZE by Renault? We’re sure he’s totally thrilled with that one…

  20. Did you know that this year… US scientists devised lamps that made rain ‘disappear’ by streaming light between drops to reduce glare?

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