...Otherwise known as "research." While the books I write aren't research intensive like historical fiction, I still like to get things right. Sometimes the research is dry, like reading all I can about the California gubernatorial election process. A bit of a yawn, but necessary.
Other times, it's much more fun. A quick glance at my laptop's history folder would reveal some interesting searches:
--Sailing / pirate terminology (Arr!)
--What breed of dog might fit inside a trench coat pocket?
--Jim Jones/ Kool-Aid/ Hale-Bopp comet cult
--Narcissistic personality, symptoms of. (No, not me.)
--Tattoo parlors in Venice, CA. (There are lots.)
--Is it possible to make a bong out of a kazoo? (Answer: yes, and this young man will demonstrate.)
Ah, I love the internet.
Have you run across any weird facts while researching a project?