Fun Fact Search Tips
Searching the Fun Facts archive is easy,
but there are some tips you may wish
to keep in mind. First,
please note that behavior in different
browsers may vary; some have more features and conform
better to current standards. We have attempted
to make the site fully usable in all popular
The first optional search criterion
is the Subject.
MS Internet Explorer provides the purest function here;
selecting the "Search All Fun Facts" radio button
will disable the checkboxes for individual subjects,
while selecting the other radio button will enable them.
However, Netscape does not allow the disabling of
the check boxes, so if you desire a full search in
Netscape, be certain that none of the boxes are checked.
Note that pressing several subject boxes
will yield the intersection of subjects.
For example, selecting "Combinatorics" and "Probability" will
find only those Fun Facts whose subjects include both
Combinatorics and Probability.
Finally, Lynx does not allow the checking of subjects at
all; you must search all subjects.
The next optional
search criterion is the Difficulty.
This refers to the mathematical
level of the Fun Fact as well as ease of presentation.
Searching by level allows you to find
Fun Facts of the ease of presentation you desire.
However, bear in mind that the level is a subjective criterion chosen
by the author of each Fun Fact.
The last optional
search criterion is Keywords. Here
you may type one or more keywords, separated by commas.
Commas behave like unions:
the search engine will find
Fun Facts that include at least one of the keywords in their text.
You can also type in phrases, but keep in mind that
matching phrases may not be found if the phrase is divided on
separate lines of the database file.
You can avoid
finding partial words by inserting a space before
or after the word.
For instance "pi" will locate "picture" but "pi " will not.
Finally, you can intersect each of these
search criteria by making the appropriate choices from each.
If you wish to see a list of all fun facts, just press "Search"
without making any restrictions.
Have fun, and happy searching!