“Every day, one million people upload pictures of their coffee grinds to the Turkish app Faladdin and get a personalised fortune reading back in 15 minutes … Beauty livestreamer Li Jiaqi sold $1.9 billion worth of products in one twelve hour show on Taobao … Clean rooms used to make semiconductors have to be 1,000x cleaner than a surgical operating theatre, because a single transistor is now much smaller than a virus.” Those are just three items from Tom Whitwell’s always entertaining annual list. 52 things I learned in 2021.