Paris is the capital of France.
The Earth orbits the Sun.
It is dangerous to mix ammonia and bleach.
Mt. Fuji is in Japan.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.
This are facts and hopefully many people know them. It’s useful for flash fiction writers because it saves word space and story time to get the information across to the reader.
The Pope has always lived in Rome.
Well that’s not exactly true. There was Pope in Avignon from 1309 to 1376. So be careful with the facts you use.
At the end of my story ‘Moon Mutineers.’ I bring Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into the tale because most people know them very well, and it also made it easier to write as a twist of history.
Neil Armstrong said, “…one giant leap for mankind.” He had jumped off the last step of the lunar module and landed on the moon’s surface. He thought he was going to fall, but didn’t. He placed his hand near his sword’s hilt. He hoped Buzz hadn’t seen his misstep, but he could never be too careful in front of the mutineer.
Maybe it’s a cheat to use common knowledge, but we only have so many words.