It is easy to become a boring old pedant when it comes to the 'facts' about the ancient world that you find in politics and the media, not just social. After my disagreement with Arron Banks earlier in the week on the fall of the Roman empire, there's been plenty of more to get troubled about. Paddy Ashdown, for example, returned to his earlier quip about Boris Johnson being the silliest appointment since Caligula made his horse a consul.
All fine and funny, except that he didn't. The story comes from Suetonius' Life of Caligula (chap 55) and what Suetonius actually said is "it is said that he had marked down his horse to be consul" (consulatum quoque traditur destinasse). What lies behind this is isnt very clear. Some have thought that it goes back to some joke at the expense of the elite ('you're such a load of supine animals that I might as well make my horse consul'). But whatever the background, there is NO HORSE on the consular lists ever.
But booby prize of the week goes to the Daily Mail's report on the brothel at Pompeii.