* How the Minds of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series Culture ships name themselves]]. The more obscenely violent the ships are, the more whimsical and ridiculous the name.
** You gotta give props to ships that name themselves ''Of Course I Still Love You,'' ''Funny It Worked Last Time,'' ''I Blame My Mother,'' ''I Blame Your Mother,'' and ''Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory.''
** RunningGag: Banks wanted to have at least one Culture ship per book use the word ''Gravitas'' in its name.