Sunday, December 30, 2007


The collective net worth of the world's 691 billionaires is $2.2 trillion, up by $3 billion from the combined net worth of the 587 people listed last year

If you took 10 million random digits, statistically on average you would expect 200 cases where you'd find 5 digits in a row that were the same -- if you take 10 million digits of Pi, you get exactly 200 cases

The tobacco industry produces 6 trillion cigarettes a year - about 1,000 cigarettes for every woman, man and child on earth

About 1.2 billion people globally are underfed- slightly less than the number globally who are obese

Pluto is not a planet

The popular notion that we only use about 10% of our brains is absolutely false - even though it is true that some mysteries still exist, every part of the brain has a known function

In the United States, percent of charitable donations each year made by individuals, foundations and corporations to churches: 40%

Percent of your body weight that is water: about 75%

To most Americans, the Orient is China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam while to most Europeans it is the area of India and Pakistan

Half of all adults worldwide hesitate or otherwise demonstrate some difficulty in distinguishing left from right

The silkworm moth has 11 brains

.7% of the entire barley crop in Ireland goes into the production of Guinness beer

Most water droplets in a cloud re-evaporate and never reach the ground- only about 20% actually falls as rain

1 in 10 people on Earth lives on an island

About 1 in 2,000 people automatically see colors when hearing words, letters or numbers (90% are female)

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the brains of people with relative higher intelligence are less active than the brains of less intelligent people when working out the same problem or task

White children are 4 times more likely to be born with webbed fingers than Black children, while Black children are 10 times more likely to be born with extra fingers than any other racial group

Crayola Crayon manufacturers officially changed the color "flesh" to "peach" in 1962

"Harley Davidson Barbie" has a scar on her face

Barbie's parents' names are George and Margaret

When the Pez candy dispenser was first introduced in the late 1950s it was meant to replace the activity of smoking

An exchange of five letters of correspondence between Pierre Fermat and Blaise Pascal in the 1650s is credited with introducing the mathematical field Probability

The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F

Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not the only human-made structure visible from the moon - there are NO human-made structures visible from the moon - some human-made structures are visible from space but the Great Wall is not the only one

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Number of Americans without health insurance: 47 million

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought at Breeds Hill (Boston, American Revolutionary War)

Number of birds kept by the "Bird Man of Alcatraz" during his incarceration: 0

There are enough active credit cards in the U.S. for every woman, man and child to have two

Percent of Americans surveyed in 2004 who stated Benjamin Franklin was the first president of the United States: 10% (54% identified George Washington)

According to the World Health Organization, the number of children that die as a direct result of poverty worldwide each year: 11 million (note: the WHO defines "child" as a person 5 years of age or younger)

The top 200 corporations in the world are enjoying sales that are growing at a faster rate than overall global economic activity -- these sales represent 25.7% of the world's economic activity while these same top 200 corporations employ just 0.78% of the global workforce (5% of all the workforce employed within the top 200 corporations are employed by Wal-Mart alone, making it the largest private employer in the world)

Of the top 200 corporations in the world, 41% are American and of these 35% do not pay taxes or actually get rebates from the government in the form of tax breaks and subsidies (Texaco, Pepsi, Chevron, Wal-Mart, Worldcom, and General Motors are examples)

Less than 1% of world debt is owed by the developing nations of the "third world" -- total debt of the 41 poorest nations is $200 billion -- total debt of U.S.: $5,000 billion (France: $750 billion; Belgium: $250 billion; Japan: $2,000 billion; former Eastern Bloc countries: $465 billion)

Non-Chinese corporate logo most recognized by Chinese people in China: KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Of America's 15 top-rated hospitals, 6 have fastfood chains in their lobbies and family/visitor waiting areas

When offered a new pen to write with, 98% of Americans will write their own name

Most likely day of the week to be murdered in the United States.: Saturday, at about 11 p.m. (Friday is the most likely day worldwide, also around 11 p.m. local time)

The two states with the least stringent gun control laws, Maine and Vermont, have the lowest homicide rates in the U.S.

In the U.S. there are about 500 prison inmates per 100,000 residents of the general population, but about 4,600 black male prison inmates per 100,000 black males of the general population (and about 1,800 Latino/Hispanic male inmates and 709 white male inmates)

The 7-Eleven Extreme Gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach

A hardboiled egg will spin, while an uncooked egg will not

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


The first toilet flush in a big screen American movie: Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1965)

Contrary to popular belief, Eskimos and Inuits do not have more words for "snow" than English speakers

Percent of the adult resident population in Washington, DC that is functionally illiterate: 36%

On an average day in the American workforce:
2 workers are fatally shot
3 fall to their deaths
1 is killed by a motor vehicle
1 is electrocuted

In an average year 30 American workers die from heat stroke and another 30 are killed by carbon monoxide

Globally, work kills more civilians than war with about 5,000 workers dying each day (the equivalent of 3 deaths per minute) mostly due to unsafe working conditions

A positive result from a HIV test is false nearly 50% of the time for men in low risk groups and is even less reliable for women in low risk groups

After extensive market research that cost the auto industry millions of dollars, analysis into their customers resulted in the following conclusions published for auto dealers and distributed last year:
"SUV owners tend to be people who are insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable with parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbors or communities. They are more restless, more sybaritic, and less social than most Americans. They tend to like fine restaurants more than off-road driving, seldom go to church, and have limited interest in helping others."

The caffeine extracted from coffee beans to make decaf coffee is sold to drug and soft drink manufacturers

On average, each square mile of the earth has the same number of insects living within its parameters as there are people inhabiting the entire planet (6.6 billion)

Ant trails always fork at 60 degree angles

The average weekly pay of financial sector jobs in Manhattan is $8,300 -- the 280,000 financial sector workers collect more than half of all the wage earnings paid in Manhattan each week even though they account for less than 1 in 6 jobs in the city

The IRS audited 21% more income tax returns in 2006 than in 2005 -- the income group most likely to be audited were taxpayers reporting incomes of less than $25,000 for the year

The first commercial hand-held cellular phone was marketed in 1983 by Motorola

Each year in the U.S. the number of prescriptions that are filled incorrectly: over 20,000

The inside of the earth is spinning faster than the rest of the planet

The average fuel economy of a car sold in 2005 was 6% lower than a car sold in 1987

Incidents of immune system disorders diagnosed in the U.S. has increased 200% in the past 5 years

Percent of movies released each year in the U.S. that are R-rated: 55%

Percent of Americans who do not understand the method for testing a scientific hypothesis for validity: 77%

The United States ranked last among a list of the 163 wealthiest nations when measured according to account balance - the U.S. had the highest deficit (March 2007)

Globally, about 25% of the population will receive a diagnosis of depression in their lifetime (for Americans this rate rises to 53%)

Top 15 countries receiving U.S. foreign aid (note that Israel and Egypt receive 1/3 of all aid, while the total aid these 15 nations combined receive from the U.S. is more than half of all the foreign aid the U.S. distributes... leaving the world's 10 poorest nations to divvy up less than 5% of U.S. foreign aid among them):
Israel... $1,200 billion
Egypt... $$815 billion
Russia... $263 billion
Ukraine... $161.4 billion
India... $156.3 billion
South Africa... $131.9 billion
Peru... $123.9 billion
Bolivia... $121 billion
Haiti... $116 billion
Ethiopia... $108 billion
Turkey... $105.8 billion
Bosnia... $80.6 billion
Bangladesh... $77.8 billion
West Bank/Gaza Strip... $76 billion
Phillipines... $74.9 billion

Economic assistance to the above listed 15 countries includes development assistance that most commonly requires these nations to hire U.S. firms and corporations to complete the development, thereby circulating the "foreign aid" money back into the U.S., as well as international narcotics control from which the U.S. earns about $3,000 billion per year

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Men with higher incomes are twice as likely to cheat on their wives than men with lower incomes

An American urologist purchased Napolean's penis for $40,000

Human birth control pills work just as effectively on female gorillas

The first gay military newspaper was published during World War II

On average, around the world boys are born during the day more often than girls

One in every 2,000 babies is born with at least one tooth and some are born with a full set of teeth

In Ancient Greece, an adulterous male was sometimes punished by the removal of his pubic hair and the insertion of a large radish into his rectum

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 years old and gave birth in 1910 in China

Some gerbils are born pregnant

Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a blue surface during sex can greatly increase the intensity of the human orgasm

In many parts of India it is cheaper to have sex with a prostitute than to purchase a condom

A whale's penis is called a dork

Sex is a natural antihistamine - it has been clinically proven to relieve a stuffy nose, asthma, and hay fever

Sex is biochemically no different than consuming large amounts of chocolate

It is illegal for unmarried couples to have sex in a hotel room in the state of North Carolina

Globally, the average female will have three pregnancies in her lifetime

Women wishing to enter Canada with a work visa to be an exotic dancer (aka "stripper") must submit naked photos of themselves as part of the visa application

The German military allows all soldiers, both heterosexual and homosexual, to have sex with each other while enlisted even on active duty

In-vitro babies are born in Australia more than anywhere else in the world

At 4 weeks a human embryo is smaller than a grain of rice

Babies born in May are about 200 grams heavier than babies born in other months

The sperm count of an average American male compared to 25 years ago has dropped by more than 30%

On average, 1 in 55 women in Canada give birth to their baby in the car on the way to the hospital

More twins are born in the Western world than in the Eastern world

Peter the Great executed his wife's lover and had the head of the decapitated man put in a jar of alcohol that he then placed at his wife's bedside where he ordered it to stay for the remainder of their marriage

A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in relation to its body size

Average number of times an American male will masturbate in his lifetime: 2,000

Percent of American men who say they masturbate once a day: 60%

Percent of American men who claim to masturbate two or more times daily: 5%

Percent of men over age 80 who claim to have sex regularly: 62%

Percent of women over age 80 who claim to have sex regularly: 33%

Percent of men who exaggerate their penis size: 94%

Percentage of women who had sex before age 13 who claim it was not voluntary: 77%

53% of Norwegians claim they want to have sex more frequently (Norwegians currently have sex an average of 98 times a year) while 86% of Portuguese claim to be completely satisfied with their sex lives (Portuguese currently have sex an average of 108 times a year)

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body, and also the fastest healing

In a 2006 report, it was claimed that researchers had observed that over 45% of all species of animals have homosexual sex as a recreational activity at least once in their lifetime or as a lifetime sexual orientation

The United States has more laws governing sex than all the countries in Europe combined

Impotence is grounds for divorce in 26 U.S. states

Room where you are most likely to tell a lie: bedroom

When married couples were surveyed in 2005, 70% of husbands claimed their penis size was over 8 inches in length while their wives claimed their husband's penis size was closer to 5-6 inches

Number of married Americans who admit to having an extramarital affair: 1 in 3

In the United States, a divorce is granted every 13 minutes

The average sexual encounter, from foreplay through intercourse and orgasm, lasts about 39 minutes

First couple to be shown in bed together on U.S. television: Fred and Wilma Flintstone

Number of Americans, both male and female, surveyed who stated a woman should remain a virgin until marriage: 66% (Number of women included in the survey who claimed they were a virgin when they were married: 3%)

Length of typical pig's orgasm: 30 minutes

Length of typical human orgasm: 3-10 seconds

Marriages occurring in January, February and March are twice as likely to end in divorce

Only religion that does not condemn homosexuality: Buddhism

Percent of gays and lesbians who voted for Bill Clinton in his first bid for president: 89.2%

The seven cities with the highest gay and lesbian populations are Manhattan, San Fransisco, Boston, Seattle, Berkley, DC, and Chicago (in that order)

"The pill" fails to prevent pregnancy 6.2% of the time - the condom fails nearly 14% of the time

Failure rate of condoms in preventing the transmission of HIV: 31%

On average, a human will have sex 3,000 times and spend two full weeks kissing in their lifetime

Of the more than 30% of men recently polled who admitted to comparing their penis size to other men's penises in bathrooms and locker rooms, 26% felt they "didn't measure up" while only 5% thought they were about "average"

The speed at which an erotic sensation travels from the skin to the brain is 156 mph

When researchers surgically implanted electrodes into rats' brains in an area presumed to control sexual processes and made it possible for the rats to stimulate themselves, most of the rats cranked up the juice more than 2000 times an hour for 24 hours straight - all lost interest in food, even to the point of starvation

Cold showers actually increase sexual arousal rather than decrease it

Snails have sex for up to 8 hours

Penguins have sex twice a year

The male praying mantis cannot copulate with its head attached to its body, so before intercourse the female initiates mating by ripping his head off

According to several studies, couples who stare into each other's eyes for one minute or longer have an 88% greater chance of ending up in an argument rather than feeling affection for their partner

Both men and women are most likely to experience their first orgasm alone through self-stimulation

Jews and atheists average more sex partners over their lifetimes than do Protestants or Catholics

Sex with a person of the opposite sex is the third most common sexual fantasy for both gay men and lesbians - oral sex is the most common sexual fantasy for gay men, lesbians and heterosexuals

56% of women claim they can't enjoy sex with a partner who is not their intellectual equal (12% of men claim the same)

35% of American men admitted when surveyed to having attempted to perform oral sex on themselves - 0.7% claimed to have succeeded

50% of graduating high school seniors polled in 2005 believed that Sodom and Gormorrah were a married couple in the Bible

State in which a woman's hair is the legal and sole property of her husband: Michigan

Most common plastic surgery performed on American men: breast reduction

Largest cell in the human body: female egg

Smallest cell in the human body: male sperm

Researchers developed Viagara to treat high blood pressure, but it proved ineffective in clinical studies to lower blood pressure while having the interesting side effect of raising something else (don't make me say it)

Sex has been clinically proven to be 10 times more effective than Valium at reducing anxiety

Percentage of men who say they are "happier" after divorce: 58%

Percentage of women who say they are "happier" after divorce: 88%

Number of Internet web pages: more than 10 billion (1 in 5 is pornographic)

Unintended pregnancies in the U.S. each year: 50%

Percent of all U.S. counties with no abortion provider: 86%

Industrialized nation with the most teenage mothers: United States

Percentage of American men who claim they would marry the same woman if they had to do it again: 82%

Percentage of American women who claim they would marry the same man if they had to do it again: 41%

During kissing, the face and head more often tilt to the right (80% of the time) - researchers believe this is because emotions are controlled by the right side of the brain

A snail's genitals are on its head

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The world has been at peace only 8% of the time over the past 3500 years

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896- Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes

Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots and Walt Disney, creator of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, had a phobia of mice

Murder is the only crime that does NOT increase in prevalence during a full moon- theft, disorderly conduct, rape, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery all increase during a full moon

Bill Gates' home, the founder of Microsoft, was designed 0n a Macintosh computer

45.2% of Americans admit to peeing in the shower

The U.S. has the highest minimum drinking age in the world and nearly twice the amount of drunk driving fatalities

Antartica's area code: 672

Every U.S. president with a beard has been a Republican

Official name of the Microsoft Windows Tutorial: Crash Course

How "tall" is your head? Divide your height by 8

Only after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy did it become a federal offense to kill a U.S. president

There are 23 doctors in the U.S. called Dr. Doctor and one called Dr. Surgeon

It is now been proven scientifically that humans were first infected with HIV in the 1930s

At any given time, .7% of the earth's human population is drunk

Among the items discovered in Osama bin Laden's former headquarters in Afghanistan were 27 issues of MAD Magazine

In Bhutan, government public policy is based on a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index- as a result most street advertising is banned as are tobacco and plastic bags

Every day is about 55 billionths of a second longer than the day before

Iceland was the first country to legalize abortion in 1935

Non-dairy creamer is flammable

Pound for pound, hamburgers in the U.S. cost more than a new car

If you're over 100 years old, there's an 80% chance you're a woman

1 in 3 snake bite victims is drunk- 1 in 5 are tattooed

30% of people refuse to participate in opinion polls

There are more than 1000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been scientifically tested and more than half were found to cause cancer

The average person spends 3 years of their lifetime on the toilet

Last words of German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Hegel: "Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me at all"

The only letter that does not appear in the Periodic Table: J

The popular Internet server YAHOO! is an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle... it was originally called Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web

Tobacco related illnesses kill more people each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fires and AIDS combined

In the U.S., according to the Federal Food and Drug Administration for a noodle to be a noodle it must contain 5.5% egg solids in it- otherwise it cannot be called a noodle and companies can be levied stiff fines for falsely calling their product a noodle

The most senior crayon maker for Crayola Crayons, Emerson Moser, retired after making more than 1.4 billion crayons and creating more than 32 specific colors over his 40 year career. Only then did he reveal that he was colorblind

Thursday, August 9, 2007


Number of Americans who made at least one purchase at Wal-Mart in 2006, by percent: 82%

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the number of American taxpayers who will call the IRS Helpline and receive incorrect information: 1 in 5

Percent of lottery winners who gain weight after winning $1 million or more in prize money: 100%

Number of Americans who will have surgery this year and return home from the hospital with metal tools, sponges, and other foreign objects left inside them: about 2,700 (on average, 60 will die as a result)

Chances that a burglary in the U.S. will be solved: 1 in 7

World life expectancy in 1900: 30 years
World life expectancy now: 64 years
Life expectancy in the United States: 77 years (The U.S. is ranked 46th among all nations for life expectancy)

If an American dies before age 65, they were most likely between the ages of 25 and 44 at the time of their death and it was most likely the result of an accident

Favorite food of the typical N0rth American cockroach: postage stamp glue

Number of possible ways to play the first four moves in a game of chess: 318,979,564,000

U.S. state with the most personalized license plates: Illinois

You have a greater chance of being killed by a teddy bear than a grizzly bear

Size of the New York City Police Department budget: $3.3 million (larger than all but 19 of the world's armies)

Percent of the world's population that is comprised of Americans: 5%
Percent of the world's prison population comprised of Americans incarcerated in the U.S.: 25%

If the earth's population were reduced to 100 people, then 51 would be female and 49 would be male; half of all currency would be held by 6 people; and one person would be about to die and another about to be born

CEO earnings: in 1965 a CEO earned 44 times more than a factory worker employed by their company... in 1998, a CEO earned 326 times that of a factory worker and today a CEO earns 419 times that of a factory worker

U.S. state with the lowest number of suicides per capita: New York (Wyoming has the highest, followed by Montana, Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico)

World's best-selling musical instrument: Harmonica

The length of your foot is equivalent to the length from your elbow to your wrist

Number of words spoken by the average adult American each day: 5,000 (approximately 80% are spoken to yourself)

World's oldest profession: Witch Doctor

Fastest growing group of Internet users worldwide: Women over age 55

Month during which the most murders occur in the U.S.: August (least murders in February)

Number of voting machine errors detected, reported and verified in the state of Florida that went in favor of Bush in the 2000 election: All

Slogan on New Hampshire license plates: Live Free or Die
Manufacturer of New Hampshire license plates: Prisoners at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, NH

Age of most Americans living today: 37

Number of Americans who believe the U.S. is comprised of 52 states: 52%

Average age of a woman in New Zealand giving birth for the first time: 30 years

Number of American mothers who give birth for the first time while a teenager: 1 in 4

Country with the most Internet users per capita: Iceland

Country where you are most likely to be struck by lightning: Cuba

Country with the most residents who live alone: United States

Country with the lowest divorce rate: Sri Lanka

Country with the highest rate of female suicide: Sri Lanka

Average number of miles per gallon you can expect if a car-maker's ad claims "30 miles per gallon, city": 23, city and about the same on the highway

Country where you are most likely to be killed while using a power lawn mower: Moldova

State in which Marlboro cigarettes are sold containing more tar and nicotine than those sold in any other state: New York

Percentage of the world's scientists in all fields assigned to military projects: 48%

Number of U.S. presidents who were an only child: 0

The only book to surpass the Bible in distribution as of 2006: IKEA Catalog

World record holder for most commonly stolen book from public libraries: Guinness Book of World Records

How many people were born in the time it took you to read this question?: 3

Number of Catholic Popes who died during sexual intercourse: 4

Name given a group of army soldiers: Mess

Name given a group of frogs: Army

Number of California driver's licenses issued to people named Jesus Christ: 6

Most shoplifted book in the world: Bible

Chance that if you have lived to be over 100 years of age that you are female: 80%

Number of people who can't snap their fingers: 2 out of 3

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the number of maggots or maggot parts allowed in a gallon of orange juice sold commercially in the U.S.: 2

Micheal Jordan makes more money each year from Nike than all of the Malaysian Nike factory workers combined

Most people (75%) claim to wash from top to bottom

Male hospital patients fall out of bed twice as often as female patients

Thursday, July 19, 2007


If the total amount of yearly income tax one owed was withheld from weekly paychecks before a person could earn any take-home pay, the average American taxpayer would not earn a cent of personal income until the middle of May-- in other words, the average taxpayer works 3 out of every 8 hours for the government

Every person has a unique tongue print

Right now there are more than 123, ooo, ooo cars on American roads

According to the World Health Organization, 200 million couples around the world (both heterosexual and homosexual) have sex each day, meaning that on average there are about 2,000 sex acts at any given moment

Women gained the right to vote in France in 1944, and in Switzerland in 1971

Los Angeles has more judges than France

There are more possible games of chess involving 40 moves or more than there are atoms in the entire universe

You are 750 times more likely to be struck and killed by an asteroid than to win the lottery

Percent of single adult men who say they want to marry: 75%

Percent of single adult women who say they want to marry: 50%

After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp

Globally, donkeys kill more people each year than plane crashes

About 22% of all tuna caught in the world will eventually end up in cat food in the United States

Average number of people airborne over the U.S. at any given hour: 61, 000

In Washington, D.C. there are more telephones than people, while in L.A. there are more cars than people

80% of ten-year old girls in the U.S. will go on a diet before age eleven

More Americans lose their virginity in the month of June than in any other month

The language of a society changes slowly but steadily with the result that an educated person is not able to read and understand words from their own language from 500 years ago

According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English... the state's official language is "American"

All American presidents have worn glasses, even if they refused to wear them in public, including our current president who wears reading glasses

All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English

Every time the moon's gravity causes a 10-foot tide at sea, all the Earth's continents rise at least 6 inches

The U.S. has the highest rate of unplanned teen pregnancy in the developed world

Over 50% of Americans polled in 2006 claimed to fantasize more often about money than sex

In the U.S., an average of 11, 000 people are injured each year trying out new sexual positions

There is more lemon juice in Lemon Pledge Furniture Polish than in Country Time Lemonade

Once a person reaches age 35, they will lose about 7, 000 brain cells a day that are never replaced

A rat can last longer without water than a camel

When doctors went on strike in Los Angeles in 1976, the average number of deaths in that city dropped by more than 18% for each day of the strike

Most people chew their food on the same side of their mouth as their hand preference

Largest supplier of mental health care in the United States: federal prison system

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


the human race as we know it has existed for about 50,000 years, which is approximately 800 lifetimes (assuming a lifetime to be between 65-70 years). Of these 800 lifetimes, 650 were passed by cave dwellers. nearly all manufactured goods, luxury items, and technological conveniences we enjoy today were invented or perfected within only the past 5 lifetimes

2 out of 3 adults in america have hemorrhoids

5 in 7 american men polled stated they preferred to be on the bottom during sex

in virginia it is illegal to have the lights on during sex

of octogenarians polled, 30% of women over 80 claim to still have sex

men are 6 times more likely than women to be struck by lightning

1 in 11 workers in north carolina depend on tobacco for their livelihood

drivers in the u.s. kill more deer than hunters

most of the villains in the bible have red hair

only 9% of women worldwide consider themselves "attractive"

car airbags kill one person for every 22 they save

in proportion to its size, the ant has the largest brain in the animal kingdom

more dolphins pick a homosexual lifetime partner than any other species, with giraffes coming in second for picking homosexual lifetime partners (stats: scientists have observed that as many as 20% of dolphins partner exclusively with dolphins of the same sex, and not just for play and hunting but for recreational sex. additionally, another 8-10% of "heterosexual" dolphins will engage in homosexual play on occasion, then return to their lifetime partner of the opposite sex. in giraffes, about 18-20% have been observed to partner exclusively with the same sex. this area of research is fairly new, but already scientists are realizing that homosexuality and bisexuality may be a lot more prevalent in all species of animals than was once ever considered)

if you are in a room with 23 people, it is probable that at least two share your birthday- in a room of 35 people then the odds increase to an 85% chance

after each player has made three opening moves in chess, the pieces could form one of 9 million different positions

half of the human genome is identical to that of a banana

10% of all human beings ever born are alive right now

more than 99% of all animal species that have ever lived on earth were extinct before humans evolved

every resident of kentucky is required by law to bathe once a year

1 in 4 animals on earth is a beetle

all polar bears are left-handed

banging your head against the wall consumes about 150 calories an hour- sex uses about 200

venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise

of men who suffer a heart attack during sexual intercourse, 8 out 0f 10 were cheating on their wives at the time of the attack

35% of american men report being "unhappy" with the size of their penis

american men are most likely to cheat on their spouse during the month of december, while ameican women are most likely to cheat in july

more than 50% of the world's population has never made or received a phone call

every day, the average person swallows about a quart of snot

about 50% more males are left-handed compared to females

in a 2006 survey of sex therapists, the question was posed "what is the most important aspect of lovemaking?" 60% answered "staying awake"

anteaters prefer termites

Friday, April 27, 2007


the ten commandments contain 297 words...
the u.s. bill of rights is stated in 463 words...
lincoln's gettysburg address contains 266 words...
a recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words

average speed of a male ejaculation: 28 mph (average speed of a city bus: 25 mph)

average number of readers for the typical internet blog: 1

number of the world's airports in the u.s., by percent: 30%

over 35 years of work, a female high school graduate will make $70,000 less than a male high school grad, and a woman with a college degree will lose $1.2 million compared to a degreed male in the same profession

2/3 of the world's eggplant is grown in new jersey

people who died of hunger today: more than 22,000

percent of americans who do not believe we have landed on the moon: 20%

canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined

the u.s. has the most psychiatrists in the world, with more than 60,000 shrinks

number of people who are slaves today: about 27 million, mostly in the sudan, south asia and pakistan

recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch television for 3 hours

1/3 of the world's people live on less than $2 a day, while over 1 billion live on less than $1 a day

the bones in your body are not white-- they range in color from beige to light brown

half of the world's population has seen at least one james bond movie

1 in 4 americans is under 18 years old

albert einstein and charles darwin both married first cousins

the first VCR, made in 1956, was the size of a standard piano

on average, it takes a person 2 hours of nonstop walking (80 calories per hour @ 3 mph) to burn off the calories and sugar from one 12 oz. can of coke

all racehorses in the u.s. celebrate their birthday on january 1st

only humans and horses have hymens

every day, 200 million couples make love, and 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die

only major league baseball player to pitch a complete game no-hitter while tripping on LSD: dock ellis (june 12, 1970)... ellis is now a drug treatment counselor

smokey the bear's zip code: 20252

real places you might want to visit on your next vacation:
bastard, norway
climax, colorado
cunt, spain
dildo, newfoundland (canada)
fuku, shensi (china)
fukum, yemen
intercourse, pennsylvania
shag island (indian ocean)
wank, germany

when asked to turn around, most people do so clockwise

Saturday, April 14, 2007


one-third of the world is currently at war

since 1495, no twenty-five year period has been without war

half the world's population is under age 25

there are more televisions in the u.s. than people in the u.k.

your mouth produces about 2 pints of saliva a day

most burglaries in the u.s. occur in the winter, and during the day

there is a radioshack store within 5 minutes of where 94% of all americans either live or work

in 2005, 12% of newlyweds met online

your body has ten times as many bacteria cells than human cells

internationally, "baywatch" is the most popular television show in history

delaware, virginia and michigan are the top states for ritalin-- doctors in these three states prescribe ritalin to children 56% more often than the national average

at present, even the most powerful computer cannot process as many instructions as 0.1 gram of a goldfish brain

when you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red

if people in the u.s. took an IQ test today and it was scored in the same way as people were assessed 50 years ago, 90% would be considered geniuses

of all restaurants opened in the u.s., 90% fail within the first year-- of the the remaining 10%, over 90% of them will fail in the second year

an office desk has about 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat

the three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the world's 48 poorest nations

there are 6 universal facial expressions: happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, anger and surprise

the space between your eyebrows is called the glabella

true story:
a fierce wind blew 45-year old vittorio luise's car into a river near naples, italy in 1983. he managed to break a window, climb out, and fight the current to swim to shore-- where another gust of strong wind blew over a tree and killed him.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


number of company logos recognized by the typical american child by the time she enters first grade: 200

percent of americans who say god has talked to them: 36%

percent of americans who believe joan of arc was noah's wife: 12%

number of office workers randomly stopped on the street for a survey who gave up their computer passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar: 7 in 10

percent of americans who claim they never bathe: 7%

number of u.s. states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above the national average: 50

busiest retail shopping hour in the united states: 3-4pm, december 24th (christmas eve)

number of toilet-related injuries each year in the u.s.: 40,000

number of insect legs allowed by the food and drug administration in a candy bar sold in the united states: 8

number of american women who own a gun: 1 in 3

number of marriages in kentucky that unite teenagers: half

only u.s. state capital without a mcdonald's: montpelier, vermont

most claimed ancestry of americans: german

how far would the average american go for $10 million?: 1 in 4 say they'd abandon friends, family and church, while 1 in 10 say they'd commit murder

amount spent per year by americans on state lotteries: $40 billion

percent of americans who admit to lying regularly: 91%

religious affiliation in america: 52% protestant, 24% roman catholic, 2% mormon, 1% jewish, 1% muslim, 10% other, 10% none

the u.s. is the largest consumer of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine

americans comprise 6% of the world's population but... are 25% of the world's prison population, are responsible for 30% of the world's garbage, comprise 85% of the world's serial killers, and consume 20% of the world's resources

.07% of american men perform fellatio on themselves, while 35% admit to attempting the feat

number of americans who say they've had sex at work, by percent: 56% (half claim they "did it" on the boss's desk)

percent of americans who cannot fill out a bank deposit slip correctly: 40%

time when most toilets are flushed at one time in the u.s.: during superbowl half-time

states where oral sex is illegal: arizona, florida, minnesota, louisiana, michigan, north carolina, south carolina, utah, virginia and idaho where it is punishable by life in prison

in the u.s., jews and atheists have nearly twice as many sex partners in their lifetime than catholics and protestants

percent of americans over age 55 who have no natural teeth: half

percent of americans who say they've never visited a dentist: 40%

largest private employer in the u.s.: wal-mart

number of wal-mart "super centers" built on top of native indian burial grounds: 4

chance that an american will be a victim of crime in their lifetime: 80%

number of americans who sign their pet's name on greeting cards sent during the holiday season: 70%


percent of u.s soldiers serving in iraq who say they have killed an "enemy combatant": 48%

percent of u.s. soldiers serving in iraq who say they have killed a "non-combatant": 28%

percent of u.s. soldiers serving in iraq who say they know someone who was seriously injured or killed: 86%

between 2003 and 2005 the divorce rate for army personnel increased by 14%

calls to domestic violence hotlines for military spouses have increased from 50 per month to 600 per month since the start of war

number of military spouses who have signed up for food stamps and other federal assistance since the start of war: 1 in 5

number of national guard deployed to vietnam: 7,040 (126 died)

number of national guard deployed to iraq so far: more than 100,000 (392 have died)

death rate of u.s. soldiers serving in iraq who come from rural areas: 60% higher than those from cities

number of americans polled in 2006 who believe "federal officials either participated in the attacks on the world trade center and pentagon, or took no action to stop them 'because they wanted the u.s. to go to war in the middle east'": 36%

amount president bush has requested from congress to build a new u.s. embassy in iraq: $1.3 billion

portion of staff to be sent to new embassy in iraq that speaks arabic: 3%

number of those who speak arabic fluently: 6

number of journalists killed in iraq since the start of war: 146

number of defense contractors killed in iraq since the start of war: 665

number of doctors who have fled iraq: 1 out of 3

number of iraqi physicians killed since 2003: over 2,000

percent increase in the number of iraqis in jail now compared to the period before the fall of saddam: 30%

according to the veteran's administration, the number of iraq war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder: 1 in 5

number of u.s. soldiers serving in iraq who committed suicide in 2005: 22 (double the number in 2004, which was already twice the rate of suicide among military personnel prior to the invasion of iraq)

number of u.s. soldiers who have lost one or more limbs: 1,300 (nearly double the rate of any other war)

number of u.s. soldiers who say we shouldn't have invaded iraq in the first place: one-third

world's largest purchaser of oil: the pentagon

according to the u.s. army, the number of gallons of fuel burned in three weeks in iraq: 40 million (equal to the gasoline consumed by all allied armies combined during four years of WWI)

thought of another way, the daily oil consumption of the u.s. military is equal to that of the entire nation of greece

percent of u.s. military oil purchases used to fuel fighter jets: 70%

percent increase in the number terrorist attacks that have occurred worldwide since the invasion of iraq, excluding attacks in iraq and afghanistan: 265% (including iraq and afghanistan the percent increase jumps to 607%)

percent increase in terrorist attacks aimed at western targets since the invasion of iraq: 25%

percent increase in the number of fatalities resulting from terrorist attacks worldwide, excluding fatalities in iraq and afghanistan: 58%

your federal income tax dollar: 41 cents to fund war, 6 cents for education, 6 cents for health care, and less than a penny for foreign aid such as emergency food relief

percent of significant conflicts in the world occurring right now in which one or more parties has received its weapons or military technology from the united states: 90%

u.s. military aid outweighs development and food aid to poor nations by a ratio of 6:1

revenue generated by halliburton under then-ceo and current vice president dick cheney from business deals with iraq under saddam hussein: $30 million

gift donald rumsfeld gave to saddam hussein welcoming him during a visit in friendlier days: golden spurs (1983)

portion of all u.s. foreign aid that goes to helping the recipient country buy u.s.-produced weapons, equipment and training: 25%

oil accounts for 43% of the world's total fuel consumption and 95% of global energy used for transportation

percent of americans surveyed who believe the u.s pays more than any other nation in foreign aid: 82%

rank among all industrialized nations of the united states determined by the amount of non-military foreign aid given to poor nations: 13th

u.s foreign aid as a percent of gross domestic product: 0.15%

white americans who thought the invasion of iraq was a mistake, by percent: 45%

african-americans who thought the invasion of iraq was a mistake, by percent: 77%

african-americans serving in iraq, by percent: 28% (african-americans comprise slightly less than 13% of u.s. population)

parents likely to recommend military service to their children in 2002: 42%

parents likely to recommend military service to their children in 2004: 26%

amount contributed last year to the campaigns of members of congress who are directly responsible for voting on how much to spend on weapons contracts: $12 million

country with the lowest global popularity rating: united states (followed by israel, iran and north korea)


only 1% of global spending on weapons would be needed to provide every child in the world with basic education

according to an advertisement by the leading u.s. defense contractor, lockheed martin, that ran in 2002, "the perception of peace means less jobs for americans"

number of lockheed martin's F16 fighters built by american workers last year: 0 (lockheed martin's F16 manufacturing plants are located in turkey, and no americans are employed in the building of the jets)

every minute, someone is killed by a gun (most are women and children)

number one global manufacturer and exporter of small arms, including hand guns: the u.s.

the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - france, the u.s., russia, china, and the u.k.- account for 88% of the world's arms exports

in 2005, the pentagon removed a reference to article 3 of the geneva conventions from new editions of the army field manual on interrogation... article 3 specifically bans torture and cruel treatment including "outrages on personal dignity"

since the attacks of september 11, 2001 the u.s. has imprisoned 80,000 people around the world that it claims have links to terrorism. the vast majority have not been charged with any crime and have not been granted access to an attorney

global military spending equals about $173 per person and accounts for 2.5% of world GDP (gross domestic product)

u.s. military spending accounts for nearly half of the world total (48% or $530 billion per year- expected to rise to $650 billion by the end of 2007)

u.s. military spending is 7 times greater than the second largest spender, china

u.s. military spending is 29 times that of the six "rogue" nations (cuba, iran, libya, north korea, sudan and syria)

u.s. military spending figures do not include nuclear weapons spending since this is now counted under the department of energy

percent of your federal income tax dollar spent on war: 41% (percent spent on education: 6.5%, on health care: 6.1%)

number of the 26 countries that the u.s. has provided military assistance to (training, funding or weapons) since 2001 that use child soldiers: 22

percent of female veterans returning from service who report attempted or completed rape at the hands of a male u.s. armed services member: 30%

ratio of the price of a barrel of oil in march 2003 to the price of a body bag from the u.s. military's supplier: 1:1

number of national guard from louisianna serving in iraq during hurricane katrina: 1 in 3

chances that a member of the new york state national guard was serving in iraq: 1 in 4

chances that a member of the texas national guard was serving in iraq: 1 in 31

members of the bush administration with combat experience: 0

members of the bush administration with ties to the oil industry: 41

percent of israel's weaponry purchased from u.s. companies: 70% (money used to make these purchases comes from u.s. taxpayers in the form of military aid given to israel by the federal government, which accounts for 20% of israel's total military budget or $3 billion annually)

amount spent by the u.s. per month on the war in iraq in 2006: $9.1 billion (up from $4.3 billion in the previous year, but about $1 billion a month less than is projected for 2007)

title of a pentagon memo leaked to the media describing a u.s. propaganda campaign aimed at americans to make abu muab al-zarqawi (the possible leader of al qaeda in iraq) appear to be more dangerous and powerful than he really was: "villainize zarqawi/leverage xenophobic response" (april 10, 2006)

on june 21, 2006 the pentagon classified homosexuality as a mental defect akin to retardation (the most army discharges for arabic translators since 2002 have been on the grounds that they violated "don't ask, don't tell" policy)

amount the pentagon spends on viagara each year: $500,000 (down from a record high of $5 million in the first two years the drug was introduced)

number of homeless people in the united states who are veterans: 1 in 3

amount spent by the u.s. military to replace service members discharged for admitting to being gay: $365 million

estimated number of americans who get degrees from non-accredited "diploma mills" each year: 100,000

number of pentagon employees who had such degrees on their resumes in a report released last year: 257

percent of troops assigned to the front line in the gulf war who were persons of color: 50%

percent increase in the number of terrorist attacks committed around the world since president bush declared in 2004 that "the world is a safer place": 600%

estimated number of americans who last year refused to pay part or all of their federal income tax as a protest of military spending: 2,000

number of u.s. troops who have gone awol since that start of the war in iraq: 8,000

number of army recruiters who have gone awol between october 2002 and march 2005: 37

percent of army recruiters who did not volunteer for that job: 70%

on december 15, 2005 it was revealed in a pentagon memo leaked to the media that the government is collecting data on antiwar groups without their knowledge or consent and compiling this information into a database

average age of soldiers serving in iraq: 20

percent of the iraqi population under age 16 at the start of war in 2003: 68%

percent of soldiers returning from service in iraq who receive medical or mental health treatment: 30%

estimated number of returning soldiers who need mental health treatment for trauma and depression: 65%

global spending priorities (all amounts are in u.s. dollars):
--military spending: $780 billion
--alcoholic beverages in europe: $105 billion
--cigarettes in europe: $50 billion
--business entertainment in japan: $35 billion
--pet food in europe and north america: $17 billion
--basic health and nutrition: $13 billion
--perfumes in europe and the u.s.: $12 billion
--reproductive health for all women: $12 billion
--ice cream in europe: $11 billion
--water and sanitation for all: $9 billion
--cosmetics in the u.s.: $8 billion
--basic education for all: $6 billion


number of americans who have appeared on television: 1 in 4

object that causes most choking fatalities: toothpick

only u.s. state that specifically bans blind people from driving: new york

average speed of traffic in new york city: 10 mph

percentage of lakes in ohio that have been made by humans: 100%

percentage of atheists who own at least one bible: 65%

month when most people are born in the world: september

number of americans killed by vending machines falling on them: 15

cost to the soft drink industry each year from loss due to theft from vending machines: $100 million

number of americans unable to locate the u.s. on a world map: 1 in 7

number of visitors to new mexico to see a tortilla chip that "strongly resembles" jesus last year: 11,000

largest retail chain in the world: 7-eleven

number of people around the world with the same birthday as you: approximately 10 million

month most americans lose their virginity: june

country with the most english speakers: china

percentage of american high school students who admit to using an illegal drug before graduating: 52%

amount spent on "war on drugs" each year since 2001: about $20 million

in 2002, a nike commercial aired in the u.s. that had been filmed in kenya with a samburu tribesman. the tribesman speaks in his native language of maa. as he speaks, the nike slogan "just do it" appears at the bottom of the screen in quotes. in reality, the tribesman was saying, "I don't want these."


current world population: 6.5 billion humans

current world population: 6.5 billion chickens

human population growth:
1804 - 1 billion
1927 - 2 billion (123 years later)
1960 - 3 billion (33 years later)
1974 - 4 billion (14 years later)
1987 - 5 billion (13 years later)
1999 - 6 billion (12 years later)

average weekly allowance parents/guardians give a child in the u.s. at age ten: $7

average weekly earnings for a twelve year old factory worker in bangladesh: $3.20

corporation receiving highest number of clothing exports from factories employing workers under age 14 in bangladesh: wal-mart (1 billion clothing exports last year, mostly for the wal-mart brand "faded glory")

smallest country in the world: vatican city (.17 square miles)

lowest infant mortality: singapore (2 deaths per 1000 births)

number of postal workers bitten by dogs last year: 3,070

occupation statistically most at risk for workplace violence by "disgruntled" employee: retail

leading cause of death for women at work: homicide

fastest speed at which a raindrop can hit you: 18 mph

color of the universe, according to astronomers in 2005: beige (previously thought to be green)

number of days a cockroach can live without a head: 9

direction bats fly when leaving a cave: left

percentage of people with autism who are left handed: 65%

number of bugs you will accidentally eat in your lifetime: 430

number of americans polled last year who admitted to buying an outfit with the intention of wearing it once and returning it: 1 in 10

day of the week most people commit suicide: monday

number of acres of trees used to make the newsprint edition of the sunday new york times: 314 (about 63,000 trees)

number of u.s. states that do not observe daylight saving time: 2 (hawaii and alaska... indiana will do so for the first time this year)

percentage of death row inmates that are african-american: 42%

percentage of u.s. population that is african-american: 12%

percentage of americans in prison: .7% (more than any other country in the world)

chance that you will be arrested in the u.s.: 66 times higher than any other industrialized nation

number of americans over 18 years of age who do not believe in evolution: 54 million

average annual income, united states: $42,000

average annual income, bangladesh: $2,100

number of left handed people killed each year using right handed products: 2,500

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