Monday, December 22, 2008


1 in 3 female serial killers worked with a male to commit the murders -- overall, 84% of all serial killers are white, 93% are male, and 76% are American

Less than half of women in the U.S. say that color is an important factor when buying a new car, as compared to more than 60% of American men

Until about 100 years ago, jumping rope was considered a masculine game

Author Ann Rice's real name: Howard O'Brien (She was named after her father)

In Houston, Texas it is illegal to grunt while moving boxes

Milk cartons were invented in Sweden

Worldwide, only 12% of those arrested for murder are female

In 2005, over 300,000 people from more than 10 nations participated in an Easter egg hunt -- on the Internet

Over 90% of papers filed in an office will not be looked at again

When humans meet for the first time, our eyes widen and our eyebrows lift

A typical adult American male is 5 feet, 10 inches tall while a typical adult female is 5 feet, 4 inches tall

Number one cause of burglar alarm activation in the U.S.: owner error (burglary ranks 7th)

Kermit the Frog was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southampton College in 1996

In the U.S., the name Ann is used as a middle name ten times more often than as a first name

As a struggling actor, Ronald Reagan once posed nude as an artist's model

The word EARTHLING first appeared in writing in 1593

Chance that a professional football player will be injured at least once in his career: 100%

In St. Louis, Missouri, it is illegal for firefighters to rescue a woman who is not fully clothed

Number of days in a year that are exactly 24 hours: 4

Country with the most colleges and universities: Mexico (10,341)

In 2000, Disney lifted its 43-year ban on employee mustaches

The President of the United States has a personal zip code for sending and receiving mail

Between1% and 2% of humans have an extra nipple somewhere on their body

October 4, 2004 was the first day since 1999 on which no one was shot in Chicago

By law, all tombstones in Norway must be the same height

Adding up all the times you blink in a day, your eyes are closed for a total of 30 minutes

Your sense of smell is sharpest at age 10 -- by age 20 you will have lost 20% of your sense of smell

Before the Rockies or the Alps were formed, dinosaurs were already extinct

Strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges

A typical bed houses about 6 million dust mites

California produces 60% of the roses sold in the U.S. -- except for roses sold on Valentine's Day, most of which are imported from South America due to the increased demand

The amount of oil used worldwide in one year is doubling every 10 years

Roman citizens who experienced a striking or seemingly significant dream submitted what they had seen to the Senate for analysis and interpretation

Americans eat more bananas than any other fresh fruit

The words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 when President Eisenhower signed it into law

4 out of 10 children born in the U.S. in 2005 were born to single moms

Over 10 million Americans 15 years of age and older have used methamphetamine at least once

Over half of all nurses in the U.S. work between 41 and 60 hours per week

Portion of land in the United States owned by the government: 33%

1 out of 8 people in the world is suffering chronic malnutrition

13% of the human population resides in deserts

A fetus develops fingerprints at 18 weeks

After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuted as a Flintstone Vitamin in 1996

Of all the oxygen you breathe in, 20% goes to your brain

Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840

Catherine the Great relaxed by being tickled

During WWII, the U.S. Navy enlisted the assistance of world chess champion Reuben Fine to calculate, on the basis of positional probability, where enemy submarines might be located

In a year, the average person has walked 4 miles in making their bed each day

Kangaroos cannot walk (or hop) backward

In the U.S., there are more fatal car crashes in July than any other month -- throughout the year in the U.S. most car accidents occur on Friday between 3-6p.m., while most car crashes resulting in a fatality occur on Saturday

A zebra is white with black stripes

All polar bears are left-handed

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Average for both men and women in the U.S. to lose their virginity to the opposite sex: 17 years of age

Turkeys can reproduce without having sex

In China, 666 is considered a lucky number

Washington, DC has 1 lawyer for every 19 residents

Someone within 200 miles of where you are now believes they have had direct contact with a ghost

A healthy adult male human produces about 70 million sperm each day, about the same as an adult male Guinea pig

Physicist Lise Meiter, who made calculations that led to the discovery of nuclear fission, was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in physics but never won -- in 1992, she was posthumously named by fellow scientists "The most significant woman scientist of this century"

In 1949, the Nobel Prize in medicine went to Antonio Egas Moniz in recognition of his breakthrough discovery, the lobotomy -- ten years earlier later he was shot and paralyzed by a disgruntled lobotomized patient

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans by a ratio of 10:1

In the United States, whites are more likely to cheat on their spouse than any other racial group

In 2002, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the mentally retarded could not be given the death penalty, 25% of death row inmates had to have their sentences commuted to life

Occupations in which men are most likely to be murdered: cab driver, liquor store clerk, cop

Homicide is the leading cause of death for women at work in the U.S., and is the third leading cause of death for men at work (men who die on the job are usually the victims of car accidents or machine failure)

Color of the "black box" on commercial airliners: Orange

The significance of the "21" in a 21-gun salute is to add the numbers 1776

Percent of women in the U.S. who have been a Girl Scout: 40%

U.S. states that ban billboard advertising: Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont

U.S. states where it is illegal to pump your own gas: New Jersey and Oregon

Of all animals, termites have the highest rate of flatulence

Orchids are named for the Greek word for "testicle" (orchis)

The rate at which women are murdered in the United States is 5 times higher than any other industrialized nation

Number of psychiatrists who claim to have been physically attacked by a patient: 1 in 2

Percent of Americans who identify the sun as a planet: 15%

Percent of U.S. college graduates who claim to have received all or most of their information after graduation from television watching: 27%

Cockroaches produce flatulence every 15 minutes

Number of Americans who will turn 65 between now and 2030: 38 million

Amount the United States paid in 2006 in interest payments to the holders of the nation's debt: $406 billion (the current U.S. national debt is about $9.5 trillion)

If you are murdered in the United States, the chance that you knew your assailant: 92%

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and are murdered in the U.S., chance you knew your assailant: 23%

According to a 2006 survey, Americans identified the following as their most difficult self-discipline challenge: diet, spending, anger

Date and time of the most UFO sightings each year in the United States: July 4, at 9p.m. or 3 a.m. local time

Italy has a higher population of Barbie dolls than Canada does Canadians

Number of times the average American moves in their lifetime: 11 (61% never leave the state in which they were born)

Each year, Harvard University denies admission to about 1,600 high school valedictorians

If a child in the U.S. owns a Barbie doll, odds are they own 7

Number of dog owners who say they have talked to their dog over the phone: 1 in 3

Avocados have more protein than any other fruit, and are poisonous to birds

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey

40% of New York State's population is concentrated in New York City (about 8.5 million people)

Largest landowner in New York City: Catholic Church (Columbia University is second)

Wal-Mart clothing brand "No Fear" is manufactured in U.S. prisons (Prison labor manufactures 200,000 garments a year sold in 32 U.S. states, Europe and Japan)

Industrialized nations have a higher per capita suicide rate than developing nations -- among industrialized nations, the U.S. ranks at about the middle for suicide

Nearly 150 million Americans are in the workforce and 12% of the total American population lives below the poverty line (nearly half of those living below the poverty line are employed)

Obese men are 42% less likely to commit suicide than other men

100 years ago, Americans spent 43% of their income on food and 14% on clothing -- today, Americans spend 13% on food and 4% on clothing (spending is now spread out on other items such as t.v., car, Internet, travel, phone and home ownership which in the past 100 years has risen from 20% to nearly 70%)

32 million Americans take 3 or more prescription medications per day

In the U.S., blacks are 6 times more likely to be murdered than whites

Where in the world you are most likely to be murdered: Columbia, South Africa, Jamaica, Venezuala, Russia, Mexico, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus

Where in the world you are most likely to end up behind bars: United States (the U.S. incarceration rate is higher than any other nation at 1 out of every 99 people locked up)

From 1973-1992 the gun supply in the United States doubled while the homicide rate remained unchanged

On average, 2 countries per year have abolished the death penalty since 1976

Number of Fortune 500 companies with a female CEO: 10

The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations (1/4 of the world's countries) is less than the wealth of the world's three richest individuals combined

Monday, November 24, 2008


The word DREAM didn't come to mean "sleep images" until the 13th century -- in Old English it
meant "joy," "noise," or "music"

In 1999, Harvard University conducted a study called "Gorillas in Our Midst." Test subjects were instructed to watch people pass a basketball back and forth. Meanwhile, more than 80% of the time subjects failed to notice a person in a gorilla suit walking around the room

The United Nations ranks Norway first among all nations in the category "Quality of Life"

Percent of Americans who can name the Three Stooges when asked to do so spontaneously: 60%
Percent of Americans who can name three past or current Supreme Court justices: 17%

An official census of Panama City in 1610 listed 548 citizens and more than 3,500 African slaves

70% of the San Francisco Bay is less than 12 feet deep

58% of soldiers killed during the American Civil War were positively identified

Money is about 10,000 years old

All McDonald's restaurants in Sweden serve organic food in edible or degradable packaging -- in 2002, the first McDonald's drive-thru window for snowmobiles opened in Piteaa, Sweden

The flush toilet was introduced in 1810

Human saliva has a boiling point that is 3 degrees higher than regular water

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from a centuries old English law that stated a husband could not beat his wife with any object or strap wider than his thumb

Diet Coke was invented in 1982

The can-opener was invented 48 years after the can

More than 400,000 Americans still do not have indoor plumbing

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president born in a hospital

In the next seven days, 800 Americans will be injured by their jewelry

Shoes wear out faster on the right foot than the left

Least likely time for a bank robbery in the United States: Wednesday, 3 - 6 p.m.

The United States produces more tobacco than it does wheat

Q-Tip cotton swabs were originally called Baby Gays

Every 1,000 years, Spring gets two-thirds of one day shorter

Percent of American men who claim that t.v. has taught them more about life than their parents: 22%

95% of all creatures on earth are smaller than a chicken egg

The Jordanian city of Amman was once called Philadelphia

"Alma Mater" means "bountiful mother"

It takes a plastic container 50,000 years to start to decompose

Microsoft threatened 17 year old Mike Rowe with a lawsuit after Rowe launched a website called

The day after George W. Bush won re-election in 2004, Canada's main immigration website received over 115,000 visitors -- in a typical day, the site receives less than 20,000 visits

While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing a used bookstore in Paris in the 1920s, she happened upon a copy of "Jack Frost and Other Stories," which had been a childhood favorite for her -- as she was explaining to her husband how much she had enjoyed the stories as a child, he happened upon the flyleaf and found the handwritten inscription "Anne Parish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs" -- it was Anne's own book that her parents had given away when she was a teenager

One-quarter of all horses in the U.S. died of an epidemic virus in 1872

Greek writer Julius Pollux described the game "apodidraskinda" in the year 150 -- we know the game as "hide-and-seek"

You actually can get blood from a stone, as long as it contains 17% bauxite

Less than 1% of human flatulence is made up of the chemicals that cause odor but they are so pungent that most people can smell them at 1 part per 100 million

Butterflies taste with their feet

It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last longer than 7 minutes, 58 seconds

Plants that are thirsty emit a high pitched sound that the human ear cannot hear

First Republican president of the United States: Abraham Lincoln

The Empire State Building in New York City has 6,400 windows

The custom of shaking hands when greeting originated as a way for men who were strangers to demonstrate they were unarmed

Air becomes liquid at -190 degrees Celsius -- liquid air looks like water with a slight bluish tint

Although toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s, it was for Emperors only -- widespread use didn't happen until after 1857 when New Yorker Joseph Gayetty started marketing it

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost an important part of your life" -- Actress Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign

"I have opinions of my own- strong opinions- but I don't always agree with them" -- Former U.S. President George Bush, Sr.

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that word is 'Be prepared'" -- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

"This is unparalyzed in the state's history" -- Gib Lewis, Texas Speaker of the House

"We are not ready for the unforeseen event that may or may not occur" -- Dan Quayle, Former Vice President

Monday, November 10, 2008


I have been reluctant to request donations to support this blog, but my situation necessitates that I do so now. I am on disability and food stamps. These sources of income combined leave me still about 30% below the poverty line in the U.S.

If you enjoy Feed*Your*Head, and have the means to make a donation, please consider helping out by simply clicking the PayPal donation button on the right side of the screen and making a contribution. I appreciate it greatly.

Below is the newest edition, called REVOLUTION, I LOVE YOU. I sent this out Thursday last, but I know most of you won't be reading up until today.

Love and Revolution,
Anarchist Blue

Thursday, November 6, 2008


75% of all raisins consumed by Americans each year are eaten at breakfast

73% of girls in Bangladesh are married by age 18

Only 23% of New Zealand households have more than 2 children

In the U.S.., more than 35 million people used an illegal drug last year

To lose one pound of fat, a person must burn about 3,500 calories

Average weight of a newborn in the U.S.: 7 lbs., 6 oz.

Worldwide, only 4% of babies are born on their due date

In 1555, Ivan the Terrible ordered the construction of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow -- when the project was completed he was so taken with its beauty he had the architects blinded so that they would never be able to build anything else more beautiful

Until 1796, one U.S. state was named Franklin -- today, it is known as Tennessee

4 of the first 6 U.S. presidents were 57 years of age at their inauguration -- no other U.S. president has been inaugurated at that age

If you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan Project (where they made the atomic bomb), your birthplace is officially listed as a post office box in Albuquerque, NM

Until the age of 5, we laugh about 400 times a day -- by adulthood, we laugh about 15 times a day

Americans spend 5 times more of their life in their car than on vacation

Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, novelist Morgan Robertson published a story about a fictional ship named Titan that struck an iceberg on a foggy April night and sank

Houses were first numbered in Paris in 1463 -- numbering later appeared in Britain in 1708

Globally, more than a billion people survive on less than $1 a day

In London, it rains more often on Thursday than any other day of the week

In the United States, in the three weeks leading up to December 25th, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,300 times a minute

8% of the world's elderly live in the United States

No disease afflicting humans ever identified by doctors and scientists has ever been fully eradicated

In the U.S., the number one cause of blindness is diabetes

People in Iceland per capita read more books than any other people in the world -- people in France own more pets, people in Sweden eat more candy, and people in the U.S. own more televisions

The first recorded revolution took place around 2500 BC when people in the Sumarian city of Lagash overthrew bureaucrats who were embezzling taxes

More adult American women are living without a husband than are living with one

Less than 25% of the American population over age 25 have a college degree

40% of the world's almonds, 20% of all peanuts, and 8% of the world's sugar end up in candy bars

At normal room temperature, the atoms around us are whizzing by at about 1,000 miles per hour

Being bilingual delays dementia

The Ottoman Empire once had 7 emperors in 7 months -- the unlucky leaders died of (in order): burning, choking, drowning, stabbing, heart failure, poisoning, and being thrown from a horse

Since 2003, the suicide rate for girls in the U.S. between the ages of 10 and 14 has increased 76%

Chances of being born on Leap Day: 1 in 1,500 -- about 187,000 people in the U.S. and 4 million people around the world were born on Leap Day (February 29)

Monday, October 27, 2008


50% of all pizzas sold in the U.S. have pepperoni on them

When you walk down a hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight

If you are bitten by a poisonous snake and fail to receive medical attention, you still have a 50% chance of survival

The chance that you will die on your way to purchase a lottery ticket is greater than your chance of winning the lottery

First four countries to have television: England, United States, USSR, Brazil

No U.S. president has been an only child

The first police force was established in Paris in 1667

Odds of being killed in the United States:
in a car crash -- 1 in 5,000
by a dog -- 1 in 700,000
by poisoning -- 1 in 86,000
in a bathtub -- 1 in 1 million
by lightning -- 1 in 2 million
by a tornado -- 1 in 2 million
by falling out of bed -- 1 in 2 million
by freezing to death -- 1 in 3 million
by falling space debris -- 1 in 5 million
in a plane crash -- 1 in 25 million

The average smell weighs about 760 nanograms

One-third of all cancers are skin-related

Sweden has the lowest birth rate in the world

It takes 2.5 minutes to fall from the top to the bottom of Mt. Everest

In the U.S., the number of suicides has increased by 60% over the past decade

Gun-related deaths in the U.S. among kids under 15 years of age are 12 times higher than the next 25 nations combined, and the overall homicide rate is 16 times that of the next 25 nations combined

The higher your IQ, the more you dream

Each year, more than 100,000 Americans require medical attention for clothing-related injuries

There is no leading cause of death for people who live past 100 years of age

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved aspirin

Odds that you will become famous enough to be mentioned in a history book: 1 in 6 million

The brain of a developing fetus grows 250,000 neurons every minute

10 most profitable drugs in the U.S.:
Lipitor (treats high cholesterol)
Plavix (used to prevent heart attack and stroke)
Nexium (calms heartburn and acid reflux)
Advair (asthma inhaler)
Zocor (treats high cholesterol)
Norvasc (treats high blood pressure)
Zyprexa (anti-psychotic)
Risperdol (anti-psychotic)
Prevacid (calms heartburn)
Effexor (anti-depressant)

6,000 new computer viruses are unleashed each month across the Internet

In Utah, it is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead person

As of 2006, 31% of African Americans were younger than 18 years of age and less than 8% were over 65

The Blue whale weighs about 50 tons at birth

Number of people bitten by people each year in New York City: 1,600

10% of all humans ever born are alive at this moment

Number of Americans over age 100 in 1960: 4,000
Number of Americans over age 100 in 1995: 55,000
Number of Americans over age 100 alive today: 72,000

Percentage of the world's garbage generated in the U.S.: 20% (the average American generates 3 pounds of trash per day)

At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves

The first state to require medical testing for marriage licenses was New York, in 1938

In 1941, when Thomas Edison died Henry Ford captured his last breath in a bottle

In 1845, President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was removed from his funeral for using profanity

Percent of all salt mined in the world that ends up deicing American roads: 10%

1 out of 3 employees who received a promotion last year in the U.S. claim to have used a coffee mug every day with their employer's logo on it

Every minute somewhere in the world a person aged 10-24 is infected with HIV

The most deadly home fires occur between 6p.m. and 10 p.m.

7 out of 10 people in the world believe in life after death

In 1982, Larry Walters tied 24 weather balloons to his lawn chair in his yard in Los Angeles, California and rose to an altitude of 16,000 feet

China is the world's oldest known continuous civilization

Weight lifters can lift heavier weights in a gym with blue walls

Research indicates that most people in the U.S. prefer the color blue for their recreational clothing

There are more than 1,800 known species of flea

Centipedes always have uneven pairs of legs

A leech has 32 brains

98% of U.S. households have at least one television

The average American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials

The U.S. postal service handles over 40% of all mail in the world

The country of Andorra has a 0% unemployment rate

Americans consume the most peanut butter in the world

In a 1907 ad campaign women were offered a free box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes for winking at the grocer

7.5% of all office documents become lost

Every day in the U.S., more than 5 billion gallons of water are flushed

McDonald's employs more than 1.5 million people worldwide

Most popular state for the consumption of Kool-Aid: St. Louis, Missouri

There are over 20,000 species of cactus

Over 80% of American households have oatmeal in their kitchen

Only about 5% of people dream in color

On average, physicians make prescribing errors 12% of the time

Since its completion in 1937, more than 600 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge spanning San Fransisco Bay -- the bridge n0w averages a suicide jumper a week

Monday, October 13, 2008


Almost half of all grocery store purchases are not planned

The average American switches jobs every 13 years, and changes their entire career 5 times in their working life (1 in 4 Americans surveyed last year said they wish they could fire their boss)

Three most valuable brand names in the world: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, Budweiser

Barbie's real-life measurements:
Height: 7 feet
Bra size: 39FF
Waist: 18 inches
Shoe size: 5

Chance that the victim was white if the murderer is sentenced to death in the U.S.: over 80% (50% of all murder victims in the U.S. are white)

Largest importer of goods made in China: Wal-Mart

Two most frequently sold items in U.S. grocery stores: Breakfast cereal and soda

The average human has flatulence 14 times each day, including in their sleep

Most common human food allergies: cow's milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, shellfish

In Western society, the shoe and the foot are the most common sources of sexual fetishism

On average, deaf people have better driving records than hearing people

Today, 1 in 4 teachers in the U.S. uses an abstinence-only sex education curriculum, compared to 1 in 50 teachers twenty years ago

In horse racing, the favorite wins less than 30% of the time

Americans spend $630 million per year on golf balls

About 75% of the U.S. population lives on 2% of the land

A recent Gallup Poll found that 45% of Americans believe that God created humans in our present form within the last 10,000 years

In 1906, JJ Thomson won the Nobel Prize for physics after proving that electrons are particles -- 31 years later, his son, GP Thomson, was awarded the prize for demonstrating that electrons are waves (they were both correct)

In 1752, eleven days were lost from the year when the Julian calendar was replaced by the Gregorian calendar -- Londoners rioted for three days in protest

Teens are twice as likely to catch the common cold than are people age 50 and older

According to sales reports of adult toy shops, cherry is the favorite flavor of edible underwear in the U.S. while chocolate is the least popular

1 in 10 employees around the world have been with the same employer for 20 years or more

36% of U.S. households have at least one dog

Monday, September 15, 2008


The English alphabet, arranged by frequency of use:

Size of Earth if no room existed between atoms: A baseball

1 out of 5 pieces of the world's garbage was generated in the United States

2 in 3 Americans believe in telepathy -- 1 in 6 Canadians do

Number of Americans who believe in the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark as a literal event: 61%

Wealthiest people in the world:
Warren Buffet (USA) $62 billion
Carlos Slim Helu (Mexico) $60 billion
Bill Gates (USA) $58 billion
Lakshmi Mittal (India) $45 billion
Mukesh Ambami (India) $43 billion

Average GDP in 2007: about $10,000 per person

In 2007, a Japanese woman aged 61 gave birth to her own granddaughter after being a surrogate mother to her daughter's baby -- just two years earlier in the United States, a 55 year old woman delivered her daughter's triplets as her surrogate

Keeping mothballs in your toolbox will help prevent rust

Author Kurt Vonnegut opened the first SAAB dealership in the United States

All 182 residents of Whittier, Alaska live in two apartment buildings

Atlanta, Georgia has 32 streets named Peachtree

Albert Einstein never memorized his home telephone number

1 in 20 Icelanders claim to have seen an elf

Americans spend more than $2 billion a year on candles

The average American only knows about 10% of the words in the English language, and uses about 50% of these in their daily vocabulary -- of the words Americans use in their daily speaking, nearly 80% are spoken to themselves (the English language consists of more than 800,000 words)

A dolphin's closest land relative: Horse

During Prohibition in the U.S., half of all federal prison inmates were incarcerated for violating liquor laws

Currently, 54% of persons incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons are being held in violation of drug laws

A 2-hour movie uses 10,800 feet of film

After a 3-week vacation, a person's IQ temporarily drops as much as 20%

Percent of Americans who believe humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs: 50%

According to a 2002 survey, 46% of Americans said their car was the most important thing in their life -- 6% said their children were most important

Every 2 hours, someone somewhere files a lawsuit against Wal-Mart

Ted Turner owns about 2% of New Mexico

The United Nations publishes a report annually called The Human Development Index (HDI) which ranks nations according to their citizens' quality of life rather than strictly by a nation's traditional economic figures. The criteria for ranking includes life expectancy, educational attainment, and adjusted real income. According to the 2007 HDI report, the "most livable" countries are: Iceland, Norway, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Netherlands, France (the US ranked 12th, a drop from 8th a year before; and the UK ranked 16th, up from 18th in 2006)

1 in 10 Americans over age 18 abstain from sex -- 1 in 20 abstain from t.v. watching

One-eighth of the world's population has touched a Rubik's Cube, making it the most popular puzzle in history (Rubik's Cube has one correct arrangement, and 43 quintrillion wrong ones)

Most common activities for Americans while sitting on the toilet:
1) reading
2) using the phone
3) meditating
4) watching television
5) drinking coffee
6) eating
7) balancing the checkbook

Monday, September 1, 2008


Dust from the Sahara Desert has been carried by wind as far as Chicago, Illinois

According to the FBI, 74% of all threats against federal employees are directed at IRS workers

System identified by Albert Einstein as "completely incomprehensible": U.S. tax code

Wal-Mart's annual income is slightly less than that of Russia

An American "billion" is the same as a British "milliard"

More car model names start with the letter "C" than any other letter

Country with the most religious followers in the world: India (Least religious followers: Sweden)

Approximately 1.5% of the human population has red hair, which is hair characterized by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelonin -- this is the rarest hair color in the world

About 4% of all Europeans are red-haired, but by sheer numbers the United States has the highest global population of redheads (about 15 million people) ... by percent, Scotland has the most redheads with 13% of its population, followed by Ireland and Wales with 10% each

Colorado Springs, Colorado has the highest concentration of Evangelical churches in the United States

1/3 of the world's population is under age 15 (current world population: 6.6 billion people)

Each day in the U.S., 1.4 million violent crimes are committed by someone the victim knows

In 1981, Turkish researchers published a study they claimed proved disco music caused male mice to become homosexual

Some female cockroaches mate only once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives

The world's population increases by 237,748 every 24 hours

Before 1920 it was not illegal to send children through the mail

Age of the youngest soldier killed during the American Civil War: 12

Meteorological definition of "drizzle": No more than 14 drops per square foot per second

A 1946 FBI memo denounced the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" as "Communist propaganda"

About 673,693 Americans were born on this day

Most popular birthday worldwide: October 5

Most popular day of birth worldwide: Tuesday

In 1972, American psychologist David Rosenhan published the Rosenhan Experiment, a study analyzing the validity of psychiatric diagnoses. The study arranged for eight participants with no history of mental illness to attempt admission into psychiatric hospitals. The individuals volunteering for the study were a housewife, a graduate student, two physicians, a psychiatrist, two psychologists, and an artist. All were admitted to psychiatric hospitals, each receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and all were treated with medications. All were discharged between 7 and 52 days. The study concluded that individuals with no presence of mental disorders could not be distinguished from those suffering mental illness.

Monday, August 18, 2008


During the 20th Century in the U.S., I.Q. scores rose by an average of 3 points per decade but most experts don't think we were really getting smarter -- the tests themselves kept changing as did the average American, who by the end of the century was eating better, living in smaller families, and receiving more education -- Americans at the end of the century knew more stuff, but their overall intelligence (such as their abilities in problem solving and abstract reasoning) didn't change substantially over their ancestors' abilities

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want

The first human sex-change operation took place in 1950 when Danish doctor Christian Hamburger operated on New Yorker George Jargensen, who became Christine Jargensen

Mazda La Puta -- "the whore" in Spanish
Mitsubishi Pajero -- "wanker" in Spanish
Nissan Moco -- "booger" in Spanish
Honda Fitta -- "cunt" in Norwegian and Swedish
Chevrolet Nova -- "it doesn't go" in Spanish
Daihatsu Charade -- "fake" or "phony" in English

People have been wearing eyeglasses for more than 700 years

About 85% of the mass of our universe is a form of "dark" matter that can be detected only through its gravitational force and does not form stars

Of the 100 largest "economies" in the world, 53 are corporations

Rats and horses can't vomit

The word PENIS is Latin and means TAIL

The first Social Security number was issued to Grace Owen of Concord, New Hampshire on November 24, 1936

The 772-778 digits of Pi: 9999998

U.S. median age: 36 years (male: 34.7 years, female: 37.4 years)

U.S. life expectancy at birth: 77.43 years (male: 74.63 years, female: 80.36 years)

The combined sales of the largest 200 companies constitute nearly 30% of the world's economic activity but employ less than 10% of the world's workforce

Largest organ of the human body: Skin, which for an average adult weighs about 10 lbs. and consists of 120 billion cells

Between 1970 and 1973, the United States dropped three times the quantity of explosives on Cambodia than it had dropped on Japan for the duration of World War II

20% of all road accidents in Sweden involve a moose

Largest importer of American cars: Canada

In 1902, 90% of all physicians in the U.S. had never attended college and 94% of the entire adult population had not graduated high school

Scientific name for your mouth: Buccal Cavitiy

Color of most school buses in the U.S.: National School Bus Chrome Yellow

If you know someone who died falling out of a tree, odds are that you're Brazilian

The word BOYCOTT comes from Charles C. Boycott, who was hired by an Irish Earl to collect high rents from tenant farmers -- the farmers realized they couldn't defeat the Earl or his collector using force so they decided on a strategy of completely ignoring Boycott's efforts -- the rents were eventually lowered and the tenant farmers declared a victory by means of their strategy to "boycott" the Earl

All ducks are female (males are drakes)

Monday, August 4, 2008


Room of the house most commonly remodeled in the U.S.: Bathroom

Canadians eat more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese dinners per capita than any other country in the world

Canola oil is actually rapeseed oil -- the name has been changed for marketing reasons

Guinness sells 7 million glasses of beer a day around the globe

People who have eaten both report that beetles taste like apples

Residents in Salt Lake City, Utah eat more lime-flavored Jell-O than any other city in the world

Pretzels were invented about 1,300 years ago by a monk to be a snack to be eaten during the Christian Lent -- the twists represent arms crossed in prayer

Kraft produces enough Cool Whip each year to fill the Grand Canyon

In the 1985 mayoral election in Boise, Idaho, four write-in ballots were cast for Mr. Potato Head

Since the formation of the United Nations in 1945, there have been 140 wars

Most likely day to eat out in the U.S.: Saturday (Monday is the least likely)

Last year Microsoft founder Bill Gates donated $100 million to fight AIDS -- as a percent of his income, this is equivalent to a donation of ten cents if he only had $60

The American Automobile Association (AAA) was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax manual has instructions for employees on collecting taxes in the United States after a nuclear war

Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" after his editor bet him he could not write a book which contained less than 50 words

An octopus is about half the size of a flea when it is born

A rat's performance in a maze is improved when Mozart is played

Of all U.S. states, Montana has the most diversity of animal species

Every second somewhere in the world 2 Barbie dolls are sold

In 1903, the first year Crayola Crayons were sold, they were available in only 8 colors -- today, Crayola manufactures 120 different color crayons

On average, a language becomes extinct in the world every 2 weeks

The world's 350 billionaires have more assets than the combined wealth of the bottom 45% of the world's population

In 1926, a waiter in Budapest committed suicide and left his note in the form of a crossword puzzle -- the local police had the puzzle printed in the newspaper to solicit the publics' help in deciphering his message

Corporations that use U.S. prisoners as part of their labor force: Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Toys-R-Us, Revlon, Dell Computers, Nintendo, Starbucks, McDonald's, Pierre Cardin, Eddie Bauer (prisoners in 37 states are currently working for private companies, earning about $2 per day with a portion of their earnings paying for their incarceration)

Prison Blues clothing line, manufactured by garment workers in U.S. prisons, has the slogan: "Made on the inside to be worn on the outside"

U.S. city with the highest per capita viewers of t.v. Evangelical preachers: Washington, DC

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Around 2,800 BC in Egypt, money was molded as a ring -- ancient Egyptian marriage ceremonies involved placing the money on the bride's finger to show that she now possessed wealth from the groom's family

All diamonds are more than 100 million years old, and can be as old as 3 billion years

The U.S. Constitution provides that the House of Representatives have no more than one representative for every 30,000 persons with a minimum of one rep per state -- the number of representatives continued to grow in accordance with census figures until 1910, by which time there were 435 members -- after the 1920 census, Congress voted in 1929 to limit the number of representatives to 435 (if the number of representatives continued to grow based on population, as of 2000 there would have been 9,000 members of the House of Representatives)

Pawn shops emerged in China around 3,000 BC

In a recent Gallup Poll, 5 out of 6 people identified nurses as "the most honest and ethical workers" in the United States

In 1923, the U.S. Attorney General declared that it was legal for women to wear trousers in public

After his victory over Roman general Pompey, Julius Caesar gave all poor families in the Empire a rent-free year

40% of the world's newspapers are printed on paper that comes from Canadian forests

Non-smokers dream more at night than smokers

First year Americans used credit cards more than cash: 1995

In a 2002 survey, 43% of single adult men in the U.S. stated they had not gone on a date in the previous year

Most destructive disease in human history: Malaria (currently, half a billion people will be infected each year and about one million will die as a result)

Every hour, 1 billion cells in the human body must be replaced

Hydrogen is the most common atom in the universe

43% of Evangelical Christians are "born-again" before age 13

It is illegal to swim on dry land in Santa Ana, California

BUSHISMS (Actual quotes from our Commander in Chief):
"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country"

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls"

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children"

"Listen, I want to thank the leaders in faith, the faith-based and community-based community for being here"

"For NASA, space is still a high priority"

"It's time for the human race to enter the solar system"

"Those who enter the country illegally violate the law"

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful- and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country, and neither do we"

"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Witchcraft remained a prosecutable offense in England until 1951

The first law on record, in 2100 B.C.E., banned witchcraft

Odds that a call to the 911 emergency phone service is an actual emergency: 1 in 20

The 999 emergency phone service was established in London in 1937

The average American makes 4 car trips per day, spends a total of 55 minutes in the car, and travels a total of 41 miles

Percent of Americans who agree with the statement "The Theory of Evolution is probably not true": 40%

First horror movie" "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1908)

The bottom of the Grand Canyon is above sea level

India's one-billionth citizen was born on May 18, 2000

World's longest movie: "Cure for Insomnia" (85 hours)

Alabama's state quarter spells out the name Helen Keller in braille

90% of all airplane collisions occur on the ground

Women over 100 years of age are four times more likely than the average woman to have had their first child after age 40 -- in general, women who have their first child after age 35 live longer than other women

40% of all heart attacks are fatal

Members of the United States Congress do not need postage stamps for official mail -- their signature counts as a stamp

It is physically impossible to tickle yourself

As you read this sentence, your eyes are moving back and forth 100 times per second

Slang term among U.S. emergency room doctors for a patient that is not sick enough to justify being there: Gomer (Get Out of My Emergency Room)

Percent of Americans who describe themselves as shy: 90%

Ratio of American WWII pilots killed in training to those killed in combat: 2:1

22% of American teens cannot name the country from which the U.S. declared its independence

The 3 states with the highest per capita credit card debt: Alaska, Vermont, South Dakota

Americans stand about 14 inches apart when they converse regardless of their social or familial relationship

58% of Americans state that when their finances improve, their sex life does too

Odds that an American worker will not tell their spouse about a raise in pay they receive at work: 36%

Harry Potter's birthday: July 31

Gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. was the first U.S. employer to give workers a two-day weekend

Number of words in the Bible (including Old and New Testaments): 1.38 million

Number of words in the U.S. tax code: 2.8 million

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


A "hamlet" is defined as a village without a church

For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mt. Everest, there is one fatality

Japanese and Chinese people die on the fourth day of the month more often than any other day

Percent of all mammals that are monogamous: 3%

Over 55% of all persons in jail or prison in the U.S. are incarcerated for drug offenses

90% of bird species are monogamous

98% of the weight of water is made up from oxygen

According to the Food and Drug Administration, 2 out of 5 women in the U.S. dye their hair

According to the Old English system of time units, a "moment" is 1.5 minutes

Americans consume 16 tons of aspirin per year

In the United States, a murder occurs every 23 minutes

A study of pet owners in the U.S. revealed that 66% allow their pets to remain in the room during sexual activity with their partner

Name for a pregnant goldfish: Twit

Barbie has more than 80 careers -- the doll was invented by Ruth Handler after watching her daughter play with dolls imagining them in adult roles

A recent study found that less than 30% of Americans wash their hands after using a public restroom (of the people observed for the study, nearly 90% claimed to have washed their hands in the restroom)

One acre of hemp will produce as much paper as four acres of trees, and can be replaced next season

25% of all creatures on earth are beetles

The population of the United States increases by 1 person every 12 seconds, and is decreased by one person every 13 seconds

If you are American or Canadian, you have a 96% chance of dying a natural death

Play-Doh was originally marketed to households as a wallpaper remover

Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley are distant cousins, as are Barack Obama and Dick Cheney

Our eyes are always the same size from birth but our ears and nose never stop growing

Alcoholism is the 4th leading cause of insanity in the United States

The average American sees 3-4 emergency vehicles in a day

Country which is the world's largest producer of rubber: Malaysia

Country which is the world's largest producer of tin: China

The light from your computer screen streams out at you at nearly 186,000 miles per second

You use over 70 muscles to say one word

You are more likely to be attacked by a cow than a shark

90% of Canada's population lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border

A Texas state law prohibits a woman from owning more than 6 sex toys

90% of men report being "happy" with their first sexual encounter, but only 66% of women claim the same

Coca-Cola can be used for:
removing oil stains from concrete driveways or garage floors
tanning lotion
to remove gum from hair
to clean ancient bronze coins
grout cleaner for tile floors
stain remover for carpets
the U.S. Navy uses it to preserve submarines


On any given day, about 1 in 2 American adults are on a diet

25% of the human brain is used to control the eyes

Your hair grows faster in the morning than at any other time of day

A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber

Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill

29% of Americans admit to intentionally stealing an item from a store at least once in their adulthood

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th -- each year will have at least one Friday the 13th but not more than three

10% of American adults claim they intentionally switch tags in a store to pay less for an item

Sterling silver is 7.5% copper

Cars were first manufactured with ignition keys in 1949

The average day is 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.09 seconds -- Leap Day is added to our calendar every four years to make up for this shortfall

The first subway system in the world was the London Underground, opened in 1863 -- the first subway opened in the U.S. was Boston's in 1897

Each nostril of a human registers smell in a different way -- smells detected by the right nostril are more unpleasant than those picked up by the left, but the left is more accurate for identifying smell

In 1984, New York became the last state to put photographs on driver's licenses

Beethoven's last symphony was his Ninth, which he never heard because he was completely deaf when he composed it

Every square inch of your body has about 32 million bacteria on it- after you shower

Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour, or about 1.5 pounds per year -- by age 70, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin

In 1900, the average age of death in the U.S. was 47 years

Right-handed people live, on average, 9 years longer than left-handed people

Christmas became a national holiday in the United States in 1890

The German Shepard bites humans more than any other breed of dog

Of the roughly 162 million land-based telephones in the U.S., about 25 million have unlisted numbers

Inventor of the paper bag: Luther Cromwell, 1867

About 22% of Americans over age 18 are diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year

Of the top 10 reasons for disability claims in the United States, four are psychiatric disorders (major depression, bipolarity, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder)

World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 1,100 per day

The average human head weighs about 8 pounds

Swedish fish are neither

Coca-Cola was originally sold as a "brain tonic"

The hyena gives birth through her clitoris

Same-sex marriage is legal in Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, and Norway

The last Olympic gold medals made entirely of gold were awarded in 1912

The average human body contains enough fat to make 7 bars of soap

On May 3, 2008, Dale Davis, a legally blind 78-year old nicknamed "The Hammer," bowled a perfect game in Alta, Iowa -- he bowled 12 consecutive strikes with his 16 pound ball


In the United States, 40% of all births are to first-time mothers -- 32% of U.S. births are second-born children, 17% are third-born, and 11% are fourth or more

According to a 2005 survey, nearly half of adult Brits claim to have had sex in public

On average, the lifespan of a U.S. dollar bill is 18 months

The average car produces a pound of pollution per 25 miles

A human eyelash lives about 5 months before falling out and being replaced

Each human eyebrow, on average, is comprised of 550 individual hairs

The six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, English, French, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish

It is illegal to burp or sneeze in a church in the state of Nebraska

The wingspan of the Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brothers' first flight

As of 2006, 1 in 8 Americans demonstrated signs of addiction to the Internet

Cranberry Jell-O is the only flavor that contains real fruit

You inhale about 700,000 dead skin flakes each day

In the United States, 6 people turn 17 years of age every minute, which is 1,440 each day and 525,600 every year

More than half of all residents of Kenya are under 15 years of age

80% of sudden heart attacks occur in the home

Globally, more than 340 million people a year contract a sexually transmitted disease

Women smokers average twice as many sex partners in their lifetime than women who do not smoke

According to a 1996 study, homophobic men show a higher arousal rate when shown gay porn than do men with ambivalent feelings regarding male homosexuality

Of the five senses, smell is most linked to memory

Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego, California

The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood

When a flea jumps, the rate of acceleration is 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch

Today, 81% of women aged 40-44 are mothers -- in 1976, 90% of women in that age group were moms

About 4 million women in the U.S. will give birth this year -- about 415,000 will be teens between 15 and 19 years of age, and more than 100,00 will be over 40 years of age

The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria on its surface than a toilet seat

All humans are 99% genetically identical

Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than to plants

Less than 10% of criminals commit 67% of crimes in the United States

Harry S. Truman was the last U.S. President with no college degree

A men's facial hair grows fastest when he anticipates sex

Monday, June 9, 2008


Somewhere in the world McDonald's opens a new restaurant every 3 hours

From 1999 to 2000, the cost of soft drinks rose 20%; the cost of candy rose 46%; the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 117%

Largest consumer of cheese in the world: Pizza Hut

Wal-Mart sells more retail food products than any other company in the world, and more than the next three largest companies combined

Since 2000, Americans spend more per year on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos and recorded music combined

The first McDonald's in Brazil opened in 1979 -- today, McDonald's is Brazil's largest private employer

First fast food chain to open in China: Kentucky Fried Chicken (now KFC) in 1987 (McDonald's opened in 1992) -- KFC now has more than 1,000 restaurants throughout China

Brits eat more fast food than any other Europeans... in England, McDonald's opened it's first restaurant in 1974 and Burger King arrived in 1977 -- currently, England is home to more than 1,000 McDonald's, 700 Burger King, and 200 Domino's Pizza restaurants

McDonald's is the largest restaurant company in Germany

In 1986, the Tahiti Tourism Board ran a promotion that showed a picture of a breathtaking scenic view with the words "Sorry, No McDonald's" -- about 10 years later, the first McDonald's opened in the capital, Papeete

Inventor of charcoal: Automaker Henry Ford (In 1950, Ford Charcoal was renamed Kingsford Product Company and remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the U.S.)

Less than 15% of the world's corn production is intended for human stomachs -- 85% of the annual corn crop globally is used for animal feed, starch, sugar, oil, alcohol and more than 3,500 other products

More than 77% of U.S. households own a barbecue grill, and nearly half of these grill-owners barbecue year-round and use their grills 5 times a month (Most popular food for barbecue in the U.S.: hamburgers, steak, hot dogs, and chicken breasts)

Most popular Kellogg's product worldwide: Pop-Tarts

Romans did not eat sitting up because it was considered extremely bad manners -- they ate in a reclined position on sofas around the table

Only oceanic fish are used raw in sushi -- freshwater fish, which may harbor parasites, are cooked

For each box of Wheaties sold in 2002 with Tiger Woods on the front, Woods received ten cents and the farmer who grew the wheat for the cereal manufacturer got a nickel

When asked to name the smell that best defines America, 39% of Americans surveyed stated "barbecue"

Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869... by a dentist

Most popular fruit worldwide: Mango

A Twinkie explodes in a standard home microwave in 45 seconds

The chemical reaction that turns bread into toast is called the Maillard Reaction

Odds that a grain of rice grown in the United States will end up being brewed into beer: 1 in 10

A Big Mac contains enough calories to run a household vacuum cleaner for 98 minutes

Largest private-sector employer in Africa: Coca-Cola

The average American home has 15 cookbooks

Nancy Green was the first living person whose image was trademarked (as Aunt Jemima)

Favorite pizza topping in Australia: Eggs

Each can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup contains exactly 216 noodles

Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio

Dairy products account for 30% (by weight) of all food consumed in North America

Almonds are members of the peach family

In the weightlessness of space, a frozen pea explodes if it comes into contact with soft drink such as Pepsi or Coke

Nearly 1 out of 4 people worldwide are vegetarians

McDonald's salads contain up to 60% more fat than their burgers

99% of pumpkins grown in the U.S. are used only for decoration

The cardboard box contains more nutrients than the cornflakes inside, regardless of brand

People who are modestly overweight have a lower death rate than people with a normal body weight

About 11% of the earth's surface is used to grow food

Only food that does not spoil: Honey

Friday, May 23, 2008


If the world's current population were reduced to just 100 individuals, and all existing human ratios remained intact, we would encounter:

52 women, 48 men
70 Christians, 30 non-Christians
89 heterosexuals, 11 homosexuals
6 people possessing 59% of all wealth (all 6 residing in the United States)
80 living in substandard housing
70 unable to read
1 college-educated
50 suffering malnutrition
1 near death, 1 about to be born
1 who owns a computer

In the state of Alabama it is illegal to put ice cream in your back pocket

Pope John Paul II was named a Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in 2000

In many municipalities in the U.S., women were not allowed to serve on criminal juries until the 1970s

The "SAVE" icon in Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards

The thumb has its own control section in the human brain, separate from the other fingers

Scientific name for snapping your fingers: fillip

Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, chocolate

Austin, Texas is home to the largest urban bat population in the world with about 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tail bats residing there

A bowling pin only needs to tilt 7.5 degrees to fall

A full moon is 9 times brighter than a half moon

All clams start out as male, but some become female later in life

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome in 133 BC... London reached the mark in 1810 and New York in 1875... today, more than 300 cities around the world have populations that exceed 1 million people

Homosexuality remained on the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental illnesses until 1973

Christopher Columbus had light blonde hair

The average human body contains enough:
  • iron to make a 3" nail
  • sulfur to kill fleas on a medium-size dog
  • carbon to make 900 pencils
  • potassium to fire a toy cannon
  • fat to make 7 bars of soap
  • phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads
  • water to fill a 10 gallon tank
Knowledge is growing so fast that 90% of what we will know in 50 years' time will be discovered in those next 50 years

40% of all indigestion remedies manufactured globally are purchased by Americans

One-third of humans cannot snap their fingers

If a car is traveling at 55 miles per hour, it will travel 56 feet before the driver can shift their foot from the accelerator to the brake

Fewer people have died in commercial airplane accidents in the U.S. over the past 60 years than have died in automobile accidents on U.S. roads in a typical 3 month period during the past 60 years

"Inbreeding is how we get championship horses" -- Carl Gunter, Louisiana State Representative, explaining why he opposed an anti-abortion bill that allowed abortion in cases of incest

"LACK OF BRAINS HINDERS RESEARCH" -- Headline, Columbus Dispatch, 2005

"Everything that can be invented has been invented" -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

"The world is more like it is now than ever before" -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President

"So?" -- Vice President Dick Chenney, responding to an ABC News correspondent citing a 2008 poll showing most Americans do not believe the Iraq war was worth fighting

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Pure electricity, when photographed, shows up as a brightly glowing liquid droplet flowing inside a tiny crystal

Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil

During conscription during WWII, there were 9 documented cases of male enlistees with three testicles

Except for 2 and 3, every prime number will eventually be divisible by 6 if you either add or subtract 1

For every degree of longitude there is a time gap of 4 minutes

Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" hung in the New York City's Museum of Modern Art for 47 days in 1961 before someone noticed it was upside down

If you take any number between 1 and 9, and multiply that number by 9, the sum of the two digit answer will always equal 9 (example: 7 x 9 = 63, and 6 + 3 = 9)

If you take any number and double it, add 10, divide by 2, and subtract your original number then the answer will always be 5

First toy advertised on American television: Mr. Potato Head (1952)

Monday is the only day of the week that has an anagram: dynamo

Of the 267 men who have been Pope, 33 died violently

On July 4, 1776 King George III of England wrote in his diary: "Nothing of importance happened today"

Kuwait is about 60% male (highest in the world), while Latvia is about 54% female (highest in the world)

Most people in the world hear slightly better in their right ear

Pierre, South Dakota is the only U.S. state capital name that does not share any letter with the name of its state

Poland's Stella Walsh (Stanislawa Walasiewiecz) won the Women's 100-Meter race at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming the first female athlete to break the 12-second barrier... when she was killed in 1980 as an innocent victim in a failed robbery, the subsequent autopsy revealed she was male

For the first time in recorded history, the number of people on earth over age 60 now surpasses the people under age 5

More people die during the first week of the month than during the last

Actual term for your "pinky" finger: wanus

According to a 2007 survey of U.S. bar sales, the top ten most popular cocktails: Dry Martini, Manhattan, Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Gimlet, Diaquiri, Tom Collins, Old fashioned, Margarita, Screwdriver

About 1/3 of Americans flush the toilet while still sitting on it

Two hundred million atoms in a row would measure 1 inch

The average American is currently holding 3 grudges simultaneously against family, friends, colleagues, current or former employers, or others

Sequential 1's with 9
1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 + 10 = 1111111111

Sequential 8's with 9
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Numeric Palindrome with 1's
1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Without 8
12345679 x 9 = 111111111
12345679 x 18 = 222222222
12345679 x 27 = 333333333
12345679 x 36 = 444444444
12345679 x 45 = 555555555
12345679 x 54 = 666666666
12345679 x 63 = 777777777
12345679 x 72 = 888888888
12345679 x 81 = 999999999

Sequential Inputs of 9
9 x 9 = 81
99 x 99 = 9801
999 x 999 = 998001
9999 x 9999 = 99980001
99999 x 99999 = 9999800001
999999 x 999999 = 999998000001
9999999 x 9999999 = 99999980000001
99999999 x 99999999 = 9999999800000001
999999999 x 999999999 = 999999998000000001

Sequential Inputs of 6
6 x 7 = 42
66 x 67 = 4422
666 x 667 = 444222
6666 x 6667 = 44442222
66666 x 66667 = 4444422222
666666 x 666667 = 444444222222
6666666 x 6666667 = 44444442222222
66666666 x 66666667 = 4444444422222222
666666666 x 666666667 = 444444444222222222

Saturday, April 19, 2008


The earliest recorded case of a person giving up smoking was on April 5, 1679 when Johan Katsu, Sheriff of Turku, Finland, wrote in his diary "I quit smoking tobacco today." He died one month later due to heart failure

The earth is .02 degrees hotter during a full moon

The annual death rate per 100,000 Americans declined from 2,296 in 1900 to 731 in the year 2000... if this decline had not occurred, half of Americans alive today would never have been born

On average, more people fear spiders than they do death, while statistically you are far more likely to die from a champagne cork being popped open and flying across the room at speeds of nearly 60 mph than from the bite of a poisonous spider

An iceberg contains more heat than a lit match

Humans share slightly more than a third of their DNA with lettuce

A Roman "leap year" had the same number of days as a standard year, with the exception that January 23rd lasted 48 hours

Roughly half of the world's telephones are in the United States

Democrats are more likely to own a cat than Republicans

Worldwide the number of automobiles is increasing three times faster than population

Real estate agents often use a simple formula to estimate the property value of a seller's home: they ask the homeowner what they feel their home is worth, then subtract 10%

England's Princes William and Harry are uncircumcised

The word "taxi" is spelled the same and has the same meaning in English, French, German, Swedish, and Portuguese

In the U.S. each year, more than 6,000 people arrive at hospital emergency rooms from pillow-related injuries

In a 1631 edition of the King James Bible, in Exodus 20:14 the word "not" was left out, changing the 7th Commandment to read "Thou shalt commit adultery." This is known as the "Wicked Bible"

In 1975, Louis Abalofia wanted to run for President of the U.S. His campaign posters showed him completely nude with the slogan "I have nothing to hide"

1961 was the most recent year that could be read upside down... the next will be 6009

"Friends applaud, the comedy is finished" -- Ludwig van Beethoven, March 26, 1827

"I should never have switched from scotch to martinis" -- Humphrey Bogart, January 14, 1957

"I'm bored with it all" -- Winston Churchill, January 24, 1965

"I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring" -- Richard Feynman (Physicist), 1988

"Why not? Yeah." -- Timothy Leary, May 31, 1996

"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do!" -- Oscar Wilde, November 30, 1900

"And now with keeping with Channel 40's policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you're about to see another first - an attempted suicide" -- Chris Chubbuck, Anchorwoman for Channel 40 who shot herself in the head, July 15, 1974

"Hurray for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life!" -- George Engel, anarchist activist hung at the gallows after the Haymarket riots in Chicago, 1886

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Most common non-contagious disease in the world: tooth decay

Blood is red only in the arteries after it has left the heart and is full of oxygen-- it's a purplish-blue color in the veins. When cut, your blood appears red because it is instantly exposed to oxygen

Corpses today take nearly twice as long to decompose as 50 years ago due to the increase in the amount of preservatives and other chemical additives in our food

Each red blood cell lives an average of 4 months and travels between the lungs and other tissues 75,000 times before returning to the bone marrow to die

In 1990, more than 15,000 people in the U.S. arrived at hospitals with vacuum cleaner related accidents

If you lock your knees together while standing long enough, you will eventually faint

In 1977, a 13 year old boy discovered a tooth growing out of his left foot

The Hunza in northwest Kashmir have never experienced cancer

If you squeezed out all of the bacteria from your intestines, you could fill a coffee mug

Influenza got its name from the widely held belief that the illness was caused by the evil "influence" of the stars

1 in 20 people have an extra rib

More organ transplants are performed in Pittsburgh than anywhere else in the world

Your right lung is larger than your left

When you sneeze all of your body functions momentarily stop, including your heart

In the U.S., the most common mental illness is an anxiety disorder, followed by depression

The colors red, orange and yellow are used most frequently in fast food restaurants because these are the colors that stimulate hunger

The color blue can relax most people because it signals the brain to release chemicals that produce a calming effect

Each year in the United States more than 300,000 teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease

Percent of American men who are circumcised: 80%

The animal responsible for the most human deaths worldwide: mosquito

Every square inch of the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it

Even if the stomach, the spleen, 75% of the liver, 80% of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin areas were removed, the human body can still survive

The typical person uses the toilet 6 times a day

On average, three sex-change operations take place in the U.S. each day

The slowest growing fingernail is on the thumb-- the fastest growing is on the middle finger of your dominant hand

The human ear grows about .01 inches every year

Number of Americans currently infected with a sexually transmitted disease: 1 in 5

The only part of the human body that cannot develop cancer: lens of the eye

Speed of fastest human flatulence ever recorded: 10 feet per second

Since the first documented report in 1609, scientists and doctors have recorded 81 more cases of men with two penises

We forget more than 80% of what we learn each day

Average I.Q.: 100

As you age, your eye color gets lighter

Percent of the world's population that is drunk right now: .7%

The sound you hear when you "crack" your knuckles is nitrogen gas bubbles bursting

The only part of the human body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye, which takes oxygen directly from the air

Snoring occurs only in non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep

63% of schizophrenics in the non-industrialized world compared to 32% in developed countries showed remission after two years

You have no sense of smell when sleeping

Over 4,000 people per year require medical attention for injuries from teapots

The ashes of a cremated person weigh, on average, 9 lbs

Most common item shoplifted from a drugstore or pharmacy: Preparation H, followed by condoms

2/3 of Americans suffer from hemorrhoids

All the chemicals in the human body have a combined value of about $2.50

Location where you are most likely to be poisoned: your home

In 2006, Debby Mills-Newbroughton, age 99, was being pushed in her wheelchair by her daughter to cross the street. She was on her way to her birthday party to celebrate that she would be turning 100 years the next day. Unfortunately, she was killed when her wheelchair was struck by the truck delivering her birthday cake.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Multiply 37,037 by any single number (1-9), then multiply the answer by 3 -- every digit in the final answer will be the same as the first single number (for example: 37,037 x 2 = 74,074 then 74,074 x 3 = 222,222)

You spent about half an hour as a single cell

One pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of potatoes

60% of people living in New York State were born there -- nearly 80% of those in Pennsylvania were born there (70% for Georgia, 65% for Texas, 61% for both Ohio and Illinois) -- Florida and California have the lowest native populations at 13% -- even though the average American moves 11 times in their lifetime, 61% will die in the same state in which they were born

On average, 100 people choke to death each year on ballpoint pens

In the U.S., more people die in January than any other month, and the least die in September -- no matter where you live the day of the week you are most likely to die is either Friday or Saturday, and the least likely day is Sunday

First-cousin marriages are legal in Utah so long as both parties are at least 65 years of age

The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, and over 2,000 verses on money and possessions

Catholic Popes who have died during sex:
Leo VII (936 - 939) - heart attack
John VII (955 - 964) - bludgeoned to death by husband of woman he was with
John XIII (955 -964) - murdered by jealous husband
Paul II (1467 - 1471) - died while being sodomized by a pageboy

The colder the room where you sleep, the more likely you are to have a nightmare

In 1997, Michigan became the 16th state to allow blind people to hunt

The FDA requires all prescriptions for sleeping pills to carry the warning "May cause drowsiness"

The average cough comes out of your mouth at 60 miles per hour

The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word

In 1993, the U.S. government allocated over $250,000 to pickle research

With two forks and a charge, a pickle will emit light

People in Sweden, Japan and Canada are 3 times more likely to know the population of the United States than are Americans... people in Britain are nearly 10 times more likely to know

Most toilets flush in E flat

A completely blind chameleon will still take on the colors of its environment

Percent of Americans surveyed in 2006 who did not know that white bread is made from wheat: 49%

1 out of 12 men is colorblind but only 1 out of 200 women is colorblind

Someone within 200 miles of where you are at this moment claims to have had direct contact with a ghost or other unexplained being

Most hospital deaths occur between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., when the human body is at its weakest

In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended several nurses and doctors for betting on when patients would die

All Peking ducks in the United States are descendants of 3 ducks and 1 drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873

Number of Americans who have worked at McDonald's: 1 in 8

The best-selling bottled water, iced tea, and brands of coffee sold in grocery stores are owned by Pepsi

Pepsi also owns Gaterade, Frito Lay, Quaker Oats, and Tropicana

Average amount by which the price an African-American pays for a new car exceeds that paid by a white customer for the same year and model: $420

Only 30% of humans can flare their nostrils

In the Spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit, Michigan fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below... a few years later, in the same city, another baby fell from the window of a building under which Figlock was walking on his way to work. Figlock and both babies survived

By 1801, over 20% of all people in the United States were slaves

The inventor of Vaseline ate a spoonful of it every morning until his death 20 years later

The average office worker in the U.S. spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and misplaced documents

Careful what you wish for:
Lupe Velez was an actress in second-rate Hollywood films of the 1930s and '40s. By 1950, she was considered washed up and her career was over. Following an argument with her agent, she wrote in her diary that she longed to be remembered as the beautiful young woman who had been signed to a movie studio so many years before. Dressed in full makeup and wearing her best dress, propped on pillows on her bed with a suicide note by her side, Velez overdosed on prescription medication. She started vomiting and ran to the bathroom, where she vomited so forcefully she drowned in the toilet. She has been remembered for this ever since.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


If your stomach did not produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks it would digest itself

The tongue of the blue whale weighs more than an African elephant

For the first time in recorded history there are more overweight people than underweight people in the world

At any given moment, about 2,000 thunderstorms are occurring around the world

Percent of Americans who do not know the words to "The Star Spangled Banner" (the American national anthem): 61%

Two-thirds of all men and women who have lived past age 65 in the entire history of human existence are alive today

1 out of 128 Americans are millionaires

1 out of 75 American men is in jail or prison

Mother's Day was originally conceived by anti-war activist Julia Ward Howe during the American Civil War as a call to unite women against war

Since 2005 Americans have each year spent more than they earned- a negative savings rate of 0.5% for each year- the first time this has happened since the Great Depression of the 1930s

You are more likely to catch a cold by shaking hands than by kissing

Parasites account for 0.1% of your body weight

The average American will spend about 6 years of their lifetime on the toilet

Before 1800, the right and left shoe were no different

"This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." : Sigmund Freud, speaking about the Irish

Penalty in England for attempted suicide: death by hanging (not typically enforced)

Direction windmills turn: counterclockwise (except in Ireland)

Number of Americans who admit to occasionally phoning in sick to work when they are healthy: 58%

Cell phone antennas were invented to give the consumer the perception of having greater reception over consumers using phones not having antennas- they are not connected to any circuitry in the phone

Most common pet name for a goldfish in the U.S.: Jaws

Largest landowner in New York City: Catholic Church (Columbia University ranks second)

Number of nuclear bombs that have been lost at sea: 92

Number of New York City public school teachers who send their children to private schools: 1 in 3

Location of most subscribers to New Yorker magazine: California

A mathematical palindrome:
111, 111, 111 x 111, 111, 111 = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

The earth has been around for 4.6 billion years -- scaling this down to 46 hours, humans have been around for 4 hours and the Industrial Revolution began one minute ago

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