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.

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