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

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