Tuesday, June 10, 2008


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

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