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

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