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

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