Thursday, November 6, 2008


75% of all raisins consumed by Americans each year are eaten at breakfast

73% of girls in Bangladesh are married by age 18

Only 23% of New Zealand households have more than 2 children

In the U.S.., more than 35 million people used an illegal drug last year

To lose one pound of fat, a person must burn about 3,500 calories

Average weight of a newborn in the U.S.: 7 lbs., 6 oz.

Worldwide, only 4% of babies are born on their due date

In 1555, Ivan the Terrible ordered the construction of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow -- when the project was completed he was so taken with its beauty he had the architects blinded so that they would never be able to build anything else more beautiful

Until 1796, one U.S. state was named Franklin -- today, it is known as Tennessee

4 of the first 6 U.S. presidents were 57 years of age at their inauguration -- no other U.S. president has been inaugurated at that age

If you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan Project (where they made the atomic bomb), your birthplace is officially listed as a post office box in Albuquerque, NM

Until the age of 5, we laugh about 400 times a day -- by adulthood, we laugh about 15 times a day

Americans spend 5 times more of their life in their car than on vacation

Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, novelist Morgan Robertson published a story about a fictional ship named Titan that struck an iceberg on a foggy April night and sank

Houses were first numbered in Paris in 1463 -- numbering later appeared in Britain in 1708

Globally, more than a billion people survive on less than $1 a day

In London, it rains more often on Thursday than any other day of the week

In the United States, in the three weeks leading up to December 25th, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,300 times a minute

8% of the world's elderly live in the United States

No disease afflicting humans ever identified by doctors and scientists has ever been fully eradicated

In the U.S., the number one cause of blindness is diabetes

People in Iceland per capita read more books than any other people in the world -- people in France own more pets, people in Sweden eat more candy, and people in the U.S. own more televisions

The first recorded revolution took place around 2500 BC when people in the Sumarian city of Lagash overthrew bureaucrats who were embezzling taxes

More adult American women are living without a husband than are living with one

Less than 25% of the American population over age 25 have a college degree

40% of the world's almonds, 20% of all peanuts, and 8% of the world's sugar end up in candy bars

At normal room temperature, the atoms around us are whizzing by at about 1,000 miles per hour

Being bilingual delays dementia

The Ottoman Empire once had 7 emperors in 7 months -- the unlucky leaders died of (in order): burning, choking, drowning, stabbing, heart failure, poisoning, and being thrown from a horse

Since 2003, the suicide rate for girls in the U.S. between the ages of 10 and 14 has increased 76%

Chances of being born on Leap Day: 1 in 1,500 -- about 187,000 people in the U.S. and 4 million people around the world were born on Leap Day (February 29)

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