Saturday, December 6, 2008


Average for both men and women in the U.S. to lose their virginity to the opposite sex: 17 years of age

Turkeys can reproduce without having sex

In China, 666 is considered a lucky number

Washington, DC has 1 lawyer for every 19 residents

Someone within 200 miles of where you are now believes they have had direct contact with a ghost

A healthy adult male human produces about 70 million sperm each day, about the same as an adult male Guinea pig

Physicist Lise Meiter, who made calculations that led to the discovery of nuclear fission, was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in physics but never won -- in 1992, she was posthumously named by fellow scientists "The most significant woman scientist of this century"

In 1949, the Nobel Prize in medicine went to Antonio Egas Moniz in recognition of his breakthrough discovery, the lobotomy -- ten years earlier later he was shot and paralyzed by a disgruntled lobotomized patient

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans by a ratio of 10:1

In the United States, whites are more likely to cheat on their spouse than any other racial group

In 2002, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the mentally retarded could not be given the death penalty, 25% of death row inmates had to have their sentences commuted to life

Occupations in which men are most likely to be murdered: cab driver, liquor store clerk, cop

Homicide is the leading cause of death for women at work in the U.S., and is the third leading cause of death for men at work (men who die on the job are usually the victims of car accidents or machine failure)

Color of the "black box" on commercial airliners: Orange

The significance of the "21" in a 21-gun salute is to add the numbers 1776

Percent of women in the U.S. who have been a Girl Scout: 40%

U.S. states that ban billboard advertising: Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont

U.S. states where it is illegal to pump your own gas: New Jersey and Oregon

Of all animals, termites have the highest rate of flatulence

Orchids are named for the Greek word for "testicle" (orchis)

The rate at which women are murdered in the United States is 5 times higher than any other industrialized nation

Number of psychiatrists who claim to have been physically attacked by a patient: 1 in 2

Percent of Americans who identify the sun as a planet: 15%

Percent of U.S. college graduates who claim to have received all or most of their information after graduation from television watching: 27%

Cockroaches produce flatulence every 15 minutes

Number of Americans who will turn 65 between now and 2030: 38 million

Amount the United States paid in 2006 in interest payments to the holders of the nation's debt: $406 billion (the current U.S. national debt is about $9.5 trillion)

If you are murdered in the United States, the chance that you knew your assailant: 92%

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and are murdered in the U.S., chance you knew your assailant: 23%

According to a 2006 survey, Americans identified the following as their most difficult self-discipline challenge: diet, spending, anger

Date and time of the most UFO sightings each year in the United States: July 4, at 9p.m. or 3 a.m. local time

Italy has a higher population of Barbie dolls than Canada does Canadians

Number of times the average American moves in their lifetime: 11 (61% never leave the state in which they were born)

Each year, Harvard University denies admission to about 1,600 high school valedictorians

If a child in the U.S. owns a Barbie doll, odds are they own 7

Number of dog owners who say they have talked to their dog over the phone: 1 in 3

Avocados have more protein than any other fruit, and are poisonous to birds

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey

40% of New York State's population is concentrated in New York City (about 8.5 million people)

Largest landowner in New York City: Catholic Church (Columbia University is second)

Wal-Mart clothing brand "No Fear" is manufactured in U.S. prisons (Prison labor manufactures 200,000 garments a year sold in 32 U.S. states, Europe and Japan)

Industrialized nations have a higher per capita suicide rate than developing nations -- among industrialized nations, the U.S. ranks at about the middle for suicide

Nearly 150 million Americans are in the workforce and 12% of the total American population lives below the poverty line (nearly half of those living below the poverty line are employed)

Obese men are 42% less likely to commit suicide than other men

100 years ago, Americans spent 43% of their income on food and 14% on clothing -- today, Americans spend 13% on food and 4% on clothing (spending is now spread out on other items such as t.v., car, Internet, travel, phone and home ownership which in the past 100 years has risen from 20% to nearly 70%)

32 million Americans take 3 or more prescription medications per day

In the U.S., blacks are 6 times more likely to be murdered than whites

Where in the world you are most likely to be murdered: Columbia, South Africa, Jamaica, Venezuala, Russia, Mexico, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus

Where in the world you are most likely to end up behind bars: United States (the U.S. incarceration rate is higher than any other nation at 1 out of every 99 people locked up)

From 1973-1992 the gun supply in the United States doubled while the homicide rate remained unchanged

On average, 2 countries per year have abolished the death penalty since 1976

Number of Fortune 500 companies with a female CEO: 10

The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations (1/4 of the world's countries) is less than the wealth of the world's three richest individuals combined

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