Monday, February 16, 2009


If world population growth remains constant, then the human population will reach 13 billion in 60 years (scientists do not expect this to happen, and believe that population growth will level off within about 10 years)

Reno, Nevada has the highest rate of alcoholism in the United States, while Provo, Utah has the lowest

In a 2006 survey of Americans over age 25, more than 50% of men admitted that they had had sex with a woman they "disliked"

All 44 U.S. Presidents, including Barack Obama, can trace part or all of their lineage to at least 1 of 7 heritages: Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Swiss, and German

Until a few years ago, cadets at U.S. military training camps were ordered to eat everything on their plate -- this practice was discontinued after several studies demonstrated that this practice led to later problems with obesity and eating disorders such as purging

Japanese researchers claim moderate alcohol consumption can boost a person's IQ

"Gay bomb" is the slang term used by U.S. Air Force personnel to refer to a potential non-lethal chemical weapon

For nearly all humans, our short-term memory can hold 5 to 9 items at a time, with the average being 7

Of the 6.7 billion people in the world, over 2 billion are mothers

Any Rubik's Cube combination can be solved in 17 moves or less

In 1904, the U.S. population was just over 76 million people -- 150,000 of whom were patients in mental asylums

13% of coins and 42% of paper currency in the U.S. test positive for bacteria that can be harmful to humans, including fecal matter

In December 2007, Kuwait made it against the law to dress in anything traditionally worn by the opposite sex -- since the law was enacted, 14 people have been imprisoned

Dress for Success:
  • In 2008, the public high school in Kerens, Texas (located in a town of 1,700 people) suspended 4 male students for having hair that extended beyond the back of their shirt collars -- the school also prohibits mismatched socks, sleeveless shirts, "unnatural" hair colors, and "disruptive" hairstyles
  • Librarians in the Sevierville County, Tennessee were recently informed they could only wear approved colors to work: black, gray, white, cream and purple
  • A London hospital issued an 18-page dress-code manual to its staff requiring matching shoelaces, and hair that could only be dyed a "natural" color
  • Google employees must adhere to the company's dress code as stated in the employee manual: "Employees must wear clothes"
150 people are Mr. or Mrs. Money in New York State

An orgasm helps lower cholesterol and improves circulation -- sex is also more effective than Valium in calming; releasing chemicals that act as antihistamines; and burns 250 calories in half an hour

A study of 2 million people living in 80 countries found that depression is most common among adults in their mid-40s -- depression, globally, peaks at age 44 -- the study also found: among Americans, depression is most prevalent in women around age 40 and in men around age 50; about half of U.S. residents over age 80 reported being "very happy"; African-Americans are less happy than white Americans; generally, men are less happy than women worldwide; "baby boomers" are the least content Americans; with age, happiness increases for all groups and gaps between African-Americans and white Americans as well as between women and men narrow

36% of U.S. households include a child under 18 years of age

25% of U.S. households include a person aged 65 or older

Most people in school in the United States are aged 6 - 14 (44%) -- 21.4% of those in school are teens in high school, and 22.8% are students in college or graduate school

Ralph and Carolyn Cummins of Clintwood, Virginia, USA had 5 children between 1952 and 1966, all born on February 20th

Twins Doug and Debbie Schee of Delaware, Ohio, USA were born 48 days apart in 1955

In New Zealand, chewing gum in public is considered impolite

Chance that an American will be a victim of violent crime in their lifetime: 70%

Since 1973, number of death row inmates exonerated of the crime for which they were sentenced to death: 123

Rate at which a car is stolen in the U.S.: every 30 seconds (most were red; nearly one-fourth had the keys left in the ignition; and a third were taken by a teenager)

Number of sex acts that will happen today around the world: over 200 million (nearly 50,000 will not be voluntary- the victims are almost exclusively women and children)

Rate at which someone in the U.S. is arrested for marijuana use or possession: 1 person every 45 seconds

Number of Americans who admit to having smoked marijuana in their lifetime: 1 in 4 (The current US President, Barack Obama, and his immediate two predecessors (George W. Bush and Bill Clinton) have all also admitted to smoking marijuana as teens or in college)

Monday, February 2, 2009


Most stars shine for about 10 billion years

A newborn kangaroo is small enough to fit into a teaspoon

By the age of 70, the average American will have eaten 14 cattle, 23 pigs and 12 sheep

By the age of 75, the average American will have generated over 100,000 pounds of garbage

An estimated 6,000 American teens lose their virginity each day (2.2 million per year)

Every time you sneeze, a few of your brain cells die

33% of all emergency room visits worldwide involve injuries to the arms and/or hands

Technically, a pineapple is a berry

An average ear of corn has 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows

There are more atoms in a bucketful of water than there are bucketfuls of water in the Atlantic Ocean

The number of neurons in your brain is greater than the number of stars in our galaxy

If two household flies were left to reproduce without predators or other limitations for one year, the resulting mass of flies would be the size of the Earth

In the U.S., insomniacs move residence on average 7 times more frequently than those with regular sleep patterns (The average American will move about 10 times in their lifetime)

Humans lose a liter of water a day through breathing

Today at a glance:
  • the human population is 6.7 billion
  • 3 billion people will eat rice as the main ingredient in their meals
  • 1.5 billion people lack safe drinking water
  • 1 billion letters will be mailed
  • Google will handle over 200 million searches across the Internet
  • 40 million people are HIV-positive -- 5 million of them live in Africa
  • 30 million people are blind
  • 9 million new documents will be added to the Internet
  • 3 million people will cross an international border
  • right now, over 250,000 people are in an airplane
  • 42,000 people will visit Japan's Disneyland
  • about 100 Americans will commit suicide
  • 12% of Americans over age 15 cannot read this
50,000 cells in your body died and were replaced while you read this sentence

Worldwide, more people die playing golf than any other sport -- usually from severe dehydration, heart attack, or stroke, and rarely, but sometimes, from lightning strikes

One inch of rain water is equivalent to 15 inches of dry, powdery snow

When hydrogen burns in the air, water is formed

You are more likely to feel hungry if you are physically cold

The U.S. consumes 25% of the world's energy

If Saturn could be placed in a large enough pool of water, it would float

The average ocean floor is 12,000 feet beneath the surface

Moths have no stomach

The average car on U.S. roads is 5.6 years old

Fish are the only vertebrates that outnumber birds

2 1 9 7 8 x 4 = 8 7 9 1 2 (A mathematical palindrome created by multiplying by 4)

Worldwide, 1 out of 4 alcoholics dies each year in accidents, falls, fires, or by suicide

Alcohol lowers testosterone in men, but raises it in women

Human fetuses react to loud rock music by kicking (dancing?)

We share 98.4% of our DNA with a chimp, and 70% with a slug

One billion years ago, the moon was in a tighter orbit around the Earth, taking just 20 days to go around us and make a month -- a day on Earth was just 18 hours long

The moon is still moving away from us, gradually, at a rate of about 1.6 inches per year, and the Earth's rotation is also slowing down, lengthening our days -- scientists estimate that in the distant future, a day will be 960 hours long

If you add all the numbers from 1 to 100 consecutively (as in 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. etc.) the total is 5050

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