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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