Monday, March 2, 2009


The world's food supply depends on about 150 plant species -- of those, just 3 are known as "super crops" because they provide 50% of the world's plant food energy (rice, wheat and corn) -- sorghum, millet, potatoes, yams, soybean and sugar provide an additional 25%

Percent of Cubans who have known no other leader than Fidel Castro: 70%

In 2001, more information could be sent over a single cable in one second than in 1997 was sent over the entire Internet

81% of the world's population live in developing countries

On average, men can read smaller print than women, while women can hear better and generally score slightly higher on IQ tests

73% of Americans have cell phones -- 40% of Americans aged 12-14 have cell phones

An American child will consume and pollute more over a lifetime than 30 children born in India

In the United States, there are more shopping malls than high schools

There are 5 million more women in the U.S. than men

The United States leads the world in one-person households -- 26% of Americans live alone

Last year, 46% of Wal-Mart's U.S. employees had no insurance or were receiving Medicaid (taxpayer-funded health care) -- the average full-time Wal-Mart employee earns less than $18,000 per year, with Wal-Mart being the single largest employer in 20 U.S. states

Brits are filmed on camera up to 300 times a day due to cameras placed on street corners, inside stores, in railway stations, and in many workplaces

Worldwide, about 4 billion plastic bags end up as litter each year -- tied end to end, that's enough to circle the globe 63 times

A healthy human brain has 100 million nerve cells (neurons) with long, branching extensions connected at 100 trillion points (synapses)

In the U.S., two-thirds of undocumented immigrants live in just 6 states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, and North Carolina

Voltage of most car batteries: 12 volts

Chance of contracting an infection during a hospital stay in the U.S.: 1 in 15

75% of Americans keep paper currency in their wallets in order of denomination, with the lowest amounts leading up to the highest amounts

Based on proportional crime statistics, it is safer to live in New York City than in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

About 10% of the workforce in Egypt is under 10 years of age

In the late 1930s, Abe Pickens of Cleveland, Ohio,USA attempted to create world peace by placing personal telephone calls to world leaders -- he managed to contact Mussolini, Hirohito, Franco, and Hitler -- he spent his entire life savings for this effort and died penniless before the end of World War II

45% of Americans do not correctly identify the Sun as a star

During the American Revolutionary War, more inhabitants of the colonies fought on the side of the British than on the side of the Continental Army

Humans sleep less, and require less sleep, as they get older -- generally, teens need as much sleep as children at about 9 hours a night, while adults need 7-8 hours, but for folks over age 70 the need for sleep decreases to about 6 hours per night

More than 20 million Americans have a sleep disorder, but for those who don't, they sleep about the same number of hours as Americans did 50 years ago (7-8 hours per night)

Worldwide, the most commonly reported sexual problem for men is premature ejaculation, while the most commonly reported for women is a total lack of interest in sex with men

Based on cave paintings and artifacts, researchers hypothesize that Ice Age women enjoyed sex at least as much as their male counterparts

Water expands by about 9% as it freezes

Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour

Anthropologists and other scientists believe that the sex lives of our pre-historic ancestors were likely similar to the promiscuous, bisexual, no-commitment sexuality of the modern bonobo chimpanzees

Eagles mate while airborne

Sex drains time and physical energy and takes precious nutrient resources, and so biologists consider asexual reproduction a logical alternative -- we now know that asexual reproduction came first (so to speak) in nature and is seen today in plants and flatworms and other living organisms -- scientists believe that sexual reproduction evolved as the dominant form of reproduction in nature so that organisms could adapt to stressful or changing environments through the slight shuffling of genes

The Loch Ness Monster is credited with bringing $40 million annually to Scottish tourism

11% of Earth's surface is used to grow food and other crops

Panama hats are made in Ecuador

The smell of Crayola Crayons is so familiar to Americans that it is one of the top 20 most recognizable scents to adults, with over 30% being able to identify the smell when blindfolded -- sniffing crayons has been shown to reduce blood pressure

The turkey was wrongly named after what was thought to be its country of origin

Hitler signed his last order with a blue crayon

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