Monday, March 30, 2009


A person dies of starvation every 5 seconds in the world each day (12 per minute; 720 per hour; 17,280 per day; 6,307,200 per year; about 60 in the time it will take for you to read this issue of Feed*Your*Head)

Number of people worldwide who entered the 21st century unable to read: 1 out of 6 (about 1.3 billion)

Over 820,000 golf balls are sold each day worldwide

The average American spends two years of their lifetime on the phone (This reflects the use of land lines and does not include cell phone use)

Percent of all phone calls conducted in English worldwide: 85%

Number of people in the world who have never made a phone call: 2 out of 3

According to a 2007 survey of 27 nations, Canada was ranked first among all nations for having a "positive influence" in the world -- the United States ranked third from last, ahead of only Iran and Israel

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but it is only the female that bites and seeks to extract blood; she does this for the nourishment she will need to lay her eggs

According to a 2005 survey of more than 1,000 married American men and women, nearly 1 in 10 of these couples have anal sex as a routine part of their sex lives

Scientific name for the split between your buttocks (your butt crack): Natal Cleft

The typical American eats 28 pigs in their lifetime

A typical pig's orgasm lasts half an hour

Chicago's nickname, "The Windy City," originally referred to long-winded politicians -- windier U.S. cities (in terms of weather) include Buffalo, Boston, and Milwaukee while the windiest U.S. city is Blue Hill, Massachusetts

Number of spoken languages in the world: about 6,500 (about 2,000 of these have fewer than 1,000 speakers)

The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book -- Don Quixote is second

Your skeleton accounts for 14% of your body weight

The average human has 6 dreams per night, with each lasting 5-20 minutes

9 of the world's 50 richest individuals are women

Nearly half of all people online have at least 3 email accounts

Between 1981 and 2003, the average horsepower of cars sold in the United States rose 93%

Most scientists believe that humans either dream to remember (to fix experiences into long-term memory), or that we dream to forget (to eliminate overlapping memories that would otherwise distract us) -- a few believe that we dream for no special purpose but as a mere byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations: sleep and consciousness

More than 6,500 species of fly live in the U.K. -- and about 16,000 species live in the U.S.

The last living member of Napoleon's family, Jerome Bonaparte, died in 1945 of injuries sustained from tripping over his dog's leash

The Earth spins on its axis at about 1,038 miles per hour

All of the 195 countries of the world with the exception of the United States, Burma, South Yemen, and Tonga use the metric system

Number of countries recognized by the United Nations: 192

The Bible was written by over 40 different authors over the span of 1,500 years

It requires 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky

By dividing the model number by 10, you can determine the approximate retail price of a pair of New Balance sneakers (for example: NB574 will retail for approximately $57.40)

Number of bank robberies each day in the U.S.: 20 (average take is $2,500)

First product sold with a bar code in a grocery store: Wrigley's Gum (1974)

Percent of Americans who claim to "not know" or to "have never met" their closest neighbor: 72%

Wal-Mart generates $3 million dollars in revenue every 7 minutes

Over 35% of men and women in the U.S. who place personal ads seeking dates are already married

By their 18th birthday, 6 in 10 teenage women and 5 in 10 teenage men in the U.S. have had sex

Average number of years between first having sexual intercourse and getting married for American women and men: 8

Everyday, Americans steal an average of $20,000 from coin-operated machines, including vending machines for candy and soda as well as from washing and drying machines at laundromats

40% of McDonald's profits around the world come from the sale of Happy Meals

The smile is the most frequently used facial expression worldwide

Most suicides occur in Spring, and the least in Winter

Your brain is 75% water

The average human adult has 6 pounds of skin

Falling asleep while driving accounts for about 550 accidents every 24 hours on American roads

Scientists have determined that ruminating on feelings of guilt can damage your immune system, leaving you susceptible to a wide array of diseases

Statistics and medical reports indicate that about 18% of people residing in the U.S. are prone to sleep-walking

The average person swallows about 1 quart of their own mucus each day

Average number of years a family member holds a grudge against another family member in the U.S.: 20 years

1 in 50 American children under age 15 are currently homeless (alone or with family members)-- the highest rate of child homelessness since the Great Depression of the 1930s

Number of automobiles sold in the U.S. in 2007: 17 million
Number of automobiles sold in the U.S. in 2008: 9 million

Scientists project that we will see a loss of 30% of all mammals, amphibians and insects by the end of the 21st century due to the impact of just one animal species on all others- human impact on the natural environment

On average, 150,000 babies are born in New York City each year-- 10 are born in taxis, 1 on a subway train, and 20 in a privately owned car

In the United States, 80% of people struck by lightning are male-- worldwide, 70% are male

The eye exam chart with the large E on top is called a Snellen Chart

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, couples in the United States could neither afford to marry nor divorce-- both numbers spiked dramatically following World War II

By sheer numbers more of the following crimes occur in the U.S. than anywhere else: rape, burglary, car theft, and assault

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