Monday, April 13, 2009


The number of people who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 20th century is less than the number who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 19th century

The Dodo was first discovered in 1507 -- 100 years later it had been hunted to extinction by humans

Rain forests cover 7% of the earth's surface, but at least 40% of all animal and plant species live in them

Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color

More babies are born at night than during the day

Without its lining of mucus, your stomach would digest itself

The average person is able to detect and distinguish between 10,000 different smells -- most, when blindfolded, can accurately detect the sex of the person they are asked to smell

In 1653, the word "not" was left out in 1 Corinthians 6, verse 9 to read "know ye not that the unrighteous shall inherit the kingdom of God" (rather than "know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit...") -- this became known as the "Unrighteous Bible"

"The Printer's Bible" appeared in 1702 with an error in Psalm 119, verse 161 where instead of "princes" it read "printers have persecuted me"

In 1801, two printing errors occurred in what came to be known as the "Murderer's Bible" -- "These are the murderers" rather than "These are the murmurs," and continued with "Let the children first be killed" instead of "Let the children first be filled"

The average lifespan of a cow is 7 years, but the oldest on record, Bess, lived to the relatively old age of 48

The oldest known goldfish was Fred, who lived to be 41 years old with his "owner" in New Jersey

Physicist Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 but declined politely by stating "I have no head for problems"

No piece of dry, square paper can be folded in half more than 7 times, no matter it's size

The population of New York City is expected to reach 9.4 million people within the next 15 years (current population is 8 million, which amounts to 40% of the entire population of New York State)

Number of women killed each year in the United States by a husband or boyfriend: 1500

Most eaten meat worldwide: Pork

Length of time a person remains conscious after decapitation: 8 seconds

90% of all casualties of war in the past 100 years have been civilians

The first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel was 63-year old schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor in 1901

In 1557, European physicians recommended smoking to combat bad breath and cancer

U.S. funds allocated for building and maintaining prisons per year: $40 million

U.S. funds allocated for social welfare programs per year: $20 million

Cleopatra had a special lipstick made for her that consisted of crushed ants and deep red carmine beetles

About 5% of the entire U.S. potato crop goes to make McDonald's French fries

Global spending on military (in U.S. dollars): $700 billion

Global spending on education (in U.S. dollars): $80 billion

Global spending on health and nutrition (in U.S. dollars): $13 billion

The first electric dishwater was invented by Josephine Cochrane, a socialite who was irritated that her kitchen staff broke expensive dishware

The idea for Godzilla came from a horrible accident when a U.S. atomic test bomb went off in the Pacific and contaminated the crew and the catch of a Japanese fishing boat -- Japanese filmmakers wanted to create a clumsy, lumbering monster as a metaphor for America

Water does not conduct electricity, but the impurities found in water do

Using an orange-handled coffee pot to denote decaffeinated brew originated in 1923 when General Foods first introduced Sanka and as an advertising promotion gave restaurants and diners orange-colored coffee pots that matched the orange packaging of their decaf coffee

The border of your lips is called the vermilion-skin borderline regardless of your race

British postage stamps are the only in the world that do not indicate the country of origin

The most over-due book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later

Research has indicated consistently that among industrialized nations, Icelanders report being the happiest -- statistics also show that Icelanders miss, on average, 1/3 of scheduled workdays each year

People infected with endemic parasitic worms don't have allergies

Tokyo has more than 40 Irish pubs

The longest living cells in your body are in your brain, most of which will live your entire lifetime

When glass breaks, the cracks travel at speeds up to 3000 miles per hour

Ants do not sleep

The female Tarantula Hawk wasp paralyzes a large spider with her sting, then lays her eggs on the motionless body so that her developing young have a fresh supply of spider meat to feed on

Name of the metal band that connects the pencil eraser to the end of the pencil: Ferrule

In Alaska, it is legal to shoot and kill a bear, but illegal to wake a sleeping bear to photograph it

It is against the law to whale hunt in Oklahoma, USA

In Florida, USA it is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine

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