Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The highest human body temperature ever recorded with the person surviving the fever was 115.7 degrees F

Percent of Americans who claim that ghosts exist: 67%

Percent of Americans who claim to have seen a ghost: 9%

The first documentation of a physician identifying a possible cause of cancer occurred in 1775 when British physician Percivall Pott noted that cancer of the scrotum was common among chimney sweeps

Humans who live in urban areas have thicker nose hair than those who live in rural areas

Percent of American drivers who state they consistently drive the posted speed limit: 13%

People who have been blind since birth report dreams that are based on the remaining senses of taste, touch, smell, and hearing

Location of the Fairy Investigation Society: Dublin, Ireland

The U.S. accounts for 33% of all cars driven in the world; 25% of the world's garbage; nearly 30% of the world's jail and prison population; and is the largest global consumer of oil -- the U.S. accounts for 4% of the world's human population

The human brain is the fattiest organ in the body

Life expectancy in Somalia: 47 years

The Pac-Man arcade game has 240 dots to be eaten through each maze on every screen

The diameter of a human brain neuron is just 4 microns thick -- you could fit 30,000 neurons on the head of a pin

Your eyeballs are 3.5% salt

According to the Bible, all demons were once angels

On January 7, 1904, the international distress signal officially became CQD -- the 'CQ' stood for "seek you" and the 'D' meant "distress" -- this only lasted until 1906, when it was replaced by SOS -- the sinking Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS distress signal in 1912

Number of people who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence on July 4: 2 (John Hancock and Charles Thomson)

In 1980, a misprint in the Yellow Pages of the New York City telephone directory listed a funeral home under "frozen foods"

In 1915, a telephone call from New York City to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first three minutes

On an average day, 102 people visit the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas, USA

The billionth digit of Pi is 9

The winds on Saturn blow 10 times faster than the strongest hurricane-force wind on Earth

For the first time, the number of pet cats in the U.S. outnumber pet dogs, and by more than 10 million (60 million pet cats versus 50 million pet dogs)

Most cows produce more milk while listening to music

Brazil reports more UFO sightings than any other country -- on average, somewhere in the world, a UFO sighting is reported every 3 minutes, but Brazil nearly doubles this average

In the U.S., it is illegal for beer commercials airing on television to depict someone actually drinking beer

According to researchers, someone who is lying to you will tend to frequently look up and to their left

90% of people struck by lightning survive

In a recent survey, 1 in 5 Americans claimed to not like sex

Nearly all human males will grow to at least the same height as their mother, while about 72% of females will grow to be their mother's height or taller

On average, a human can hold their breath for one minute -- the record is 7 minutes, 30 seconds -- lack of oxygen to the brain for 8-10 seconds will render a human unconscious

Men experience hiccups more often than women

Mozart never went to school

England's Queen Anne (1665-1714) outlived all 17 of her children

It would take half of all people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45 to run the nation's telephone system if it were not computerized

Global seahorse population has dropped by 70% in the past ten years

An unfolded human brain flattened out could cover a standard ironing board

Diamonds are unstable after mined -- once exhumed diamonds immediately begin to very slowly alter into graphite, another form of pure carbon

The United States allowed women to stand for election to public office in 1788, which was 132 years before women were granted the right to vote in such elections

More than 1.6 billion people are overweight or obese

Countries with the Highest Percentage of Overweight Adults:
  1. Nauru -- 94.5%
  2. Federal States of Micronesia -- 91.1%
  3. Cook Islands -- 90.9%
  4. Tonga -- 90.8%
  5. Niue -- 81.7%
  6. Samoa -- 80.4%
  7. Palau -- 78.4%
  8. Kuwait -- 74.2%
  9. United States -- 74.1%
  10. Kiribati -- 73.6%
American folklore describes the nation's first president, George Washington, as having false teeth made of wood, but in reality he had several sets of dentures with most comprised of the extracted human teeth of his slaves

The World at a Glance:

Age of Earth: 4.55 billion years

70.9% water, 29.1% land

45 nations are landlocked

94 nations border no other

27% of the human population is under 14 years

65% of the human population is age 15-64 years

8% of the world's population is age 65 years or older

Christians: 33.3%
Muslims: 21%
Hindus: 13.3%
Buddhists: 6%
Sikhs: .35%
Jews: .23%
Baha'is: .12%
Other religion: 11.8%
Non-religious: 11.6%
Atheist: 2.3%

Literacy rate (age 15 years and over can read and write): 82%

Internet users: 1.2 billion

Rate of inflation:
1-4% -- developed nations
5-20% -- developing nations

Where we live:
195 nations, 61 dependent areas, 6 disputed territories

Agriculture -- 40.2%
Services -- 39.3%
Industry -- 32%

Global refugee population: 11 million (1.5 million are Iraqis displaced after the U.S. invasion in 2003, and over 1 million are Pakistanis displaced in 2009)

Monday, May 11, 2009


Gin began its life around 1650 when a Dutch doctor used clear alcohol and oil from juniper berries as a remedy for kidney disorder -- by 1750, Londoners were drinking 11 million gallons a year

In 1983, Billboard magazine declared Madonna a "flash in the pan"

The average male ejaculation contains about 15 calories

From the moment of fertilization of the female egg by the male's sperm until sex differentiation, all mammalian fetuses within the same species look the same -- in humans, this period is about 14 weeks

First Canadian in space: Marc Garneau, in 1984

Men are four times more likely than women to sleep in the nude

The woman with the most appearances on the cover of Time Magazine: Virgin Mary

The first smoking ban on U.S. airline flights took place on April 23, 1988

Colorado is the only state in history to have turned down hosting the Olympics, in 1976

Germany's Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) was the first person to call himself a "psychologist"

In 1823, Charles Macintosh patented the waterproof cloth he would later use in making raincoats

In the 1860s, Americans set their clocks and watches in as many as a hundred different local times -- Standard Time was devised in 1883 by William F. Allen of South Orange, New Jersey

First U.S. state to abolish the death penalty: Michigan, in 1847

At any given time, there are about 100 million phone conversations taking place across the U.S.

If one places a tiny amount of alcohol on a scorpion's back, it will instantly begin to sting itself to death

Aardvarks are allergic to radishes, but only in the summer

Penalty for masturbation in Indonesia: Decapitation

Diet Pepsi was originally called Patio Diet Cola

Coca-Cola would be green if dye were not added

An apple, potato, and onion will all the taste the same if you eat them while plugging your nose

All swans in England are the property of the Queen

If you unfolded your brain, it would cover an ironing board

25% of American men are 6 feet tall or taller, compared to just 4% in 1900

Number of Americans on waiting lists for organ transplants: more than 87,000

Number of people in China who knew how to ski 10 years ago: about 500 -- Number of Chinese who will ski this year: over 5 million

Number of Americans arrested for driving while drunk each year: 1.5 million

Number of autographs from members of the Beatles in circulation that are authentic: 6%

The second largest item of international commerce: Coffee (Oil ranks first)

Number of Americans who do not believe we landed on the moon: 1 in 4

Romania ranks 15th among all nations for total medals earned at Summer Olympic games (283) -- in the Winter Olympics, Romania has earned one medal, a bronze, in 1968

Fasting growing language on the Internet: Arabic

Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the United States (2.3 million barrels per day), and Saudi Arabia is second (1.4 million barrels per day)

The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot

Number of species of cockroaches worldwide: 5,000

The 4,600 kinds of mammals represent 0.3% of all animals

In the United States, 70% of Internet users are over 30 years of age, while worldwide 70% of Internet users are under 30 years of age

In ancient Rome, men convicted of rape were punished by publicly crushing their testicles between two stones

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