Sunday, June 28, 2009


Percentage of women in Mississippi aged 15-44 who are mothers: 68% (The U.S. national average is 46%)

Percent of U.S. population aged 15-64 years: 68%

World's largest consumer of cocaine: U.S.

An average person would weigh about half a pound more at the Equator than at the North or South Pole

The letter J was the last to be added to the English alphabet

About 9 million Canadians claim French as their primary language

Temperature of a typical shower in the U.S.: 101 degrees F

Percent of all arms exported to developing countries that come from the U.S.: 50% -- (Percent exported to non-democratic regimes: 54%)

Day of the week most Americans report illness as a reason to not go to work: Friday (Monday ranks second)

Day of the week most U.S. banks are robbed: Friday, between 9am and 11am

Chance of full recovery for a person infected with SARS: 98%

Chance of full recovery for a person infected with H1N1 ("swine flu"): 99.9%

Percentage of people surveyed who admit to urinating in the shower: 45%

Number of documents lost by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year: 2 million

The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the 48 poorest nations

Likelihood that you will immediately turn to the right when entering a department store: 90%

Number of life species that become extinct each day: 150

Number of books that will be shipped to bookstores and other distributors with the wrong covers in an average year: 2.5 million

Americans who confess to lying "regularly": 93%

Age at which the human skeleton stops growing: 35 years

Number of commuters to Manhattan each workday: 6.7 million

Number of bacteria exchanged during an open-mouthed kiss: about 40,000

Number of Americans on a diet: 1 in 2

Percent of 10-year old American girls who claim to be dieting: 80%

Number of Americans who are considered overweight: 1 in 2 (Number of Americans considered obese: 1 in 4)

Sport depicted most frequently in Hollywood films: Boxing

Number of adult Americans who admit to urinating in public swimming pools: 1 in 3

Jewish households in the U.S. that display Christmas trees: 11%

Month during which the earth rotates slowest on its axis: March

Number of people killed each year, on average, by falling coconuts: 150

Bluetooth, the wireless communication standard, was named after Harold Bluetooth, a 10th century king who encouraged communication and unity between warring Norse and Danish tribes

Although oil is referred to as "black gold," when it spurts out of the ground it's actually dark green

Sunday, June 21, 2009


More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa

The language in which a government conducts business is the official language of the country

The term "couch potato" is the legal trademarked property of Robert Armstrong, who had the descriptor officially trademarked in 1976

Since 1990, 30 new nations have emerged to declare themselves sovereigns

The United States uses slightly more than 33% of all electricity produced in the world

A flea can jump 350 times its body length, the equivalent of a human jumping the length of a football field

U.S. Airways makes about $10 million a year from ads on tray tables and napkins

In 1995, there were 18,000 websites on the Internet -- today, there are more than 100 million sites (1 in 5 are considered pornographic)

It is more fuel efficient to drive with the air conditioner on than with the windows rolled down if you are driving over 55 miles per hour

Only 1 in 1,000 animals born in the ocean survives to maturity

Peru has the greatest biodiversity and density of bird species with over 1,780 species, representing 18.5% of all bird species on earth

By October 2005, seven otherwise independent nations - Easat Timur, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, and Panama- adopted the U.S. dollar as their currency

Brazonia County in Texas has the distinction of being the only county in the United States to have every kind of poisonous snake found in the entire country

Of all known forms of animal life ever to inhabit the earth, less than 10% still exist today

10% of all animal biomass in the world is comprised of ants

On average, humans sleep 2-3 hours less than other primates who generally sleep about 10 hours a day

17 hours of sustained wakefulness in a person leads to a decrease in mental performance and physical coordination equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .05%

Emilio Marco Palma was the first person born in Antarctica, in 1978

Whenever the divorce rate spikes in the U.S., toy-makers report a rise in toy sales

65% of candy sold in the U.S. is consumed by adults

Denmark has the highest per capita consumption of candy in the world with each person in the country eating, on average, 36 pounds a year

First minimum wage in the United States: 25 cents per hour, enacted in 1938

1 out of 6 disabling work injuries worldwide involve the fingers

New York was the first state to require license plates on cars

The Amazon rain forest produces 20% of the world's oxygen

Burials in the United States deposit 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid into the soil each year (formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol)

Woodward, Avenue in Detroit carries the designation M1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere in the United States

Damascus, Syria is the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence

People descended from the Scottish clan of Kerr are more likely to be left-handed than any other ancestral group

70% of people who die in the U.S. die in a hospital emergency, operating room, or during their stay (20% die in a private residence)

No American has died of "old age" since 1951 when the classification was eliminated on death certificates by federal law

Human babies are colorblind at birth

Color of automobiles most frequently involved in car accidents in the U.S. each year: Red

Color of automobiles most frequently stolen in the U.S. each year: Red

Half of all newspapers in the world are published in the U.S. and Canada

Average number of birds killed each year from flying into windows: 10,000

Most popular color of toothbrush sold in the U.S.: Blue

Percentage of all your bones that are in your feet: 25%

Number of sheets of toilet paper used each day by the typical American: 57

Monday, June 15, 2009


The typical American will in their lifetime:
  • spend about 3 years on the toilet
  • walk the equivalent of three times around the globe
  • grow 590 miles worth of hair
  • spend 2 years waiting for the traffic light to change
  • walk a total of 308 miles in making the bed each day
  • eat 600,000 pounds of food
  • breathe in 44 pounds of dust
  • spend 2 weeks kissing
  • spend an average of 122 days a year sleeping

A man is four times more likely to die during sexual intercourse if his partner is not his spouse

As many as 1 in 4 Americans can trace their roots to Brooklyn, New York

The wealthiest resident of New York City is oil magnate David H. Koch, worth an estimated $12 billion -- in economic terms, about 1.5 million New Yorkers (those with incomes below the poverty line) are collectively worth less than Koch

Eating an apple gives you more stimulation than drinking 4 cups of coffee but without the jitters or other side effects from caffeine

Rice is the chief food for half the world's population

After overeating, your hearing is less sharp

Common pizza toppings in Japan: Squid, mayonnaise, corn, seaweed

73% of all suicides in the United States are committed by white males, most commonly with a gun

The United States comprises 6% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's total prison population -- currently 1 in 32 people in the U.S. is on probation, in jail, or on parole

In 2006, the average home built in the U.S. was 2,459 square feet, up from less than 2,000 square feet twenty years ago (while house size has increased over the past 25 years, family size continues to decline)

White females in the U.S are three times more likely to be murdered than to commit murder

The top 200 corporations in the world have a combined sales that is larger than the combined economies of all the nations in the world minus the biggest ten

The developing nations now spend $13 on debt repayment for every dollar they receive in aid -- on average, Third-world debt compounds at an interest rate of 20% leaving them to owe as much as $3.5 million per person inhabiting the country

For every joule of food consumed in the U.S., about 10 joules of fossil fuels were used to produce it

The majority of adults globally who are deemed in need of mental health treatment will not receive it (53%)

In the United States, the largest supplier of mental health services is the federal prison system

From the age of 30, humans gradually begin to shrink in size

The average person falls to sleep in 7-12 minutes -- if you fall to sleep in less time, you are probably sleep-deprived

You can lower allergy reactions by laughing

Each year, more than 60,000 people in the U.S. are injured on trampolines

Flu shots fail to protect against the illness 30% of the time on average

Human bones are 75% water

A smoker is likely to die 7 years sooner than a non-smoker

1 in 4 people sneeze when exposed to light

Most widely spoken language: Mandarin Chinese (followed by English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu)

Number of mothers in the United States: 80.5 million

For 3000 years, until 1883, hemp was the world's largest agricultural crop from which the majority of fabrics, soap, paper, medicines, and oils were produced

The U.S. Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper

In the United States, 86% of Christmas shoppers buy all their gifts in the month of December, with 67% of men and 58% of women shopping on Christmas Eve for some or all of the gifts they will give

Monday, June 8, 2009


Seashell fossils have been found high in the Himalayan Mountains, indicating that the land was once underwater

In the early 20th century, schizophrenia was commonly treated by kidney dialysis

It is illegal to enter England's Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armor

Male iguanas have two penises

Mapmakers often insert a tiny piece of incorrect information in their maps to prevent illegal reproduction of their work -- called a "copyright trap," the fake text usually takes the form of a bogus street name or even the mapmaker's initials hidden in the corner of a city park

The office cubicle was invented by Robert Probst in 1968, who called his design the Action Office System and promised it would increase productivity among workers who would now have a sense of "social privacy"

An octopus has no bones and can squeeze itself through an opening roughly the size of its eyeball

Antarctica actually gets little snow precipitation -- the extremely low temperatures prevent the snow that does fall from melting

European carousels generally rotate clockwise, while American merry-go-rounds usually rotate counter-clockwise

Apple seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide

Two-thirds of the world's lawyers practice law and reside in the United States

The average American has 8 friends -- 2.5 million Americans claim to have no friends

Depending on the time of year, the Earth's distance from the Sun can vary by as many as 3 million miles

In the U.S., a head injury occurs every 15 seconds

Monaco's national orchestra has more members than its army

A grasshopper's blood is white

Marcel Bich invented the Bic pen, but the "H" was removed from the name for marketing reasons -- it was assumed Americans would pronounce the new item "bitch"

Fewer people die or become ill at age 10 than at any other age -- worldwide, the age of ten is considered the safest year of life

Sport that uses the largest playing field: Polo

When you attempt to recognize and place a familiar face, you are using the right side of your brain

George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were the only right-handed Presidents of the United States in the past 50 years (President Barack Obama is left-handed)

Scientists know more about the surface of the Moon than about the bottom of the oceans on Earth

If you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie

The richest 10% of the French are approximately 50 times better off than the poorest 10%

A moderate sunburn damages blood vessels in the skin so seriously that it takes between 4-15 months for them to fully heal

If current trends in diet and exercise remain constant, 86% of Americans will be obese by 2030

The United States almost owned Cuba, but when President James Buchanan lobbied Congress for the funds to make the purchase he was denied -- members of Congress feared the President might take the money and leave the U.S.

Contrary to popular thinking, Napoleon was not short -- he was 5 feet, 7 inches tall, making him taller than most Frenchmen of his era -- it is believed that the idea that he was short stems from his nickname, Le Petit Coporal, "The Little Corporal"

The typical human will spend about one-third of their life asleep

Scientific name for the back of your hand: Opisthenar

Fossilized bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific

In 1987, American Airlines saved $40,000 a year by removing one olive from each salad it served to passengers

In 1777, Vermont declared independence from New York State

About 500,000 detectable earthquakes happen around the world each year -- about 100,000 are felt by people and of these about 100 cause damage

In 1810, African-Americans accounted for nearly 20% of the U.S. population -- African-Americans now account for about 12% of the U.S. population

Most liquid laundry detergents contain living organisms that help to break down stains

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Monday, June 1, 2009


In the United States, a divorce is granted every 13 seconds -- nearly 50% of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce (the U.S. divorce rate is 5 per 1,000 marriages)

Chance that an American lives within 50 miles of where they grew up: 50%

After age 35, the average person loses 7,000 brain cells a day

Length of your nose: Same as your thumb

Number of chemicals added to a typical loaf of bread sold in U.S. grocery stores that are not listed on the label: 27

The number of U.S. college students studying Latin is three times greater than the number who are studying Arabic

40% of guests in your home will peek in your medicine cabinet -- 60% will look behind the shower curtain

42% of Americans read their horoscope daily

7% of Americans do not know the first 5 words of their national anthem ("The Star-Spangled Banner")

California has a higher population than Canada

Number of millionaires in the United States: More than 2 million (most are women)

44% of Americans reuse aluminum foil

54% of Americans identify as Protestant, 22% as Catholic -- 60% of Americans cannot name 5 of the Ten Commandments from the Bible, and 25% cannot name the first book of the Bible

12.3% of Americans surveyed admitted to having smoked marijuana in the past year

The U.S. ranks first among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • rapes (nearly twice the rate per capita than second-ranked South Africa)
  • total crime (nearly four times the rate of second-ranked Germany)
  • education (average years of schooling)
  • oil consumption
  • number of McDonald's restaurants
  • divorce rate
  • Summer Olympic medals

The U.S. ranks second among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • child poverty
  • exports
  • tourist arrivals
  • coal consumption
  • abortions
  • television owners
  • military tanks

The U.S. ranks third among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • executions
  • marijuana use
  • armed forces personnel
  • Catholics
  • Winter Olympic medals

The U.S. ranks last among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • commitment to foreign aid (foreign aid has dropped each year since 1976)
  • spending per student in secondary school
  • wine consumption
  • age at first marriage (both men and women)
  • software piracy

Sum of all numbers on a Roulette wheel: 666

In 2008, for car manufacturer General Motors the cost of providing health coverage for its employees exceeded the amount the company spent on steel

Most common languages used on the Internet: English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Finish, Czech, Danish, Russian, Malay

Number of people born both deaf and blind each year in the U.S.: 70,000

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