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

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