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

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