Sunday, July 26, 2009


Physician and social reformer Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) reported that turn-of-the-century seamstresses using treadle-operated sewing machines could achieve orgasm by sitting near the edge of their chairs -- Ellis himself remained a virgin until his marriage at age 32 to the openly lesbian Edith Lees -- Ellis remained sexually impotent until age 60 when he discovered, by chance, that he was sexually aroused at the sight of women urinating

Lifespan of a human taste bud: 10 days

Your body has 6 quarts of blood which circulates through your entire body 3 times every minute

The word CLITORIS derives from the Ancient Greek word KLEITORIS, meaning "little hill"

Worldwide labor force: 3.2 billion people

Number of airports in the world: 49,024

Median age worldwide: 28 years

Global birth rate: 19.97 births per 1,000 people

Global death rate: 8.32 deaths per 1,000 people

Global population growth rate: 1.2%

Global life expectancy at birth: 66 years

More than two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults are found in 8 nations: India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt

U.S. life expectancy at birth: 78 years

U.S. LABOR FORCE BY OCCUPATION: (153 million workers)
--Management, professional, technical: 35.5%
--Sales and office: 24.8%
--Manufacturing, extraction, transportation, crafts: 22.6%
--Other services: 16.5%
--Farming, forestry, fishing: .6%

A pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of rocks

If you place a sealed envelope in the freezer for a few hours, you can slip a butter knife under the flap, open it, and re-seal it without it appearing to have been previously opened

Recently, a fragment of a lance used by commercial whalers in the 19th century was found in a Bowhead whale, indicating that the age of the whale is between 115 and 130 years

The male angler fish permanently attaches himself to the female during sex, and eventually becomes absorbed by her body

A pangram is a sentence that uses all of the letters of the alphabet -- in English, an example is: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

You can't sneeze in your sleep

A Rubik's Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations -- any combination can be solved in 17 moves or less

Broccoli has twice as much Vitamin C as an Orange

Every population of humans (regardless of location, race, or other variation) has a majority of right-handed people, and about the same percentage of left-handed people (10%)

Worldwide, there are 81 men aged 60 or older for every 1oo women in that age group

In the past 30 years, about 600,000 people have been murdered in the United States

In the U.S., police are more likely to identify a suspect if the victim of homicide is a child -- overall, police make an arrest in a murder case 62% of the time, making homicide the most likely violent crime in the U.S. to result in an arrest

The reason stores in the U.S. do not sell mouse-flavored catfood is for marketing reasons -- focus groups of potential human shoppers who own cats indicated that it was a "disgusting" flavor they were not likely to purchase, so the most popular flavors remain tuna, chicken and liver -- flavors humans are familiar with and deem "acceptable"

Sudoku is actually a Swiss invention designed by mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1783, who called the game "Latin Squares"

The word "skyscraper" was first used in 1888 to describe an 11-story building

Studies show that most people daydream between 70 and 120 minutes a day

Hawaii is moving toward Japan at a rate of about 4 inches per year

It takes 70% less energy to produce paper from recycled paper than from trees

The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee

Ratio of sheep to people in New Zealand: 20:1

Francis Galton, the inventor of finger-printing as a means of identification, also invented the dog whistle

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