Monday, July 13, 2009


Scientific name for your butt crack: Natal Cleft

The word GENIUS appears to date back to between 2,000 and 3,000 years to a Latin word of the same spelling that referred to a guardian deity, a spirit that watches over each person from the moment of their birth (every man had a genius, every woman had a juno) -- the meaning evolved over the centuries to refer to a person who seemed to have an innately superior intellect

From birth to age 2, the human brain triples in size

38% of CO2 emissions in the United States come from buildings

In 1883, Henry Ziegland broke off his relationship with his paramour who subsequently committed suicide. Her brother tracked down Ziegland and shot him, then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Ziegland hadn't been killed, however. The bullet had merely grazed him and was lodged in a tree. He decided to cut down the tree and extract the bullet to keep as a good-luck charm. Frustrated with chopping, Ziegland decided to place a stick of dynamite at the base of the tree to expedite the felling of the tree. When the dynamite exploded, the tree did fall but the bullet was propelled out first and hit Ziegland in the head, killing him instantly

The longest cells in the human body are the motor neurons, which can be up to 4.5 feet long and run from the lower spinal cord to the big toe

The average human head weighs about 8 pounds

30% of all Bingo players in the United States and Canada are under age 35

The average adult human body contains 45 billion fat cells

In the U.S. in 2005, the average CEO was paid $10,982,000, which was 262 times the salary of the average worker

Decaffeinated coffee was invented in 1903

Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide, with more than 1/3 of the world's coffee being imported by the U.S. alone

Largest concentrations of world population: Tokyo, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Cairo, New York City, Los Angeles, Seoul, Mumbai, Moscow, London, Paris

Marijuana, once touted by the federal government as a drug that induced permanent memory loss, is now being seen in a new light-- researchers have found the drug useful in staving off Alzheimer's Disease

Austria --- Osterreich
Belgium --- Belgique
Germany --- Deutschland
Greece --- Ellas
Greenland --- Kalatdit-Nunat
Israel --- Yisrael
Japan --- Nippan
The Netherlands --- Nederland
Poland --- Polska
Spain --- Espana

Eight countries maintain 61 colonies or territories: Australia- 6; Denmark- 2; Netherlands- 2; France- 16; New Zealand- 3; Norway- 3; U.K.- 15; U.S.- 14

87% of the U.S. population was born there -- 60% are living in the state in which they were born -- Of the U.S. population not born in the United States, most were born in Latin America (nearly 52%) followed by those born in Asia (26%) and Europe (16%)

10% of the U.S. population is divorced and currently not re-married, while nearly 28% of adult Americans have never married and 54% are married for the first time

First umbrella factory in the United States: Baltimore, MD (1928)

Xander Rinker was born on August 8, 2008 (8.08.08) at 8:08am at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and he weighed in at 8lbs, 8ozs -- his 2-year old brother, Kael, was born at the same hospital on April 5, 2006 (4.05.06)

Marie Curie, who won the Nobel Prize twice and discovered Radium, was not allowed to become a member of the prestigious French Academy because she was female

The Bible does not claim that it was three wise men who visited the newborn Jesus, only that the visitors brought three gifts

Writing systems emerged among humans around 5,000 BP (Before Present)

1 in 5 Europeans is 60 years of age or older, while 1 in 20 Africans are age 60 or older

Studies have shown that having sex 2-3 times per week can reduce the risk for heart attack or stroke by as much as 50% for both men and women

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