Monday, August 31, 2009


The first automobile accident on record in the U.S. occurred in New York City in 1896 when a driver struck a bicycle -- the bicyclist suffered a broken leg while the driver spent a night in jail

Since 1932, only Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have failed in their bids for re-election for a second term as President of the United States

States with laws against the use of dildos: Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia

Other than humans and most other primates, female mammals born with hymens: llamas, guinea pigs, manatees, moles, toothed whales, elephants, rats, seals, and horses

In the first U.S. Presidential election, held in 1789, one candidate ran unopposed (George Washington) and only 10 out of the 13 states participated in the election -- New York had not chosen any electors for the Electoral College, while neither Rhode Island nor North Carolina had yet ratified the Constitution

The earliest radio broadcasts on Earth from the 1930s have already traveled past over 100,000 stars

Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

Yearly Diet of Average American
  • 290 pounds of milk and cream
  • 150 pounds of red meat
  • 135 pounds of potatoes
  • 80 pounds of fruit
  • 68 pounds of bread
  • 48 pounds of chicken
  • 35 pounds of eggs
  • 5 pounds of fish
Nutmeg is fatal if injected intravenously

85% of all plant life on Earth is located in the oceans

Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, is twice the size of Manhattan

In the United States in 2005, less than 1% of babies were born outside of a hospital, and of these most (65%) were born at home or at a birthing center -- but nearly 2,400 babies were born at the mother's workplace

In the late 1970s, Elizabeth Loftus, one of the world's premier memory researchers, conducted a study using college students who volunteered to participate -- in one experiment, the students viewed moving pictures of a traffic accident, then were asked immediately following "How fast was the white sports car going when it passed the barn?" -- several days later, when witnesses to the film were quizzed about what they had seen, 17% were certain they had seen a barn -- in reality, the film had not included any buildings at all

Percentage of atheists who own at least one bible: 65%

Month when most people are born in the world: September

In a room with 23 people, it is probable that at least two share your birthday -- in a room of 35 people, the odds increase to an 85% chance

If an American dies before age 65, they were most likely between the ages of 25 and 44 at the time of their death and it was most likely the result of an accident

Slogan on New Hampshire license plates: Live Free or Die (Manufacturer of New Hampshire license plates: Prisoners at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, NH)

Number of company logos recognized by the typical American child by the time she enters first grade: 200

Human Population Growth:
1804 - 1 billion
1927 - 2 billion (123 years later)
1960 - 3 billion (33 years later)
1974 - 4 billion (14 years later)
1987 - 5 billion (13 years later)
1999 - 6 billion (12 years later)
Expected to reach 7 billion in 2010 (11 years later)

Worldwide, the day of the week most people commit suicide: Monday

Pound for pound, hamburgers in the U.S. cost more than a new car

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