Monday, August 10, 2009


Percent of home-based businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.: 66%

Humans DNA is less than 2% different from that of Chimpanzees

45% of Americans do not know the Sun is a star

70% of the world's poor are female

All of Earth's continents are wider at the north than at the south

During World War II, nearly one-third of U.S. soldiers were married while more than half of the unmarried soldiers reported having girlfriends in the U.S. that they intended to marry after the war -- a full 80% of soldiers surveyed reported having at least one sexual experience with a partner of the opposite sex during their enlistment period

The lighter was invented before the match

A galactic year is equivalent to 250 million Earth years -- a galactic year is the time it takes our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way galaxy

The human brain consumes 20% of the body's energy while taking up slightly less than 2% of the body's weight

Heat is better retained in moist air than in dry air, which is why tropical nights are warm and desert nights are cold

Human babies carried full term are technically born 2 months prematurely, according to scientists, given our size and lifespan -- most agree this occurs to accommodate human brain development

It is estimated that within 40 years in the United States no single racial group will be large enough to form a majority

Exxon spent over $100 million on market research before changing its name from Esso

Six-packs of beer were created after marketing research concluded that "women do most family shopping, and six cans of beer are the number women can lift and carry without exerting too much effort"

Each year in the U.S., more than 2,500 Americans arrive to hospital emergency rooms with tooth brush injuries

On average, each person in the United States uses 1,668 gallons of water every year

Every 3 days the human stomach creates a new lining -- without the human body's ability to produce new lining, the stomach's own digestive acids would destroy it

In Canada, men are three times more likely than women to go the doctor

The first drug manufactured and sold in tablet form: Aspirin

Worldwide, males are 50% more likely to be left hand dominant than are women

American women are most likely to deliver their first child at age 24

In the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, Democratic candidate John Kerry won more votes than any other Democratic candidate in U.S. history -- in this same election 60.7% of eligible voters participated (78 million eligible voters did not)

The average American consumes 1.2 pounds of spider eggs and various insect parts each year in food sold commercially, which is made legal through allowances to by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Your urine has no odor to humans until it leaves your body -- what we recognize as the smell of human urine is ammonia mixing with oxygen

The average convicted criminal in Columbia is sentenced to 137 years

In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first

The custom of shaking hands as a greeting began hundreds of years ago as a means for men to demonstrate they were unarmed

95% of the bacteria found on your hands is usually found under the fingernails

Of the 530,000 soldiers killed in the American Civil War, an estimated 315,000 died of disease -- most common;y deaths were attributed to dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid, chicken pox, and malaria

The 32 wealthiest nations combined spent over $1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2007 on their national "defense" budgets (none of these nations have national "offense" budgets) -- the United States alone accounted for 40% of this spending, while less than $500 million U.S. dollars would eradicate polio worldwide

"I don't want to be invited to the family hunting party" -- Barack Obama, 2007, answering a reporter when asked how he felt when he learned he was a distant cousin of then-Vice President Dick Cheney

Guam has the distinction of being the first location of a Taco Bell outside the United States, which was opened in 1978 -- Guam now has 6 Taco Bells and many other fast food chains as well as the world's largest K-Mart (Japan opened it's first McDonald's in 1971 and now has more than 3,800)

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