Monday, September 21, 2009


More than one-third of the world is currently at war

Since 1495, no twenty-five year period has been without war

Half the world's population is under age 25

There are more televisions in the U.S. than people in the U.K.

Your mouth produces about 2 pints of saliva a day

Most burglaries in the U.S. occur in the winter, and during the day

A RadioShack store is located within 5 minutes of where 94% of all Americans either live or work

In 2005, 12% of newlyweds met online

Your body has ten times as many bacteria cells than human cells

Internationally, "Baywatch" is the most popular television show in history

At present, even the most powerful computer cannot process as many instructions as 0.1 gram of a goldfish brain

When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red

If people in the U.S. took an IQ test today and it was scored in the same way as people were assessed 50 years ago, 90% would be considered geniuses

Of all restaurants opened in the U.S., 90% fail within the first year-- of the the remaining 10%, over 90% of them will fail in the second year

An office desk has about 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat

The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the world's 48 poorest nations

The 6 universal facial expressions: happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, anger and surprise

Name for the space between your eyebrows: Glabella

Day of the week most American workers report sick to their employer: Friday (second most popular day for American absenteeism from work is Monday)

American workers are least likely to skip work on Tuesday, while the most productive workday for American workers is Wednesday

Ohio is officially listed as the 17th state in the United States but technically it is 47th -- until August 7, 1953 Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white

40% of all indigestion remedies sold worldwide are purchased by Americans

Sweden has more telephones per capita than any other country

You can start a fire with ice -- ice can be shaped into a lens, then held so that natural sunlight is concentrated and beamed onto flammable materials such as brush and straw

Human deaths attributed to coconuts annually outnumber deaths attributed to shark attacks

Every three minutes, someone on Earth reports seeing an Unidentified Flying Object

"London broil" is not a cut of beef, but rather a method of cooking

In the U.S., sales of Rolaids, Alka-Seltzer and Tums increase by more than 20% during the month of December

Currently in the United States, African-Americans are incarcerated at a rate that is five times higher than the rate of incarceration of Blacks in South Africa during Apartheid

In the United States, whites account for 52% of crack cocaine users while Blacks account for 38%, yet 88% of those jailed for use or possession of crack cocaine are Black and just 4% are white

Globally, you are most likely to be murdered at 11 p.m. -- the murder rate climbs steadily starting at 6 p.m., peaks at 11 p.m., and then begins a gradual decline with the lowest rate being about an hour after dawn

Globally, autopsy statistics reveal that victims tested positive for alcohol intoxication in the following cases:
  • Suicide -- 29%
  • Unintentional injury death -- 39%
  • Auto collision -- 40%
  • Homicide -- 47%
20% of the population of the world's wealthiest countries consume 86% of the world's material goods

Percent of U.S. foreign aid that returns to the United States directly in exports to the nations receiving aid: nearly 80% (for example, the U.S. may give aid to a nation and, as a contingent to the assistance contract, then sell that same nation crops grown in the U.S. that the recipient nation pays for with the aid money)

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