Monday, September 28, 2009


More than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year

Less than 3% of Fortune 500 companies CEOs are female

A typical British office worker spends an average of 50 hours a year cleaning out junk emails from their workplace email accounts

World's largest frog: The South African Goliath, which grows to about a foot in length and can weigh as much as 2.5 pounds

The 1904 Summer Olympics, held in St. Louis, Missouri, included contests in greased pole climbing, rock throwing, and mud fighting

Most common name for a privately-owned boat in the United States: "Escape" ("Wet Dream" is ranked 7th)

Mount Everest is growing at a rate of half an inch a year, meaning that a climber today would have to go 28 inches further to reach the summit than Sir Edmund Hillary did in 1953 when, at the age of 33, he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first humans known to reach the peak

Canada occupies most of North America, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean, and is the second largest country in the world by total area -- Canada shares the world's longest common border with the United States (this border is also the world's longest undefended border)

Canada and the United States are each others largest trading partners -- for example, most of the oil imported by the U.S. comes from Canada, while the U.S. exports most of its automobiles to Canada

Percent of adult Americans who cannot name the Prime Minister of Canada: 89% (Prime Minister of Canada: Stephen Harper)

On average, 1 in 30 American births results in twins

Kathleen Casey of Philadelphia was born at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on January 1, 1946 -- she was the first birth recorded for that year, and the first official "baby boomer"

In Birmingham, England it is illegal to have sex on the steps of any church after sundown

"Female breasts" are not considered "private parts" under state law upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court

In London, England it is illegal to have sex, day or night, on a parked motorcycle

Alexander Hamilton and John Adams were among several founders of the United States who protested against having political parties, both expressing fear that it would lead to a division in society that would not be able to be bridged even in critical moments

Andrew Jackson referred to himself as a "Jeffersonian Democrat" during his presidential campaign -- Thomas Jefferson described Jackson as a "dangerous man"

In March 2009, a hiker in the German town of Landshut found a human skeleton in a treetop -- it was later determined these were the remains of a man who had committed suicide 30 years earlier by tying himself to the tree and shooting himself -- a note he had left behind at the time of his "disappearance" described his plan and the man's belief that he would not be missed

Color most visible to the human eye from the greatest distance: Yellow

In 1811, Scottish surgeon Charles Bell described how each of the five senses had a corresponding spot in the brain

Your teeth start growing six months before you are born -- these "teeth buds" will eventually form a human child's first set of teeth (1 in 2000 newborns has at least one tooth already visible at birth)

Approximately 1% of people worldwide self-identify as having no sexual desire

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans claim they have had sex with a co-worker

1 in 4 Americans live with an incurable sexually transmitted disease

Both Barack Obama and John McCain, who vied for the U.S. presidency in 2008, were born outside the continental United States -- Obama was born in Hawaii and McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, a U.S. naval base

A 2009 study of children aged 10-13 years showed the number that felt uncomfortable or reluctant to talk to their parents nearly doubled among the 13-year-olds

Blood-sucking hookworms inhabit about 700 million people worldwide

Earth is the only planet on which water can exist in liquid form on the surface

More than 1000 viruses have been identified as a cause for the common cold in humans

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