Monday, October 5, 2009


U.S. national debt has continued to increase an average of $3.79 Billion per day from September 2008 to September 2009 -- given the estimated population of the United States as 305, 005, 151, the share of the debt for every child, woman, and man in the U.S. is approximately $38, 378

On any given day, about 25 unidentified bodies are in the Los Angeles Coroner's Office

Up to 15,000 dust mites can live in 1 gram of dust

American Roy Sullivan held the world record for the most lightning strikes survived by a human after his 8th hit -- he later committed suicide

Americans consume about 22 pounds of tomatoes each year per person, mostly in the forms of ketchup and sauces

Most popular pizza topping in Japan: Squid

Most popular pizza topping in the U.S.: Pepperoni

Only U.S. state to never have an earthquake: North Dakota

It takes 12 honeybees to produce 1 tablespoon of honey

60% of all apples eaten in the United States were grown in Washington State

On January 11, 1922, Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old boy dying of uncontrolled diabetes, was given the first human experimental dose of Insulin

When falling, a male skier tends to fall forward while a female skier tends to fall backward

In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10

In 1988, a study found that self-deception was healthy for most people who tend to view themselves in unrealistically positive terms, believing they have more control over their environment than they actually do and holding views about their future that are more positive than the available evidence can justify

Scientists discover about 10,000 species of insect each year

Out of 20,000 species of bees, only four make honey -- honey is the only food that does not spoil

Number of U.S. federal agencies with officers granted the authority to carry firearms: 46

During the Gallic Wars, Julius Cesear ordered the thumbs of captured warriors amputated so that when they were returned to their country they would not be able to use a bow and arrow -- the "thumbs up" gesture is believed to be derived from this period when soldiers would gesture with their thumbs as a sign that they had not been captured and were ready to fight

In general, human males can read smaller print, while females can hear better

It takes 18 minutes to cool hot chocolate into a Hershey's Kiss

Each day, about 40 million Americans eat peanut butter

The New York State Board of Education banned the whipping of children in its schools on March 4, 1908

The main reason ranchers and cowboys carried pistols in the American west was to avoid being dragged to death by their horse

Burial wreaths became popular in the United States in the 17th century -- it was believed they would encircle the spirit of the deceased, thereby preventing them from haunting anyone

On January 15, 1919, a two-million gallon tank of molasses exploded, flooding the streets of Boston and crushing 10 buildings

In the United States, color preference for automobiles varies but the most popular colors are white for trucks, black for luxury cars, and silver for others

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people worldwide currently experiencing "financial catastrophe" due to the cost of their health care: more than 150 million (about 47 million Americans have no health care coverage)

The Human Development Index (HDI), published annually by the United Nations, ranks nations according to their citizens' quality of life rather than strictly by a nation's traditional economic figures -- the criteria for ranking includes life expectancy, educational attainment and access, and adjusted real income

HDI's Most Livable Countries (2007, most recent report): Iceland, Norway, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Netherlands, France (U.S. - 12th, U.K. - 18th)

HDI's Least Livable Countries (2007, most recent report): Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissan, Niger, Mali, Mozambique, Chad, Ethiopia, Burmundi, Zambia

61% of all humans live in Asia with the vast majority of the remainder residing in the Americas (14%), Africa (14%) and Europe (11%)

Bic estimates that since 1950 it has sold 50 disposable ink pens every second every day -- in September 2005, the company announced the sale of its billionth pen

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