Monday, October 12, 2009


According to a survey of American adults in 2009, 70% of whites stated that blacks in the United States face no inequalities, while 50% of blacks surveyed stated they were discriminated against in the past month

Ratio of cars to children in the United States: 5:2

The U.S. infant mortality rate is the highest among the top 23 wealthiest nations

28% of the 4,192 automobiles manufactured in the United States in 1900 were electric

Guinness Book of World Records record-holder for the most records held or broken: Ashrita Furman with 41 current records and having beaten or set 119 since dropping out of Columbia University in 1975

To convert Fahrenheit to Celsius take the degree temperature in Fahrenheit, subtract 32, multiply the result by 5, and divide this result by 9

In 2007, marine biologists discovered an entire new phylum of animal living on the outside rim of a lobster's mouth

An estimated 1 million dogs in the U.S. have been named sole or primary beneficiary in the owner's will

The word "checkmate" is derived from the Persian phrase "Shah mat" which means "the king is dead"

About 25% of the motor cortex in the human brain (the part of your brain which controls body movement) is devoted entirely to the muscles of the hands

Each suit on a standard deck of playing cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the Middle Ages:
Hearts = Church/ Spades = Military/ Clubs = Agriculture/ Diamonds = Merchants

In 2007, the U.S. spent more than $50 billion on the incarceration of U.S. citizens -- the rate of incarceration is 1 in 99 people, which is the highest among all nations

Vermont, Michigan, Oregon, and Connecticut spend more on jails and prisons than on higher education, while on average in the U.S. every state spends nearly 7% of it's general fund on incarceration

People over age 100 in the U.S. increased from about 4,000 in 1960 to about 55,000 in 1995 -- by 2005, more than 67,000 Americans were over age 100

In the U.S., 57% of women who die after age 15 are widows, while only 18% of men who die over age 15 are widowed

A Swedish company, Promessa, will freeze-dry your dead body in liquid nitrogen, pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and place the resulting powder in a cornstarch coffin that will allow for your entire remains and the materials you were buried in to fully decompose in 6-12 months

Traditional burials in just the U.S. deposit 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid- formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol- into the soil each year (which ends up in ground water supplies) -- Traditional cremations pump dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air

Time shown on all clocks in the film "Pulp Fiction": 4:20

Number of hours the average American sleeps each year: 2,000

Number of hours doctors recommend a human sleep each year: about 3,000

Number of different animals depicted in cookie form in a standard box of Animal Crackers: 18

Number of rodent hairs and insect fragments allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration per 100 grams of peanut butter: 30 insect fragments, 2 rodent hairs

Number of Americans surveyed that stated they read in the bathroom: 66%

82% of Americans made a purchase at a Wal-Mart last year

The music for the U.S. national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner," comes from a British drinking song

On average, the Pentagon uses 666 rolls of toilet paper per day

In 1990, two California school districts banned the book "Little Red Riding Hood" because a picture inside the book showed a bottle of wine in the basket carried by the title character as she is making her way to her grandmother's house

Each year, Americans spend $30 billion on beer, eat more chicken than any other people in the world, consume about 20 billion hot dogs, and spend more money on gambling than on movies, recorded music, theme parks and spectator sports combined

On average, 125 Americans die each year due to allergic reactions to food

1 out of 10 Americans will be hospitalized this year for at least one day

85% of life on Earth is plankton, 75% of all animals are insects, and 10% of the Earth's biomass is comprised of ants

Country with the highest population of Internet users who read blogs: Canada

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