Monday, January 11, 2010


60 million Americans are overweight or obese, which is slightly over 20% of the entire population of the U.S.

The same number of Americans who are overweight or obese- 60 million or about 1 in 5- own a dog

Of America's 15 top-rated hospitals, six have fast-food chains in their lobbies and family/visitor waiting areas

In the United States alone, over $11 billion a year is spent to feed dogs and cats

The tobacco industry produces 6 trillion cigarettes a year - about 1,000 cigarettes for every woman, man and child on earth

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the brains of people with relative higher intelligence are less active than the brains of less intelligent people when working out the same problem or task

20-30% of the world's adult population has sexual fantasies and/or has had sexual relations with another species of animal

Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate

50 Bibles are sold in the world each minute (which is 3000 every hour, 72,000 each day, 26,280,000 each year)

Most dust particles in your home are from dead skin flaking off the bodies of humans in your home

Starting in 1984, Australian Graham Barker has extracted his own belly lint every day, acquiring a record-breaking amount of "belly fluff" that has been documented in the Guinness Book of World Records - Barker's goal is to accumulate enough of his own belly lint to stuff a standard-size bed pillow

Generally, only "innie" belly buttons collect lint, which is the accumulation of dead skin and clothing fibers - men tend to accumulate more navel lint because hair on the stomach and chest help capture stray fibers, but either sex with a belly piercing will collect more than the average amount of belly button lint

On average, 12 newborns are given to the wrong parent(s) each day

Before becoming famous in Hollywood, actor Brad Pitt had a job dressing up as a giant chicken to promote an el Pollo Loco restaurant

Most likely day of the week to be murdered in the United States.: Saturday, at about 11 p.m. (Friday is the most likely day worldwide, also around 11 p.m. local time)

In order to contain rowdiness at Australia's popular Bathurst 1000 auto race in 2009, attendees were limited to a maximum of 24 cans of beer or shots of hard liquor each

Odds of a married couple having sex with each other "several times a week" in the first three years of marriage:  73%

Odds of a married couple having sex with each other "several times a week" after ten years of marriage:  32%

An exchange of five letters of correspondence between Pierre Fermat and Blaise Pascal in the 1650s is credited with introducing the mathematical field Probability

In 1908, the United States government funded the experiments of Dr Charles Guthrie who attempted to surgically transplant the head of one dog onto the body of another dog - both dogs died in each attempt, while no exact total is listed for how many tries were made

In the mid-1960s, the United States funded neurosurgeon Robert J White's experiment in transplanting monkey brains from one monkey to another- all monkeys died, so White began experimenting with implanting monkey brains into the heads of other animals with no success on record of any of the animals surviving

The average fuel economy of a car sold in 2005 was 6% lower than a car sold in 1987

After three failed marriages, Charlie Chaplin finally settled into a marriage that lasted until his death with his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill - they were married in 1943 despite attempts by her father, famous playwright Eugene O'Neill, to prevent the marriage - she was 18 years of age, and Chaplin was 54

Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat was pretty simple, after all, and it used 225 words. Not one to back down from a challenge, Mr. Geisel started writing and came up with Green Eggs and Ham – which uses exactly 50 words. The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

Natives of the Erromango section of the Pacific island Vanuatu recently held a formal "conciliation" with the great-great-grandson of the British missionary whom the islanders' ancestors ate when he came ashore in 1839. Charles Milner-Williams's forbear, Rev. John Williams, was regarded as the most famous Christian missionary of the era. Vanuatan legislator Ralph Regenvanu told BBC News that cannibalism was traditionally a sacred warrior practice for "vanquishing a threat [and] absorbing the power of the enemy." Nonetheless, he said, the island has long felt "guilt," and even a "complex," from killing and eating Rev. Williams. In penitence, Vanuatu symbolically gave the Williams family a 7- year-old girl, who will not be eaten but whose education Milner-Williams promised to underwrite  (December 2009)

Salvadorean citizen Ernesto Gamboa, who worked for 13 years in the Seattle area as a snitch for federal drug agents and contributed to at least 92 convictions for drug- and weapons-smuggling, was "fired" by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May after asking the agency for regular employment. Gamboa originally entered the U.S. as a visitor but overstayed and now aspires merely to an "S visa" granted aliens who assist law enforcement. Not only did ICE deny that request but, according to a November Seattle Times report, the agency informed Gamboa that he should prepare to be deported  (November 2009)

In a December letter, lawyers for the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City threatened litigation against Lincoln County, Miss., which recently changed the name of its Lincoln County Multi-Purpose Facility to "Lincoln Center." The facility, in the town of Brookhaven (pop. 9,800), is used mostly for livestock shows and family reunions  (December 2009)

In November 2009, a Chicago judge ruled that former firefighter Jeffrey Boyle is entitled to his $50,000 annual pension even though he had pleaded guilty in 2006 to eight counts of arson (and allegedly confessed to 12 more). Boyle is known locally as "Matches" Boyle to distinguish him from his brother, John "Quarters" Boyle, who is now in federal prison for bribery following the theft of millions of dollars in state toll-gate coins. Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. concluded that Matches's arsons were wholly separate from his firefighting

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