Monday, August 1, 2011


The oceans contain enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet

One month after Michael Jackson passed away, his Facebook Page became the first to reach 10 million fans

Delaware State Park isn't in Delaware - it is in Ohio

The Telegraph plant can move its leaves without the aide of wind - It is widely distributed throughout Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It can even be found on the Society Islands, a remote chain of islands in the South Pacific - This plant is famous for its movement of small lateral leaflets at speeds rapid enough to be perceivable with the naked eye

Food stylists use Krazy Glue to keep food in place during photography sessions for advertisements, television commercials and motion pictures

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes 

The Jalapeno was the first pepper to be taken into space

In 1876, the average man in the U.S. stood 5'5" tall, 4" shorter than today's average. Half of that increase has been since 1960, according to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services - since then men are, on average, 2" taller

"Per capita" is adapted from the Latin phrase "pro capite", meaning "for each head." Statistics commonly use this term in place of "for each person" or "per person"

Australian Graham Barker extracted his own belly button fluff every day for 18 years acquiring a record-breaking amount of fluff. He hopes to accumulate enough fluff to stuff a pillow  (Pictured below are a few of Barker's labeled jars of navel fluff that he keeps stored)

In a year, an average American makes 1,140 phone calls

American women, on average, spend 55 minutes per day getting showered, dressed, and groomed - American men spend, on average, 51 minutes for the same activities

The odds of having quadruplets are 1 in 729,000 - some fertility treatments increase the odds of having multiples 

In the United States, 800 couples will get a divorce today

In China, people eat a bar of chocolate for every 1,000 chocolate bars eaten by the British

Women smile more than men do regardless of age, race, or nationality, according to a recent study of body language

The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia

In America, 38% of doctors are from India

There are about 125 million multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) worldwide

Annually, fires that occur at home kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined

Convicted by the English, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. One of the main reasons for her execution - dressing in male clothing. Witnesses testified that Joan had wore pants because she feared guards would rape her

In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell

Some form of bowling is played in more than 90 countries around the world. Approximately 100 million people participate in bowling today

Three people were hospitalized in Bellevue, Washington in January 2010 when their van stalled and then exploded as the ignition was re-engaged. They were carrying two gallons of gasoline in an open container and had been feeding the carburetor directly, through an opening in the engine housing (between the seats), as the van was in motion 

Washington, D.C., resident Nicole Pugh, arriving at her polling station in November 2010 with the sole intention of casting a vote for mayor, noticed a line on the ballot asking her choice for Advisory Neighborhood commissioner, even though no candidates were listed. On a lark and with no knowledge of the office, she
wrote in her own name, and that evening was informed that she had been elected, 1-0, to an office that had been vacant, through apathy, for the previous 14 years

Armed-robbery convict Edward Nathan Jr., escaped from a Florida work-release center in 1983 and, as "Claude Brooks" and other identities, managed to avoid police for the next 27 years, until he slipped up in December 2010 in Atlanta--arrested after being caught urinating in public. He was returned to Florida and charged with escape  

Britain's Oxfordshire County Council, which oversees youth swimming classes, banned goggles from the pools in February 2010 because of the fear that kids might snap the elastic bands and hurt their eyes 


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