Tuesday, March 6, 2012


There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C

In the United States, there are more fatal car accidents in July than any other month - globally, the most fatal month is March

There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world
A life-size Lego auto station created for the Windsor, Ontario LegoLand
The song 'Strawberry Fields Forever', sung by the Beatles, refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool

Odds of being killed falling out of bed:  1 in 2,000,000,000

Adjusting for inflation, in today's currency the first household refrigerators cost about $16,000 - In the United States, practical home refrigerators came into supply around 1915 and began gaining popularity by 1930.  As with nearly all products, with popularity the price began to level out and become attainable for most consumers

The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water

The average American uses eight times as much fuel energy as an average person anywhere else in the world
Pollen can travel up to 500 miles in a day

Number of Americans who will go to an emergency department in a hospital or clinic for a pillow-related injury each year:  6,000

Linen can absorb up to 20 times its weight in moisture before it feels damp

It takes the same amount of time to age a cigar as wine

In an average hour, there are over 61,000 people airborne over the United States 

In 21 U.S. states, WAL-MART is the single largest employer

Each day, more than $40 Trillion Dollars changes hands worldwide

Coal fires occur in coal seams and coal waste or storage piles when the temperature gets hot enough for the coal to burn or smolder. There are several ways that this can occur naturally or it can be caused by the negligence of a person or persons. One example of a coal fire is that of Burning Mountain (also known as Mount Wingen) in New South Wales, Australia. This particular coal seam fire has been burning for an estimated 5,000 years or more. The Burning Mountain coal fire is thought to be the oldest coal fire on Earth  
Those are not clouds in the sky, but are clouds of smoke bellowing from the ground
The search engine Google got its name from the word 'googol', which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it

In the US, the revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined  

Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpastes

Polyergus, also called Amazon ants, is a small genus of 6 described species (and several possible undescribed species) of "slave-raiding" ants. Its workers are incapable of caring for brood, in part due to their dagger-like, piercing mandibles, but more importantly, because in the evolution of their parasitism, they have lost the "behavioral wiring" to carry out even rudimentary brood care, or even to feed themselves. Polyergus species subsist solely as a specialized brood-acquiring caste, maintaining a worker force by robbing brood of particular species in the closely related genus  
 Formica in massive colony-to-colony raids. The captured ants are generally referred to as "slaves" in scientific and popular literature, though recent attempts have been made to apply other human cultural models, such as describing the Polyergus individuals of a colony as "raiders" or "pirates" and the Formica workers as "helper-ants", or "domesticated animals". Biologists describe the system simply as social parsitism by Polyergus on the host Formica species  

Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose weight - the scent releases a chemical in the human brain that not only suppresses appetite but burns calories

The average person spends three years of his or her life on a toilet

More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world  

The notorious Santa Croce monastery in Rome was closed in May (and converted to an ordinary church) on orders from the Vatican following reports about Sister Anna Nobili, a former lap-dancer who taught other nuns her skills and who was once seen lying spread-eagled before an alter clutching a crucifix. Santa Croce was also an embarrassment for its luxury hotel, which had become a mecca for celebrities visiting Rome

Zhou Xin, 68, failed to get a callback from the judges for the "China's Got Talent" TV reality show in June 2011, according to a CNN report (after judge Annie Yi screamed in horror at his act). Zhou is a practitioner of one of the "72 Shaolin skills," namely "iron crotch gong," and for his "talent," he stoically whacked himself in the testicles with a weight and then with a hammer 

The elegant, expansive, gleaming new glass-and-concrete indoor stairway at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, opened recently, to mostly rave reviews for its sense of space and light, creating the feeling of walking suspended on air. However, as Judge Julie Lynch and other women soon discovered, the glass
partitions at each step make it easy for perverts to gawk from underneath at dress-wearing women ascending the stairs. "[Y]ou're on notice," Judge Lynch warned her sister dress-wearers, "that you might want to take the elevator"

Roy Miracle, 80, of Newark, Ohio, passed away in July 2011, and his family honored him and his years of service as a prankster and "superfan" of the Ohio State Buckeyes with a commemorative photo of three of Miracle's fellow obsessives making contorted-body representations of "O," "H," and "O" for their traditional visual cheer. In the photo, Miracle assumed his usual position as the "I"-- or, rather, his corpse did. (Despite some criticism, most family and friends thought Miracle was properly honored)

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