Friday, April 27, 2012


Three men who appeared in Marlboro advertisements - Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer - died of lung cancer, thus earning Marlboro cigarettes, specifically Marlboro Reds, the nickname "Cowboy killers". McLaren testified in favor of anti-smoking legislation at the age of 51. During the time of McLaren's anti-smoking activism, Philip Morris denied that McLaren ever appeared in a Marlboro ad, a position it later amended to maintaining that while he did appear in ads, he was not the Marlboro Man, considering Winfield as the holder of that title. McLaren died before his 52nd birthday in 1992

Walt Disney World generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day

US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, traveling at 650 miles a second

Many theologians estimate that Jesus wasn't born on December 25 but sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD

During the winter of 1932, Niagara falls froze completely solid, which has happened just six times in history
Onlookers gather in 1932 at the sight of a frozen Niagara Falls
Years in which February lacked a full moon:  1809, 1847, 1866, 1885, 1915, 1934, 1961, 1999. February of 2018, 2037, 2067, and 2094 will all lack a full moon as well

Americans die most frequently in January and February, when in fact you have (as an American) a 1 in 10 chance of dying from disease or accident.  Americans die least frequently in the summer- during the months of June, July and August the odds of death go down to 1 in 13.8 in August from 1 in 12 at the end of May

It’s officially called a ‘transfer accelerator’ by Dutch railway maintenance company ProRail, but everyone else would likely say it’s a slide. Installed next to a stairway at the newly renovated railway station Overvecht in the city of Utrecht, the slide offers travelers the opportunity to quickly reach the railway tracks when they’re in a hurry. But above all, the slide is a great instrument to make the city more playful. The ‘transfer accelerator’ was designed by Utrecht-based firm HIK Ontwerpers, and installed as the final piece of the renovation of the Overvecht railway station
 This video captures what happens in another location for subway riders when given the option to slide

Heavier vehicles are safer for their own occupants but more hazardous for the occupants of other vehicles. Controlling for own-vehicle weight, being hit by a vehicle that is 1,000 pounds heavier results in a 47% increase in the baseline fatality probability. Estimation results further suggest that the fatality risk is even higher if the striking vehicle is a light truck (SUV, pickup truck, or minivan). The value of the external risk generated by the gain in fleet weight since 1989 is approximately 27 cents per gallon of gasoline. The total fatality externality is roughly equivalent to a gas tax of $1.08 per gallon

The odds a male does not groom his back hair are 1 in 1.33  (75%)

In a 2011 survey of Information Technology (IT) professionals who were male, 82% claimed they put their partner's sexual pleasure above their own

In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger lickin' good" comes out as "eat your fingers off"

Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.  Several thousand more die after becoming disoriented flying south for the winter-  in 2010 New York City dimmed lights in office buildings and other features that were not in use at night to help prevent the demise of so many birds, and it is estimated that several hundred birds were able to pass over without being disoriented due to the safety measure

The United States Postal Service handles over forty percent of the world's mail volume

More than 400,000 U.S. houses still lack indoor plumbing

It is illegal for tourists to enter Mexico with more than two compact discs

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country 

Between the ages of 20 and 70, the average person spends about 600 hours having sex with a partner and about 800 hours masturbating

On average a woman has four sexual partners in her lifetime 

The average woman who wears lipstick uses her height in lipstick every five years 

Berjuan Toys is already selling its Breast Milk Baby online ($70) and expects to have it in stores later this year. The doll works by the child-"mother" donning a halter top with flowers positioned as nipples, and when the baby comes into contact with the a flower, sensors mimic sucking sounds. Although dolls that demonstrate
toileting functions are already on the market, breastfeeding activists are more enthusiastic about this one, hopeful that girls' comfort with breastfeeding will result in decreased bottle-feeding later on.  (Opponents have denounced the doll as forcing girls to "grow up" too soon and with choices too complicated for their age, which according to the manufacturer is as young as 3)

Frances Ragusa, 75, was back in court in Brooklyn, New York in June 2011 claiming child support she said was never paid by husband Philip Ragusa, 77, in their divorce settlement of 33 years ago. (The "children," of course, long ago became adults, but the $14,000 judgment has grown, with interest, to about $100,000.) Frances told the New York Post in July that she called Philip several months earlier to discuss the amount but that Philip merely began to cry. "Don't let this case go to trial," she recalled telling him. "[I]f you think I'm going to forget it, Phil, you're stuck on stupid"

Rules to assure correct, "progressive" behavior were recently proposed by the San Francisco Commission
of Animal Control and Welfare and the Colorado Department of Human Services. The San Francisco agency would ban the sale of all pets in the city limits, from dogs to gerbils to goldfish. ("Why fish? Why not fish?" asked one exasperated Commission member, bristling at criticism.) Animals sold as food for other animalswould be included but not animals sold as food for humans. Day care centers in Colorado would be required, if it made dolls available at playtime, to have dolls of three different races   

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