Thursday, May 3, 2012


A sneeze travels out of your nose at about 100 mph and out of your mouth at over 60mph

Alaska has, on average, 5,000 earthquakes a year

On an average work day, a typist's fingers travel 12.6 miles

The city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms of any city in the world

The United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the world at 21 years, which is three years older than mandatory registration to the military for males and the age for both sexes to join the military for active service voluntarily.  An American can obtain a driver's license at 16 years but won't be eligible to vote until two years later when they turn eighteen

In 2002, there were no billionaires in China - Today, there are over 100 billionaires 

Suicide is the leading cause of death among South Koreans in their 20s and 30s

Iceland has the most Internet users per capita of any country in the world with over 86 percent of people using the Web (compared with 69 percent of Americans)

Fastest growing demographic on Facebook:  Women over age 50

More millionaires in the United States are female than are male

The United States produces more tobacco than it does wheat.  The usage of tobacco is an activity that is practiced by some 1.1 billion people, and up to 1/3 of the adult population. The World Health Organization(WHO) reports it to be the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and estimates that it currently causes 5.4 million deaths per year. Rates of smoking have leveled off or declined in developed countries, but continue to rise in developing countries 
Tobacco plant in North America- flower, leaf, and buds
Switzerland has the highest per-capita consumption of soft drinks than any other country

Sweden has more telephones per capita than any other country 

In English, "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you"

Street names are seldom used in postal addresses in Japan (except in Kyoto and some Hokkaidō cities such as Sapporo), and most Japanese streets do not have names. It is for this reason that when giving directions to a location, most people will offer cross streets, visual landmarks and subway stations such as "at Chūō-dori and Matsuya-dori across the street from Matsuya and Ginza station", for a store in Tokyo. In fact, many businesses have maps on their literature and business cards. In addition, signs attached to utility poles often specify the city district name and block number, and detailed block maps of the immediate area are sometimes posted near bus stops and train station exits

If China imported just 10% of it's rice needs- the price on the world market would increase by 80%

Florida has more tornadoes per square mile than any other state

Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States - Globally, a house burns every 20 seconds 

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue

Jellyfish as a species are actually older than dinosaurs and sharks

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter 

WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW.. 'WASITACARORACATISAW'.. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it'll give the same sentence

An earthquake on December 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards

The first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in around 1964 and was made of wood
Globally, more than 50,000 earthquakes occur each year

In the United States, as in most countries, your home is ten times more likely to have a fire than be burglarized

'Formicophilia' is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals

Beauty pageant contestants often smear Vaseline on their teeth so their lips won't stick when smiling  

Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call

The origins of ice cream can be traced back to at least the 4th century B.C. Early references include the Roman emperor Nero (B.C.E.. 37-68) who ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings, and King Tang (B.C.E. 618-97) of Shang, China who had a method of creating ice and milk concoctions. Ice cream was likely brought from China back to Europe. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices evolved and served in the fashionable Italian and French royal courts

While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users

At any given time approximately 1,319,870,000 people are on the Internet  

A microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball  

A Singaporean army draftee caused a public stir in March when he was photographed by a visitor as he underwent physical training in army fatigues but with his maid following behind him carrying his backpack on her shoulders. (Army officials told reporters the draftee had since been "counsel[ed]")

In May 2011, following near-record floods in fields south of Montreal, Quebec, farmer Martin Reid made sure to apply for his fishing license because he had learned the hard way that when his land gets flooded, he cannot remove the fish washed onto it unless he is a licensed fisherman. After flooding in 1993, Reid and his father failed to secure a license and were fined $1,000. A second offense brings a fine of $100,000 

Actual headlines:
"Woman Missing Since She Got Lost" (Chicago Sun-Times, 5-17-2011)
"Man With Clown Nose in New Cumberland Poses No Serious Threat" (Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) 7-3-2011)
"Return of the Giant Carnivorous Hermaphrodite Snails" (Yahoo, 6-3-2011)

In Plantation, Florida arrested Rhonda Hollander, 47, in July and charged her with several misdemeanors and a felony stemming from an episode in which she allegedly followed a man inside the men's room at the West Regional Courthouse and snapped photos of him at a urinal. Hollander insisted she had violated no law, and indeed the charges against her were only for conduct after she was confronted by deputies (when she continued to take pictures as they led her away). Hollander is actually Judge Hollander, who works in the building as a traffic magistrate 

Ray Thomas of Houston, Texas is faced with a court refusing to relieve him of the $52,000 in back child support he owes for a "daughter" that DNA has subsequently shown is not his. Ironically, in March 2011 the Texas legislature became one of the few to allow men like Thomas to present DNA evidence in order to end court-ordered support, but the state attorney general noted that the new law covers only prospective judicial orders 

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