December 6, 2007
• Among coins minted before 1980, there are more nickels in circulation than all other denominations combined.
• The character of Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. was based in part on famed pin-up girl Rita Hayworth.
• Despite the popularity of the Christmas song "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire", the most frequently roasted nut is the almond.
• In a 2005 survey of residents of 78 different countries, Pac-Man was the most recognized video game character. Mario came in 19th in the survey.
• Researchers at Michigan State University have taught chipmunks to "sing". The test subjects are capable of replicating simple melodies of up to five different pitches.