October 1, 2004
• A bee produces enough energy in a year by flapping its wings to power a 60 watt light bulb for 2.5 hours.
• The world record for time spend standing on one's head is 12 days 4 hours and 31 minutes.
• Because of a dispute over definitions, Welch's 100% grape juice was originally forced to be labeled as 85% juice.
• Punctuation did not enter the English language until the 12th century.
• The U.S. population spends more than $10 billion on temporary tattoos.
October 2, 2004
• Walmart employs more people worldwide than any other government or company.
• The Vatican has a 5,000 square foot library that was sealed in 1215, with specific instructions that it was not to be opened until February 19, 2010.
• Tea leaves contain trace amounts of nicotine.
• Per capita, Canadians use more napkins than Americans.
• Being under the influence of hypnotism is a legal defense in 33 states.
October 3, 2004
• 1 in 12 Americans will never consume alcohol.
• Each iPod costs Apple around 80 dollars to make.
• The phrase "couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag" came from an incident in the 1940s when famous boxer Lefty Rogers suffocated because of a paper bag his mistress had put over his head during a fling.
• In a recent study of major American newspapers, magazines, novels and other miscellaneous writing, the word "evil" was twice as likely to show up as the word "good."
October 4, 2004
• At the present rate of consumption the world's fossil fuel supply will be exhausted by 2015.
• "W" can be used as a vowel.
• Bruises can cause skin cancer.
• Accelerating the moment you start to go over a speed bump will reduce its effects.
• More than more than 75 percent of American jobs don't require a college degree.
October 5, 2004
• Some parts of Alaska get less than 1 inch of snow each year.
• Three percent of couples getting married this year met on the internet.
• The average color of the universe is light olive.
• The world record for longest continuous polka dance (with three shifts of people 6 people each) was 18 days.
• Children of smokers are no more or less likely to be smokers themselves.
October 6, 2004
• According to medical records obtained from the U.S. Armed Forces, Lt. John Kerry only had four toes on his left foot.
• Ozzy Osbourne hosted Frankie Muniz's bar mitzvah at his mansion in California.
• In laboratory settings, cigarette smoke has been shown to block UV rays.
• After Julia Child's death, "quiche" briefly outpaced "Britney Spears" for popularity as a Google search term.
• Richard Nixon's favorite snack food was dried figs.
October 7, 2004
• If you are indoors, there is a 92 percent chance you are sharing the room with at least one spider as you read this.
• Goodwill receives more "Candyland" board games than any other game, including chess and checkers.
• Elephants can see ultraviolet light.
• Fumaric acid, the chemical in onions that makes you cry, can also prevent some types of migraines.
• The oldest living plant planted by humans is a fir tree in Kyoto planted in remembrance of the death of the 2nd Emperor of Japan.
October 8, 2004
• 83 percent of people describe their intelligence as "above average."
• Red cars are not only twice as likely to get pulled over than any other color car, but they are also three times more likely to be stolen, as well.
• 15 states allow public nudity if it is not intended to offend.
• Twitches are caused by an iron deficiency.
• 48 percent of the content on the internet is pornographic.
October 9, 2004
• George Washington's childhood nickname was "the bear."
• Raffles are the most common fundraiser in the country.
• Computer manufacturer Gateway says that it receives more requests to fix broken "D" keys than any other key.
• The first established bank opened in Greece, 200 years before the birth of Christ.
• The CIA received an email on September 9 with detailed outlines of the attacks to transpire in two days, but dismissed them as "too ridiculous to be true."
October 10, 2004
• Scientists do not know how, when, or where cheese was first invented.
• 93 percent of men over 25 own at least one tie.
• The world's fastest super computer can complete a simulation of a plane flying 10 miles accurate to the movement of every air molecule hitting the plane in 5 minutes.
• The biggest coin issued by the U.S. Mint was the Centennial Commemoration Dollar, and was over five inches in diameter.
• Four states still have laws on the books criminalizing interracial marriage, although no state enforces these laws.
October 11, 2004
• Socks are a relatively modern invention, first appearing in the early 1700s.
• Every year the U.S. throws away as much food as it consumes.
• Behind Football and Baseball, Nascar is the third most popular sport in the U.S.
• Studies have found that "It's a Small World" is the easiest song to get stuck in people's heads.
• Lobsters survive for 30 seconds after being put in boiling water.
October 12, 2004
• Deodorant did not gain wide-spread popularity until the Industrial Revolution.
• "The Nutty Professor 2" holds the record for the largest negative difference between the cost of production and the box office gross.
• Sexual innuendo is strictly forbidden on South Korean TV.
• The technical name for the percent sign (%) is centigraph.
• 95 percent of U.S. bomb scares are false alarms.
October 13, 2004
• The character Macbeth was named after a former friend of William Shakespeare.
• 3 percent of the paper used in the U.S. is ever recycled.
• Richard Nixon wore dentures.
• Worldwide, 1 million light bulbs will burn out today.
• Gallon for gallon, people drink more bottled water than tap water.
October 14, 2004
• The 1992 debates including Ross Perot were the only debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates to include more than two candidates.
• Excluding acronyms, there are no English words with the same letter three times in a row.
• The combined mass of all the ants in the world is greater than that of all other insects combined.
• Over the past 20 years, the world's fastest supercomputers have held that title for an average of 6 weeks.
• Ion propulsion systems under development at NASA accelerate slower than an average automobile, but can reach top speeds over half the speed of light on long trips.
October 15, 2004
• The haiku form was established in Japan as a way of protesting the changes an Emperor made to a court poet's work to change its meaning. The edited version had the five-seven-five syllable pattern, which the poet never deviated from in future.
• The average woman's purse contains 35 separate objects.
• John Adams and his wife Abigail were avid ballroom dancers.
• In 1917 a Nobel Prize for etiquette was selected, but was not awarded after several scientists threatened to boycott the event.
• The multiple-choice test was patented in 1837, by a private New York City middle school.
October 16, 2004
• Jon Stewart and Martha Stewart are distant cousins.
• George Washington's original hair color was red.
• Excessive cell phone use has been shown to cause brain cancer in laboratory animals.
• 90 percent of computers do not have the most recent security upgrades installed.
• Humans have 48 different glands in the head and neck alone.
October 17, 2004
• Crude, early matches have been found in the Pyramids.
• Cranberry Juice is mildly addictive.
• In every country but the U.S., people surveyed have said that the dangers of plastic do not outweigh the benefits.
• The sticker was patented by a political campaign.
• If all the post-it notes sold every year were laid end to end, they would wrap around the globe eight times.
October 18, 2004
• The hottest day on record was 158° F, and was recorded in the city of Majubea in northern Sudan.
• Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are America's most popular snack food.
• The adhesive used on masking tape was invented accidently, when the inventor was looking for a low cost, permanent poster glue.
• The American Psychiatry Association estimates that 75 percent of people have at least one untreated mental illness.
• The Russian named "world's best lock picker" by the International Locksmith Guild earned that title by picking a lock in 28 seconds. His closest competitor took 11 hours to pick that same lock.
October 19, 2004
• The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are 38,218 towns in the U.S. without any stoplights.
• On the whole, Americans spend more money on entertainment than food.
• Ounce for ounce, printer ink is more expensive than gold.
• The world's largest house of cards used over 800 decks of cards.
• Boston University researchers found that people separated from their cell phones for two days showed signs of withdrawal.
October 20, 2004
• Twice as much sushi is consumed in the U.S. than in Japan.
• Early wood glue was made out of anchovy paste.
• The first home TV was 6 feet tall, 10 feet long, and 4 feet deep, but the screen was a mere 10 inches wide.
• The gravity at the event horizon of a black hole is great enough to compress the earth to the size of a peach pit.
• The smoke of burning stinging nettles can be fatal.
October 21, 2004
• If Oregon, Washington and California were countries, each would consume more coffee than all other countries except the U.S. combined.
• The programming language "C" was named after the grade its creator got on an early version of the language that he created for a class on compilers.
• Records from Japan's feudal period suggest that the average samurai lived to be 19, while the average ninja lived to be 37.
• Experts have consistently predicted that computers smart enough to carry on natural conversations are about 10 years away for the past 50 years.
October 22, 2004
• Because of the way the early post offices were established, postage stamps are considered legal tender.
• The Gallup Polling Group has never accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election in years where less than 10 percentage points separate the candidates.
• Cough drops can give Breathalyzers false positive readings.
• The U.S. has the lowest literacy rate of any industrialized nation.
• The average American sees over 1,000 pieces of paid advertising every day.
October 23, 2004
• 85 percent of the world will get sick this year.
• Contrary to popular belief, facial hair does not continue to grow after death.
• The first widely distributed comic book was a set of moral lessons called, "Laurent's Weekly Learner."
• Incorrect first aid from by-standers accounts for 30 percent of fatalities from car accidents.
• Shoes were the first articles of clothing invented.
October 24, 2004
• 80 percent of individual investors working without the aid of a stockbroker will lose money in the stock market.
• Over half the grades given at Harvard are As.
• One tenth of American's personal items are in storage.
• Blue eyed people are twice as likely to need glasses than brown eyed people.
• A woman has never appeared on television in North Korea.
October 25, 2004
• Any given day, one out of every 20 people is wearing mismatched socks.
• 21 states allow first cousins to marry.
• Carbon-14 dating has been accurately used to determine objects' ages with 99.89 percent accuracy.
• Three fourths of red colored berries are poisonous.
• Specific steer are raised for meet and for leather. Legally, neither meat from a leather steer, nor leather from a meat steer may be sold on the public market.
October 26, 2004
• Shoelace production is an $800 million dollar industry.
• The World Modern English Conference says that there are only eight distinct story patterns from which all stories are written.
• One out of 10 smoke detectors has a broken battery.
• November is National STD Prevention month.
• Concentrated coffee is a hallucinogen.
October 27, 2004
• More money is spent on illegal drugs than over the counter drugs each year.
• The American 3 hole punch standard size and spacing was established first as the standard at IBM for all internal communications, but soon spread outside the company.
• In the last 10 years, the IRS has audited 12 people earning less than $80,000.
• Historians agree that Asians made contact with Native Americans at least once, around 1400 A.D.
• The "at" sign (@) is technically known as a apothrope.
October 28, 2004
• There are more fluent French speakers in China than in France.
• 80 percent of car trips in the United States are less than one mile.
• 4 percent of the words used in Shakespeare's plays had never appeared in print before.
• As of the 2000 census, there were 703,354 people in the U.S. with the initials G.O.D.
• The longest word appearing in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is a chemical name with 423 letters.
October 29, 2004
• One fifth of computers don't have speakers.
• Travel is the fourth largest internet industry behind pornography, electronics and books, in that order.
• Japanese school children do three times more homework than American school children.
• A 2002 Modern Law Journal study found that 18 percent of currently practicing lawyers would not pass their Bar exams if the exam were administered today.
• While jean-maker Levi Strauss was alive, he forbade his company from producing jeans in any other color than blue. Black jeans were introduced by the company eight months after his death.
October 30, 2004
• The United States Postal Service reported that 850,000 absentee ballots were undeliverable in the 2000 election.
• Pennies cost more than one cent to make.
• Soda pop is the third most profitable industry world wide.
• By a 2 to 3 margin, journalists are more likely to report their political affiliation as Republican.
• Nixon is the most widely disliked President in American history.
October 31, 2004
• The American Medical Association released a study two years ago showing diet soda has more adverse health effects than regular soda.
• The average rechargeable battery can be recharged 50 times before it can hold no charge whatsoever.
• More arrests for misdemeanors are made on Halloween than any other day.
• One out of ten postage stamps purchased will not be used.
• 35 mm film makers report that demand has dropped fifty percent in the last 10 years.