June 1, 2005
• There are more species of poisonous plants in the world than nonpoisonous.
• Worldwide 98.2 percent of forest fires are caused by lightning or other natural causes.
• 75 percent of emails contain less than ten words.
• A fully grown kangaroo can exert 500 pounds of pressure with its tail.
• The U.S. government prevents parents from giving newborn babies more than nine names. People changing their names later in life do not have any limit.
June 2, 2005
• The amount of salt that humans have consumed since we started adding it to food amounts to one one thousandth of one percent of the salt in the world's oceans.
• Only ten percent of the average musician's income comes from record sales.
• Ink jet printer manufacturers lose, on average, $21 on every printer they sell. This money is made up two-fold the first time the customer buys new ink.
• Registered Republicans have a nine percent higher incidence of high blood pressure than registered Democrats.
• The largest snail ever discovered was 19 inches long and weighed 32 pounds.
June 3, 2005
• A man's urine is half again as concentrated as a woman's urine.
• Every year, 250,000 people die from allergies they did not know they had.
• Sunscreen can double a woman's chances of getting breast cancer.
• The U.S. military employs 18 full-time phrenologists
• On average a car owner who puts bumper stickers on their car scores 14 points lower on IQ tests.
June 4, 2005
• Buying a player for "informational reasons" has been illegal in the American Baseball League since 1939. In that year, the Brooklyn Dodgers bought New York Yankees catcher Merrill Hendrick in order to learn how to beat Yankee pitcher Foster Tate's rising curveball. Teams must now disclose their reasons and strategic value of involved players to the League commissioner's office.
• It is estimated that world glass demand will exceed supply capacity by 2019.
• Many mathematicians consider David Bowie's "TVC15" to be the most mathematically beautiful piece of music ever performed. "Take Five" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is also considered mathematically flawless.
• The first road plans of Manhattan used a cyclical traffic system, with 1st through 28th streets being westbound and 29th through 58th being eastbound. This was abandoned in favor of the alternating directions in use today.
• Runic is the only alphabet to have no surviving characters in use in modern languages.
June 5, 2005
• 82 percent of people say they are an above average driver.
• Scientists say the odds that someone currently under 20 years of age will live to be 100 are one in five.
• The Bible has the lowest ratio of people who have read it versus people who own it of any book ever.
• Until the late 1970s the British government officially presented "space aliens" as a theory behind the construction of Stonehenge.
• In an average-sized urban area, a homeless person can collect over $75 in donations in one day.
June 6, 2005
• One quarter of all telephone calls are answered by voicemail or an answering machine.
• In Sacramento, California a man can be ticketed and fined $25 for being "poorly dressed."
• Author Steven King worked for two years as a grave digger.
• The American naturalization document known as a green card was never actually green.
• According to Scottish superstition, it is good luck to save the first chicken bone one encounters after the start of a new year.
June 7, 2005
• An average sized oak tree "drinks" 50 gallons of water a day.
• Because of recent developments in communication technologies sociologists now estimate that people are, on average, separated by five degrees of separation.
• Four out of five people own at least one book they have never read.
• In a traditional Uzbek wedding, the ceremony ends when the bride spits on the shoes of the groom.
• The average hairbrush holds 1,400 strands of hair.
June 8, 2005
• Excessively long holds by customer call centers have been cited as the primary cause of at least 3 violent rampages in the last 2 years.
• Pepsi Cola vending machines are three times as likely as Coca-Cola machines to tip over and injure someone.
• The average age of children living with their parents after the age of 18 has risen from 21 to 25.5 in the last 40 years.
• Recent news from North Korean reports that the North Korean government has banned post-it notes due to fears they will be used by dissident groups in order to undermine the regime and further dissent.
• "Hi My Name is..." name tags are the industry's most popular name tag.
June 9, 2005
• 12 out of 13 UFO sightings are made by people without college degrees.
• A random sample of people named Anna conducted in 2002 by the Institute for Nomenclature found that 32 percent of the Anna's were unaware or had never noticed that their name was spelled the same backwards and forwards.
• 81 percent of the lemons grown in the U.S. are used for the manufacturing of lemonade.
• The underwear made during the 1800s was reversible and could be comfortably worn forwards or backwards.
• 19 percent of telephone calls placed by 13 year-old-boys are prank phone calls.
June 10, 2005
• Left handed doctors are five times more likely to produce "innie" belly buttons when cutting umbilical cords.
• Spongebob Squarepants was banned from Russian television after a picture of Vladmir Putin appeared in the background of one scene.
• 512 Americans permanently damage their eyes each year by having someone help them insert their contact lenses.
• The average home contains 5.3 pieces of upholstered furniture.
• The average American has a 32 percent chance of having a friend named "Ben."
June 11, 2005
• Emperor penguins are the most photographed arctic animals.
• Egyptian politicians personally sweep the front stoops of constituents' homes during election season.
• A group of MIT students invented a board game based on chess that takes three days to play.
• Kansas has the most steakhouses per capita in the US.
• LSD guru Timothy Leary claimed to have discovered an extra primary color he referred to as "gendale."
June 12, 2005
• 89 percent of blonde female newsanchors are not natural blondes.
• The long-shot in an average horse race wins one out of 193 races.
• The color ink on a DVD package accounts for 90 percent of its manufacturing cost.
• Only two cases of injuries resulting from a child running with scissors were reported last year.
• An average lightbulb is turned on and off 5,312 times before it burns out.
June 13, 2005
• Poisoning is the most common form of political assassination by a three to one margin.
• Poker professional Phil Helmuth has made more off his poker books than actually playing poker.
• The last piggy banks that had to be broken to gain access to the change within was produced in 1988.
• 0.12 percent of photographs are framed.
• Stephen King has had more individual published words than any other living author.
June 14, 2005
• Three out of four bicycle tires are at least halfway under pressure.
• A page a day calendar uses less paper material in its production than a regular-sized wall calendar.
• In Jericho, Wyoming, it is illegal to sell alcohol to a man wearing a top hat.
• A person drinks around 26,000 gallons of water a lifetime.
• A group of magpies is called a committee.
June 15, 2005
• One in 58 people refuse to leave their house on a Friday the 13th.
• According to Scientific American, the home microwave was the seventh greatest invention of the 20th century.
• Two out of three households have an "unidentifiable" food in their refrigerator.
• The world's first movie using red and blue glasses to create a three dimensional effect was released in 1902.
• It takes two minutes and 41 seconds to produce a one dollar bill from the start of the printing process to a finished, cut dollar.
June 16, 2005
• Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger are first cousins by marriage.
• Five out of six people wash themselves in the same order every morning in the shower.
• One third of America is late to work on any given morning.
• The average major newspaper contains $221 worth of coupons.
• If actually constructed, the Death Star from the movie Star Wars could very comfortably hold 1.2 billion people.
June 17, 2005
• People in a West coast city are three times more likely to stop and pick up a coin on the street than people in an East coast city.
• There are more email accounts in the world than there are people.
• Only two companies on the fortune 500 list do not use content management systems to maintain their corporate websites.
• Three quarters of interns are unpaid.
• The U.S. mint estimates that 85 percent of the produced bicentennial quarters have been taken out of circulation by coin collectors.
June 18, 2005
• Once every 3.7 seconds, a lightning strike destroys a computer motherboard.
• Contact with a Barbie doll is more likely to cause sickness than contact with a toilet seat.
• The venomous Amazonian Elephant Frog can only create it's venom by consuming other venomous frogs.
• One out of every ten suburban households in America has hallucinogenic mushrooms growing in their lawn.
• For a year of his life William the Conquerer ate nothing but hard-boiled eggs and jelly, at the advice of a fortune teller.
June 19, 2005
• Sponge Bob Square Pants macaroni recently surpassed Blue’s Clues macaroni as the most popular specialty Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
• Recently leaked internal statistics from the New York Times show that the paper is nearly equally accused of both liberal and conservative bias in reader complaints.
• In a poll conducted by the University of Texas’ Presidential History Archives, 19 percent of the respondents named Dwight D. Eisenhower as the most feminine president of the 20th century, narrowly besting Calvin Coolidge’s 17 percent. The poll randomly sampled 1,456 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percent.
• The Food and Drug Administration rejected a recent application to have placebos approved as a drug, despite numerous studies submitted that showed a placebo’s effectiveness.
• The Polish Ikea in Warsaw is the deadliest Ikea store on earth, with over 17 deaths in the 7 years since it opened.
June 20, 2005
• A standard sized kitchen sponge is home to 75,000 different kinds of bacteria.
• Even if it were powered by the most futuristic propulsion systems foreseeable, the Death Star would take a week to go from zero to 60 miles per hour.
• The heaviest recorded rat weighed 26.2 pounds, and was found in a sewer in New York City.
• Only one in five people with a nautical tattoo has ever been on a boat.
• "The Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper is the best selling children's book of all time.
June 21, 2005
• One third of messages sent over the AOL Instant Message network are devoid of any capitalization.
• There are eight countries in the United Nations that still execute people through the method of crushing to death by elephants.
• One in ten people have more than two nipples.
• The average person will "produce" over 14 pounds of belly button lint in their lifetime.
• 12 out of 13 Microsoft Word 97 users disabled the paperclip "assistant," or wanted to turn it off.
June 22, 2005
• Although it is now believed that Seattle gained its name “The Emerald City” from its evergreen landscape in actuality its cityscape was the inspiration for the set for The Wizard of Oz.
• Recent studies have shown that the music of Ashlee Simpson is as beneficial to children’s cognitive development as Mozart.
• Although each household owns on average four remote controls, at any given moment individuals on average can only find two.
• It is predicted that by 2050 soccer will be “America’s favorite pastime.”
• Previous to the dawn of compressed audio technology the average household owned approximately 50 hours of music, now the average household owns approximately 2500 hours.
June 23, 2005
• Every day, $164 million worth of ties are worn in Washington, D.C. alone.
• People with more than ten toes are eight times more likely to be left-handed.
• The Nigerian-native kika bug is the only animal that actually eats its own young. The larvae that are strong enough to escape their parents are the ones fit enough to reproduce the next generation.
• America eats over 2.3 tons of "Nilla Wafers" each day.
• On May 12, 2005, the total data inside the text of Blogger's blog database exceeded the amount of data in the library of congress.
June 24, 2005
• Abraham Lincoln was a chronic bed wetter.
• Overwhelmingly, more people prefer plain toast to buttered toast.
• A bicycle helmet provides virtually no protection in an accident with a net speed difference more than 30 miles per hour.
• The term secret sauce was created during the coldwar, in order to help discontinue the use of the term "russian" dressing.
• Democrats, on the whole, are twice as likely as Republicans to have unpaid parking tickets.
June 25, 2005
• The new Afghanistan economy is the fastest growing in the world, with the amount of commerce taking place doubling at a rate of every six months.
• A boiled hot dog contains half the vitamins of a barbecued hot dog.
• When assigned to write a paper three to five pages in length, 85 percent of American high school students will write a three page paper.
• Austria has produced more economists per capita than any other nation.
• In 2002, the American Beverage Association issued a memo to all member companies urging them to call carbonated beverages "soda."
June 26, 2005
• A jewish person has never appeared on a piece of paper currency printed in North America.
• The first disposable razor was sold in 1805.
• The peel of an orange contains more nutritional value than the fruit of the orange.
• There are twice as many hats in Canada than there are citizens.
• Alexander hamilton was by far the most prolific writer of all the founding fathers, with over 50 books credited to him
June 27, 2005
• The 1928 summer Olympics were the only modern games where a fencing competition was not held.
• The phrase "devil's advocate" is one of the few sayings used in the Bible that is still common in secular language today.
• What are now known as Nerf guns, were invented in the late 1920s by the U.S. military to help troops in squad practices.
• Two in five college students has downloaded at least one episode of the television series "Family Guy."
• Paper is the largest single expense of a newspaper.
June 28, 2005
• According to a survey of Microsoft employees at the Redmond Washington campus the average employee carries at least four portable electronic devices.
• Although 23 percent of New York City residents own only two pair of shoes, the citywide average is 22 pairs per person.
• A poll of voters in 2004's presidential campaign found individuals changed their mind leading up to the election more times than any other election ever. Furthermore, 15 percent of polled voters made their decision at their voting station.
• Currently Coca-Cola and Pepsi beverage developers are in a recipe race to develop the first diet beverage that actually burns calories. Public relations representatives from Coca-cola are already working on the packaging with the working title “Negative Coke.”
• A recent nationwide study found that Macintosh users most often own Honda and Toyota brand cars, while PC users most often own Ford and Chevrolet.
June 29, 2005
• One in 15 people carries an umbrella with them at all time when outside.
• A heart shape is the most universally recognized symbol.
• Microsoft estimates that 35 percent of installations of Windows XP are pirated copies.
• Zippers were first invented in 1809, but technological limitations prevented them from being mass produced until 1882.
• Cats are more likely to develop brain tumors than any other species of animal.
June 30, 2005
• Alan Greenspan was captain of his high school wrestling team.
• One in 10,000 babies is born with hyperalop, a medical condition causing hair to grow at twice its normal rate.
• When it is snapping closed, a venus flytrap can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour.
• People who played on their high school football team are 2.3 times more likely to be convicted of a DUI by the time they reach the age of 50 than someone who didn't play high school sports.
• Caterpillars breathe over 250 times every minute.