August 1, 2005
• There are 2,650 captain's hats for every boat in the world.
• 11 percent of the domain names expiring every day are not renewed.
• More people are ticketed for jaywalking in Arizona than any other state.
• A car crusher can compact a standard, midsize car to a cube of 2.5 feet.
• At the moment, only one in 75 companies uses voice over IP (VOIP) for its telephone lines, although projections place this number in five years at one in three.
August 2, 2005
• Book publishing industry analysts predict the first decline in worldwide, printed book production in 2012.
• In 1992, The American Association of Retired Persons recommended listening to Christmas music during hot weather to prevent exhaustion.
• Last year, nine archaeologists were arrested for grave robbery.
• Pencils are sharpened, on average, thirteen times before being discarded at a length of 3 and 1/4 inches.
• President Bush rescinded a long-standing Executive Order from the Carter Administration that set deadlines for conversion to the metric system.
August 3, 2005
• In Philadelphia, it is illegal for a car to be painted yellow if it is not a taxi cab.
• In addition to those of Rasputin, Napoleon, and John Dillinger, over 20 famous penises are believed to have been stolen by morgue workers and sold on the black market.
• In the winter of 1969, Alaska had more suicides than live births.
• Oversized clothes worn by Americans are a combined 160,000 miles too long.
• The J. Edgar Hoover building, headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has the highest telephone bill of any government building. The Federal Communications Commission has the fourth lowest.
August 4, 2005
• Within the first year after purchase, a CD will be listened to approximately 165.4 times.
• On average, only 74 percent of a butter packet provided in a restaurant will be used, according to the American Dairy Merchandiser Association.
• The official Scrabble Dictionary has 228 words not appearing in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
• The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 18 percent more guns have made it through airport screening since the federal government took over the process.
• In 2004 one in seven cell phone calls ended prematurely due to poor reception.
August 5, 2005
• All the spaghetti sauce eaten in the world each year would fill Lake Superior six times.
• If all the diamonds stored by major diamond companies were released, a perfect two-carat diamond would be worth about three dollars.
• The average Manhattan building houses 36.2 pigeons.
• There are more carved stone lions in the world than live lions.
• The New York Public Library's storage and cataloguing tunnels constitute the largest man-made cave system on earth.
August 6, 2005
• The orbit of the earth has deviated over 16,000 miles in the past 60 years due to nuclear detonations.
• All the weapons-grade nuclear material on earth, if processed to its purest form, would weigh less than a schoolbus. If detonated, the explosion would be equivalent to 600 gigatons of TNT, roughly the weight of ninety billion schoolbuses.
• The average high-rise apartment building contains more nuclear material in its smoke detectors than was used in the first nuclear test.
• Until the details of them were provided by Emperor Hirohito in his resignatory address, many believed the nuclear attacks on Japan were the work of "American dragons."
• After 1964, Hiroshima succeeded the Amazon basin as the region with the most new species catalogued per square mile per year.
August 7, 2005
• 40 percent of published books sell fewer than 50 copies.
• Compared to 100 years ago, the average person consumes 40 percent more calories, and expends 30 percent fewer.
• Eight out of ten American families watch professional sports at least once every two weeks.
• The number of DVDs in existence won't surpass the number of VHS tapes until 2007.
• The original draft of "Where's Waldo" included a page where Waldo's left shoe is all of him that was revealed. The publisher insisted that this be changed.
August 8, 2005
• The word "alibi", comes from the name of a prison in ancient Greece where prisoners were moved before they were released.
• Portuguese has more english cognates than any other language.
• Every St. Patrick's Day, Americans consume 160,000 gallons of alcohol, of which 45,000 are later regurgitated.
• Thirty people die each year while donating blood.
• Two percent of married couples claim they are only married because divorce is too complicated.
August 9, 2005
• The Sturbridge Society is the oldest secret society in the United Kingdom. It was founded in the first century BC, to make a journey to the end of the earth in order to find a path to the moon. It has 16 current members, none of whom have ever left Scotland.
• A hairy back is inherited from the mother's side.
• If put back in their box and placed on top of recycling bins, bent paper clips will be recycled.
• 5.3 million Americans enter Canada every year, but only 5.12 return.
• Evolutionary biologists estimate that within the next 10,000 years, humans will no longer possess canine teeth.
August 10, 2005
• The air pressure inside a ping pong ball is twice the typical sea-level pressure. This is to make it more difficult to crush.
• Pancakes are eaten monthly by 54 percent of the population, and sausages by 44 percent, but only 6 percent eat both in the same month.
• Over 1400 US corporate offices still use dial-up 56K modems.
• Portugal is the only country in Europe without meteorite craters.
• If eaten, the flesh of a pear is poisonous to skunks and badgers.
August 11, 2005
• 79 percent of psychiatric patients are uncles.
• The longest lasting marriages are between second sons and first daughters.
• Wearing socks with flip-flops or sandals increases the occurrence of foot fungus.
• By 2007, nine out of every ten cell phones will have built-in cameras.
• Only 4 percent of Americans know how to tie more than two knots.
August 12, 2005
• If current purchase trends continue, pieces of the Berlin wall will be available for sale until 2402.
• At any given moment, an average cell phone carries an 64 percent charge.
• The final chapter of the Harry Potter series is stored under armed guard, in one of seven locations. Only the author, J. K. Rowling knows which location holds the actual final chapter.
• Until 1892, the U.S. government did not pay the artists who created the art for units of currency.
• German inventor Klaus Stein recently filed a patent for a reversible jacket that could be "turned inside out six times" before displaying its original color.
August 15, 2005
• In a traffic jam, the center lane typically moves the slowest.
• Historical letters, recently discovered, reveal that Eli Whitney was inspired to make the cotton gin after touring a music box shop.
• An average man has three receipts in his wallet.
• The bar crossing a lowercase T is called a crosscoat.
• The FDA estimates that up to 31 percent of prescription medication has an incorrect amount of its active ingredient.
August 16, 2005
• 30 percent of household fire and smoke alarms are inaudible through closed doors.
• Of the 437 feature-length films made about the Second World War, only 11 take place from an axis perspective.
• Kandree Hill, Alberta on the Canadian-American border requires all signs and placards to be printed in Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Russian, in addition to the Canadian requirement of English and French.
• Only fifty-five bird species have gone completely extinct in the 20th century.
• The average citizen eligible for jury duty at 18 will serve on six juries, and be rejected from nine, by their 65th birthday.
August 17, 2005
• Louisiana leads the country in percentage of crimes that go unsolved.
• More games of Tetris have been played than any other game ever.
• 18 percent of licensed drivers say they don't know how to parallel park.
• One out of three people pick their noses.
• When eating a meal, there is a 35 percent chance that at least one ingredient traveled over 100 miles by rail before reaching your plate.
August 18, 2005
• More Tony Awards have been given to musicals about trains than any other topic.
• Novelists, on average, invent nine words over the course of their careers that have never been used before. One in 300 of these words are ever used again.
• Six percent of the source code to Microsoft Windows XP is unchanged since Windows 1.0. 43 percent is unchanged since Windows 95.
• There are at least 4 pirate ships still actively pillaging transoceanic shipments.
• In seven out of the last 20 years, at least one major calendar manufacturer has printed the wrong date for Easter.
August 19, 2005
• 35 percent of numbers and statistics cited in daily newspapers across America are later found to be false or in some way inaccurate.
• The use of headsets for cell phones has been shown to reduce occurrences of brain cancer, but unfortunately has resulted in an increase in lower intestinal cancer from cell phone users leaving phones in their pockets for extended periods of time.
• A recent study found that individuals who drink the daily-recommended amount of water suffer from one third of the medical ailments than those who don’t.
• Amazon.com shipping box sizes are specifically calculated for the efficiency in packing UPS delivery trucks.
• Ironically, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, composer of “California Girls,” is currently married to a woman from Chicago, where they now live with their two children.
August 20, 2005
• The International Key Maker's Guild reports that one in two of keys copied in the U.K. are improperly cut, and either can't open the lock they were made to open or severely damage the lock with each use.
• Thirty percent of the money spent on online advertising is spent through Google.
• Worldwide, more people identify themselves as "racist" now than did 40 years ago.
• Only 14 percent of the clear tape commonly called "Scotch tape" is actually Scotch brand tape.
• in 2004, 18 people were acquitted of murder, claiming they were under an hypnotic trance.
August 21, 2005
• The average number of spam emails any given email account receives in a day has quadrupled since this time last year.
• Experts estimate that 58 percent of the traffic on the internet is made up of illegally shared files.
• Traditionally a garden gnome in someone's front lawn was meant to signify the home was willing to host travelers gratis.
• The American Psychological Association issued an alert to members stating that the growing popularity of psychics is hurting the profitability of psychiatry as a profession.
• Robert's Rules of Order, a procedure for conducting meetings, are used by 43,000 different organizations in the U.S. on a daily basis.
August 22, 2005
• Our primate ancestors perfected dancing as a form of communication before speech.
• In a recent study, 72 percent of first graders were able to understand a 1940s radio drama while only 32 percent of fifth graders were able to do the same.
• During a day of use, an individual contact lens has a 3.2 percent chance of falling out of the wearer's eye.
• The town of Donovan's Gorge, Nebraska held nightly fireworks displays for six months in 1902 after a firework factory owner died and left the town his plant's supplies.
• After addressing the nation, Richard Nixon's approval ratings went up an average of 4.3 percent, making him the most statistically successful orator in modern American history.
August 23, 2005
• The city of New Haven, Connecticut has the most number of Ph.D. holders per capita of any city in the world.
• 53.8 percent of people say they are afraid of things having to do with the number 13. Coincidentally, this is approximately equal to 7 out of 13 people.
• Politicians are four times less likely to give an unrehearsed political speech than they were ten years ago.
• Books relating to Christianity only make up 28 percent of the religious-themed books sold in America.
• Sociologists estimate that over 1 billion man-hours have been devoted to playing the computer game "The Sims."
August 24, 2005
• The loudest bird in the world is the Red-Throated Warbler. It's alarm call can be a piercing 122 decibels.
• One in six cups of restaurant coffee is misidentified as either caffeinated or decaffeinated.
• Japanese scientists have created a mechanical version of a human hand with similar motor skills; it requires a computer 1,500 times more powerful than a standard desktop computer to function.
• One in 45 American adults cannot recite the entire English alphabet.
• The world record for visiting every subway station in New York city is 28 hours, 12 minutes and 33 seconds.
August 25, 2005
• One in five telephone numbers can fully spell out a seven character word.
• If all the mountains and hills in the world were to be leveled, and the resulting earth were to be put in the ocean, sea level would only rise 1/250th of an inch.
• Twenty percent of "Page-a-day" calendars are currently on the wrong day.
• The American Medical Association says that because of the manufacturing process, moist towelettes are more likely to increase one's likelihood of catching a disease.
• The medical term for the ability to move one's ears is called manuaural motion.
August 26, 2005
• Fifteen percent of graphing calculator owners never use the device's graphing function.
• City-dwellers who live in apartments with long views over the city are less likely to require prescription eyewear.
• The number of Open Mic nights has decreased by 32 percent over the past three years.
• Index cards were voted the most useful office supply in a nationwide survey of secretaries.
• The average child's DVD is watched over forty-two times in a year.
August 27, 2005
• The median age at which male children play more computer games than board games has gone from eleven to seven since 2002.
• Portugal has had fifteen kings assassinated in its history, the most of any European country.
• If everyone who has ever worked a McDonald's restaurant screamed for four and a half seconds, they would produce enough energy to cook a Big Mac.
• There have been three professional basketball teams named after Greek gods.
• A literary critic once wrote a 145 page paper about the use of the word "no" in James Joyce's book Ulysses.
August 28, 2005
• The higher a college's tuition cost, the less likely students are to find the school satisfactory.
• MTV uses an average of five types of camera shots per half hour programming while NBC uses eight and HBO uses 11.4.
• 12 percent of Wall Street brokers named losing a button as their biggest workday hassle.
• Falling air conditioning units kill more people per year in the United States than gas leaks from stoves.
• Ukrainians have a word for the feeling you get when you can't figure out how to exit a room.
August 29, 2005
• There are four recorded CDs for every blank CD in the world.
• An average high school student returns to school with 225 pages of notebook paper.
• Before coffee became popular in Europe, the plant was burned by Europeans in South America, who considered it a weed.
• Only one in 450 people in the world has ever appeared before a web camera.
• The movement of a dolphin's front flippers is governed by 32 separate and independently controlled muscles.
August 30, 2005
• One in two American teenagers has a ticket stub saved somewhere in their room.
• The U.S. one dollar bill is a more widely recognized symbol of America abroad than the American flag.
• The South American ice beetle is the most temperature sensitive known insect. It can only survive if it is living an environment between the temperatures of negative two and positive two degrees Celsius.
• The top loop on an ampersand (&) is called the hapocap.
• Nine out of ten college graduates say their degrees were "not a good preparation" for their current job.
August 31, 2005
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• When asked to name a month beginning with J, only six in every 100 respondents name January.
• Postage to the United States is most expensive from the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
• Through the use of long-range, high-speed photography, it has been discovered that electrified C4 plastic explosive turns a bright pink fractions of a second before detonating.
• Only 16 world cities utilize a grid layout (for example, the midtown and uptown sections of Manhattan, and the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in the City of New York). Most use a roman system with streets radiating from central squares.
• At 16 kilometers in length, the polyester molecule "Lock of Aphrodite" (named by its creators, a Greek textile company) is the longest contiguous molecule in the world.