September 1, 2005
• America’s first dryer sheet factory, in Wisconsin was closed after it was discovered that the pleasant smell was responsible for migraines in children at a nearby elementary school.
• Typical newspapers can withstand 136 individual class 2 raindrops before becoming unreadable.
• According to a survey conducted for Toshiba, 86 percent of Americans are unaware that DVD is an acronym that stands for either “Digital Video Disc” or “Digital Versatile Disc.”
• In an anonymous quote to the Associated Press during the 2002 holiday season, a senior Brookstone manager admitted that nearly 25 percent of the company’s catalog “merely added an alarm clock or radio” to an existing product.
• Shipments from IKEA now represent nearly 40 percent of US/Swedish trade and experts fear that if the furniture giant continues at its current rate of growth, the US will face a trade imbalance with Sweden by 2012.
September 2, 2005
• The most popular size of a flash-memory drive is 256 MB, followed closely by 512 MB.
• 1 out of 10 iPod owners say they would consider being buried with their iPods.
• When put to a blindfolded taste-test, nearly 92 percent of Americans could distinguish between Pepsi and Coke.
• The least active police bomb squad in the continental United States is the one maintained by the Searchlight, Nevada Sheriff's Department (pop. 576). It has never been activated.
• One in three people worldwide believes the sun revolves around the earth.
September 3, 2005
• Most American quiz shows ask questions at a tenth grade level.
• Craps tables are the most expensive pieces of furniture in casinos.
• The last uncharted island in the world was discovered in 1903 at the far edge of Indonesia.
• Only half of medical marijuana users had smoked marijuana before it was prescribed to them.
• The French 75, a combination of champagne and gin, was rated as the least popular cocktail of all time by the New York Bartenders' Association.
September 4, 2005
• On average, every radio station breaks 26 FCC laws every day.
• Students entering college with a high school GPA of 3.7 or above are as likely to drop out before their sophomore year as students with a GPA of 2.0 or below.
• The American Psychological Association is working with several universities studying the inexplicable compulsion by certain individuals afflicted with obsessive compulsive disorder to buy and hang picture frames without replacing the sample photos.
• Expiration dates placed on over the counter medicine are intentionally dated up to one year prior to the actual expiration date.
• Based on weight and size of materials, scrap booking is by far the most expensive craft hobby.
September 5, 2005
• The average person displaced by Hurricane Katrina has had to move about 320 miles.
• The amount of water that flooded New Orleans is about half the amount that fills Lake Ontario.
• More stories in national newspapers about poverty have appeared in the past month than from August 2000 - August 2004.
• Network news coverage of Republican political leaders has been three times more negative following Hurricane Katrina than in the week preceding Richard Nixon's resignation.
• There are fifteen confirmed police reports of women displaced by Hurricane Katrina being arrested for prostitution.
September 6, 2005
• If the events in the movie "Animal House" were to actually take place, they would cause $479,000 worth of damage.
• Poland is the most well-rested country in the world. On average, citizens get 8.2 hours of sleep every night.
• President George W. Bush was a vegetarian for six months during his sophomore year of college.
• A house on average, has eight new batteries of varying sizes.
• On the whole, one in four American houses has a lawn ornament of some sort.
September 7, 2005
• The number of people who include "dangerous weather" in their list of top ten fears has quadrupled since The Weather Channel began 24-hour broadcasting.
• In the month of August, 215 awards were given out at state fairs across the U.S. in relation to apple pie baking competitions.
• Because of the structure of its skull, a sea otter's eyes cannot focus when it is out of water.
• In traditional type setting, the body of the letter "i" is three times the distance between its top and the dot
• On average, Americans fly for the first time at the age of 14.
September 8, 2005
• A University of Chicago study recently found that when asked to read 100 randomly selected surnames from a phonebook, subjects incorrectly pronounced 61. There were eight surnames that were incorrectly pronounced by all 721 participants.
• A human could survive for longer off of 100 bananas than 100 of any other fruit.
• The American Bartender's Association reports that the average American bartender knows how to mix 110 different drinks by 143 names.
• The average price of a pair of shoes in China has increased at twice the rate of inflation over the last two years.
• A classic gin martini contains 65 calories.
September 9, 2005
• Geologists estimate that there are 14.6 billion fossils larger than a quarter left in the earth's crust.
• Divers suffer the highest mortality rate during training and practice of any Olympic athletes.
• 16 percent of parents say they regret ever having children.
• Business travel accounts for 62 percent of the airline industry's revenues.
• Convenience store company 7-Eleven recently circulated a $750,000 report entitled "Making 7-Eleven rad with kidz in the 21st century."
September 10, 2005
• It costs gum manufacturers 18 percent less to put chewing gum in blister packaging than in its traditional individually wrapped stick form.
• For the first year, spending on cell phone service exceeded spending for landline service worldwide.
• More blenders were given as wedding gifts than were purchased for a person's own use in the year 2004.
• One in three adults knows how to swim.
• The world record for holding ones breath is 16 minutes and 24 seconds.
September 11, 2005
• 26 percent of adults say they "swear regularly."
• Over the course of human history, 582,000 people have died in international conflicts over silk, more so than any other fabric.
• 16 out of 17 fire alarm warnings are false alarms.
• One in eight people flying on an airplane will learn the name and occupation of someone previously unknown to them while on the flight.
• Children who play the violin are three times more likely to become millionaires than children who don't. However, being a millionaire does not increase the likelihood that someone played the violin as a child.
September 12, 2005
• 83 percent of Louis-Vuitton purses are counterfeit.
• Richard Nixon was once quoted as saying "If I knew for a 100 percent fact that I could get away with murder, I wouldn't hesitate to do it...at all."
• Canoeing was voted "most relaxing water sport" by the AARP in its most recent member newsletter.
• The number of people living in gated communities has increased 700 percent since 2001.
• More fingernail clippers are confiscated by airport security agents than any other item.
September 13, 2005
• An average Cambodian has seven unfilled dental cavities.
• Wrigley's chewing gum was originally marketed for six years as Wrigley's chewing rubber, their sales tripled in the first month after changing to their current name.
• President Clinton was the first president to make a campaign stop in Alaska.
• The proper name for the tongue of a shoe is the claster.
• An average garage sale item sells for 22 percent of its original retail price.
September 14, 2005
• All domestic dogs are descended from 9 wolves domesticated in Mongolia around 9,000 B.C.
• One in three websites with time sensitive information is never updated beyond it's initial posting.
• Dance Dance Revolution is the second highest grossing arcade machine series, after Street Fighter.
• Only one in 300 people in the United States has never read a Dr. Seus book, nor had one read to them.
• The average human chess player subconsciously considers and rejects 60 possible moves for each one that they consciously examine.
September 15, 2005
• For every legal audio or software CD in use, there are 3 home burned CDs.
• There is an area in North Dakota that does not see fall color changes in trees due to radioactive contamination from a nearby plant. From the end of September through November the leaves fall off completely green.
• Fingerprints are known to change slowly over time. After 15 years an individual’s fingerprints will only retain 80 percent of their earlier characteristics.
• The average consumer carries coupon cards for five different grocery story chains.
• Some people with titanium wedding bands have had to amputate their ring finger when their finger had broken and doctors were unable to cut through the metal to remove the ring.
September 16, 2005
• Doctors predict a dramatic increase in diminished hearing due to the rising popularity of iPod’s and other compressed audio listening devices.
• More than 60 percent of camping, hiking, or other outdoor sports equipment goes entirely unused.
• Most injuries that patients claim were "sports related" were in fact common household accidents.
• Video stores and rental outlets have reported that television shows on DVD and video account for almost half of their sales based revenue, and expect that they will account for well more than half within the next two years.
• The average vegetarian unknowingly eats animal based product at least once a week.
September 17, 2005
• Among U.S. states, Colorado has the highest ratio of troughs to urinals in men's bathrooms.
• Americans have spent $2 billion (in quarters) playing Pac-Man since the arcade game was introduced in 1980.
• In the late 1800s, New York City had 17 daily newspapers, more than all other cities in New York combined.
• Twenty black Americans played professional baseball before Jackie Robinson did. They played in the 1880s and 1890s, before baseball banned black athletes.
• There are 28 varieties of Slurpees.
September 18, 2005
• It would take one man working 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 812 years to build the Golden Gate Bridge.
• 41 percent of signs made for legal offices use the font Copperplate.
• Within 100 uses, a pair of scissors will dull to 50 percent of their original sharpness.
• When getting dressed, 96 percent of people put their shoes on in the same order every day.
• An elephant's heart is the size of rolling carry on suitcase.
September 19, 2005
• The phrase "flip-flop" appeared in 2,452 major newspaper articles in the year 2004.
• Statistically speaking, snow sports are eight times more deadly than water sports.
• "The Nine Virtuous Virgins of Rome" is the longest play to ever be performed in its entirety. From start to finish, it takes nine, full days to perform.
• The average rose sold on Valentine's day has two thorns.
• The human heart is a collection of 11 independent muscles.
September 20, 2005
To mark our one year anniversary, Gullible.info staffer Zack has created this look into the world of Gullible.info.
• Gullible.info was founded a year ago today by accident, it was intended to be gullible-info.com.
• The Gullible.info staff's full names and professions consists of Kyle Gerwitz, PhD (PhD, Political Science, professor at Georgetown University), Dr. Aaron Black (Vascular Surgeon), Michael Huertas (professor emeritus, MidAmerica Nazarene University and Civil War re-enactor), Andrew Fiegl (Movie reviewer and part time Police Dispatcher), Estaban King (Detective Lieutenant, Maycomb County Police Department), Adam Hardcastle (mystery author, freelance german tutor), Blake Williamson (Realty office manager) and Zachary Quinn (aquatic documentary filmmaker).Here's a little insight into the life of each Gullible.info fact.
• Staff member conducts research, and comes across facts.
• Ten of these facts are compiled into an e-mail, which is then sent to an the fact-checking department (which is comprised of a team of six interns working for independent study credit, handled through Concord University). All ten facts are throughly researched, even though only five will make the final cut.
• The ten fact-checked facts are then sent to an approval committee (made up of three staff members, who change every month, and one independent. In the event that a member on the committee writes an entry, they recuse themselves of the voting and Kyle, President and CEO of Gullible.info and its related subsidiaries acts as a tie-breaker).
• The committee selects five facts, highlights them, and then send all ten to the queue. All staff members are granted one fact veto per month, and only five are allowed per entry. If a highlighted fact is vetoed, it is replaced by one of the rejected facts.
• After one week, the rejected facts are discarded, and the approved facts are displayed on the front page. Voila. An entry is born!Enough about the process, here are some interesting facts about your favorite interesting fact source.
• Gullible.info has been cited in over 16 published works, including 6 theses and 5 dissertations.
• Gullible.info fact checkers have the highest turnover rate in the company, due to the high stress of the job. The fact checker that lasted the longest, six months, was Jack Ellington who attributes his success (and scoring a much easier job fact checking for the New York Times) to the stress relief drugs he mixes in his coffee every morning.
• Gullible.info was a nonprofit corporation for a short period of time, until the board of directors decided to move the company in a different direction.
• As per the corporation's bylaws the board of directors has three secret members known only to the other board members. Kyle has said that one of these board members is a famous actor who has won at least one daytime Emmy, he won't give further details.
September 26, 2005
• If current trends continue, the number of hours spent on video games world wide will exceed the number of hours spent on board games in the year 2008.
• Dried beans have 12 percent less protein per gram than canned beans, even before being re-hydrated.
• More species have gone extinct in the last 100 years than in any other 100 year period in the history of the earth.
• There are only three species of ant that can lift more than ten times their own weight.
• Fluorescent light bulbs produce a small but measurable amount of X-ray radiation.