October 5, 2005
You are a bunch of rowdy bumpkins. And some of you are presumptuous to boot.
For example: one rude fellow named Doug wrote in to say
Here is a factoid for gullible.info. If current trends continue gullible.info will change their website TWICE A YEAR!
Another chap named "Opus" decided to say
What's with this site? Do you ever actually update things? I'm finished. Off my daily list it goes. I don't need a website taking up my time for nothing.
Well fine, you've all made your point. Here's what I sent out to the email list on September 20, 2005. In retrospect, I should have posted it on the site, too.
Guess what! I've been a stranger for the last month or so, and for that I am sorry. But other than apologies, I come with some exciting news: today is the one year anniversary of Gullible.info. We started this site way back in September 20, 2004.
As you've probably noticed, the daily format has taken its toll. The ideas that once came effortlessly to me are now the product of forced, measured creativity and conscious effort. Not that there's nothing wrong with that; forced creativity is important to keep one's mind keen. But at the moment, I don't have the sort of time to dedicate to this project in the form that it has been in for the last year.
Is this the end of Gullible.info? HECK NO! I've registered the domain name for several more years, and I plan on making full use of it until the name expires, then I plan on reregistering it. I think of Gullible.info as my flagship project, and I don't ever want to see its demise. What will change, though, is the format and the content.
No longer will Gullible.info have a daily format. It's too taxing on my writers, and as I explained, I can no longer adequately pick up the slack. Instead now our updates will be sporadic, coming when an author feels the motivation to make an update. This may be once a week, it may also be more or less frequent. My suggestion, subscribe to the RSS feed
, and you'll never have to worry about another thing in your precious little lives.
Gullible.info isn't going to shrink. We'll still keep up our full year of archived updates and we'll be adding to those when we can. Moreover, we are in the process of rolling out a new feature of the site, "Ask Gullible.info."
Do you have a question that's been bugging you, and you want to just find out a good old-fashioned, down-home country answer, just like mom used to make? We're here to do it for you. Send your questions to gullible.info
and if we use your question, you'll get a pat on the back and the satisfaction of a job well done.
What about the daily emails, you ask. Well, those will happen when I have an update to the site to send out, and when I've got some writing that I feel comfortable sharing with the world. If I do send something out, chances are it will come from my blog (http://www.legatissimo.info
) where I post much of what I write -- finished and un-. So if you want to scoop the rest of the world, that's where you can go ahead and do it.
This is not goodbye. It's just the start of the next phase of our wonderful relationship. I've enjoyed reading everything that y'all have sent me over the last year. I absolutely swear I read every single email. And I hope that you've enjoyed what I've sent you.
Here's to another year of laughs.
Yours in gullibility,
P.S., There's a post cued up for tomorrow, and boy is it a doozie!
October 6, 2005
• College and professional football teams will use as many as 15 different footballs during the course of one game.
• Starting with elementary school and going all the way through a four year college program, the average student will carry five times their adult weight in class related books on their back.
• Eight percent of road work done in metropolitan cities is unnecessary to the actual road, but is assigned anyway in order to fulfill government contracts.
• The average household kitchen sink has been shown to carry as many bacteria as a public portable toilet.
• Researchers predict that by 2020 all forms of communications, including internet, phones, television and radio, will be entirely transmitted wirelessly.
October 7, 2005
• There are over 2,000 people world wide who make their living selling items or money in online role-playing games.
• One mosquito in ten carries a disease that could potentially infect humans.
• Ten percent of the population of developed nations will go their entire lives without eating any plant or animal that has not been affected by deliberate selective breeding.
• The creator of Tetris originally wanted to use all 12 possible 5-square pieces, but decided the game was too difficult. He would have called it "Pents"
• Every time an incandescent light bulb is turned off and back on takes 5 hours off of its lifetime.
October 14, 2005
• On average, a person spends two years of their life in a bathroom.
• One in twelve city-dwelling squirrels will be killed by an automobile.
• The average office computer keyboard is struck 8,000 times every day.
• 73 percent of residential kitchens contain over a million calories of food.
• The average American uses his snooze alarm 1.3 times per day.
October 20, 2005
• Left-handed people are six times more likely to die of a drug overdose than right-handed people.
• 21 percent of the zinc mined in the United States is used to make pennies.
• Over the course of a year an average American eats one sixth of the calories they consume at a McDonald's restaurant.
• One in three people includes their middle initial in their signature.
• The heaviest ship anchor ever produced was completed in 1954. It weighed 21 tons, and was as tall as a two story building.
October 21, 2005
• "Bowdacious" is a corruption of Beau d'Alicias, the name of a French revolutionary feminist.
• In March 2004, Welsh scientists reported that 250,000,000 year old bacteria have survived within salt crystals found beneath Madagascar.
• Gertrude Stein's niece is the godmother of Laura Bush's cousin twice removed.
• Each second, humanity exudes 2500 gallons of sweat.
• The great 20th century photographer Alfred Stieglitz invented an early prototype of the "pooper scooper".
October 23, 2005
• According to the North American Wedding Planners Association, one in six outdoor weddings is relocated or rescheduled due to rain.
• The Estonian language has 32 different words for "hat."
• Despite their bad reputation, a person is half as likely to get sick from ingesting a hot dog than ingesting a hamburger.
• The largest depiction of Jesus was a mural created in the Mojave Desert. The picture, depicting his face, was one mile long from the top of his head to his chin.
• Worldwide, there are eight supercomputers constantly calculating new digits of Pi at a rate of 121,540 per second.
October 24, 2005
• There is some evidence that the Maya had mastered unpowered flight by 900 AD.
• The world's seven tallest buildings would fit inside the world's seven largest ships.
• Louisiana governor, and U.S. senator, Huey Long famously confused a bidet with a drinking fountain during a drunken spree in 1932.
• The Chinese invented toilet paper in 450 BC.
• The French High Command during World War I mistakenly commandeered shipments of dijon mustard gas in a failed effort to ensure a continuous supply of salad dressing.
October 26, 2005
• From 1958 until NASA budget cuts in 1974, dental floss was issued in every standard astronaut rescue pack.
• All the high-voltage electrical cables in the United States, laid end-to-end, could reach to Mercury.
• On average, the production of each fourteen square feet of tinfoil requires the destruction of the habitat of one unfortunate spider monkey.
• The plural of "Kleenex" is "Kleenices."
• Benjamin Franklin is credited with the aphorism "If 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, we'd all have a very merry Christmas."
October 31, 2005
• More eggs and toilet paper are purchased on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
• The average trick-or-treater collects 8000 calories.
• Ghosts, pirates, and Disney characters have been the top three categories of costumes, in that order, for the past 6 years.
• The average American child will consume 12 times his or her usual daily sugar intake on Halloween, and again on the day after.
• According to the American Dental Association, only one family in 150 gives out sugar free candy to trick-or-treaters.