May 2, 2006
• According to The SANS Institute, only one in every 475 emails is individually written for the recipient by a human.
• In a recent Department of Homeland Security sweep, three of California's state representatives were discovered to be illegal immigrants. Due to their standing in the community, they have not been deported or imprisoned, pending judicial review.
• Jury duty pay (typically a token $5) was federally mandated in 1971 after Internal Revenue Service v. County of San Lorando
ruled that government agencies could be considered 501(c)(3) non-profits if they had a substantial "volunteer" workforce.
magazine suggested that if Bill Gates were to suddenly sell all of his Microsoft stock, it could trigger a ripple effect through the technology sector, the stock exchanges, the U.S. economy, and finally the world economy, which would likely result in a world-wide recession.
• The newest Apple iPod has 22,500 times more computing power than the Apple I created 30 years earlier.
May 4, 2006
• Despite Billy Joel's claims, the good do not actually die young. According to U.S. Census data, on average, clergy members live about 11 years longer than those who have been convicted of at least one felony crime.
• Due to the growing problem among their upper-class citizens, Singapore recently outlawed the use of LASIK or other eye-altering procedures to degrade one's eyesight enough to avoid compulsory military service.
• Nearly one-third of teenagers whose families are on one or more government assistance programs own an iPod.
• The Software Publishing Association estimates that on average the chance of a software patch causing crashes or serious compatibility problems is seven times greater than the likelihood of running into the bug or security issue which the patch was intended to fix.
• In nearly all jurisdictions, a person who has changed their name (e.g. due to marriage) is twice as likely to be called for jury duty.
May 5, 2006
Carbon dioxide emissions account for a majority of greenhouse gas accumulating in the atmosphere, with CO2
comprising 365 parts per million of atmospheric gases. Almost all of these emissions are produced in the areas of power generation, heavy industry, commercial activity, and transportation, these four areas making up 99.5% of all carbon dioxide emissions. The remaining .5% of emissions come from a myriad of unusual and unexpected sources. A few examples:
- Food Preparation: Baking, grilling, broiling, deep frying, braising, and other forms of hot food preparation account for .00039% of CO2 emissions. The cleanest method of cooking is sauteeing using sesame oil, releasing an average of 110 micrograms of CO2 per dish sauteed. Grilling with charcoal and lighter fluid is considered to be the most emitting method, with the average hamburger requiring the release of 1350 micrograms to be "well done".
- Fireworks Displays: The human love of celebratory explosives makes up .0000063% of global carbon dioxide. Over twenty-two kilos of the gas entered the atmosphere this past July Fourth, with the Grucci and Company display over New York City making up for almost a third of that (seven kilos). Disney Land and Disney World emit an average of four kilos of CO2 in their daily fireworks displays, more than every car in the parking lot would produce in a week.
- Bonfires: Burning leaves, scrap wood, and other flammables are responsible for .0000029% of greenhouse gas emission. The average rural American town will produce more CO2 from the tailpipes of their tractors during one day of the harvest than they will in bonfires for the rest of the year.
- Tobacco Smoke: The burning of tobacco in cigars, cigarettes, pipes, and other forms accounts for .0000032% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. It is estimated that the use of filters in most commercial cigarette brands decrease this amount by at least half. Though it has only eleven million residents, Cuba produces one and a half times as much CO2 from Tobacco as California, whose smoking laws are the strictest in the United States.
- Space Flight: Contrary to popular belief, Space Flight does indeed contribute to CO2 levels. Although most launch fuel is liquid oxygen, the intense heat of the exhaust has a profound effect on atmospheric aerosol hydrocarbons as the spacecraft passes through the ionosphere, breaking them down into carbons dioxide and monoxide. This contributes to roughly .000000000823% of atmospheric CO2.
May 8, 2006
• In Burt Ward's 1995 autobiography Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights
, he claims to have lost his virginity to Eartha Kitt, who played Catwoman to Ward's Robin on the 1966 TV series Batman
• According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), 112 bumper car riders and ride operators were electrically shocked seriously enough to require medical attention in 2005, but none electrocuted due to the relatively low voltage.
• Home Depot sells 137 different types and grades of sand.
• The Sierra Club uses approximately 47,000 tons of paper per year for their fundraising mailings, almost none of which is printed on recycled paper.
• According to Billboard
, David Bowie's "Young Americans" was the highest-charting song to ever mention a President by name.
May 10, 2006
Dearest Gullible.info readers-
Good news! Tonight we're going to be switching to a new server that can better handle all of you wonderful people and all the wonderful bandwidth you use. This means that there might be some downtime in the next day or two as all of the information switches over. As you may have noticed, there's been some issues in the past few weeks; pretty soon that will all be a thing of the past. With your hand in mine, we'll step bravely into the future. Godspeed.
P.S., By the time a human can detect the smell of feces, they have already inhaled approximately 26.84 million airborne pathogens originating from that excrement.
If you see this note, then we have moved over to the new server successfully. Huzzah!
May 11, 2006
• Antarctica's McMurdo Base currently has the most expensive gasoline in the world at $126 per gallon since it can only be imported a few times per year with extremely high transportation costs.
• When measured at the end of kindergarten, children with long names typically have significantly better handwriting than those with short names.
• According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were only 22 children killed in piñata-related accidents in 2005, down from 56 a decade earlier. The decline is attributed to the growing popularity of pull-string piñatas and a greater awareness of the danger due to federally-mandated warning labels.
• The tradition of slumber parties arose in 17th century England when children were temporarily sent away to friend's or relative's homes to protect them from outbreaks of "the death fog", which is now known as cholera.
• There are more recordings of "St. James Infirmary" available for sale on the iTunes music store than any other song.
May 12, 2006
• The Internet has the second largest American-based call center
, behind Wal-Mart.
• In 1984 The Westminster Kennel Club ruled that dogs competing in its shows may not have names longer than seven words. This rule has been challenged more than any other rule in the Club's 129 year history.
• The island nation of Kiribati has the highest per capita rate of transsexualism of any other country.
• Early drafts of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
were originally entitled The Death and the Ultimate
• The phrase "a penny for your thoughts" originated from the Chicago Sun's usual payment for opinion columns in 1912.
May 15, 2006
• 62 percent of native English speakers don't know the difference between "good" and "well," compared to only 12 percent of those who learned English as a second language.
• According to a recent survey from an independent group of researchers, nearly 15 percent of Americans admitted to having engaged in some kind of sexual activity at their place of employment. 72 percent of those people were being paid for that time.
• Drivers wearing a seatbelt have a five percent greater chance of getting into an accident than if they had not been wearing a seatbelt.
• Every year an average person will unknowingly consume roughly one ounce of feces.
• Gullible.info writer Zachary Quinn is the owner of the world's most extensive water collection with over 13,000 bottles of water from various locations around the world.
May 17, 2006
• A fully-decayed adult apatosaurus will result in just 2 barrels of oil.
• In a recent Institute for Traffic Safety study, listening to right-wing talk radio was found to be nearly twice as distracting while driving as listening to NPR.
• The opening salvos of the War of 1812 were fired in late December 1811.
• While not considered a country, Antarctica had the highest mortality rate in the world in 2003. This was due to a single death among the small permanent population.
• Adjusting for inflation, the 1965 television pilot for Lost in Space
was the most expensive in U.S. history. It cost nearly twice that of Lost
, the most expensive in non-adjusted dollars.
May 21, 2006
• In 1941, due to the popularity of Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and resulting prank calls, the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City had to change its phone number.
• The German company Siemens was incorporated in the singular form until 1961 when they started to internationalize and realized the phonetic meaning of the name in English.
• Effective July 1, the Federal Treasury will no longer move pennies between banks because rising gas prices have caused transportation costs to rise above one cent per coin.
• Over the course of their entire lifetime, child celebrities earn only 14 percent more than an average person earns in theirs.
• Charles Hard Townes and his great nephew are the only Nobel Prize recipients who are blood relatives.
May 22, 2006
• Due to the majority of one-way streets and the inconsistent freeway on-ramps, at any given moment 12 percent of drivers in Portland, Oregon are lost or off of their intended path.
• Due to a drop off in readership across the country, most major metropolitan newspaper obituary writers must now actively seek out deaths in their communities to fill the page.
• A recent survey found that the amount of customers a bar pulls in is inversely proportional to the bar’s own claims to be the local hangout spot.
• After a federal examination of bottled beverage factories, analysts found that bottled water is the only bottled and sold drink to take any filtering measures on their water before production. Soft drinks, juices and other beverages use water "straight from the tap" according to the report.
• Based on measurements of not only rainfall, but overall humidity, Illinois is by far the wettest state in the country, according to a recent report by national meteorologists. By contrast, Washington is technically the driest state.
May 24, 2006
• For eight months in 1961 the American Human Society ran a successful programing using the powerful psychoactive chemical LSD to rehabilitate feral cats.
• An average person's key ring has one key that hasn't been used in the last 9 months 21 days.
• According to internal memos, The General Electric Company has unsuccessfully tried for nine years to make a high speed toaster, capable of fully toasting a slice of bread in less than eight seconds.
• Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis suffered from severe allergic reactions to cabbage, a malady she shared with one in 28,000 other people.
• The dot below an exclamation point (!) is technically known as a barter dot.
May 25, 2006
The Fact Check Forums
have been busy researching their little hearts out. Here's some little-known information from forum member Udoboy.
• Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" is the most recognized piece of music in the world today.
• An investment of $1 in advertising to a typical American child yields a return of approximately $46 over the child's life.
• 83 percent of all garbage cans in office settings have at least one unused trash liner under the one in current use.
• Ten-digit-dialing costs the U.S. $88 million per year in lost productivity.
• A renegade militia in Montana has guarded 2.3 miles of the US-Canada border since 1969.
May 27, 2006
• The release of X-Men: The Last Stand marks the 2,000th movie in the history of US cinema with a colon in its title.
• The Guiness Book of World Records holds five world records.
• Marlins manager Joe Girardi claims to have a secret equation for determining the effectiveness of batters.
• The Sago Mine disaster has the highest ratio of number of dead to the number of minutes of broadcast television coverage for any accident, disaster, or attack in the past ten years.
• The HMS Implacable transferred ownership among seven nations in the early 1800's -- four times by capture and three times by sale -- until it was disassembled and used to make new ships.
May 31, 2006
• The Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles was once famous for menu items named after celebrities. However, only a few of the creations have survived to this day, such as the Cobb salad (named after baseball great Ty Cobb), the Caesar salad (named after comedian Sid Caesar), and the eponymous Shirley Temple.
• There are 2,930 ways to make change for $10.
• Armand Hammer, CEO of Occidental Petroleum, was once offered a seat on the board of the Arm & Hammer Corporation (of baking soda fame), but he turned it down because he felt that it would be fodder for too many jokes.
• The entire life cycle of a cockroach lasts only 48 hours.
• The commander of the U.S. base in Antarctica was recently reprimanded after he submitted a bid to the International Olympic Committee to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. However, the IOC took it in good humor, rejecting the application on the technicality of Antarctica not being one of the continents represented by the five Olympic rings.