October 2, 2006
• A teaspoon of concentrated household dust mite allergen is more lethal than a teaspoon of cobra venom.
• Of all the salt mined and otherwise produced in the world, the percentage used for culinary and dining purposes is less than one one-thousandth of one percent.
• The least popular color in a 64 count box of Crayola crayons is blue-violet.
• If the world's oceans were evaporated and all the salt in them evenly distributed across the planet, it would coat the entire surface to a depth of 2.4 feet.
• The British Shorthair is the only type of cat that can be taught how to play the harmonica.
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October 4, 2006
• Some of the more colorful collective nouns are a murder of crows, an ostentation of peacocks, and a knot of octopuses.
• According to a professor at the University of Manchester, documents from the time show that Robin Hood gave away less than one percent of his gains to the poor.
• Neptune is the only planet with three magnetic poles.
• Nearly half of Americans misspell "hamster" as "hampster", and 90 percent mispronounce it that way.
• Cigarette butts account for three-fourths of roadside litter by volume.
October 6, 2006
• A housefly forced to stay in flight for an extended period of time will die of starvation before exhaustion.
• Hummingbirds have a genetic tendency to mock other members of their species.
• The smell of dry-erase markers was recently voted as the fifth most seductive scent by readers of Women's Weekly.
• If sufficiently hungry, a Leopard gecko will "drop" its tail and eat it.
• Three murders in what are currently the USA and Canada have been officially attributed to supernatural entities since 1750.
October 8, 2006
• An average person is 41 percent more talkative in an environment where people can be seen dancing.
• Despite its "Big Apple" nickname, New York City has the lowest per capita apple consumption of the ten largest cities in world.
• Aardvarks blink only once every ten minutes.
• 2.6 percent of Microsoft Word users do not know how to change the font in Word.
• Eight percent of Russians believe The Terminator
is an American documentary film.
October 10, 2006
• The world meat supply would increase by 4.2 times if ranches switched from cattle to emu using the same acreage.
• Ingens Dionaea Muscipula, an ancestor of the Venus Flytrap that dates back 15 million years was the largest known carnivorous plant on earth. It was big enough to digest a five foot tall man.
• Overall, roosters only represent 1.9 percent of animals portrayed artistically. They are however, the most likely animal to be artistically depicted in an American kitchen, beating out pigs by a narrow margin.
• Due to a loophole in state law, Minnesota is required to provide "ret. vet." license plates to retired veterinarians.
• Scientists at Texas A & M University who accidentally genetically engineered a flying chicken in 2005, were required by the department of agriculture to destroy the experiment notes and had to destroy the chick, as well.
October 12, 2006
• In the week following Halloween, one in three children will ingest what the FDA considers a toxic dose of blue dye #8.
• Prior to the expanding of 9/11-related airline security restrictions, chain saws were not on the list of restricted items. However, according to FAA estimates, it is unlikely that more than a dozen had ever been allowed on-board a plane.
• More people die by asphyxiation while eating peanut butter than from peanut allergies.
• British King George III (1760-1820) declared surveying to be "the noblest profession."
• While the moon is gravitationally locked to the Earth, due to a slight tidal "wobble", if one were to carefully time visits to the equator and both poles, one could eventually view nearly 56 percent of the moon's surface.
October 16, 2006
• Until 1921 the American Medical Association had a separate medical reference for how to treat atheists and pagans.
• 14 percent of postage stamps sold by the Royal Mail in Great Britain government will never be used.
• When the first commercial, electronic toaster appeared in 1912, the New York Times called it "this year's greatest invention," and said it was "the hallmark of a fantastical new era."
• One in eleven people suffer from chronic bad breath.
• Human brains compress visual input before processing it. The raw information coming from the optic nerve is roughly ten times more detailed than what is ultimately perceived.
October 18, 2006
• If every crime committed were prosecuted to the full extent of the law, 39 percent of North Americans would be incarcerated.
• The currency of Uruguay has the distinction of having the oldest design in current use.
• 18 percent of Scandinavians have never seen a computer.
• A recent economic study conducted by OPEC concluded that if everyone in America walked instead of drove one day each week, the decrease in demand would cause world oil prices to fall between $10 and $12.45 per barrel.
• 86 percent of the content on the Internet is written in English.
October 20, 2006
• Nicotine can stunt the development and growth of facial hair in young men.
• The city of London, England produces around 1.5 pounds of toast crumbs on an average Sunday morning.
• 21 percent of middle/junior high school students admit to communicating with friends via SMS text messaging during class hours.
• Canada has the most per capita cases of scurvy of any developed nation.
• Combination shower-bathtubs are 3.8 times more deadly than regular showers.
October 25, 2006
• If the energy used to wind wristwatches worldwide could be harnessed, it could power a city the size of Cincinnati, Ohio.
• Despite their deadly reputation, more people are infected with rabies annually by deer than either bats or rats.
• The average recoil force from urination is 0.3 Newtons.
• If all of the mercury from tainted fish were collected worldwide, it would amount to less than a drop of the highly toxic material.
• Among the 50 most commonly-carried cable TV stations, C-SPAN is the least watched in every demographic except males 25-34, where it narrowly edges out both Lifetime and Oxygen.
October 27, 2006
• 94 percent of websites have not been updated during the past week.
• A recent survey by the House and Family Foundation found that children's "cuteness" peaks at five years old.
• On the whole, students on the West coast of the United States are 16 percent smarter than their East coast counterparts.
• Ecoterrorism results in over 7,500,000 m3
of pollution each year.
• Orthodontia is Europe's 17th most lucrative industry.
October 30, 2006
• The world's largest fish stick, weighing just over 2 tons, was battered and fried in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1999 to commemorate Gorton's 150th anniversary.
• Horror author Stephen King has an intense fear of spiders due to a traumatic childhood incident.
• Nearly 90 percent of lottery tickets are sold to people living below the poverty line.
• On average, meals paid for with stolen credit cards tip only 4 percent, compared to 13 percent for legitimate payments.
• In a recent online poll by the popular UK newspaper The Guardian
, the most popular name for the current decade is "the naughties", playing on the common British word for zero. "The oh-ohs" came in a distant second.