January 1, 2007
• Gerald Ford's funeral is expected to cost local, state, and federal governments $56 million, half as much as Ronald Reagan's.
• Each year, from December 23rd to December 27th, Americans emit twenty times more carbon dioxide than they do during any other five day period.
• Over a lifetime, people who use loose-leaf tea strainers spend an extra two weeks making cups of tea over those who use teabags.
• The average short story is 3,232 words long.
• American mainstream media reporters covering online worlds such as Second Life outnumber those covering the country of Somolia.
January 3, 2007
• Each year, American drivers use three billion gallons of gas idling in driveways and parking spots.
• Potato chip makers have out-performed every other sector of the snack food industry in yearly growth since 1932.
• A Harvard English professor's survey of blogs showed that Mark Twain was misquoted twice as often as Winston Churchill, but only half as often as George Orwell.
• Recycled glass bottles are boiled at 310 degrees Fahrenheit to remove their labels.
• In 1963, the USSR spent $2 million funding a South African communist party which had only 10 members.
January 5, 2007
• Dried yellow split peas contain 32 percent less nitrogen than dried green split peas.
• Of the cases of mononucleosis appearing in January and February, the Centers for Disease Control attributes 63 percent to kissing a stranger on New Year's Eve.
• A recent study done by the National Association of Psychiatrists and Psychologists (NAPP) indicates that having hobbies such as scrapbooking, stamp collecting, and music decreases the chance that one will be referred to a mental health practitioner by 24 percent.
• Of all declared wars, approximately 11 percent have had no formal ending. Six percent are considered ongoing, although no casualties have occurred since the beginning of the year 2000.
• There are more U.S. dimes circulating today than there were people living on earth when the Lydians first coined money.
January 7, 2007
• The original sweater from the children's show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
was auctioned at Sotheby's. It sold for $725,000.
• Twice as many people are injured falling down wells in Minnesota than in any other state.
• "We Built This City" by Jefferson Starship is the most commonly performed karaoke song in the United States, followed by Gloria Gaynor’s "I Will Survive."
• Every gallon of gas burned in a car releases enough carbon dioxide to raise the temperature of the Earth 10-32
• The coating of wax on an average apple in a grocery store is equal in volume to one eighteenth of a Crayola crayon.
January 10, 2007
• Every year, seemingly due to New Years' resolutions, sales of cigarettes drop by about 30 percent in January, but then regain half that in February, and are back to normal levels in March.
• When first introduced in 1885, Dr Pepper was colored green and billed itself as an alternative to absinthe.
• Approximately 1 in 175 children born in the United States are currently on the Department of Homeland Security's no-fly list.
• Former President George H. W. Bush won a national whistling contest in 1935 at the age of 11.
• Privately-owned nuclear weapons are legal in 47 states, though they must be registered with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the State Department.
January 12, 2007
Did you think we were resting on our laurels? We weren't. The Fact Check Forums
have been working hard to uncover interesting tidbits about the wide world of sports. Thanks to fact checkers Udoboy, Taed, Athene, BGoosh and Bufar for their "home run" research.
• Joe DiMaggio has the highest number of hits per on-deck swing of any batter in baseball history.
• Bob Beamon broke the world's long-jump record at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia with an astounding jump of 9.76 meters. However, it was invalidated due to the assist that he received from an impending cyclone's sudden high winds, which cancelled events for the next 3 days. He did not break the record again until 1968 with 8.90 meters, though he held it until 1991.
• The International Frisbee Throwing League recognizes 17 different grips as legal in competition play.
• Jodin Lavers, of Ontario Canada, has never lost a competitive game of Crazy Eights in tournament play.
• Parkour, also known as Free Running, is the only sport recognized by the American Sports Association that has both no rules and no organized league.
January 15, 2007
• Static electricity was eight percent more severe in 2006 than 2005 due to an increase in ionized particles in the earth's ozone layer.
• The first game of dodge ball was played in 1493 in Belgum, where it was traditionally played with dead rabbits.
• Roughly one third of frogs born in industrial areas are red-green colorblind due to pollutants in their water supply.
• 83 percent of wind-up toys will stop working within 100 uses.
• In 1992 Michael Stipe of REM stopped a concert to rant against styrofoam usage. Styrofoam sales dropped 75 percent within a month and have never risen since.
January 17, 2007
• On average, it takes until January 24th before one remembers to change the year when writing the date. People who work with large quantities of dated material daily shorten the average to January 15th.
• A standard 160-count box of Kleenex actually contains 162 tissues.
• The average female looks at herself in a mirror 9.2 minutes per day. The average male looks at himself in a mirror 1.4 minutes per day.
• Disneyland employs five people who work full time creating themed trash cans.
• Dunkin Donuts’ glazed donut holes are, on average, four millimeters too long in diameter to fit through the center of their glazed donuts.
January 19, 2007
• An average deck of cards has been used at least once in 6 different games.
• The best-selling computer printer in the world is a Chinese printer whose name translates to "Characters show from box."
• Kamchatkan language telephones, found in northeastern Siberia, have two letters per phone button one through eight.
• Studies have found that office memos on blue paper are least likely to be ignored by workers.
• The average American family puts their Christmas tree up two weeks before Christmas and takes it down by January 7th.
January 22, 2007
• The average game of euchre lasts through 14 hands.
• The most pressed number button on a calculator is the four key.
• Most adults will correctly solve 10-12 crossword puzzle clues on their first pass.
• Stephane LeJeneau, considered by many to be the world's greatest calligrapher, can write in over 500 font-faces in seven languages, including Wingdings and Webdings fonts.
• On average, teenagers own 78 more CDs than their parents and listen to them 58 percent more.
January 24, 2007
• The world record for most toppings on a single pizza is 582. There was one piece of each topping, including kelp, emu meat, and a slice of corn on the cob.
• 68 percent of attempted internet connections are malicious in nature. This includes spam, viruses, port scans, and other attacks.
• The Inuit language has only one word for rain.
• The average child knows 26 riddles, and nine story-form jokes. The average adult knows eight and two, respectively.
• Of the ten deadliest animals in the world, six are insects and three are arachnids.
January 26, 2007
• The Passion of the Christ
cannot legally be shown in South Dakota because it meets the state's definition of a snuff film.
• A 1908 Ford Model T had higher fuel efficiency than a 2007 Toyota Prius, though it only had a top speed of 45 MPH.
• All Neanderthals discovered thus far have had "outie" belly buttons, whereas most Cro-Magnons, like modern humans, have "innies".
• A typical one-a-day vitamin pill contains approximately 225 calories due to the inactive ingredients.
• The United States Patent Office has seen a large increase in the number of space-related trademark filings now that space tourism is close to reality. The most amusing has been Hertz Rent A Car who have trademarked the gamut, including Lunar Hertz, Mars Hertz, and yes, even the inevitable Uranus Hertz.
January 27, 2007
• Among the strangest things ever insured by celebrities with Lloyd's of London are Dolly Parton's breasts, Celine Dion's vocal cords, and Michael Jackson's glove.
• Connecticut is the only US State bordering an ocean that controls no islands.
• Pencil sharpeners kill more people every year than sharks.
• Eleven states have legislation still in law from World War II making it illegal to say "gesundheit" to a sneezer.
• Watching an hour-long soap opera burns more calories than watching a three-hour baseball game.
January 31, 2007
• One thousandth of a percent of the population believes that they can fly. 3.7 percent of the population believe that they possess some kind of psychic power.
• One out of five people do not know the names of the teams playing in the Superbowl in a given year.
• If all the energy used by a human heart was collected over an entire lifetime, there would only be enough energy to power an average home PC for 7.3 minutes.
• Artist Prince agreed only to play the halftime of the 2006 Superbowl on the condition that he could have a live tiger in his dressing room.
• NFL Monopoly is the most profitable Monopoly spinoff.