May 1, 2007
• The average amount of money owed by those Americans who are subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax is $521,000. The median is $4,721.
• The most common first name among IRS agents is Douglas.
• From the 1940s through the 1970s there was a federal tax allowance for any U.S. citizen who owned and operated a Dutch-style windmills east of the Mississippi River.
• While the IRS states that preparing tax returns is a science, people who have Bachelor of Arts degrees tend to be more accurate than those with Bachelor of Science degrees when doing their tax forms.
• J. Edgar Hoover was scheduled to be audited seven different times yet he was, in fact, never visited by an IRS agent.
May 2, 2007
• 32 percent of all web content is password protected.
• The upholstery covering the chairs in the House of Representative's chamber of the US Capital is replaced once every 5 years. In the Senate the rate is once every 9 years.
• Catalina Island, off the coast of California, is moving out to sea at the rate of 3 feet per year. This is approximately 18 times the rate that can be accounted for by plate tectonics. So far seismologists cannot explain this phenomenon.
• In early drafts of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" the male and female leads were called "Charles" and "Diana".
• The world record for "tiddling a wink" is 7 feet 1.2 inches. Twelve year old Edith Schuyler performed this feat on July 3rd 1970.
May 3, 2007
• Sen. Joseph McCarthy instructed his staff to subpoena Bugs Bunny to testify before the Senate Internal Securities Committee after he overheard someone in the Senate Dining room call Bugs a “commie”.
• Every Republican president since Eisenhower has pronounced "nuclear" as "noo-kyoo-ler"
• In 1803 the US Secretary of the Interior said that the lemming population in parts of Alaska had reached "alarming proportions".
• The Pentagon spends approximately $48,000 per year in maintenance contracts covering IBM PC AT machines.
• The FBI has files on 1.27 million living Americans. The CIA has files on 1565 FBI agents.
May 4, 2007
• Babe Ruth held the unofficial record for the most hot dogs consumed in a lifetime until 1954 when one Maxwell Stirn surpassed the Babe.
• The largest cucumber ever harvested weighed in at 8.4 kg.
• Over the past 5 years Nabisco Saltines have become 8 percent flatter and 14 percent less salty.
• Baskin Robbins has had mustard flavored ice cream among its 31 flavors for a total of 4 months 3 days over the past 72 years. The last time it was on the menu was Labor Day, 1954.
• Boris Yeltsin’s favorite breakfast was diced Spam® in scrambled eggs with a vodka cream sauce.
May 5, 2007
• It is illegal for Mexican publications to use the Spanish word for "squalor" in any paragraph in which Mexico City is mentioned.
• In the past 50 years, 19 people have died diving off the famous cliff near Acapulco. Eighteen of them were legally intoxicated when they dove.
• The Spanish Inquisition (unexpectedly) had a branch office in Cancun.
• There are approximately 250,000 Mexicans who trace their lineage to the Conquistadors.
• When he was feeling writer's block Warren Zevon would to rent a cheap hotel room in Tijuana and drink Mescal and wait for inspiration.
May 7, 2007
• The average full-service bank branch in the US now has six ATMs and 3 teller windows.
• The tallest building in Maine has 14 stories.
• The average, non-handicapped bathroom stall in the US is 2' 9" wide. In Europe it is 2' 7" and in Asia 2' 2"
• 11 percent of the steam running under the streets of New York City is generated naturally in hot springs located in several places under the city. The most productive one is below the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
• The average floor of an average office building is 1.4 degrees off level.
May 8, 2007
• Professor Stephen Hawking lost nearly £50,000 in a Nigerian 419
scam in 2005.
• Ironically, many anti-itching creams contain an extract that is found in poison ivy.
• Office cubicles are an average of 27 percent larger in San Francisco than in New York City.
• Only one in 1400 pencils will be used down to a nubbin, which is defined by the International Pencil Producers Association (IPPA) as any pencil shorter than two inches in length.
• It has been reported that Betty Ford herself has checked into The Betty Ford Center on at least three occasions.
May 9, 2007
• 87.2 percent of American colleges and universities had at least one toga party in each of the past 15 years.
• At the peak of westward expansion there were daily traffic jams at the Cumberland Gap.
• In 2006 an average of 9 ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) were created each business day.
• The best-selling tee shirt in Ireland reads "Póg mo thóin!"
• The "For Dummies" books have generated an estimated $1.13 billion in revenue.
May 10, 2007
• Ely Cathedral in England has the most massive flying buttresses ever constructed.
• Advertising Age
magazine has the highest advertising-to-editorial content of any periodical published anywhere in the world.
• Taylor Hicks of American Idol
fame was named for James Taylor.
• In early versions of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds
radio script, the Martians landed in Wharton, NJ, instead of Grover’s Mill, NJ.
• The early versions of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville
had four doors.
May 11, 2007
• The market for women's razors has exploded over the past 10 years, having risen an average of 8 percent per year. Executives at Gillette said they will not publicly speculate on why.
• Eating 4 sardines (with the bones in) will meet an adult woman's minimum daily requirement of calcium. Eating two dozen or more will cause her to ingest and excessive amount of mercury.
• Leonso Canales, the commissioner of Kleberg County, Texas, who introduced a resolution to make "heaven-o" the official greeting of the county because "hello" is too close to "hell", also wanted to introduce a resolution that banned the word "cement" in favor of "concrete" because of what "cement" without the "t" sounds like. He decided not to introduce that resolution when he saw his mother in the audience at the commissioners’ meeting and he couldn't bring himself to raise the issue in front of her.
• Pat Nixon was the last First Lady to smoke in public.
• Women who lie about their age shave an average 4.4 years off their age. Fewer men lie about their age than women but those who do lie shave off an average 6.2 years.
May 14, 2007
• Nichelle Nichols (who played Lt. Uhura) sang the vocals of the original Star Trek theme.
• Six percent of Americans with any wireless device carry more than two. One in 147 carry more than five.
• The average American adult woman owns 4.2 bras and 12 pairs of panties. Both figures are almost double what they were 35 years ago.
• Re-runs of Monty Python’s Flying Circus gets their highest ratings in South Korea.
• The average log cabin would burn 18 times its weight in its fireplace each year.
May 15, 2007
• The grooves on an old 33 1/3 LP record are 1/212th of an inch deep.
• Guppies are considered to be the 'most lovable' species of fish.
• The Actors Equity organization does not offer equity funds in its 401(k) plan; it only offers bond and money market funds.
• Rugby is the only sport that, by rule, has to have hookers on the field at all times.
• Social scientists have estimated that anyone who has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years is separated from Abraham Lincoln by no more than 7 degrees. The average separation will increase by one degree in approximately 14 years.
May 16, 2007
• Charmin is in the process of developing a "4 ply" toilet paper. A company executive said the idea was inspired by multi-blade razors.
• The total mass of Hugh Hefner's current girlfriends has decreased by 27.2 pounds (12.4 kilos) per year since Playboy was founded in 1953.
• The average American buys 11 square feet of circuit board per year in all of the electrical equipment they purchase.
• In seven percent of people fingernails grow faster than toe-nails.
• If humans ceased to exist 97 percent of domesticated animals would become extinct within two years.
May 17, 2007
• The IRS received nine tax returns in 2002 on which the occupation was listed as “Professional Etch-a-Sketch artist”.
• 71 percent of the people who identify themselves as working in sales either somewhat agree, strongly agree or totally agree with the statement, "I don't much like people."
• On average, companies spent about one tenth as much on the Daylight Savings change as they spent on the so-called Y2K issue.
• 12.42 percent of salaried American workers don't use any of their their vacation time allotted for a given year.
• The average cord attaching the telephone receiver to the base averages 2.5 feet in length, unstretched. Before wireless headsets became common the average was four feet.
May 18, 2007
• Underwriters Laboratories was founded by an accountant named Ulf Lederhosen.
• Within the industry, rubber band manufacturers refer to the elasticity of their products "Stretchy", "Extra Stretchy" and "Super Stretchy". At the last trade show the hot rumor was that "Super Extra Stretchy" was about to be introduced by one of the companies.
• The Lockheed corporation was named so that all employees would be constantly vigilant of the need for security, or to "Heed the locks" on the doors to their offices.
• The "Faux-rriers", a trade group of fake fur coat manufacturers, have awarded the "I can't believe it's not mink" prize to Dicker & Dicker of Beverly Hills in 8 of the past 10 years.
• The Department of Transportation requires trucks that are backing up to emit a beep once every .9 to 1.1 seconds at a frequency of between 400 and 500 cycles per second.
May 21, 2007
• Due to local union regulations, all commercial construction projects on Broadway in New York City must include two licensed stage set designers.
• In 1066 the inch was defined as the length of three barleycorns. Selective breeding of barley over the next 300 years caused the inch to grow by more than 20 percent to its present day length.
• The tallest mud chimney is 52 feet high and is just outside Rabat, Morocco. It is used in the production of bricks.
• The praying mantis is the only known insect that shows a left-"handed" preference.
• June 7th is national Hug-a-Redhead Day.
May 22, 2007
• Twenty percent of incoming college freshman drink coffee "regularly" or "frequently". That figure rises to 64 percent for graduating seniors.
• Business majors have the highest percentage of graduates who believe the will make their first $1 million before the age of 30.
• The National Board of Scholastic Standards and Measurements has reported that "the most egregious instances of grade inflation have occurred among the large, well-known institutions, particularly those in and around Boston. The group of schools with the lowest rate of inflation are the community colleges and state schools."
• The average member of the class of 2011 will have 2.14 laptop computers during his or her college years.
• Two percent of the buildings owned by "Ivy League" schools are covered by ivy.
May 23, 2007
• The average lavatory sink handle requires 0.157 foot-pounds of torque to open or close.
• Seventeen oxen were used in filming Apocalypse Now
• JetBlue and TidyBowl use identical shades of blue as as their corporate color.
• George Bush's Crawford, TX ranch has the following vehicles registered to it: five passenger cars, seven trucks, five tractors and 18 gas-powered golf carts.
• More clocks (0.189%) stop running when showing 12:12 than any other time. Statisticians say that's an anomaly that will even out over time.
May 28, 2007
• The average person can memorize a ten digit phone number in 8.4 minutes.
• Americans use more gasoline on Memorial Day weekend than any other three day period except Labor Day weekend.
• The United States Marching Band and Drum & Bugle Corps Association states that within the 48 contiguous states, 18.2 percent of all parades are rained upon and 2.4 percent are called off entirely due to inclement weather.
• Only 1.4 percent of marching bands have 76 or more trombones.
• Summertime hot dog consumption is off 18 percent in the past 25 years. Hamburger consumption has risen 4.6 percent.
May 30, 2007
• 83 percent of all establishments that label themselves "Ice Cream Emporiums" have a menu item called "The Kitchen Sink".
• The average bikini sold in 2005 was 32 percent the size of the average bikini sold in 1965
• A baseball-like game was referenced in the Old Testament in at least 18 verses in 4 different books.
• By a 5 to 3 margin, each summer more children play under a sprinkler or in water squirting from a fire hydrant than go to a beach or a pool.
• The French Parliament has a rule requiring all members to wear underwear when attending a session unless the temperature outside rises above 35° C.
May 31, 2007
• Joe DiMaggio once turned an unassisted triple play while playing center field for the San Francisco Seals minor league team.
• In a recent French Playboy magazine issue, men voted The Pill to be the most important romance-related invention ever. The winner of the women’s vote was the genre of Romance Novels.
• A recent poll of 1784 ninth grade students by the National Scholastic Statisticians revealed that they consider biology to be the “most oogy” class.
• According to the International Brotherhood of Arborists, a typical 20-year-old White Oak tree will produce 19,472 acorns per year.
• 52 percent of hummingbird species “hum” in the key of B-flat a majority of the time.