June 4, 2007
• 62 percent of Americans said they would "never" eat a snail. 47 percent of those same Americans said they would consider trying escargot if they were in a fancy French restaurant.
• One is 4.8 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident while skiing as opposed to snowboarding, and 8.6 time more likely than when water skiing.
• Scouring pads have been found in ancient Etruscan villages.
• By his decree, the sealing wax used by King Louis XIV had to be made from wax found in honeybee colonies on the grounds of Versailles and had to contain no less than 1 percent "virgin's urine".
• In Japan, the first traffic lights used yellow to indicate 'stop' and red to indicate 'go'.
June 5, 2007
• Only 12 percent of the US population are true "touch typists". That percentage has actually declined four points in the past 25 years even though almost all Americans now use a keyboard at least once a week.
• 22.9 percent of Americans have more than one middle name. 3.2 percent have no middle name.
• 56 percent of the clown faces that are either copyrighted or registered trademarks are "frownie" faces.
• A dog make-up company, Fi-Doo, bought the most advertising space in this year's Westminster Dog Show's program.
• "Natural Gas" that is delivered to homes and businesses has 27 different additives that do not occur naturally.
June 6, 2007
• A group of pineapples is called a prickle, a group of grapes is called a stem, and a group of apples is called a fall. A "fall man" was originally the person who was blamed for picking a bad apple.
• There are 48 commonly mis-spelled words that will give more Google hits if spelled incorrectly.
• A sloth moves fastest when mating.
• It would take a 2000 megaton bomb to reduce the height of Everest by 1000 feet.
• Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
June 7, 2007
• On an average day a wave will break on the beach at Big Sur, CA, once every 3.2 seconds.
• In 1818 ground was broken for a canal that would connect Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, running between Benton Harbor, MI and Toledo, OH. The project was abandoned when it became apparent that railroads would link the two areas long before the canal would be completed.
• The American Society of Family Counselors estimate that 41 percent of all extramarital affairs start on-line, an increase of 1,000 percent from 1995. Rounding out the top 3 places for an affair to start are workplace and church.
• The call of the House Wren has the highest decibel-to-weight ratio of all birds.
• No motor vehicle has been conceived, designed or manufactured in Detroit in 27 years.
June 8, 2007
• According to the World Congress of Cartographers, London has the highest number of long and winding roads among all the world's capitals.
• The average personal checking account in the United States has a balance of $412.37.
• Astrologers are predicting that babies born on July 7th of this year will be, as a group, 87.2 percent more lucky than an average person.
• Robert Lamm of the pop rock group Chicago wrote "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" when he learned that Indianapolis did not observe Daylight Savings Time.
• Satchel Paige, famed baseball pitcher and who said, “Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.” always had the rear view mirrors removed from his cars.
June 11, 2007
• The Japanese name for the horseshoe crab translates to "prodigious egg-laying arthropod"
• Nationwide, for each juror that is seated at a trial, 6.27 people are summoned.
• All possible three- and four-character email names are taken at AOL and Yahoo and MSN. A combined 96 percent of the five-character names are taken.
• Singapore has banned the sitcom "Two and a Half Men", ruling that it is pornographic due to its risqué dialogue and thinly-veiled double entendres.
• Of all the counties in the world, Papua New Guinea has the highest ratio of palm trees to citizens, at nearly 50:1.
June 12, 2007
• According to the National Caucus of Police Chiefs, for 38.4% of the homicides that are classified as "unsolved", the police believe they know who the perpetrator is but do not have sufficient evidence to bring him or her to trial.
• In the 50 years before the Tennessee Valley Association started building dams to generate electricity and control flooding, an average of 114 people died each year of floods in that area. Since then the average number of deaths has dropped to 4.
• Archeologists believe King Tut never traveled more than 75 km from where the pyramids are during his lifetime. In the time since it was discovered, King Tut’s artifacts have traveled approximately 650,000 km.
• Henry VIII of England had a full beard at the age of 13.
• The average pane of glass made today is 9 percent thinner yet 12 percent stronger than glass made 20 years ago.
June 13, 2007
• The floor of the Cavern Club, made famous by the Beatles, is 1.78 meters below sea level.
• Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to eat peanut butter.
• The best-selling PCs in 1994 emitted 287 kilocalories of heat per hour. Desktop PCs in 2006 emitted an average of 742 kilocalories per hour.
• The humidity level in homes with forced-air heat is generally about 1/3rd the level of houses with other types of central heating.
• The word "quadrillion" first appeared in print in 1691 when the British Admiralty wrote a report quantifying the number of rats on its ships.
June 18, 2007
• Taiwan has more tailors than any other country in the world.
• China makes 86 percent of the world's reading glasses.
• Three legged dogs suffer less arthritis than their four-legged brethren.
• The most common color on the back of a deck of cards is red, followed closely by blue. Only seven percent of cards do not have red or blue backs.
• If the taxonomic order were a true "family" sea monkeys and chimpanzees would be 16th cousins.
June 19, 2007
• Among those who wear corrective lenses, one in 7873 have identical prescriptions for each eye.
• In 1961, the Golden Grain Macaroni Company paid a local brothel $875 to acquire the rights to the service mark, “the San Francisco treat”.
• As measured by overall impacts, adjusted by pounds per square inch, and taking into account 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree bruises, as well as more severe ailments such as separated shoulders, college lacrosse is judged by the World Congress of Sports Physicians to be the physically most brutal sport.
• Experts predict that by May 2nd 2011, due to the explosion in the amount of text messaging being done in China, the amount of information entered via cell phone keypads and other handheld devices will surpass the amount of information entered via traditional keyboards.
• Richard Nixon forbade backgammon playing in the White House during his administration.
June 21, 2007
• 26 percent of graduating high school seniors and 42 percent of graduating college seniors wear nothing more than shorts and a tee shirt under their gown.
• The average commencement address at high school graduation ceremonies lasts 26 minutes. In college ceremonies the address averages 42 minutes.
• In any given year, 24 percent of colleges and universities will have forbidden one or more students from taking part in the graduation ceremonies due to some rules infraction that occurred after classes ended.
• Sir Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
is played at 98.76 percent of graduation ceremonies in the United States.
• Among graduates who throw their mortar board into the air at the end of the graduation ceremony, 69 percent do not get theirs back.