July 5, 2007
• L. Ron Hubbard is the fourteenth most-translated author.
• Since 1803, the longest the U.S. Navy has gone without a commissioned ship called “Enterprise” is 47 days.
• As of the end of 2006, various governments and government agencies worldwide issue 852 different varieties of coins and tokens.
• Sentences ending in more than one exclamation point are 12 times more likely to have three exclamation points than two.
• School buses use up more fuel while idling than any other group of vehicles.
July 6, 2007
• George W. Bush is the first president to have played rugby since Theodore Roosevelt.
• George Bush's official function in his fraternity at Yale was "Foosball Tournament Administrator".
• Before he was elected Governor of Texas, the McDonald's Corporation tried to convince Mr. Bush to be their corporate spokesman.
• While playing as a member of his High School Golf team, George W. Bush once scored a double eagle.
• George W Bush owned 23 cars between the time he first got his driver's license and when he was elected Governor of Texas.
July 8, 2007
• The latest target of an RIAA suit is NASA, for playing copyrighted music over space shuttle air-to-ground communications, which are public frequencies. NASA traditionally plays wake-up songs to astronauts each morning.
• Shoppers at Wal-Mart are an average of 12 percent heavier than average non-Wal-Mart shopping Americans.
• The first McDonald's arches had the same proportions as the St. Louis Arch.
• In the United States, for every $1 spent on fireworks, there is $12.46 worth of property damaged caused by them.
• The home glass-enclosed fish tank was invented and popularized by Benjamin Franklin.
July 11, 2007
• The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was recently voted top honors in the "Best Elderhostel" category in the International Inexpensive Travel Congress
• Fixed Income Securities guru, Frank J. Fabozzi, was a pre-med major as an undergrad, intending to become a phlebotomist.
• The Eiffel tower has been struck by 14 different lighter-than-air crafts since construction commenced. The first occurred five months before the official opening.
• The electric bellows that blows air for the pipe organ at the Ely Cathedral in England could fill the Hindenberg with air in 18 hours and 4 minutes.
• Experts predict that for every dollar spent on iphones, another 42 cents will be spent on accoutrements and ancillary items.
July 16, 2007
• During the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
, there were heated arguments amongst the troupe regarding what the Knights who say "Ni" should demand. One faction wanted them to demand a "rubber tyre", another were adamant that it should be a "scullery maid" and yet a third wanted it to be "trebuchet". Reportedly, Eric Idle and John Cleese came to blows before the compromise was reached and the knights demanded a "shrubbery."
• Excluding tropical rain forests, the place with highest biomass of insects per acre is Baltimore, Md.
• Worldwide, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the highest ratio of square feet of worship space per member.
• The Hopi Native Americans used to use corn silk as dental floss.
• John Rickiardello, 49, of Silver Lake, ND, has been in eight separate vehicular accidents in which there was a fatality. He was not the driver of any of the vehicles nor was he ever hospitalized for injuries sustained in the accidents.
July 18, 2007
• Worldwide, steeples on Christian churches average 28 feet 7 3/4 inches from base to point.
• When he was an eleven-year-old boy, Charles Richter, who devised the Richter Scale, lived in a boyhood home of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).
• The average, natural grass, professionally-maintained baseball infield contains 1,707,000 blades of grass.
• The cow population of state of New Jersey and the Island of Jersey, UK, have each declined 44 percent in the past 44 years.
• As of January 1, 2005, 0.046 percent of the shares of stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange have a literal stock certificate associated with it.
July 20, 2007
• On average, left-handed people type ten words per minute faster than right-handed people.
• 11 injuries occurred during the filming of Mary Poppins, the most serious of which was a broken collarbone, suffered by a set worker who was struck by a falling light rig.
• Eight out of 15 Americans said they would replace their TV if the remote were lost.
• In a single meal, a pelican can consume up to one cubic foot of food.
• There are six insurance companies worldwide that solely insure wallets.
July 23, 2007
• On average, the 'T' key will be the first key to fail on a Blackberry. The failure generally occurs after the 42,000th time it is depressed.
• Among cities in western Europe, and North America, Jersey City, NJ, has had the largest percentage increase in office space over the past seven years.
• In 2005, 147 people were admitted to hospitals in Canada after having touched their tongue to freezing cold metal.
• The Dallas-Ft. Worth area has the highest concentration of ravens in the United States.
• Between April 1, 2007 and July 15, 2007, spam email containing a pdf file has increased 4,196 percent.
July 24, 2007
• The typical bedroom closet in American homes contains 37 percent more clothing than it was designed to hold.
• The Hong Kong prison holds 14 American citizens convicted of the crimes of manslaughter and murder, half of whom have exhausted all appeals.
• New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer is fifth cousin to former Olympic swimming star Mark Spitz.
• According to the Rocky Mountain Snow Review Board, snow in the Steamboat Springs, CO area is 28 percent more powdery than in Vail, CO, and 36 percent more powdery than the snow in Breckenridge, CO.
• Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling gave away 742 copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" to friends, family and business associates.