September 1, 2007
• During their heyday in the United States, there were more people with Police
records than police records. Due to the advent of CDs and the increase in crime, that has not been the case since 1989.
• There were more Virgin Mary simulacra reported in 2006 than in any year since 1959.
• An Illinois school system is considering banning hide-and-seek after a kindergartener was missing for 2 days following a recess game.
• A Los Angeles gang has started openly carrying nail guns instead of firearms so that they cannot be legally harassed by the police.
• A newly-discovered type of tree in the Amazon basin will slowly move itself closer to a water source (up to 2 inches per day) by growing more roots on the water-rich side and discarding them on the water-poor side. The tree has not yet been named.
September 3, 2007
• Worldwide, cash is taken out of ATMs six hundred times every second.
• Polarized sunglasses block radio waves.
• Toy giant Mattel estimates that Barbie owners have staged over 10 billion Barbie and Ken weddings.
• US $100 bills of series 2003A and later will not burn.
• When born, a baby giraffe will fall eight vertical feet. One out of 20 giraffe calves are killed by the impact.
September 11, 2007
• The first large-scale relief map was made in 431 BCE for tactical planning in the Peloponnesian War.
• According to Guinness World Records, an American man named Brian Drussle holds the record for densest human alive. A congenital bone disease has led to the man weighing 348 pounds despite his six foot stature and 34 inch waistline.
• The most serious outhouse related accident occurred in Gambit, Alabama in 2005. 14 people were injured, and 2 were killed.
• Doctors are eight times more likely to suffer from severe depression than fireman.
• In 2006, neurologists identified eleven previously unknown "trigger scents" that can be used to radically alter emotion in patients.
September 20, 2007
Where were you three years ago today? If you answered "reading this website," we extend our deepest thanks to you for being with us since the very beginning. Indeed, on this 20th day of September, 2007, Gullible.info celebrates three years of the finest factoids fashioned for fine factoid fanciers.How and why did you start reading Gullible.info? Let us know and you might win a prize!
However, our anniversary isn't the only notable event of today. Here's a look back at September 20s throughout the ages.
• On September 20, 1492 Christopher Columbus made the following entry in his ships log: "Weather most disastrous, no sight of land, little hope among men, and even I too fear this to be nothing more than the quest of a fool's madman." By the next evening, they made landfall.
• Soda fans rejoice: On September 20, 1884, Helena Hokkenbach filed a patent for a machine that would take concentrated syrup and mix it with carbonated water to produce a properly mixed beverage. Modern soda fountain designs remain largely unchanged to this day.
• Now the twenty-first best selling vegetable by weight, cabbage was first consumed on September 20, 1721. It was created through selective breeding as a more nutritious alternative to iceberg lettuce.
September 23, 2007
• Due to the increase in use of text messaging, linguists estimate that the American language will lose a vowel by the year 2050. Many expect the vowel to be "e".
• It is estimated that two percent of women will lose their wedding rings in the first five years of marriage.
• Olympic diver Greg Louganis is an accomplished oboe player and has soloed on three different occasions with professional orchestras.
• Seventeen percent of Americans under the age of 20 have never ridden a bicycle.
• The youngest person ever to be convicted of practicing witchcraft was three year old Mary Hodges of England. She was convicted and executed with her mother, Jane, in 1634.
September 26, 2007
• In Toronto theaters the average bathroom wait time during intermission for a woman is eight minutes, the longest in North America. The average wait for a man is only 40 seconds.
• Using DNA modification, scientists have created squirrels that are allergic to birdseed.
• Given an ample water supply, a human being could survive on the proteins in his or her own hair for approximately three weeks.
• In 2006 alone, four people died while eating Ritz™ crackers. Three of the deaths were attributed to allergic reactions to peanuts; the fourth was 16-year-old John Johanssenn of Missouri, who choked to death when his friends dared him to eat 15 crackers at once.
• When combined, the area of all of the infields in Major League baseball stadiums totals about 220,000 square meters. The infields contain enough sand to fill 42 million sandboxes.
September 28, 2007
• Only seven percent of Americans without vanity plates can remember their car's license plate number.
• On average, an office cubicle will have three pictures on display. Of those three, the cubicle's occupant will appear in only one picture.
• East Tawas, Michigan bills itself as having the most beautiful sunsets in the Midwest. No other Midwest city makes such a claim.
• From 1832 to 1842, lighthouse keeper was the best-paid occupation. The average salary for a lighthouse keeper was $450.00.
• While approximately 42 percent of Americans over the age of 45 can read music, only eight percent of those aged 18 to 45 are able to.