November 1, 2007
• On average, when a woman from North America or Europe wears perfume she applies it to six different spots on her body.
• According to the periodical, "Collectors, Collecting and Collections", coprolite collecting is growing at forty-five times the rate of stamp collecting.
• The song "The Farmer in the Dell" was written about a dairy farmer named Fergus MacClintock.
• In July of 2005, Tolliver "Tolley" Brown of Peoria Illinois, created a feed-back loop between two cell phones causing them to explode. The only injury was a temporary loss of hearing for Mr. Brown.
• The average household in the United States resets their clocks at 10:07 PM when switching from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time.
November 2, 2007
• The Faberge egg, Hen With Sapphire Pendant
, which has been missing for over 50 years, recently surfaced in the private collection of J. Henry Josephson of Topeka, KS, who has turned down three offers of over one million dollars for it.
• A survey of American baby boomers recently voted Paul Lynde (panelist on The Hollywood Squares
) as the "funniest man in game shows". Other candidates included Richard Dawson, Pat Sajak, and Gene Rayburn.
• Between 1986 and 2006, 35 tourists have disappeared in Florida's Okefenokee Swamp.
• Koprivnicko-križevacka, Croatia was named Europe's best place to raise a family in 2007.
• Despite the commonly held belief that all calico cats are female, a blue-eyed calico has an 86.4 percent chance of being male.
November 5, 2007
• Since 1941, it has been illegal to speak German in Warwick, New York, though there is no record of the law having ever been enforced.
• If everyone in the world were to use pencils instead of pens, enough carbon would be sequestered in the graphite and wood to halt global warming with no other changes in human behavior.
• According to a recent U.S. Department of Education status report, only 60 percent of American high school students can point to both Andorra and Djibouti on a world map, which is cited as yet another example of our failing public educational system.
• According to FAA records, no airplane seat has ever been used as a flotation device in an emergency.
• In the first published lyrics to "Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson, there was a typographical error in the line "Freida is just another word / for nothing left to lose" introduced when a secretary named Freida had transcribed it from the studio recording.
November 6, 2007
• In the 2005 general election 37.24 percent of voters voted a straight ticket ballot, that is, all candidates from the same political party.
• 68 percent of voters have admitted to voting for a person they had never heard of at least once in the past 10 years.
• On average, a person running for elected office will spend on the campaign an amount equal to approximately 6.4 percent of the salary for that position. If the amount expended on the Presidential campaign is removed from the calculation the figure drops to approximately 2.7 percent.
• Moderately inclement weather will reduce the voting rate by an average of 19.5 percent.
• On an average election day, 66.4 percent of voters will drive to their polling place, 18.6 percent will walk, 9.2 percent will take public transportation, 1.4 percent will ride a bike and the rest will arrive by other means.
November 7, 2007
• Google has, on average, 22.4 MB of stored data about every active Internet user.
• Improper shampooing procedures and techniques are responsible for hair loss in nine percent of men.
• The most frequently occurring digit in Pi is three.
• By length, 74 percent of international borders are defined by rivers.
• The smoke produced by burning Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia
) contains more carcinogens than the smoke of any other known plant.
November 9, 2007
Fear and fright have no doubt shaped human behavior, and by extension world culture, in ways too profound to describe. While many of us share a handful of common archetypal fears, a far smaller number of individuals have fears of a much more uncommon stripe. After months of diligent work by the Gullible.info fact checkers
, we're ready to present to you part one of:
Gulliphobia – The Gullible.info Guide to Fears and Phobias.Portarideluomophobia
fear of people wearing costumesPygmaliadevengalavidadiabolicaphobia
fear of being attacked by mannequins Angoraphobia
fear of itchy sweatersQuisappositusphobia
fear of distant objects coming closerSophismataphobia
fear of falsehoodsStockabbildungophobia
fear of drawings of stick figuresTerminolectolibriphobia
fear of reading the last page of a bookAtrichophobia
fear of bald people and, or fear of going baldJanephobia
fear of killing animals accidentally when drivingDipatiphobia
fear of stepping on cracks in the sidewalkDodecahedrophobia
fear of twelve sided polygonsAliusanusphobia
fear of others' anusesTactile pseudofecalphobia
fear of touching fake poopCorposurculustermesphobia
fear of sprouting branches from ones bodyIncidofurtaphobia
fear of being trickedVotuphobia
fear of prayerNonlatineloqueriaphobia
fear of being unable to speak LatinCatapultimataphobia
fear of being killed by a catapultNotitiatotadiesphobia
fear of 24-hour newsAgricolaphobia
fear of farm houses and people who live on farms
November 12, 2007
• 78 percent of e-mail addresses are composed of the owner's first and middle initials and last name.
• In some Central and South American countries, Chihuahuas have been trained as rescue dogs and assist in locating people trapped by emergencies such as collapsed buildings and mudslides.
• Among business projects requiring more than one year from conception to implementation, a staggering 92 percent miss their original target date by at least one month.
• A 2005 survey found that names beginning with consonants are 63 percent more likely to be remembered than names beginning with vowels.
• 92-year-old Clara Guerrero recently became the oldest woman ever to snowboard in Vail, Colorado.
November 16, 2007
As the aphorism holds: Patience is a virtue. And today, your patience will be rewarded. Last week we brought you Gulliphobia, a list of the most amazing fears and phobias ever encountered. Thanks to months of diligent work by the Gullible.info fact checkers
, we're pleased to present part two of:
Gulliphobia – The Gullible.info Guide to Fears and Phobias.Constipatusperfosserphobia
fear of being surrounded by foolsVaccatintinnabulatophobia
fear of cowbellsPhalloanthropomorphiphobia
fear of a penis becoming a sentient beingOedipophobia
fear of developing an Oedipus compexAphixilethephobia
fear of forgetting how to breathePasteoinguerophobia
fear of being unable to distinguish one type of noodle from anotherLegatophobia
fear of the the lawEnumerotimorophobia
fear of a list of fearsPhotophobophobia
fear of being photographed while outwardly expressing fearAutomatonophobia
fear of wax figures and dummiesHabihyperhydrophobia
perpetual fear of drowningTransiobstrophobia
fear of walking into an invisible glass wallTekuppaphobia
fear of shrinkingOdeonaphobia
fear of people wearing white shirts with jeansBonpollaerophobia
fear of delicious chicken wings!Exoubmilicalphobia
fear of "outie" bellybuttonsGustamotaphobia
fear that food, though inanimate, has feelingsDemicapsuphobia
fear of small containers
November 22, 2007
• Some 37 percent of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving somewhere other than their own home.
• Although turkey is the traditional meat served at Thanksgiving, only 64 percent of Thanksgiving dinners will include a turkey.
• While nine out of ten fifth graders can identify the role that Squanto played in the Thanksgiving story, only three of ten adults are able to do so.
• Holiday shoppers will spend an average of 5.7 hours in lines for "Black Friday" sales.
• George Washington originally wanted Thanksgiving to be celebrated in the spring, to give thanks for making it through the winter, but his wife, Martha, suggested that it be at harvest to give thanks for the bounty that made it possible to get through winter.
November 28, 2007
• John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, originated the "Autumnal 95/95/1.45" rule which states: Ninety-five percent of the leaves from ninety-five percent of the species of deciduous trees native to North America will land on a spot on the ground that is within a radius equal to 1.45 percent of the distance from the ground to the point from which the leaf fall the center of the radius being the point directly below the point from which the leaf fell. Numerous studies have confirmed Chapman's calculations.
• A bushel of leaves will contain an average of 16.7 ounces of insects, 5.05 ounces of fungi and 12.47 ounces of mold and mold spores.
• Using a leaf blower to clear leaves from a typical 1/4 acre piece of property will cause approximately 1.27 lbs of animal fecal matter to become airborne. Approximately 7.4 ounces will remain airborne for more than 30 minutes.
• Squirrels eat acorns mostly because of their abundance, not because they particularly like the taste.
• Although leaf burning is prohibited or severely restricted in all fifty states, each autumn individuals will burn approximately 41.87 metric tons of leaves, most of that in private, indoor fireplaces.