December 1, 2007
A recent survey conducted by the Market Research Association of Ohio (MRAO)revealed some very interesting findings, which we at Gullible.info are pleased to bring you.
• 87 percent of Americans are able to identify the product whose slogan is "Clap On, Clap Off." The answer? The Clapper
• Parents are three times as likely to purchase a toy for their child if they had a similar toy when they were the same age.
• 27 percent of American survey respondents who shopped on Black Friday did not plan to do so until they looked at the newspaper ads on Thanksgiving Day.
• 96 percent of Americans planned to purchase at least one gift card this holiday season. Of those, 12 percent admitted that they would keep the gift card for themselves.
• Four percent of American shoppers planned to purchase a Chia Pet as a gift during the 2007 holiday season.
December 6, 2007
• Among coins minted before 1980, there are more nickels in circulation than all other denominations combined.
• The character of Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd.
was based in part on famed pin-up girl Rita Hayworth.
• Despite the popularity of the Christmas song "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire", the most frequently roasted nut is the almond.
• In a 2005 survey of residents of 78 different countries, Pac-Man was the most recognized video game character. Mario came in 19th in the survey.
• Researchers at Michigan State University have taught chipmunks to "sing". The test subjects are capable of replicating simple melodies of up to five different pitches.
December 14, 2007
• While Wisconsin has more outhouses per capita than any other state, residents of Montana spend more time in outhouses than residents of any other state; the average is 4.7 hours per year per resident.
• Marylanders use more toilet paper per capita than residents of any other state. In fact, at 22.72 rolls per person per year, the residents of Maryland use 18.6 percent more per year than the next-closest state, Nevada. Social scientists have not yet found an explanation for such a large margin.
• On average, a toilet seat in a residential bathroom gets replaced every 6 years, 4 months and 3 days. Kohler is now developing a super durable toilet seat that is expected to last more than 18 years.
• In the United States, the highest ratio of toilets per person was achieved in October of 1945 when there was one toilet for every .372 Americans. This was due to the large number of Americans still overseas after WWII, a huge increase in the number of toilets manufactured and a severe lag in destroying old, out-of-service toilets.
• Among French women who own an electric toothbrush, 4.2 percent said they have used the device for "a use other than that for which it was intended."
December 16, 2007
Never let it be said that we at Gullible.info are insensitive to the needs of our faithful readers. Recently, we were contacted by one of our youngest readers, nine year old Brett Hollenbeck of Columbia, Missouri. He requested facts about ducks, and we are pleased to proffer factoids that fit the bill! So enjoy this little jaunt with the ducktown quackers.
• Although there is a popular myth that a duck's quack does not echo, the opposite is true. In 2003, researchers at Texas A&M determined that a duck's quack will echo for the longest amount of time of any animal noise.
• The duck-billed platypus only shares two percent of its genome with a duck. In contrast, ducks and snakes share 31 percent of their genomes.
• In many European countries it is considered good luck to "adopt" a duck during the Christmas season.
• During the Salem witch trials, three ducks were hanged as witches' familiars. Another was accused, but cleared when magistrate Jonathan Corwin's daughter adopted it as a pet.
• The children's game, Duck Duck Goose, originated in the 1800s in Jamaica, where it was played by children on coffee plantations.
December 18, 2007
• The average household in the United States used 16.72 square yards of wrapping paper for the various end-of-year holidays in 2005. If non-christian households are excluded the figure rises to 19.74 square yards.
• AAA estimates that due to on-line shopping the average American household's gasoline usage in the quest for gifts has declined 1.95 percent in each of the past five years.
• Red gift-wrapping ribbon outsells all other colors combined.
• Americans will spend approximately $12.762 million having gifts inscribed with names and monograms in the 2007 holiday season.
• Despite all the automobile ads depicting people getting a car as a gift, the Automobile Dealers & Re-Sellers Association of America estimates that only 12,240 cars will be given as holiday gifts this year and well under half of those will truly be surprises.
December 20, 2007
• According to "Holidaye Feasts and Traditions", written by Dennis Gilbin of London, England in 1583, "mistletoe must be hunge noe more than 18 inches above the heads of the peoples in order for a man to be entitled to a kisse from a maiden.
• Each year, approximately 8.9 percent of all Christmas trees erected in people's homes will fall over at least once, according to the group known as the Consortium of Superior Christmas Tree Stand Manufacturers.
• Dairy farmers have long known that adding one part bovine urine to 25 parts fresh water and two parts maple syrup will generally extend the life of a Christmas Tree by as many as five days.
• According to a 2002 survey by Gourmets of North America and Northern Europe, fewer than one in one hundred people have ever had a figgy pudding.
• The most people ever to bungie jump while wearing a Santa Suit happened on Christmas Day, 1989 at Gravity Canyon, New Zealand, when 42 people dressed in red with white wigs and beards made a jump at the same time.
December 26, 2007
• According to a 2002 survey commissioned by The English Speaking Retailers's Association, 18.4 percent of people who received gifts during the previous year's holiday season got something that they described as 'sucky'.
• Sri Lankans consider re-gifting very complimentary.
• More Christians drink coffee on Christmas morning than any other day of the year.
• One in 26 holiday presents that are delivered via USPS, FedEx, UPS, DLJ, etc will arrive with some damage. About 72 percent of those items will be returned or exchanged.
• As of 2005, more books were given as gifts than electronic items, although the value of the electronic items far outstripped the value of the books.