January 1, 2008
• George W. Bush was the first President to have served kiwi fruit in the White House.
• The hummingbird will shed its beak two times before reaching adulthood.
• The United States' Flag Day is one of only six official holidays worldwide that pay homage to an inanimate object.
• The Vatican was officially opposed to leap years until 1989 because it interfered with the calculation of Easter.
• A recently-unearthed, 90-million-year-old ancestor of the duck had a continually-growing egg tooth that may have grown to a length of 6 inches. While its official name is Anatidae Xenosmilus
, scientists have humorously nicknamed it the "saber-toothed duck."
January 10, 2008
• Among Americans, Dallas, TX residents drink the most coffee in their cars.
• During the California Gold Rush, more gold was found by panning than by mining, by a 5:2 ratio.
• Twenty-seven percent of internet users never change their home page from their browser's default. 3.4 percent change it more than five times per year.
• Queens, NY was named for the Native American phrase, "Qui wee neeneenius", which translates to "Land of meadows and hills."
• A good trapper on the American frontier in the late 18th century could harvest 300 beaver pelts per year.
January 14, 2008
• Cookie Bumstead, daughter of Blondie and Dagwood, has been voted "Hottest babe in a Comic Strip or Cartoon" every year since 1974. Judy Jetson has been the perennial runner up.
• Fred Flintstone's middle name is Fauntleroy.
• Twenty seven percent of the newspaper that carry the Doonesbury comic strip publish it on the editorial page.
• Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee drew political satire cartoons for his college newspaper.
• Foghorn Leghorn was a mule in early development drawings. He briefly became an ostrich before attaining his final form as a rooster.
January 16, 2008
• Cher, Madonna and Dr. Phil all worked as ticket takers in their local movie theaters when teenagers.
• Nineteen percent of American office workers use telephone headsets at least eleven percent of the time.
• The electricity consumed by mp3 players worldwide eclipsed the electricity consumption of mobile telephones worldwide in June of 2007.
• The average value of all items brought to PBS's Antiques Roadshow for evaluation between 2004 and 2007 was $5.02.
• The Calloway Company, which manufactures golf clubs and equipment, has spent over $100,000 trying to develop a specialized tee for left-handed golfers without success.
January 18, 2008
• Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher owns two pet dolphins named Juliabooze and Redbeard. She keeps them at a local zoo, where they are on display to the public.
• Over the course of their lifetime the average American male will spend 0.4 percent of their lifetime looking for a wallet or other frequently carried item such as a cell phone or keys.
• In Oregon, it is a class E felony to use skywriting for anything other than marriage proposals.
• In 1986 British researchers found a colony of Eurasian Magpies that had amassed over $28,000 worth of coins, as well as 14,000 pounds of other metallic items.
• An average Microsoft Excel spreadsheet document has 1,102 rows and 18.2 columns.
January 21, 2008
• In a poll of over 25,000 8th graders in the US, 'schist' was voted the geological term they are most uncomfortable using.
• The average age of the spectators at the December, 2007 Led Zeppelin concert was 47 years, four months.
• As of 2005, the 'Grassy Knoll" in Dallas has lost approximately 6.4 inches in height since the time of the Kennedy Assassination due to souvenir-seekers pocketing handfuls of soil.
• The Mechanics' League of North America estimates that 1.7 percent of all cars in North America in 2006 had their "Check Engine" light lit.
• In 2000 83.6 percent of passwords in use were categorized as 'weak', meaning they were fairly easy to guess. In 2006 that number had dropped to 50.5 percent.
January 22, 2008
• As of July 2007, fourteen people have won a state or multi-state lottery jackpot twice.
• Among those who have taken at least 75 business trips, 90 percent say one or more of those trips was a boondoggle.
• The average American household kitchen in 2000 had 4.3 pots and 1.94 pans. Among those who called themselves "foodies" or "gourmands" the averages were 12.88 and 6.12 respectively.
• 98.73 percent of mobile telephone owners admit to having called their mobile phone in order to locate it after having misplaced it.
• When he was 11 years old, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was the champion chicken plucker in his chapter of the 4H club.
January 23, 2008
• The average American's humorlessness has increased 18 percent between 2004 and 2007.
• A poll by the United States Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Treatment Professionals' Society has determined that the trait their patients display that annoys the most people is the penchant for criticizing typos.
• As of December, 2007, Carl Riis Eble of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, has been jailed by the Amsterdam police 37 times for creating a public nuisance. His alleged crime is following pedestrians around the Red Light District and shouting "Repent, sinners!"
• Thirty-one percent of all cheese bought in the United States is consumed in melted form.
• Reuters, the international financial services and news company company, keeps several pigeons caged in the lobby of their world headquarters in homage to the carrier pigeons it used to carry news from Europe to London.
January 28, 2008
• In a confidential memo written in November 2007, music industry analysts are predicting that zydeco music will be the "next big thing" in pop music and will be more financially lucrative than disco.
• Among all bodies of water in the world that cover more than 500 hectares, Lake Maurepas in Louisiana, has the highest percentage of non-native fish inhabiting it.
• In a poll of 22,000 tourists who have visited at least 15 different regions of the United States, the Cajun dialect was voted "most charming" of all regional US dialects. Savannah, Georgia's drawl was runner up. Texas Twang ranked last.
• One of every twelve people who live within thirty-seven miles of New Iberia, LA, is descended from or married to a descendent of Francisco Segura, who emigrated from Malaga, Spain, in 1778.
• Twenty-three percent of the residents of Baton Rouge, LA, do not know that "baton rouge" means "red stick" in French.
January 29, 2008
• Richard Nixon fired nine speech writers for writing a State of the Union addresses that got fewer than 3 laughs and 50 "interruptions for applause" while delivering it. He also insisted on increasing the number of standing ovations each year.
• Since 1982 each party has issued instructions to its members regarding at which point during State of the Union Addresses to clap, to cheer, to stand and to do nothing.
• Bill Clinton holds the record for both longest time for delivering a single State of the Union address (one hour twenty seven minutes fourteen seconds) and the highest average time (one hour six minute seven seconds).
• While delivering his 1955 State of the Union address Dwight Eisenhower consumed one half gallon of milk.
• Bess Truman would bring her knitting when she attended Harry S Truman's State of the Union addresses.