January 1, 2009
• Thomas Jefferson is famous for having said, "I cannot live without books." What is less well-known is he had a long list of things he said he could not live without and the top of the list was wine, women and music.
• Among North Americans, 38.4 percent have used a rotary telephone.
• Between 1990 and 2005, the number of Swedes who suffer from bunions increased 87 percent. In the same time frame, the number of Norwegians who suffer from bunions has decreased 78 percent.
• In China, the fifth most famous American is Paula Abdul, due to there being an all-American-Idol channel on their basic cable package.
• In 2008 the number of people who first accessed the internet decreased for the first time ever.
January 12, 2009
• An average of 89 people worldwide suffer first degree burns to their ear canal due to short circuits in their mp3 players' earbuds since the release of Apple's iPod.
• In 2008, Americans incurred the loss of $1,482,196 worth of christmas tree ornaments due to trees toppling over.
• Each of Clint Eastwood's 47 pairs of cowboy boots are custom made because his left foot is two inches longer than his right foot.
• King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886) issued an edict that all Oktoberfest beer must contain no less than 0.24 percent bull's urine. Fortunately this edict was made shortly before his death and it was repealed immediately upon his demise.
• The sale of Pez dispensers has not varied by more than 0.41 percent from 1991 through 2008.
January 14, 2009
• As of 2007, 62 percent of Co-ops in Manhattan had bye-laws that precluded residents from being incarcerated in their abode under 'house detention'.
• The Missouri Governor elected in 2008, Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon, is not related by blood to Richard M. Nixon. However, his wife Georganne (nee Wheeler) is a third cousin of the former president's wife, Thelma "Pat" Nixon (nee Ryan).
• Experts predict that by the end of 2010, 29 percent of family photos displayed in homes will be displayed by digital picture frames.
• In a 2006 poll of 148,196 office workers in the France, 3 percent said they thought the temperature in their office was acceptable more than half the time.
• More transparent adhesive tape is used to wrap presents than any other reason. The second most popular use is affixing art work to refrigerators.
January 16, 2009
• Worldwide, 83 percent of the people over the age of 15 talk about the weather at least once per day; 91 percent talk about it at least once per week.
• Thirty-four percent of Yahoo Instant Messenger users are invisible to some or all the people in their buddy list at least 80 percent of the time.
• According to the Razor Blade Manufacturers Group, the percentage of men who shaved at least five times per week hit an all-time low in 2008, but the percentage of women who shave at least five times a week hit an all time high.
• People who drink 1-3 cups of coffee per day suffer insomnia at approximately triple the rate of people who drink more than 8 cups of coffee per day.
• As of the end of 2008, approximately 69 percent of all living North Americans and Europeans have at least one image of them available on the internet.
January 26, 2009
• Since 1980, among passengers of commercial airliners that have made emergency landings on water, twelve percent have survived.
• Statistically speaking, it is safer to travel on the roof of a train in India than the back of a rickshaw in Shanghai.
• Worldwide, in 2008, digging was commenced for seven new subway train tunnels, the highest number in over 30 years.
• Ninety percent of all Conestoga wagons broke down irreparably in less than 795 miles.
• As of 2006, eighteen biplanes were contracted by the US Postal Service to deliver mail, twelve of them in Alaska.
January 31, 2009
• For eighty-one percent of the people who drown after falling through thin ice, the water in which they perish is less than three feet deep.
• The most prevalent injury suffered by skiers is a dislocated shoulder.
• Scientists who study the nature and form of snowflakes are called "crystalichers".
• The natural phenomema that causes the aurora borealis and the aurora australis also produce sound waves audible only to wolves and dingoes.
• Vigorous shivering for 10 minutes burns as many calories as running a quarter mile.