May 1, 2009
• An audit of over 51 million death certificates from North America, South America, Europe and parts of Asia and Africa shows that none of those people have died from a hang nail, but in 27 cases a hang nail was listed as a contributing factor.
• In the U.S., Federal tax refunds that were electronically deposited in the taxpayer's bank account averaged $147.23 more than refunds that were made by traditional paper check.
• The average yarmulka manufactured in the US is 5.02 percent larger in diameter than the average yarmulka manufactured in the middle east.
• Cognitive Behaviorists have determined that any set of numerals with more than 6 digits can be made 18 percent more readable when digit-groups of three to four characters are separated by periods or hyphens.
• In Rome, 7.7 percent of all wine consumed is consumed by tourists.
May 5, 2009
• In Papua New Guinea, there are an estimated 840 distinct languages, while only a population of approximately 6.5 million, an average of only 7740 people per language.
• In Amish Pennsylvania, "raising the roof" still refers to a erecting a barn, and is also an occasion for dancing.
• Famed 18th century guitarrist virtuoso, Cesar Andelloro, cut off his left pinky finger in an effort to improve his speed and efficiency.
• In a recent survey by Galle-Bohr Research Institute 34 percent of people admitted to lying to pollsters.
• One in five Canadians has never driven a car.
May 20, 2009
• In 2008, an estimated 2,842,000 Americans commute daily to work in a time zone that is different from the one in which they reside.
• Turning a compost pile once a week speeds up the decomposition process by 132 percent.
• As of 2006, approximately 0.671 percent of images taken by digital cameras are underwater images. That is approximately quadruple the rate in 1990.
• Between 1980 and 2005 the average price paid for a prom dress in the United States outstripped inflation by 1.1 percent.
• In September of 2004, 132,472 Americans were asked when hockey's Stanley Cup playoffs ended. Of the 47 percent who knew what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are, 26 percent guessed July.