December 1, 2011
• Most of the world's French fries are neither French nor fried.
• The average trip on the Metrorail transit system in Washington, D.C. spans 8.8 stops and includes 0.9 transfers.
• Pakistan is the only non-English-speaking country that observes Daylight Saving Time.
• Geneticists discovered in 2004 that humans' ability to see the color red stems from a genetic mutation that took place in a common ancestor two million years ago. Projections indicate that, in another million years, red color receptors will be a recessive gene and appear only in a minority of humans.
• NBA basketball players average a one in 11 success ratio for three-point shots.
December 8, 2011
• The sale of one percent milk has declined nearly 26 percent since the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
• A 2010 survey found 3.1 percent of Americans claim to celebrate one or fewer holidays in a year. Of the holidays observed by these single-day celebrators the top reported was Kwanza, followed closely by the birthday of individual or their spouse.
• The title lyric of the Old English carol "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" was originally a sexual innuendo.
• In 2007, "Season's Greetings" replaced "Happy Holidays" as the most-used holiday banner text in American retail stores, which replaced "Merry Christmas" in 1979.
• Based on a global sample of 2009 symphony season programs, G.F. Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" is performed eight times each December for every one time it is sung during the rest of the year.