November 8, 2005
• With just one twentieth of the world's population, the United States consumes nearly a billion gallons (20M Bbl) of oil each day, a quarter of the world's production.
• Wooden zippers have been found in Celtic gravesites in Brittany.
• The element Ytterbium (Yb 70) is among the least useful of those found naturally. Very closely related on the periodic table of elements, Erbium is used lend color to plasma screens.
• Leonardo Da Vinci envisioned the concept for rudimentary credit cards in 1504.
• Mason Thomas Moore, creator of the original design for the Lincoln penny, opted to be paid one one-thousandth of a cent for each coin bearing his design. By his death in 1921 he had earned over $250,000 from the penny alone.