April 7, 2006
• The game of foosball was invented in mid-16th-century Germany, predating soccer (football) by nearly 200 years.
• The space shuttle was originally intended to land on the moon, but NASA was unable to design reliable landing gear that would function on the powdery lunar surface.
• According to a 2003 research paper which studied the hippocampus brain activity in saltwater invertebrates, we should be saying "happy as a lobster". On a scale of 1-10, lobsters rated 8.7, crabs 7.9, mussels 6.2, sea urchins 4.3, and clams came in almost dead last at 2.6. The only thing sadder than clams were scallops at 2.5, but that could be within the margin of error.
• In Djibouti, it is traditional for parents to preserve the stump of the umbilical cord once it falls off and to present it years later to their grown child when their first baby is born.
• America Online noticed that nearly 23 percent of males aged 13 to 18 use "sex", as all or part of their password. Only two percent of females in the same age group did the same.