December 1, 2004
• When asked to rate themselves, 81 percent of college professors consider themselves to be an "above average" teacher.
• 11 percent of food service workers don't wash their hands after using the restroom.
• The average male's hair starts to grey at the age of 32.
• Thomas Edison said the movie projector was "an interesting toy" but would never lead to a marketable product "in any way, shape or form."
• Three eights of the currently dressed men in the United States are wearing a belt.
December 2, 2004
• 7 Native American tribes, 13 African tribes, and 2 Asian tribes had myths predicting that the end of the world would be between 2005 and 2015.
• The information lost in the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria would fit on one DVD.
• Over half of the calories consumed worldwide come from rice.
• Bottled water costs 200 times as much as tap water per gallon.
• In the United States, there are more employed video game programmers than there are policemen.
December 3, 2004
• Under extreme lab conditions, scientists have been able to produce what nature is unable to: two identical snowflakes.
• The world record time for saying the alphabet backwards is 2.131 seconds. The previous record was 2.324 seconds.
• 86 percent of Americans say they hate opera.
• Only one in 38 Americans can name more than eight presidents.
• On average, people who wear glasses regularly score 12 points higher on IQ tests than those who don't.
December 4, 2004
• Norway is the only country in the world where sheep out number humans. (There is one correction
associated with this entry)
• The proteins in milk have been shown to drastically reduce libido.
• During the Second World War, there was a one in 12 chance that a hand-grenade would kill the person who pulled its pin.
• Cherry pie is more popular than apple pie in America.
• The Wilford Trust Bank is the oldest corporation in America. Chartered in 1779, it is still in operation today.
December 5, 2004
• Ronald Reagan was the first president with a website.
• Worldwide, 91 percent of people die within 20 miles of their place of birth.
• The average medieval man lived to the age of 29.
• The Hoontock tribe in East Africa worships over 14,000 deities.
• Most Americans say their favorite color is blue.
December 6, 2004
• In its "lifetime" an average dollar bill is touched by over 10,000 different people.
• Republicans are more likely to be involved in extramarital affairs than Democrats.
• One in six Americans has never been on the internet, compared to five in six people worldwide.
• Americans cite November as the most stressful month of the year.
• Chemical compounds in black tea have been shown to drastically reduce the likelihood of Alzheimer's disease.
December 7, 2004
• It comes as no surprise that a recent survey found college students say their favorite drink is beer, followed closely by coffee.
• The Purple Heart medal of honor was designed by Warren J. Danson in 1781. Danson later defected to the British.
• For a 150 pound man, 50 cups of coffee contain enough caffeine to be lethal.
• The dot above an "i" is called a rander in the printing industry.
• An average-sized beehive can produce 8 pounds of honey in a week.
December 8, 2004
• One in five people say they always follow the "rules" when they encounter mistletoe.
• The word elephant comes from the the North African word "allenfent" which means "the one who smashes houses."
• 12 percent of oil is used in the manufacturing of gasoline.
• 911 operators say the number of accidental 911 calls has doubled every year since 1999, due to the increasing popularity of cell phones.
• Kung Pao chicken is the most popular Chinese food dish in America.
December 9, 2004
• The Great Wall of China was never finished, according to the original plans.
• There are over ten million American families that have more TV sets than people.
• Had Schubert completed his Unfinished Symphony, it would have been the longest classical symphony ever composed.
• Fewer than 1 percent of United States residents will go through this holiday season without encountering a Salvation Army bell ringer.
• Three out of eight people who begin reading War and Peace never finish it.
December 10, 2004
• The amount of wrapping paper used this Christmas is long enough to circle the globe four times.
• 10 percent of all FedEx Shipments come from Amazon.com
• At the end of 2004 Americans will spend over 100 billion dollars on weddings.
• The standard length of a tape measure is 150 inches.
• Field mice can empathize.
December 11, 2004
• A cleanup effort of a landfill abandoned in the 1950s found several twinkies in pristine condition.
• Nine percent of Las Vegas poker players win 80 percent of the hands.
• Peanut butter and jelly is the world's most popular sandwich.
• The smallest denomination of coin in China is worth around 1/200 the value of an American penny.
• 91 percent of the computers in the world have at least two viruses on them.
December 12, 2004
• George Washington spoke eight different languages fluently.
• Worldwide, Donald Duck is almost twice as popular as Mickey Mouse.
• More hot dogs are consumed than hamburgers, although more people prefer hamburgers to hot dogs.
• The Salvation Army was originally chartered with the U.S. government as a citizen's militia, and still has that designation to this day.
• San Francisco has one dry cleaning shop for every 1,500 people. This is the highest ratio in the United States.
December 13, 2004
• The White House receives around 50,000 pieces of mail every day.
• The average Canadian weighs more than the average American.
• One in three houses has a non-working smoke detector.
• The average strand of hair is 4.82 inches long.
• Michael Moore is the heaviest director to win top honors at the Cannes Film Festival.
December 14, 2004
• A species of worm found in South America can grow to be 16 feet long and weigh over 15 pounds.
• Every president since Harry Truman has owned a dog at some point while living in the White House.
• The Twasa Island, in the South Pacific, adopted Esperanto as its official language in the late 70s, and has never switched back to its traditional language. It is the first, and only, country to ever make this switch.
• Coffee can be more addictive than cigarettes.
• Earbuds and in-ear headphones are the leading cause of ear infections among people ages 18 to 25.
December 15, 2004
• Due to security restrictions, the Secret Service does not allow the President to handle paper currency.
• After the release of the movie Shawshank Redemption prison escape attempts increased six percent.
• Dai Vernon was the only magician to ever discover the secret to one of Harry Houdini's magic tricks while Houdini was alive.
• Bats are the number one carrier of hepatitis C.
• The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is banned from sale within the borders of the Vatican City.
December 16, 2004
• If you have a car that does not use an electronic key, it is more likely than not that you have met someone else whose key could open and start your car.
• More merchandise is returned on December 27th than any other day of the year.
• Y is the only vowel in the English language that is never doubled.
• Babies born in Asia are twice as likely to be fully albino than babies born in Europe.
• If current trends continue, a hard disk big enough to hold every web page on the internet today will cost less than $200 in 10 years.
December 17, 2004
• New Technology allows beekeepers to sedate their bees with carefully controlled sound waves instead of smoke.
• Although fire engines are red, recent studies have shown that purple is the most effective warning color for emergency vehicles.
• The tuba was invented by Igor Stravinsky for his "Firebird Suite."
• Bottled water is the fourth most popular bottled beverage.
• To prevent "mix ups" in delivery rooms many hospitals now tag newborns with a temporary barcode tattoo.
December 18, 2004
• More playground accidents are caused by seesaws than any other piece of equipment.
• Eight percent of household fires are related to smoking.
• More money will be spent on jewelry than any other gift this holiday season.
• Every year, 22 tons of leaves fall in New York's Central Park.
• The American Restauranteurs' Association reports that the average restaurant loses around 12 pieces of silverware each week.
December 19, 2004
• According to Microsoft, Will Smith is the most popular celebrity showing up as the desktop background for personal computers running Windows XP.
• The American Medical Association classified bestiality as a communicable disease until 1881.
• More clear pushpins are sold than all other colors combined.
• One out of 50 Americans still believes in Santa Claus at the age of 23.
• The National Chronological Institute released a study showing a majority of those living in the Mountain Time Zone support splitting the zone and merging with the Central and Pacific Time Zones.
December 20, 2004
• The Declaration of Independence is insured for $30 billion.
• Thomas Jefferson was an avid orchid farmer.
• Japanese has more words than any other language.
• Xerox holds more patents than any other corporation.
• The National Bureau of Weights and Measures estimates that 14 percent of clocks and watches are set over five minutes fast or slow.
December 21, 2004
• 14 percent of people celebrating Christmas this year are of a religion other than Christian.
• One in 17 Americans think Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Santa Claus.
• During the holiday season, the average decorated house has around 350 light bulbs.
• Bats have more teeth than humans.
• Sci-Fi is the highest grossing movie genre ever.
December 22, 2004
• "TV" is the second most commonly spoken two-letter phrase, behind "OK."
• "Shrek 2" was the second movie ever to be advertised on Post Office cancellation stamps. The first was "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
• A can-sized amount of shaving cream can expand to 17 cubic feet.
• A New York State driver's license is composed of six different synthetic polymers and was rated the most difficult license in the U.S. to forge.
• The average burned CD contains only 62 megabytes of data.
December 23, 2004
• A recent nationwide survey shows that the average American can name six of Santa's nine reindeer. Vixen was the most commonly forgotten, and the only respondent who did not name Rudolph named the other 8 correctly.
• Your eyes close when you sneeze because otherwise the pressure behind them would be sufficient to pop them out of their sockets.
• Shopping cart theft is the number one reason cited by grocery stores for going out of business.
• The average American will hear more than five solid days of Christmas music this holiday season.
• Scientists have yet to discover a statistical link between happiness and any other variable about a person's life. Factors considered and rejected so far include income, marital status, religion and overall health.
December 24, 2004
• Only 27 percent of Americans know the use of a wingnut.
• The tongue is the last muscle to stop functioning after death.
• This holiday season Americans will eat more almonds than any other nut.
• Irish soda bread actually originates from Scotland.
• When choosing a random number between 1 and 10, 70 percent of people choose 6.
December 25, 2004
• Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the most commonly played Christmas song on the radio.
• Swingline only began manufacturing red staplers after the movie "Office Space" was released.
• Winston Churchill's favorite food was mayonnaise and pickles.
• The average Christmas tree is six feet tall.
• About 12 percent of the world's population will have a "white" Christmas this year.
December 26, 2004
• Disney's "The Never Ending Story" sparked 28 lawsuits from customers who were furious that the movie had an end.
• Dolphins can stay underwater for over 45 minutes.
• Napoleon Bonaparte refused to eat fish he hadn't caught himself.
• Each President is required by the Secret Service to learn Morse code before taking office.
• The 1,000,000th U.S. patent was filed in 1912 for an alarm clock that dumped water on the owner if they did not disarm it within five minutes.
December 27, 2004
• The human body contains 6 miles of nerves.
• The average person says around 7,200 words every day.
• Eighty percent of the oxygen in a breath is not used.
• It would take one hundred snowflakes to equal the amount of water in one rain drop.
• Studies show plants do not grow faster when played classical music, but respond to music with a regular, steady beat.
December 28, 2004
• When frightened, an angler fish's lure can glow as brightly as a 45 Watt light bulb.
• Between first grade and sixth grade, the average child will receive seven trophies.
• When asked on his deathbed if he would have done anything in his life differently, Franklin Delano Roosevelt earnestly insisted that he would rather have been a plumber.
• One in 84 Americans cannot name the three colors making up the American flag.
• Over its 800 mile length, the TransAlaska Pipeline System leaks more than 10 gallons of oil per day in at least 942 places.
December 29, 2004
• 31 percent of people admit to cheating while playing board games.
• Numerous studies have shown that around one third of Americans have significantly higher levels of stress at the end of a vacation as compared to their levels of stress before a vacation.
• Silk, when compared to a filament of equal diameter, is stronger than steel.
• 2002 was the first year, ever, in which the records for both the hottest and coldest temperatures, worldwide, were both broken in the same year.
• Cows can be taught to whistle.
December 30, 2004
• A female cricket can hear a male cricket's chirp from four miles away.
• Almost all bathing products contain ingredients derived from seaweed.
• The term "flash in the pan" was coined when three Nome, Alaska gold miners killed one another over what they perceived to be gold in one of the miners' sieves during the Alaska Gold Rush. The phrase has since evolved from meaning "something not worth fighting over" to "something fleeting."
• The first knit towels were developed by the Babylonians.
• Darth Vader is the second most recognized movie character on earth, after James Bond.
December 31, 2004
• If earth had a gravitational pull similar to Jupiter's, even the strongest humans would have great difficulty lifting a penny.
• During its flight, a golf ball rotates approximately 100 times per second.
• One in six coffee drinkers drinks their coffee without cream or sugar.
• The Great Salt Lake is the saltiest body of water in the world.
• The average American carries $28.43 in cash with them.