August 3, 2006
• In U.S. cities, the southeast quadrant is, on the whole, statistically more dangerous than any other city quadrant.
• 92 percent of rain falls into one of the world's oceans.
• One in three emails received by Microsoft's Hotmail is addressed to an inactive or nonexistent account.
• On average, it takes roughly 14,000 hours of game play before a person can compete at the level of a chess master.
• Disopiaephobia, a rare condition in which people fear anything in their peripheral vision, afflicts two in every million people.
August 6, 2006
• David Garovich is currently suing the State of California for not issuing him a handicapped parking placard due to his alcoholism, which is recognized by California as a chronic disease and thus, according to his suit, should qualify as a handicap.
• Arnold Schwarzenegger and Henry Kissinger are fourth cousins once removed.
• While there are roughly the same number of Phillips and standard screwdrivers made each year, Phillips screws now account for 99.3 percent of screws manufactured.
• Bob Eubanks, best known for The Newlywed Game
, is an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church.
• While the British railway is usually credited with first implementing time zones, Constantine I and the Roman Empire had attempted a solution to the problem in 331 A.D. by mandating that all sundials east of Rome be offset forward by "half of half of half of half of a circle" or 22.5 degrees, which equates to approximately 90 minutes.
August 10, 2006
• The Titanic provided its first class passengers with a complementary onboard singing telegram service.
• Pop star Michael Jackson began wearing his signature single white glove to cover a wart on the pinky of his left hand.
• More people have seen a performance by Elvis Presley than any other artist.
• Worldwide, airline companies lose 311 tons of baggage every day, 114 tons of which are never recovered.
• Atlanta, Georgia holds the dubious honor of being the city in North America where tourists are most likely to be pickpocketed.
August 13, 2006
• Apples are Bill Gates' favorite fruit, whereas Warren Buffett prefers kiwi.
• Less than one-tenth of one percent of the federal Food Stamp Program's money is spent on fruit or vegetables.
• A recent ABC News poll found that 94 percent of adults surveyed who say they voted for President George W. Bush twice would vote for him again if given the opportunity.
• Both U.S. Senators representing the same state are forbidden from traveling in the same car or plane.
• In a recent study done on Mensa members, it was discovered that their self-reported IQ averaged 20 points higher than their actual IQ.
August 15, 2006
• 77 percent of cubedwellers report being "dissatisfied" or "severly dissatisfied" with their desk or office printer.
• The original script for the movie Snakes on a Plane
called for Nelville Flynn, the character played by Samuel L. Jackson, to be secretly working for the evil assassin. In this early draft, the snakes were fighting to protect Sean Jones, the witness.
• There are a regulation 92 beads on a Mardi Gras necklace.
• 19 scenes in the movie Babe: Pig in the City
used a stunt pig to replace the primary animal.
• 81 percent of people have tasted their own urine.
August 17, 2006
• 57 percent of American males have wanted to become a firefighter in some point in their life, as opposed to only four percent of American females.
• More than half of the registered logos in the United States are based on a circle.
• Plastic packaging accounts for ten percent of all garbage, worldwide.
• The hat industry is seven times more susceptible to the effects of recession than is the baby food industry.
• If a person saved every breath they exhaled over the course of a lifetime, using them to inflate balloons, they would inflate enough to use in approximately 2,250 high school prom balloon drops.
August 19, 2006
• In San Francisco it is illegal to walk your Dalmatian on a leash. This law was passed after the Great Fire of 1906 to recognize the service they gave to the fire department.
• There are only 7 countries in the world that have legally declared a standard paper size.
• Every 24 hours the human race consumes approximately two billion insects.
• The Guinness Book of World Records lists the record height for flipping a coin at 45 meters.
• 67 percent of office phone cords are too twisted to reach across the user's cubicle.
August 22, 2006
• More oranges used for orange juice come from Georgia than Florida.
• If all past-due individual and corporate taxes were suddenly paid, the $8.5 trillion national debt would be paid off three times over.
• Giraffes use 61 percent of their brain capacity to coordinate swallowing.
• The average urban bird population density has nearly tripled since its historic low in 1978.
• The statue featured in The Maltese Falcon
has 357 feathers, coincidentally the same as co-star Sydney Greenstreet's weight in pounds.
August 24, 2006
• The worldwide African elephant population has tripled in the last six months.
• Pluto's recent demotion from planetary status will result in $23 million in changes to public school text books over the next 18 months.
• One in eight Americans has business cards provided by an employer.
• Nine paper companies have recently been fined by the European Union for selling reams of paper that were nine to 15 sheets short of the standard 500. Over the course of seven years, this saved these companies $9 million.
• The cross bars sometimes added to the top and bottom of an uppercase, letter "I" are called Sensenbrenner's plaques.
August 28, 2006
• Sweden has a higher percentage of its workforce on the night shift than any other country.
• In 2005, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) ruled that compositions containing bells lower than C3 or higher than C8 will not be accepted for use in formal competitions.
• On average, disc golfers report feeling 38% happier and 57% more relaxed a round of 18 "holes" than traditional ball-and-club golfers.
• Wagering on hamsterball races is illegal in 41 states.
• A recent study on sleep habits by the World Health Organization found New Zealanders were the "best rested" people in the world. Iraqis were the most sleep deprived.
August 30, 2006
• The Digital Association for Photographic Endeavors estimates that there are 2.6 terabytes of photos currently awaiting transfer off of the camera they were shot on.
• Cabbage is mildly phosphorescent.
• If all the speakers in the world were strategically distributed and playing the same song, it would be possible to hear that music standing anywhere on dry land.
• 52 percent of time spent in high school computer classes is spent trying to find a way around the web filters.
• Ferret legging
is the oldest sport involving an animal where competitors are not riding.