February 2, 2007
• The secret ingredient of the on-location Hawaiian episode of Iron Chef America
• The best-selling vehicle license plate frame says "Don't follow me -- I'm lost!"
• In a recent survey of American office workers, the most joyful part of their day is the radio morning show on their drive into work.
• The winning joke of the 2006 annual New York City All-Kindergarten Joke Contest was "How does a baby duck get out of its shell? It quacks it!", told by Michael Espinosa of P.S. 138.
• Despite the high non-Anglo populations in both Alaska and Hawaii, the most common male and female names are David and Kimberly respectively.
February 5, 2007
• The average number of warning labels per product in the U.S. has increased from 0.18 in 1956 to 17.9 in 2006
• Japan uses 200 pounds of disposable chopsticks per person each year.
• Despite popular stereotypes, a recent survey has revealed that men, on average, spend 26 percent more time shopping than women do.
• Mt. Everest has never been climbed by a person wearing a wig or toupee.
• The Catholic church has named more than 3500 patron saints, including ones for washing machines, pet donkeys, and peanut farmers.
February 6, 2007
• In Uganda it is illegal for a man to step into a street with his left foot first.
• Of every 400 people currently living at any given time: 16 will lose one or more toes; five will lose one or more fingers; two will lose an arm or leg; and one will be decapitated.
• The highest number ever to be counted to aloud and without pause is 122,312.
• As of January 1, 2007, there were 86,410 different types of plastic. 2,128 types were developed in 2006.
• Chewed pen caps outnumber unchewed ones nearly two to one in a typical American office place.
February 7, 2007
• 48 percent of all IRS audits end up in the audited individual's favor.
• Although the first patents for revolving doors were issued in 1883 and 1885, the earliest known building to use a revolving door was in Herculaneum, near Mount Vesuvius in Italy, constructed in the third century BCE.
• 86 percent of people given a standard Rorschach Inkblot Test describe at least one image as "a lion."
• Toronto, Canada had the highest number of registered sex offenders per capita than any other city worldwide.
• 93 percent of all federal income tax filings due a refund are filed in February, 97.4 percent of filings with a balance due (taxes owed) are filed between April 12 and April 15th.
February 8, 2007
• More people attended the funeral for 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro than those for Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford combined.
• The knock-knock joke was created by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, and quickly became the most popular feature in Poor Richard's Almanac
• There are 12 Washington lobbying organizations fully or substantially dedicated to putting an end to Daylight Saving Time.
• The Oxford English Dictionary
states that a fact must be 10 or fewer words in length to be considered a factoid.
• Professor Stephen Hawking and Monty Python
alum Michael Palin were roommates at Oxford University, and remain close friends to this day.
February 9, 2007
• 99.91 percent of ingredients in all hair shampoo sold in the US is the same, despite the over 1000 percent price difference between the least expensive and most expensive brand tested.
• One in five common field mice carry a mutated, non-communicable form of the "Black Plague."
• Dolphins are allergic to shrimp. Porpoises are not.
• Worldwide, there are 14792 known words for "hate", but only 968 for "love."
• If all recorded sounds were combined it would take 34,000 years to play. It is estimated that the number will double by 2012.
February 12, 2007
• Tap water east of the Mississippi is unsuitable for home brewing beer because of its low alkaline content.
• In its yearly survey on general personal opinions, Gallup found that 10 percent of people who described themselves as "very religious" also described themselves as "very skeptical."
• Bob Dylan owns the only copy of a studio recording of a song in which he sings about the poor quality of his own voice.
• 90 percent of all push pins are clear.
• Since 1999, new positions at the Internal Revenue Service have been filled exclusively through personal recommendations because online job postings received few applicants.
February 13, 2007
• By weight there are 128 times more fungi on earth than humans.
• A standard serrated knife has 22 serrations per inch.
• The Guardian reports that Microsoft has collected 5.5 petabytes of data from crash logs of Windows Vista.
• The de-icing chemical used on airplanes is four percent cow urine by weight, or 2.1 percent by volume.
• If all the email spam received in one day were converted to standard-sized bricks, there would be enough to build a wall around the border of China 3/4 of a mile high and an 8th of a mile thick.
February 14, 2007
• 74 percent of all lawsuits end in out of court settlements.
• In 1841, the state of Ohio attempted to sue the state of Illinois for copyright infringement, for passing a law with identical wording. Ohio v. Illinois was thrown out of court when Illinois claimed sovereign immunity.
• The average monetary value of settlements in matters of copyright infringement is $22,240.
• Of all the money awarded in cases of copyright infringement, 45 percent of the settlement is left for the plaintiff. The initial 55 percent is spent on legal fees, taxes, and other expenses.
• Rock musicians are 23.6 percent more likely to sue for copyright infringement than musicians in any other genre.
February 15, 2007
• Baseball was voted the world's least popular major sport in 1998 at the International Sports Convention held in Helsinki, Finland by a ratio of three to one.
• Six out of ten people considered "middle class" or lower spend 98 percent or more of their paycheck before the next payday.
• When dying, the common house fly emits a loud, high-pitched screech at a frequency higher than humans can hear but detectable by dogs.
• An average person spends six minutes a day in hesitant speech, using words such as "um" or "er".
• While most time zones are offset from Greenwich Mean Time by whole hours, there are 14 areas that are offset by 1/2 hours, three that are offset by quarter hours and one, the Principality of Sealand, that is offset by 52 minutes.
February 16, 2007
• An average door is closed 79 percent of its lifetime.
• Slightly less than one in 10,000 of all American citizens can name all Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than five percent can name any Chief Justice during their lifetime.
• Groupers are the only species of fish to have been documented to suffer from depression.
• The highest recorded short-term snowfall occurred in Clark Fort, Idaho, on March 3 1947 when 9 inches of snow fell in 15 minutes.
• An average networked office printer accumulates 3.7 uncollected pages each day.
February 19, 2007
• Wilhelm Berghoff was the first person to die in an aircraft accident.
• The city of Casablanca has had at least one nightclub called "Rick's" since 1946. The city of Ricks, New Mexico has had a nightclub called "Casablanca" since 1971.
• 0.092 percent of Microsoft's new Vista operating system is legacy code from the original MS-DOS operating system, originally released in 1981.
• The famed Sydney Opera House in Australia has staged the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar more often than any other opera venue.
• Until 1974, the primary ingredient in non-gourmet chocolate candy was not chocolate, but paraffin.
February 20, 2007
• Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken were high school classmates.
• If all the nitrogen in earth's atmosphere were liquefied, it would fill the Gulf of Mexico.
• Screwdrivers are found in 98 percent of all home toolboxes, tape measures in 92.2 percent, and tweezers in 92.1 percent.
• Most American kitchens have 2.4 pots for every pan.
• Bob Dylan wrote "Lay Lady Lay" for Judy Collins.
February 21, 2007
• Nimro Klims holds the honor of being the only person issued an official birth certificate in the U.S. that lists no mother, father, next of kin, or ward.
• 73 percent of sheep owners find it easier to fall asleep that non-sheep owners.
• As a child Neil Armstrong acted in a series of cereal commercials.
• The Danish consume the fewest donuts per capita in the world.
• In 1995, researchers in Belize announced that the they could predict with 80 percent accuracy a toucan's lifespan based upon the size of the bird's pupil at age one.
February 22, 2007
• In 2006 alone, 14 people were sued for libel for allegedly referring to the plaintiff as "litigious". While most of the suits were dismissed outright, in three cases, damages were awarded.
• The word ellipsis is the plural form of ellipe, the Latin word for a period.
• In a study done at Cornell University, it was found that athiests were 63 percent more likely to return a wallet found on the street than self-described Christians. The research was done with a planted wallet and a hidden camera.
• In a recent interview, Bill Watterson finally revealed that the parents in Calvin and Hobbes
are named Tim and Amy, after the parents of a childhood friend.
• On this day, February 22, in 1962, the United States formally apologized to Heinz Assmann, a German diplomat, after he was made the butt of an off-color joke by President John F. Kennedy at a state dinner.
February 23, 2007
• The common fastener known as the staple is named after French entrepreneur Pierre l'Staple, who patented, but did not invent, the device in 1850.
• According to recent survey that spanned several large US cities, nearly one third of all ice-cream truck operators had at least one felony conviction.
• In North Carolina, it is illegal to sell a fork with fewer than three prongs.
• Mexico has more laws related to the production, manufacturing, and distribution of alcoholic beverages than any other category.
• There are 25 different plants that are refined to produce sugar throughout the world. While beet and sugar cane are the most common, the Japanese Honeysuckle variety that is the most prized and most expensive.
February 26, 2007
• The primary ingredient in most gasoline additives is gasoline.
• Besides the footprints, Rover, and mirror array left on the moon, there are an estimated 37 other objects that were left as well. Among them are a Bible, an issue of The Saturday Evening Post, a functional camera, and a glass of water.
• In the industry, for a shoe to be called a "stiletto" the heel must be at least 6.1 cm high.
• During Lent more people give up chocolate than any other item or behavior. Coming in a distant second is sex followed closely by alcohol.
• An average snowflake takes six minutes to fall from a cloud to Earth.
February 27, 2007
• The minimum wage for an actor in a Broadway play is $872 per week, for a Broadway musical it is $912.
• The average American 14-year-old sends or receives 43 text messages or IM messages per day.
• Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush were all cheerleaders in high school.
• The amount of ink in new disposable ball-point pens has decreased by more than one half since 1975.
• Three of five people cannot correctly pronounce the name of the condiment Worcestershire Sauce.
February 28, 2007
• The average length of time a waiter or waitress will stay on the job before finding another line of work is 302 days. The median is 42 days.
• Scotch™ tape is 19 percent stickier today than it was 25 years ago.
• One hundred thousand dung beetles were imported to New York City in 1901 in an effort to clean the streets of horse manure. The experiment failed in large part because rats apparently like the taste of dung beetles.
• In-line roller skating has the highest injury rate of any sport. Irish Hurling has the highest injury rate of any team sport.
• Land's End reports that the most common monogram requested on their clothing and accessories is "RJS".