August 1, 2007
• The Statue of Liberty originally had golden earrings until they were stolen in 1908, a crime which remains unsolved to this day.
• Donald Brosofsky of Chelmsford, England has read a Harry Potter
book in 23 different languages.
• Saying "XYZPDQ" is banned in at least five American school districts.
• Steve Miller (of The Steve Miller Band) is big band legend Glenn Miller's great nephew.
• A variation of the idiom "easy as pie" exists in almost every major language, ranging from "simple as cooking wontons" in Chinese to "easy as making snow-cake" in Swedish.
August 2, 2007
• On average, the human brain and cork have equivalent specific gravity.
• Over half of all earthquakes occur between the hours of 2:08 AM and 5:47 AM
• There is a hedge fund headquartered in the suburbs of Paris that invests only in hedges and other ornamental plantings.
• Dolly Madison was the first First Lady to regularly wear a brassiere. In today's American sizing convention it was a 32c during her years in the White House.
• Cro Magnons rarely suffered from acne.
August 6, 2007
• Scratch and sniff stickers were originally used as medical tools. Their purpose was to detect and identify any deficient smell receptors.
• Eidos Interactive reports that Lara Croft, heroine of their famous Tomb Raider
video game series, has "died" 480 million times worldwide.
• Scientists have identified three new cloud varieties, pending approval of the International Society of Meteorologists (ISM), two of which only appear under "ultra-hazardous" conditions.
• The catfish is the only fish that can consciously and independently blink its eyes.
• In the area around Ohio a new species of seaweed has evolved to live in drain pipes.
August 9, 2007
• A sheet of 20 2¢ U.S. postal "make-up" stamps costs $0.43 to manufacture.
• Until early in the 20th century, Monday the 13th, not Friday the 13th, was considered unlucky.
• Apparently due to their diet, neanderthals never got cavities in their teeth.
• Unclaimed 401(k) accounts, due to death or poor record-keeping, result in $1.4 billion annually for the U.S. federal government. If Social Security is privatized, that number will jump to an estimated $12.9 billion.
• English is the only major language without prejunctive verbs.
August 13, 2007
• FDA regulations state that spinach fertilizer must be at least 50 percent iron oxide.
• Monkey bile is used in the production of Yellow #5, a popular food-coloring product.
• The longest game of "Mornington Crescent" started in 1935 and continues to this day. The estimated distance a person would have to travel to follow the route is 538,765,900 km, incurring a fare of £2.6 trillion.
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• In six countries worldwide, it is illegal to give a girl a boy's name, and vice versa.
August 16, 2007
• Conestoga Wagons typically had 14 spokes on each wheel.
• Cal Ripken, Jr. missed two thirds of his team's baseball games when he was a junior in high school.
• Every newspaper in the United States with a circulation of over 100,000 has reduced the size of its newsprint at least once in the last ten years.
• Dwight Eisenhower's favorite breakfast was cheese grits. He always had a three month supply with him when he was leading the Allies in Europe.
• The towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Ct, have not had a new case of Lyme disease in 27 months
August 20, 2007
• One in 12 staples manufactured is used by the tea bag industry.
• Blu-Ray discs are shoplifted nearly four times more than HD-DVD disks.
• The Empire State Building was originally going to be named The Citadel.
• The author of the PING (Packet InterNet Groper) utility was briefly investigated by the FBI pornography bureau because of the word "groper".
• "Putin" is Chilean slang for female genitalia, causing major embarrassment for the Russian President during his recent visit.
August 22, 2007
• Proboscis Monkeys have been observed in the wild using pine cones to clear out their nasal passages.
• The FTC predicts there will be a 490 percent increase in the demand for veterinary dentists in the next 12 years.
• Workers at the distillery that produces Chivas Regal Scotch are contractually entitled to three free bottles each quarter.
• Twenty-five percent of the people who live in North Africa have never seen a rainbow.
• On average, in any twelve month period, those individuals with a net worth of over $125 million spend more time traveling off the ground (helicopters and jets) than they spend traveling on the ground (cars, trains, golf carts, etc.)
August 24, 2007
• For the average adult male giraffe, it takes 5.02 seconds for food to travel to the stomach after swallowing. For the average adult male human the time is 3.29 seconds.
• When Socrates drank the hemlock juice to commit suicide, he mixed it with carrot juice.
• Impalas are born blind but within 24 hours have eyesight twice as acute as humans.
• The most common number of characters for AOL Instant Message screen names is seven; eight is the second most common. For Yahoo IM 12 is the most common, 16 the second most common.
• Belgium imports more tons of hops per capita than any other nation.
August 27, 2007
• Ethanol fueled cars were first developed in the 1917, and at the time were considered to be far superior to their gas-powered rivals, but they were never widely distributed, due to Prohibition.
• 76 percent of gods recognized by the International Religious Foundation are male, 12 percent are genderless.
• 99.5 percent of all languages ever spoken are considered dead.
• There are fourteen species whose common names include the word "flying" even though the species does not actually fly. Three are plants.
• George Harrison was the only member of The Beatles to take part in an exorcism.
August 31, 2007
Thanks to the Fact Check Forums
for their wonderful research on the topic of revenge.
• While 82 percent of women say they have "sought revenge" against a previous significant other, only 19 percent of men responding said they've been the victim of acts of vengeance from a previous significant other.
• In 1994, two researches D. Stuckless & R. Goranson, created psychology's first ever "Vengeance Scale". Previous to this test, the "Vengeance Scale" referred to an ESPN news segment describing how badly Shaquille O'neal wanted vengeance on the LA Lakers.
• In 1743, a Scotsman double-bogeyed on a golf hole due to a gopher moving his ball into a sand trap. The man spent the next seven years hunting down and attempting to kill the miscreant gopher. This story survived and was the inspiration for a subplot in the movie Caddyshack
• 33 percent of people polled online believe that scratching a person's vehicle is a more effective form of revenge than burning down their house.