February 1, 2008
• Fourteen percent of Americans had their first taste of guacamole at a Super Bowl party.
• The last play of Super Bowl XLI, played Feb 4, 2007, was the 5000th in Super Bowl history.
• In the 1990s, four Super Bowl teams provided their players with a sports drink other than GatorAde. One supplied their players with colored water.
• During Super Bowls I and II, Vince Lombardi kept a yarmulke, a gift from Y.A. Tittle, in his pocket as a good luck charm.
• It takes 62.86 man-hours and 47.2 gallons of dye to paint the various logos on the field prior to the Super Bowl.
February 4, 2008
• Allen Funt, well-known creator of Candid Camera
, invented the novelty item known as the round tuit.
• In the last 5 years, 17 people in the United States have been murdered specifically to steal the victim's lottery ticket. Only 8 of those were winning tickets, ranging from $2 to $1.6 million.
• According to the Census Bureau, there are at least 37 U.S. citizens that commute daily across the International Date Line.
• The U.S. Postal Service is involved in nearly half of all transactions where a dollar coin is used.
• Approximately two-thirds of earwax is made up of soap and shampoo residue.
February 6, 2008
• The average pig has 42 percent more hair follicles than the average person.
• The average leopard has 874.3 spots.
• Each year, an average of 192 Americans make Emergency Room visits due to being stuck by porcupine quills.
• When given a choice between eating snails with garlic and snails without, 92 percent of egrets choose snails with garlic.
• The tongue of a gila monster weighs, on average 4.2 pounds or eighteen times as much as one of its eyeballs.
February 7, 2008
• To celebrate the Chinese New Year, there will be roughly 45,000 parades in China.
• There are 16 cities in China that have a population of more than 10 million.
• The oldest sections of the Great Wall of China are the same width as the Appian Way built during the Roman Empire.
• As of July 2007, 99.478 percent of Chinese citizens over the age of 18 are registered communists, the lowest rate in 55 years.
• In 2007, George W. Bush's approval rating in China was seventeen percentage points higher than it was in the United States.
February 11, 2008
• Among web pages that show a copyright date, 3.5% have a date that is more than one year out of date. As of February of 2008, 11.4% of pages with obviously new information still show "© 2007"
• The Recording Academy, which is the organization that awards the Grammys, voted 69 percent to 30 percent against changing the name of The Grammys to The Ceedees. The vote was forced by members who contend very few people remember what a gramophone is and re-naming it for CDs would make it more relevant to today's music fans.
• Until he was elected Vice President, Dick Cheney would make his own buckshot shells for hunting. The Secret Service has a strict rule against Presidents and Vice Presidents handling ammunition except to load it into a firearm.
• On the set of the original Star Trek series, cast and crew members would refer to William Shatner as 'Porky" behind his back.
• Light bulbs that are not screwed into their socket snuggly enough use 3 percent more electricity than those that are properly screwed in.
February 12, 2008
• 23 percent of garments labeled "dry clean only" can be traditionally washed without causing any damage.
• ATM fees account for one tenth of Bank of America's revenue.
• Paint giant Sherwin-Williams has spent nine years and $38 million developing an ultra-opaque paint capable of covering twice the square footage of conventional latex wall paint. This new paint is slated to be released in September 2008.
• Two percent of Christmas trees put up in December are left up until at least February of the next year. One tenth of one percent will be left up until the following Christmas.
• It is against federal law to use or sell water balloons in the District of Columbia between the months of October and March.
February 13, 2008
• Among women married fewer than four years, sixteen percent will receive naughty lingerie as a Valentine's Day gift. Among women married over twenty, 3.1 percent will receive lingerie from their husband; 1.5 will receive some from a person other than their husband.
• The best selling Valentine's Day cards are, in order: for significant others; for Mothers; from secret admirers; generic; and for spouses.
• When measured by dollar value, the most popular gift items for Valentine's Day are, in order: Flowers; Books; Candy; Electronics; 'personal items'.
• Despite the nearly ubiquitous reminders, 12.7 percent of men and 5.4 percent of women will forget it's Valentine's Day at least until 6:30 PM on February 14th.
• More condoms are sold in the three days before Valentine's Day than any other period during the year.
February 18, 2008
• When he assumed Presidency in 1850, Millard Fillmore was one of only approximately 189 people in the United States with the first name "Millard"; approximately ten percent of them were women.
• Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, named for the famous American Indian, and President William Henry Harrison, whose greatest fame was derived from having defeated Chief Tecumseh, met when the general was a boy of about seven years of age.
• Martin Van Buren once directed a White House laundress to be flogged for not putting enough starch in his collars. The order was not carried out although President Van Buren was told it had been.
• When he was a boy, Warren G. Harding named his pet dachshund, "Poopsie".
• Rutherford B. Hayes was the first President to play the sport that today would be recognizable as tennis.
February 19, 2008
• In Montana, any trash receptacle with a capacity less than one gallon cannot be marketed as a "trash can", only as a "waste basket". In 2003, retail-giant Wal*Mart was fined $15,000 for willful violation of this law.
• A first class letter mailed from New York, NY, to Los Angeles, CA, will be touched by, on average, only four people.
• Americans consume more food on Tuesday than any other day of the week.
• While many are aware that cats and dogs are natural enemies, few are aware of nature's other long standing feuds: turtles and mongooses; barn owls and honey bees; roadrunners and rattlesnakes; and swordfish and stingrays.
• Worldwide, more data are downloaded to end-users through wireless Internet connections than through their wired counterparts.
February 21, 2008
• From delivery to sale, canned goods in American grocery stores will spend an average of 11.3 days on the shelf or in storage.
• The Federation of North American Food Vendors reports that 61 percent of food consumed in a "carry-out" fashion is Chinese cuisine.
• By law, every household in the country of Myanmar is required to design and fly a unique flag representing the occupants.
• The International Date Authority recognizes 129 different calendaring systems in use around the world.
• The average street number of all addresses in the United States is 1633.3.
February 25, 2008
• It is a federal crime federal employees to bet on which elevator door will open next in any federal office building.
• The Reverend Hoyte Bowne has six times set the record for officiating at the most individual wedding ceremonies in a twenty-four hour period.
• The average teenage Instant Messenger user has 192 contacts in his or her buddy list. The average 45 year-old has 26 contacts in his or her buddy list.
• A conference room will, on average, have approximately two percent less oxygen in it after a one hour meeting than it had at the inception of the meeting.
• Mel Brooks's favorite vegetable is the turnip, "not because it tastes great but because it's funny", he claims.
February 29, 2008
• Over ninety-five percent of people will yawn within twenty seconds of seeing another person yawn unless they have yawned within the past 90 seconds.
• Approximately eighty percent of people will yawn if they see an animal yawn.
• Emergency room doctors are very accustomed to treating people with dislocated jaws caused by yawning.
• The "yawning contagion", as it is referred to by behaviorists, generally develops at about age 19 months.
• Eighty-five percent of people who read about yawning will yawn.