October 1, 2009
• Composing a 10,000 word document on a non-electric typewriter burns 135 more calories than producing that same document on a computer due to the differences in pressure required for each keystroke.
• The adhesion of Post-it brand sticky notes has increased 55 percent since 1990.
• Each year spam email costs nine times more in lost bandwidth capability than the value of postage paid for all unsolicited "junk" mail worldwide.
• When the first pencil with an eraser was introduced in 1858, the New York Times
decried it as "yet another hallmark of the steady decline of our once noble age."
• The first official international weight standard set for softballs was based on the weight of a grapefruit from the family farm of Bakir Dzananovic, one of the game's creators.
October 8, 2009
• In 2008, "rubber-necking" at blimps was responsible for at least 38 automotive accidents, six of them fatal.
• There are at least nine locations in the United States that claim to be haunted by the ghost of John Wilkes Booth.
• The human eye reaches its full size by one year of age.
• Soft drink Dr Pepper's namesake, Charles T. Pepper, wasn't a "real" doctor; he had a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Virginia.
• As described in Dreams from My Father
, President Obama's favorite toy as a child was his extensive collection of Matchbox cars.
October 22, 2009
• Archeologists have determined that toast was invented in Mesopotamia in approximately 1225 BCE.
• More than 90 percent of the beer consumed in the United States can not be legally called 'beer' in Germany.
• As of October 1, 2009, the Library of Congress had 5,867 books that started "Once upon a time"
• Forty percent of Americans who consume alcoholic beverages consume at least forty percent of the beverages outside of their home.
• The number of applications submitted to four year colleges and universities quadrupled between 1989 and 2009.