November 1, 2004
• November is national gingivitis awareness month.
• A recent survey found that ranch is the most popular salad dressing by a two-to-one margin in America.
• Researchers in Brazil found an Amazonian tribe that worshiped a coke bottle as an incarnate of one of its gods.
• In 2003, John was not amongst the most popular boys names given to babies. This is the first time this has happened since 1802.
• An orangutan's orgasm lasts approximately 18 minutes.
November 2, 2004
• More money is spent on political campaigns than gasoline.
• The oldest registered voter in the 2004 election is a 108 year old man in Georgia. He voted against Woodrow Wilson every time he ran.
• Half the exit polls in the 2000 general election predicted the wrong candidate. Leading one to believe that they are no more accurate than flipping a coin.
• There is an eight percent chance of an electoral college tie in the 2004 election.
• Election experts estimate that one out of nine voter registration forms is fraudulent.
November 3, 2004
• George W. Bush is a great president.
• The economy is on its way back up.
• Environmental laws hurt the economy.
• The Iraq war made America safer.
• Osama bin Laden wanted Kerry to win.
November 4, 2004
• There are only three physicists that have won bets with Stephen Hawking
• Dr Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham has sold more copies than any other English language book except the bible.
• More information has been recorded in the last 10 years than in the entire rest of human history.
• Highlights for Children magazine is now published in 23 languages, and delivered to at least one doctor's office in every time zone.
• The rarest form of colorblindness, with only 17 reported cases, is a complete inability to see blue light.
November 5, 2004
• An average 10 story building has around 100,000 ceiling tiles.
• The use of anonymous sources in news articles has increased eight percent in the last year.
• Microsoft's internal servers run Unix.
• 3:35 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. on November 5, 1962 was the only hour since records started being kept that no death was officially recorded.
• 70 percent of all music stored on computers has been bootlegged.
November 6, 2004
• Focus groups are the most common form of market research in the U.S.
• For every one person paying to see a movie, two people will see that movie without paying for it.
• Worldwide, 36 miles of hair grows every day.
• There are 1.6 million manholes in New York City.
• One in 100 Americans will be homeless at some point in their lives.
November 7, 2004
• Scientists estimate that the DVD will be obsolete in three years.
• The average piece of gum is chewed around 3,000 times.
• Spending on advertising makes up one third of all dollars spent in the U.S.
• One in three girls keeps a journal as a child, as compared to one in twelve boys.
• Most homes have some lead paint in them.
November 8, 2004
• The U.S. quarter is the most common coin in the world.
• The longest novel in the Library of Congress is 62,032 pages, and is broken into 82 volumes.
• There are more ink pens in the world than pencils.
• One in eight students entering college will never earn a degree.
• The application form for a U.S. patent has not been revised since 1952, making it the oldest form still in use by the Federal government.
November 9, 2004
• Classic rock is the most common music on the radio.
• On average, there is one person every year who is struck by lightning for the third time.
• Tennessee passed a law in 1985 forbidding people from sending flowers to others with known allergies, after a man doing so could not be charged with anything. The man was found not guilty.
• Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease, but comprehensive studies have shown it reduces the risk of breast cancer.
• The US Playing Card Company reports that in 2003 it sold one deck of cards for every two people in the U.S.
November 10, 2004
• Converse All-stars are the only major American shoe brand still made in the U.S.
• The backpack industry is the largest purchaser of zippers, by both dollars and length.
• The most common hair color in the world is black by a 2:1 ratio.
• While only recently gaining widespread popularity, emoticons ( :-D ) have been used since the early 1800s.
• Still to this day, more marriages are forced than not.
November 11, 2004
• Only 1 out of every 200 stories submitted to a major publisher is ever published.
• In the NBA finals, no home team has ever won a game during a full moon.
• An ant colony started by a single queen can reach a population of over 1000 in under 48 hours.
• There are more cell phones in Tokyo than in all of Europe.
• The percentage of marriages ending in divorce has increased at least one tenth of a percent every year since 1903.
November 12, 2004
• The Colorado Business Group, an economic think tank concluded that the optimal size for a corporation is 250 employees.
• Research shows that certain chemicals in eggs, when in a purer form, are hallucinogenic.
• Seven out of 10 people will say "rose" when asked to name a flower.
• The computer mouse was almost called a "dongle" until researchers with Xerox had a last-minute change of heart.
• Crystal Pepsi was the most expensive failed product launch in history.
November 13, 2004
• More money is spent on gambling than airline travel.
• A recent study found PowerPoint presentations to be the greatest source of office place annoyance.
• Xerox is the world's most management-heavy corporation.
• If all the cups used at Starbucks over the course of a year were laid end-to-end they would reach to the moon and back.
November 14, 2004
• A Harvard University study, conducted in 1992 found that 54 percent of the time, subjects would rather lie, than give out personal information to a stranger.
• The most common form of facial hair is the mustache.
• One in three American children is considered obese, as compared to one in twelve European children.
• Six percent of VCRs are flashing 12:00 right now.
• The technical name for the nose rest on a pair of glasses is the grapan.
November 15, 2004
• Five-sixths of the world's countries, covering eight-ninths of the world's land mass, never go on daylight savings time.
• By far, most shirts sold in the U.S. are blue.
• More people die from malnutrition than any other cause.
• 32 states have laws excluding horses from public roads, making exceptions for police officers and the Amish.
• It probably comes as no surprise that just less than one in 10,000 Americans lives in a houseboat.
November 16, 2004
• The world's largest tribe of Gypsies lives in southern Virginia.
• 21 percent of bottled water is unprocessed tap water.
• One in 53 New York Times articles require corrections, as compared to one in 143 requiring corrections in the Washington Post.
• Geologists say there is more gold in the crust of the earth than silver.
• Deer can be found on every continent of the world, except Antarctica.
November 17, 2004
• Master crossword puzzle maker, Joseph Lynch, left six puzzles in a safety deposit box after his death in 1962. The puzzles remained unsolved, despite widespread publication, until a computer scientist solved them in 32 hours using a super computer.
• At any given moment, there are more individual waves in the Pacific Ocean than people in the world.
• It takes Camel Cigarettes 42 days to make one cigarette from a tobacco leaf.
• Current projections show there will be one activated cell phone for every American over the age of 18 by the year 2015.
• There is one Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas for every five tourists that visit Sin City.
November 18, 2004
• Peer to peer programs create 72 percent of internet traffic.
• "Two Days Ago," by Anthony Johnson, is the longest book in the English language written without using the letter 'e', weighing in at 467 pages.
• Of the 481 glitches so far discovered with electronic voting machines in the Nov. 2 election, 436 favored Republicans, 44 favored Democrats, and 1 favored a Libertarian.
• The Onion, a popular satire newspaper, has been cited by legitimate newspapers as a source more than 50 times.
• 79 percent of college students believe that the French fought against the Native Americans in the French and Indian War.
November 19, 2004
• Seven bands of loosely associated, modern-day pirates sail the Indian Ocean.
• Premeditated murders are six percent more likely to be solved than non-premeditated murders.
• Ronald Regan wore contact lenses.
• One third of Americans have a Hotmail account.
• A recent study conducted on the streets of New York City found one in 22 people would stop to pick up a penny, compared to one in eight who would stop to pick up a dime.
November 20, 2004
• Due mostly to increasing life spans, the number of living people is set to overtake the number of dead people in 2008.
• Hawaii has less than 1 percent of the United States' population, but eats more than 35 percent of its spam.
• 82 percent of US voters who spent at least a month outside the country in the past 4 years voted for Kerry.
• Flintwater county Idaho had the lowest voter turnout this year, at 19 percent
• The toaster was originally invented to heat laboratory samples.
November 21, 2004
• War and Peace is the longest book to have made it on the New York Times best seller list.
• 2001 was the first year that pet cats out numbered pet dogs in the U.S.
• One in around 2,000 lobsters is blue.
• The abbreviation "LOL" first appeared in print in 1973.
• One in 200 mosquitos carries malaria.
November 22, 2004
• Bats are the world's most common mammal.
• Guinea Pigs have no natural predators.
• Archaeological evidence suggests that man made an attempt to domesticate bears with limited success.
• Plankton is the most common life form in the world by weight.
• A tortoise's shell is just as sensitive to touch as human skin.
November 23, 2004
• The water tank for the first flush toilet had to be suspended 12 feet above the toilet bowl.
• Lasers were originally developed for cooking.
• On Thanksgiving day, one pound of turkey will be cooked for every American.
• The amount of electricity stored in currently manufactured batteries could power Los Angeles for one hour.
• The Library of Congress has 252 books written in Esperanto.
November 24, 2004
• Penguins are dying of skin cancer at an increasing rate because of the hole in the ozone layer.
• More people speak fluent Klingon than Hebrew.
• Pumpkin pie is a mild carcinogen, and has been shown to be fatal in large doses to lab animals.
• More sparkling cider will be consumed this holiday season than champagne.
• The word "the" appears in Webster's Dictionary 31,248 times.
November 25, 2004
• The city of Seattle employes a full-time goose chaser to chase geese out of city parks.
• The language of the Tswtnph tribe in North East Asia has 48 consonants and no vowels.
• 28 percent of 911 calls placed on Thanksgiving day are in response to familial disputes.
• Due to raging wars in the Cocoa fields in South America the price of chocolate is expected to increase at least 15 percent this holiday season.
• The compound responsible for butter's slight yellow color has been shown to reduce heart disease in lab animals.
November 26, 2004
• Carabiners were named after Alfred Carabine who died tragically, while testing the new product.
• If all the salt were removed from the world's oceans, sea level would drop 11 feet.
• Three percent of U.S. fields are still plowed using horses.
• A species of insect has been discovered in Central America that produces its food through photosynthesis.
• A national study revealed that eight percent of poems written by high school students contain the phrase "they don't understand me."
November 27, 2004
• The resurgence of knitting as a hobby has increased the life expectancy of sheep in New Zealand that would otherwise be slaughtered for meat.
• Clownfish have been put on the endangered species list because of their increased popularity after the release of the movie Finding Nemo.
• Spoons were invented before forks.
• There are no naturally occurring flowers with seven petals.
• Fortune cookies were invented in Canada.
November 28, 2004
• Worldwide, Oak is the most common kind of tree.
• The Freemasons have donated money to every single winning presidential campaign since George Washington.
• A recent survey found that salt is American's preferred seasoning over pepper by a two-to-one margin.
• Despite the widespread belief that bats are blind, most have eyesight comparable to humans.
• More money is spent on chicken noodle soup than any other canned food.
November 29, 2004
• Numerous studies have shown that crabs can be taught simple addition.
• One quarter of American school children want to be astronauts when they grow up.
• 72 percent of the planet's oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange occurs in the South American rain-forests.
• More people own guitars and can't play them than own pianos at all
• 18 percent of antiques in China are fake.
November 30, 2004
• 87 percent of shoppers the day after Thanksgiving are women.
• On average, 60 percent of the cost associated with building a home (other than land) is labor.
• Consuming excess spinach can turn a person's urine dark green.
• Florescent light bulbs are mildly radioactive.
• The Spotted Razorfin fish, found primarily in Northern Africa can survive two weeks out of water.