March 6, 2008
• Seven percent of Americans eat their meals on paper plates at least twice a day on five or more days in a week.
• The Platte River Association for the Prevention of Plagiarism estimates that over fifteen percent of college level master's theses are written by someone other than the student turning them in.
• A recent poll of Americans aged 30 to 45 indicated that the TV show they would most like to see return to TV is VH-1's Pop Up Video
, followed by the original Knight Rider
, Gilligan's Island
and The Love Boat
• In the last four Presidential elections, kindergarten teacher Anna Malloy's class has accurately predicted the winner. When asked who would win the Democratic primary, they predicted Hillary Clinton.
• Cheetos were originally called "Cheese Toes". The name was shortened and combined because of the negative perception the original name held for focus groups.
March 13, 2008
• The rock group Steppenwolf made several appearances in early 1967 at small venues billed as "Beowulf".
• Recent analysis of the ink used in the Magna Carta reveals that one of the trace ingredients is bull urine.
• A picador in Barcelona in the 1920s weighed approximately 295 lbs or 134 kg.
• Throughout his 40s and 50s, Ernest Hemingway would suffer caffeine withdrawal if he had fewer than ten cups of coffee per day.
• When Hermann Hesse was assigned to be an ambulance driver for the German Army during WW I, he had never driven a car before.
March 16, 2008
• On a job interests profile filled out in her junior year, Paula Abdul listed dancer, dental hygenist, and mortician as her top three career choices.
• In the most recent US census, four people listed their occupation as "rubber band ball maker".
• The character "Mr Jones" in the Counting Crows song got his name because drummer Steve Bowman was drinking a Jones soda at the time they were writing the song.
• As recently as 2006, a small group of researchers at Lake Superior State University were denouncing the Internet as "a passing fad, not likely to last another ten years."
• A recent study performed by the Wisconsin State Police indicates that people who live in rural areas have 25 percent fewer snow-related accidents than those who live in urban areas.
March 19, 2008
• Gaming and probability experts predict that one of the multi-state lottery games will have a jackpot in excess of one billion US dollars some time in the next 6.24 years if the rules for the current lotteries remain as they are currently constituted.
• The ancient Romans had a thriving "numbers racket" similar to the ones depicted in books and movies about the Mafia.
• The favorite wagering event for Samaritans was sheep shearing races.
• The average wager at horse and dog tracks in the United States is $15.217.
• Before the proliferation of the high intensity light emitting diode, Las Vegas consumed 1.6% of the world's annual industrial output of neon gas.
March 24, 2008
• Osama bin Laden was not placed on the No Fly List until October 2007. An official at the Department of Homeland Security explained, "that [placing bin Laden on the list] was so obvious that no one thought to do it."
• The Nickelodeon Kids-Call-In® poll held on Presidents' Day 2008 found that Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee were the kids' choices for Presidential party Presidential candidates.
• The U.S. Mint estimates that there is approximately $350 million in incorrect transactions annually due to confusion between quarters and Susan B. Anthony dollar coins.
• There is a three percent spike in electrical power usage at 3:00 A.M. following the second Tuesday of each month due to Microsoft-Windows-based computers rebooting themselves after receiving their monthly updates.
• The 1828 first edition of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language
does not have entries for "by" nor "why", but spells them as "bye" and "whye", because he felt that all words should contain at least one vowel. This attempt at spelling reform was not continued in later editions.
March 28, 2008
• The German Imperial Army was the first military force to have a standing Driving School. It was formed in May of 1912.
• The leaves on grapevines in Germany are, on average, 18 percent broader than their French counterparts.
• More castles overlook the Rhine River than any other river in Europe.
• WW II German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
• Stuttgart, German, has the highest per capita consumption of cigars in all of Europe.