June 1, 2008
• In 2006, 8432 men were asked what their their three wishes would be if they came upon a magic genie. The top answers were: something to do with health/longevity (87.2 percent); wealth (50.5 percent) and world peace (48.3 percent). 12.8 percent said they would wish for better "endowment".
• On the average piano, the E-above-middle-C key is hit more often than any other key.
• As of 2005, only 12 percent of PC users could say what a "C prompt" referred to.
• When women were asked what their top three wishes would be their answers were: health/longevity for self (79.4 percent); health/longevity for family and or friends (64.7 percent); improved body figure (43 percent). 14.4 percent indicated they would wish for "better endowed partners"
• People who deliberately set their clocks and watches five or more minutes fast are eight times more likely to be late for an appointment than those who set their clocks and watches accurately.
June 11, 2008
• The average public building in the United States has 42 'Exit' signs.
• Stephen Colbert's eyesight is 20/15; the eyeglasses wears are plain glass.
• At any given time, 37.4 percent of people signed onto Yahoo Instant Messenger have set themselves to be invisible.
• As of the end of 2006 there were 1,472,686 roatary dial telephones in use in the United States.
• The average utility pole (often referred to as a 'telephone pole') in the United States is 24 years old.
June 14, 2008
• According to the periodical, Habidashery Today, the average pair of Men's boxer brief underpants is too worn out to wear after 34 washings in an automated washing machine, yet men typically keep a pair until they have been through the washer 48 times.
• The same magazine states that the longest-lasting type of women's panties are silk thongs. With proper care they can regularly last several years.
• There are 5.27 mouse pad for every mouse in use in the North America and Europe.
• As of 2007, approximately 8.27 percent of American women can touch their elbows together behind their back. In 1920 the rate was approximately 14.5 percent.
• Untrained chimpanzees show a slight but definite preference for blue M&Ms over all other colors.
June 17, 2008
• During an average day, any given individual the world over, regardless of age or gender, will use equal amounts of paper napkins and 'bathroom tissue', when measured by weight.
• In addition to holding the trademark rights to iPod and iPhone, Apple Computer has registered the trademarks iPlan, iCar, iDo, iPork, and iDunno
• Members of the United States work force who sit in a cubicle will change desks an average of once every 7 months, 3 days.
• Benjamin Franklin's favorite berry was the Mulberry.
• The volume of spam sent to instant message IDs increased by 1846 percent between May 2, 2006 and December 24, 2007.
June 21, 2008
• Penguins weren't officially recognized taxonomically as a bird until 1867. There was a strong and vocal minority that felt that they should be classified as a new genus of fish.
• When the circulation department of the Library of Congress was computerized in 1988, it was discovered that 17 Presidents (including founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson) had each not returned one or more books. A bill to forgive their debts has been submitted to one or both houses of Congress four times in the intervening years, but it has never made it out of committee.
• During World War II, with many men away from home, the automobile accident rate rose by nearly 20 percent.
• Despite Coca Cola's commercial proclaiming that "sip stealing is not a felony in all 50 states," Thomas Gomes of San Diego, California was recently convicted of it for his third strike and thus received mandatory lifetime imprisonment.
• The word "bicalendrous" has reportedly not appeared in print since the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary
in 1888 (it was dropped from later editions). The word was used to refer to a calendar or ledger that contained dates in both the Julian and Gregorian systems, but had rarely been used since most of the English-speaking world switched in 1752.