July 1, 2008
• People who set their clocks more than 3 minutes fast are 75 percent more likely to be late for an appointment than those people who keep their clocks properly adjusted.
• Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame, can solve Rubik's cube in under 35 seconds.
• The 3M company used the name "Stick-em-ups" during early development for the product now known as Post-Its.
• The Association of PC Peripherals predicts that by 2010, 80 percent of mice and 60 percent of keyboards will be wireless.
• Due to the proliferation of contact lenses and the introduction of lasix surgery, the number of people wearing eyeglasses has dropped by 18.21 percent since 1972.
July 2, 2008
• 2.8 percent of office workers who work 50 or more hours per week have reported experiencing visual or auditory hallucinations while at work. In 1998, this percentage was .05.
• By July of any given year, two in five wall calendars will be turned to the wrong month, and one in ten will not have been changed since January.
• Workaholics Anonymous urges its members to call in sick each year on July 5th, Workaholics Day.
• 97 percent of people over the age of 15 have purchased at least one item from a school fundraiser catalog.
• Country musician Tracy Byrd is an avid ferret breeder and is rumored to own at least fifty ferrets.
July 4, 2008
• In Italy, the fireworks known as "Roman Candles" in the US, are called "Tiratori Americani" or, in English, "American Shooters" in Italy.
• More hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
• Eighty-seven percent of American males over the age of 14 have exploded at least one firecracker.
• On at least three separate occasions, a bill has been introduced to Congress to make Independence Day occur on the first Monday in July. It has never made it out of committee.
• Each year from 1998 through 2007, the Fourth of July has had the lowest internet traffic of any day in the given year.
July 7, 2008
• Three percent of listeners believe that the Hotel California, made famous by the Eagles, is a real place.
• Although not recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records
, Christopher Kingsley of Mesa Verde, AZ claims to have completed the longest "perfect shuffle" on an iPod by listening to all 39,578 songs on his 160 GB iPod without restarting the shuffle.
• 550 Americans listed their occupation as "professional bagpipe player" on their 2006 income tax returns.
• By a two to one margin, more Australians can name all of the members of the New Kids on the Block than the members of the royal family.
• 90s rapper Tone Loc's favorite pastime is knitting. He reports that it is "more relaxing than alcohol and less dangerous."
July 9, 2008
• The bathrooms, portable toilets and outhouses in and near the beer tents of Munich during Oktoberfest process .84 liters of urine for every liter of beer sold.
• The average person's toenails are 1.86 times thicker than his or her fingernails.
• For most people, the Gluteus Maximus is the muscle that responds most readily to exercise.
• One in 2222 corrective lens wearers have identical prescriptions for each eye.
• There are more than a dozen languages and dialects in Asia whose word for 'ant' sounds like 'uncle'.
July 16, 2008
• At 0.2mm, a bat's wing is the thinnest anatomical structure of any mammal.
• One in 12 Americans cannot correctly identify a shape as a triangle when shown.
• According to Apple, 29 percent of people purchasing a second generation iPhone on its release day own or have owned a first generation iPhone.
• 79 percent of wooden surfaces seen by an American on a given day are not solid wood, but merely veneer.
• The world's largest key was made by The Horton & Sons Lock Company in 1982. It was 12 feet long and weighed just over six tons.
July 18, 2008
• As of September, 2007, 148 graduates of Siena College owned a Toyota Sienna.
• Mickey Dolenz, most famous for being a member of The Monkees, did voice work for the various Scooby Doo cartoon series. More times than any other actor, he has said, "...and I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids."
• In the U.S. work force, approximately 23 percent of 'sick days' are taken by healthy people.
• In an average American's wardrobe, five percent of his or her tee shirts were received as gifts.
• When he died, Elvis Presley had two cases of Brylcreem in the closet of the master bathroom at Graceland.
July 25, 2008
• Worldwide, on an average day there are six traffic accidents that cause five or more deaths. Once every nine days there is an accident that causes more than 10 deaths.
• Each year, on September 25th, David Cassidy dines on a partridge to commemorate the debut of The Partridge Family television series.
• General Douglas MacArthur replaced his corncob pipe once per year on the anniversary of his wedding.
• New York City's mayor, Mike Bloomberg, has a karaoke machine on each of his private jets.
• The average library in the U.S. has 5.05 percent of its materials checked out at any given moment.
July 31, 2008
• Among men graduating from college in 2005, 31.4 percent did not know how to tie a necktie.
• The average American male consumes 541 calories before noon; the average American female consumes 328 calories before noon.
• Twenty-four percent of Americans think the United Kingdom's currency is the Euro; twenty percent think France's currency is the Franc.
• The inks used in creating The Book of Kells make up 19.4 percent of the weight of the book.
• Between 1998 and 2005 the number of non-farm households in the United States that had compost piles increased by 1.47 percent.