October 1, 2008
• 23,101 children under the age of 10 were asked which animal cracker tastes best. Forty-seven per cent said the elephant is the tastiest. One percent said there's no difference.
• Peyton and Eli Manning, brothers who are NFL quarterbacks, both threw a touchdown with their first official pass in high school.
• Songwriter Randy Newman's mother was 4' 8.5" tall.
• More soda is consumed through a straw than all other beverages combined.
• Twenty-three percent of PC users never change their screensaver from the factory-loaded one.
October 8, 2008
• As of 2007, more vehicles have traveled on the New Jersey Turnpike than any other road in the world.
• Nolan Ryan has touched more baseballs than any other person.
• In "polite society" in the nineteenth century, sperm whales were called "manly whales".
• The earliest-known hangers for garments were found in archeological digs in Mesopotamia and date back 3300 years.
• The average American high school student has 146 different 'away messages' saved for use with Instant Messaging applications.
October 16, 2008
• Voldemort, the dark wizard of the Harry Potter
series, was the most popular write-in candidate in the 2008 Republican primary election, easily beating perennial favorites such as Superman and Mickey Mouse.
• The Guinness Book of World Records
gets about 150 applications annually for "cutest baby."
• Over 9,000 people in Des Moines, Iowa signed a petition urging the United States to immediately end its occupation of North America. The organizers wished to demonstrate that people often sign petitions without agreeing with them, but even they were surprised at the high level of support for American withdrawal.
• Over two-thirds of Americans polled agreed with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s quip that "the world needs less love and more common decency."
• In honor of Rudyard Kipling's 140th birthday, Oxford University asked students how much they like Kipling. Nearly half responded that they'd never kipled.
October 22, 2008
• 12 percent of Icelanders under the age of 35 say they were members of a rock and roll band at some time in their life.
• On October 22, 1998, Slava Gilusick of Haverford, PA, claimed the last unused three-character ID for AOL Instant Messaging.
• India exports more human hair, in total and per capita, than any other country. The color of 99.502 percent is classified as "black" or "ebony".
• Sarah Palin and Joe Biden both weighed 6 lbs 15 oz at birth.
• Meatloaf is mentioned more often than any other dish when people are asked to name a 'comfort food'.