December 3, 2008
• As of 2007, the average wind-up toy required 4.7 revolutions to be fully wound, approximately 50 percent fewer revolutions than what was required in 1997.
• Ashlee Simpson Wendt's son is named Bronx Mowgli because his father is a fan of the Denver Broncos (a/k/a "The Bronks") and his mother likes skiing on slopes that have lots of moguls, what she calls "mogul-y".
• At pay-by-weight fruit and salad bars, watermelon is the least economical item for the consumer.
• 50.2 percent of American companies that have more than 50 people who are considered 'middle management' block access to the official Dilbert web site.
• If a person rubs a wet bar of soap vigorously against his or her wet skin for fifteen seconds, the weight of the bar will be reduced by approximately 0.158 ounces.
December 10, 2008
• The top 3 words that are mispronounced by college graduates are:
1 - lackadaisical, pronounced lax-a-days-ical
2 - heinous, pronounced hane-ee-us
3 - moot, pronounced mute.
• Eighty-seven percent of righthanded people who use telephone headsets position the microphone boom on the left side of their face.
• Microsoft assigns each of its products an official 'coolness' value, the details of which are secret.
• 8,273 Americans under the age of 30 were asked when they believe Post-Its were invented. Over 85 percent said "prior to the 1930s".
• Every year since 1976, high school and college students have voted English teachers as "most pedantic."
December 12, 2008
• The moniker "mobile home" is derived from an early large manufacturer of travel trailers, Mobile Home Travel Trailers, which was headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. For more than 20 years, the company aggressively tried to legally enforce the "Mobile Home" trademark, but the term was declared part of the public domain in 1968.
• The common laboratory rat is on the endangered species list, as there are estimated to be less than 2,000 left in the wild.
• The 1972 collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Appalachian State University had the highest death toll of any pedestrian bridge accident in the United States, killing 53. Most of those killed were with the school marching band.
• A recent NASA publication stated that the most common cause of UFO reports over the past decade had been due to "optical fluorescence of oxygen and nitrogen in the ionosphere".
• According to a report published by the University of North Carolina, college physics majors have the highest IQ and political science majors the lowest. Ironically, psychology majors were also near the bottom of the list, though that was dismissed as not significant due to the small sample size.
December 25, 2008
• In 2005, the average Christmas gift in North America weighed 11.476 ounces.
• Although the average American will see 872 commercials aired by automobile manufacturers that suggest a car would be a good holiday gift, only 700-800 vehicles are actually given as gifts.
• In a 1990 poll it was revealed that among registered Republicans, Richard Nixon's least popular act was discouraging holiday lights during December of 1973.
• The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) calculates that between 1985 and 2005 an average of 47 new Holiday CDs/albums were released each year.
• As of 2003, 29.3 percent of living Americans had ever experienced a white Christmas.