LITTLE KNOWN FACTS XIII

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Wisdom Nook
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  • 1.5 million Americans are charged with drunk driving each year.
  • A Georgia company will mix your loved one’s ashes with cement and drop it into the ocean to form an artificial reef.
  • The Washington Times newspaper is owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
  • The busiest shopping hour of the holiday season is between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
  • In 2002, women earned 742,000 bachelor’s degrees. Men earned only 550,000 during the same year. The difference is growing so large that many colleges now practice (quietly) affirmative action for male applicants.
  • Most of the deck chairs on the Queen Mary 2 have had to be replaced because overweight Americans were breaking them.
  • Actor Bill Murray doesn’t have a publicist or an agent.
  • The day after President George W. Bush was reelected, Canada’s main immigration website had 115,000 visitors. Before Bush’s re-election, this site averaged about 20,000 visitors each day.
  • Only 30% of stolen artwork worth more than $1,000,000 each is recovered.
  • The typical American child receives 70 new toys a year, most of them during the holiday season.
  • 90% of Canada’s 31,000,000 citizens live within 100 miles of the U.S. border.
  • Costco is the largest wine retailer in the United States. Annual wine sales are about $700 million.
  • The worst air polluter in the entire state of Washington is Mount St. Helens.
  • There are less than 100 surviving American World War I veterans.
  • Actor Bruce Willis has filed a lawsuit against the movie studio that produced his film “Tears of the Sun”, alleging he was struck in the forehead by a fake bullet. Since 2002 (when the movie was in production), the lawsuit claims he has endured “extreme mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering”.
  • A ten year old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new, because of the -ahem- debris which is absorbed through the years. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and their decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand and a lot of perspiration, of which the average person loses a quart per day. Good night!
  • About 20% of gift card recipients never redeem the full value of the card.
  • SUVs, pickup trucks, light trucks and minivans make up 54% of all vehicles sold in the first nine months of 2004, up from 52% in 2003.
  • John Kerry’s hometown newspaper, the Lowell Sun, endorsed George W. Bush for president. Bush’s hometown newspaper, the Lone Star Iconoclast, endorsed John Kerry for president.
  • Only 939 of the 1,400,000 high school seniors who took the SAT in 2004 got a perfect score of 1600. Two of them are twin brothers Dillon and Jesse Smith from Long Island, NY.
  • Billboard magazine has recently launched a top 20 chart of cell phone ringtones.
  • The US Army is handing out $2,500 to Fallujah residents whose property was destroyed by US planes and artillery.
  • George W. Bush, who presents himself as a man of faith, rarely goes to church. Yet he won nearly two out of three voters who attend church at least once a week.
  • In 2015, it is estimated that half the federal budget will be spent on programs for the elderly.
  • Dolly Parton is planning on having breast reduction surgery soon to relieve the pain on her back.
  • A private elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia, accidentally served margaritas to its schoolchildren, thinking it was limeade.
  • The Chicago Cubs are suing former Hartford Courant newspaper carrier Mark Guthrie to get back $301,000 in pay that was intended to go to a Cubs pitcher with the same name. The Tribune Company owns both the Hartford Courant and the Chicago Cubs.
  • In February 2004, a Disneyland employee was killed when he fell from a parade float and was trapped between two float sections. OSHA termed this a serious workplace violation, but Disney was fined only $6,300.
  • Even today, 90% of the continental United States is still open space or farmland.
  • The second Saturday in September is usually a popular time for weddings. Not in 2004, as most couples did not want their anniversaries on September 11.
  • Mel Gibson has personally earned almost $400,000,000 from his movie “The Passion of the Christ”.
  • Austin High School in Texas has removed candy from its vending machines. Now some enterprising students are earning $200 per week dealing in black market candy.
  • In 2004, Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a double bed for first class passengers who fly together.
  • The world’s largest book, “Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey” is in a Chicago public library. The book measures 5 feet tall by 7 feet wide when open. It weighs 133 pounds.
  • If the recent U.S. election was held in Canada, John Kerry would have beaten George Bush in a landslide – 64% to 19%.
  • Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley are distant cousins.
  • 55% of Americans claim they would continue working even if they received a $10,000,000 lottery prize.
  • The company that manufactures the greatest number of women’s dresses each year is Mattel. Barbie’s got to wear something.
  • All radios in North Korea have been rigged so listeners can only receive a North Korean government station. The United States recently announced plans to smuggle $2,000,000 worth of small radios into the country so North Koreans can get a taste of (what their government calls) “rotten imperialist reactionary culture”.
  • La Paz, Bolivia is the world’s most fireproof city. At 12,000 feet about sea level, the amount of oxygen in the air barely supports a flame.
  • The estates of 22 dead celebrities earned over $5 million in 2004. These celebrities include Elvis Presley, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, J.R.R. Tolkien and John Lennon.
  • George Washington spent about 7% of his annual salary on liquor.
  • Each year, more people are killed by teddy bears than by grizzly bears.
  • If you disassembled the Great Pyramid of Cheops, you would get enough stones to encircle the earth with a brick wall twenty inches high.
  • Nearly one third of New York City public school teachers send their own children to private schools.
  • The New York City Police Department has a $3.3 billion annual budget, larger than all but 19 of the world’s armies.
  • CBS’s fine for Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in the 2004 Super Bowl show was $550,000. This could be paid with only 7.5 seconds of commercial time during the same Super Bowl telecast.
  • In September 2004, a Minnesota state trooper issued a speeding ticket to a motorcyclist who was clocked at 205 mph.
  • Al Gore’s roommate in college (Harvard, class of 1969) was Tommy Lee Jones.
  • In her later years, Florence Nightingale kept a pet owl in her pocket.
  • The New York Jets were unable to find hotel rooms for a game in Indianapolis recently because they had all been booked up by people attending Gencon, a gaming convention.
  • China is the world’s largest market for BMW’s top of the line 760Li. This car sells for $200,000 in China – more than almost all people in China make in a lifetime.


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