Oct 17, 2006

* Odds that a person between the age of 18 and 29 does NOT read a newspaper regularly: 3 to 1

* Odds that an American adult does not want to live to age 120 under any circumstances: 3 to 2

* Odds of injury from fireworks: 19,556 to 1

* Odds of injury from shaving: 6,585 to 1

* Odds of injury from using a chain saw: 4,464 to 1

* Odds of injury from mowing the lawn: 3,623 to 1

* Odds of fatally slipping in bath or shower: 2,232 to 1

* Odds of drowning in a bathtub: 685,000 to 1

* Odds of being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 500,000,000 to 1

* Odds of being killed sometime in the next year in any sort of transportation accident: 77 to 1

* Odds of being killed in any sort of non-transportation accident: 69 to 1

* Odds of being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1

* Odds of being killed by lightning: 2,320,000 to 1

* Odds of being murdered: 18,000 to 1

* Odds of getting away with murder: 2 to 1

* Odds of being the victim of serious crime in your lifetime: 20 to 1

* Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1

* Odds of being considered possessed by Satan: 7,000 to 1

* Odds that a first marriage will survive without separation or divorce for 15 years: 1.3 to 1

* Odds that a celebrity marriage will last a lifetime: 3 to 1

* Odds of getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1

* Odds of being born a twin in North America: 90 to 1

* Odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot: 117 to 1

* Odds of being audited by the IRS: 175 to 1

* Odds of having your identity stolen: 200 to 1

* Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1

* Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1

* Odds of writing a New York Times best seller: 220 to 1

* Odds of finding out your child is a genius: 250 to 1

* Odds of catching a ball at a major league ballgame: 563 to 1

* Odds of becoming a pro athlete: 22,000 to 1

* Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try: 10,000 to 1

* Odds of a person in the military winning the Medal of Honor: 11,000 to 1

* Odds of winning an Academy Award: 11,500 to 1

* Odds of striking it rich on Antiques Roadshow: 60,000 to 1

* Odds of getting a royal flush in poker on first five cards dealt: 649,740 to 1

* Odds of spotting a UFO today: 3,000,000 to 1

* Odds of becoming president: 10,000,000 to 1

* Odds of winning the California lottery: 13,000,000 to 1

* Odds of becoming a saint: 20,000,000 to 1

* Odds of a meteor landing on your house: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1

* Chance of an American home having at least one container of ice cream in the freezer: 9 in 10.

* Chance of dying from any kind of injury during the next year: 1 in 1,820

* Chance of dying from intentional self-harm: 1 in 9,380

* Chance of dying from an assault: 1 in 16,421

* Chance of dying from a car accident: 1 in 18,585

* Chance of dying from any kind of fall: 1 in 20,666

* Chance of dying from accidental drowning: 1 in 79,065

* Chance of dying from exposure to smoke, fire, and flames: 1 in 81,524

* Chance of dying in an explosion: 1 in 107,787

* Chance that Earth will experience a catastrophic collision with an asteroid in the next 100 years: 1 in 5,000

* Chance of dying in such a collision: 1 in 20,000

* Chance of dying from exposure to forces of nature (heat, cold, lightning, earthquake, flood): 1 in 225,107

* Chance of dying in an airplane accident: 1 in 354,319

* Chance of dying from choking on food: 1 in 370,035

* Chance of dying in a terrorist attack while visiting a foreign country: 1 in 650,000

* Chance of dying in a fireworks accident: 1 in 1,000,000

* Chance of dying from overexertion, travel or privation: 1 in 1,428,377

* Chance of dying from food poisoning: 1 in 3,000,000

* Chance of dying from legal execution: 1 in 3,441,325

* Chance of dying from contact with hot tap water: 1 in 5,005,564

* Chance of dying from parts falling off an airplane: 1 in 10,000,000

* Chance of dying from ignition or melting of nightwear: 1 in 30,589,556

* Chance of dying from being bitten by a dog: 1 in 700,000

* Chance of dying from contact with a venomous animal or plant: 1 in 3,441,325

* Chance of dying from being bitten or struck by mammals (other than dogs or humans): 1 in 4,235,477

* Chance of dying from a mountain lion attack in California: 1 in 32,000,000

* Chance of dying from a shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000

* Chance of having a stroke: 1 in 6

* Chance of dying from heart disease: 1 in 3

* Chance of getting arthritis: 1 in 7

* Chance of suffering from asthma or allergy diseases: 1 in 6

* Chance of getting the flu this year: 1 in 10

* Chance of contracting the human version of mad cow disease: 1 in 40,000,000

* Chance of dying from SARS in the United States:1 in 100,000,000

* Chance of American man developing cancer in his lifetime: 1 in 2

* Chance of an American woman developing cancer in her lifetime: 1 in 3

* Chance of getting prostate cancer: 1 in 6

* Chance of getting breast cancer: 1 in 9

* Chance of getting colon / rectal cancer: 1 in 26

* Chance of beating pancreatic or liver cancer: 1 in 9

* Chance of beating thyroid or testicular cancer: 9 in 10

Oct 12, 2006

* Cows give 60 pounds of milk a day.

* The "silly" in Silly Putty is derived from the word "silicone."

* In Nevada, it's illegal to have sex without a condom.

* Stonefish are the most poisonous fish in the world.

* More than half of the circus performers who have been shot from a cannon have died while performing their act, most due to missing the net.

* The Boeing 767 aircraft is a collection of 3.1 million parts from 800 different suppliers around the world. For example, a 767's fuselage parts come from Japan, the center wing section originates in Southern California, and the flaps are fabricated in Italy.

* In the Bible, "Jebus" is used to refer to Jerusalem.

* Hans Riegel, a candy maker from Bonn, Germany, invented the gummi bear in 1922.

* A recent study showed that people who get only six to seven hours of sleep a night have a lower death rate than those who get eight hours.

* The constellation we call the Big Dipper was called the Hippopotamus in ancient Egypt.

* The following sentence contains nine ways "ough" can be pronounced: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

* One of the women Casanova seduced turned out to be one of his illegitimate daughters. She became pregnant and gave birth to a child who was both Casanova's son and grandson.

* Eskimos are known to use walrus whiskers as toothpicks.

* In 1938, a comic strip was used to advertise Pepsi-cola. It was titled "Pepsi and Pete."

* In Austria, pancakes are called "nockerin."

* About 65% of American candy brands have been in existence for more than 50 years.

* October is National Sarcastic Awareness Month.

* American Timmie Jean Lindsay was the first woman to have silicone breast implants. That was in 1962.

* Fewer than 1% of inventions make any money for their inventors.

* A cat would have to eat about five mice to get the amount of meat found in a can of cat food.

Aug 18, 2006

"How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?" - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Aug 10, 2006

Jul 12, 2006

Just once, I wish we would encounter an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets. -- Unknown, Brigader Lethbridge-Stewart in 'Dr. Who'"
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. -- Dorothy Nevill

Jul 7, 2006

* During World War II, W.C. Fields kept $50,000 in Germany. His reason? "In case the little bastard wins."

The official name for Silly Putty is "Dow Corning Dilatant Compound 3179."

* "M*A*S*H" was the first studio film to use the "f" word.

* Gorilla penises are just one-third the size of an average man's.

* The first magician to saw a woman in half was Count de Grisley. He did the famous illusion in 1799.

* At one time, Baskin Robbins made ketchup ice cream.

* It's against the law to ride a tricycle faster than 10 m.p.h. in Vancouver, Canada.

* In 1856, the German poet Heinrich Heine died and left everything to his wife on the condition that she remarry so that, in his words, "there will be at least one man to regret my death."

* Antarctica is the only land on Earth not owned by any country.

* Casanova contracted his first venereal disease in adolescence and the pox, gonorrhea, "Celtic humors" and other venereal diseases throughout his life.

* Giraffes are the only animals born with horns.

* The only U.S. city that can be spelled entirely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.

* According to experts, the more sex you have, the more sex you are likely to be offered. That's because the sexually active body gives off greater quantities of pheromones.

* Rembrandt painted more than 50 portraits of himself.

* The largest religious building in the world is a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat, in Cambodia.

* There is just one Q in a Scrabble game.

* When Captain Cook visited Tonga in 1777, he met King Fatafehi Paulah. The king had the responsibility of deflowering all the girls in his kingdom. It is believed he deflowered more than 37,000 girls during his lifetime.

* Marilyn Monroe's real name was Norma Jean Mortenson.

* The Pentagon, located in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as it needs. When it was built, in the 1940s, Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

* The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year.

Jun 1, 2006

Mar 30, 2006

* A cocktail of gin and vermouth is called a Gibson if it has an onion in it. A cocktail of gin and vermouth is called a martini if it has an olive in it.

* The name given to the villain in The Usual Suspects, Keyser Söze, was inspired by the name of an attorney, Keyser Sume, with whom the screenwriter, Chris McQuarrie, worked. To avoid a lawsuit, McQuarrie used the Turkish word for "verbal" as the character's last name instead.

* Mercedes Benz cars are named after Mercedes Jellinek, the daughter of Emil Jellinek, the Austrian businessman who founded the company.

* The movie Jaws was based on the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, in which four people were killed and one was seriously injured.

* Before "SOS" was introduced as the most recognized distress signal, the signal was "CQD." "CQ" stood for "seek you" and "D" stood for "danger."

* The jewelry store Tiffany & Co. was established on September 18, 1837 in New York City. Sales on the first day amounted to $4.98.

* The average popping temperature for popcorn is around 347° Fahrenheit.

* Mark Twain was born in 1835, the year Halley's Comet appeared. He died in 1910, the year the comet again made an appearance.
* From development to ejaculation, the lifespan of a sperm is about 2.5 months.

* Qantas, the Australian airline, stands for Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Service.

* The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 200 million books worldwide.

* For every older brother a man has, his chances of being gay increase by one-third.

* The Supremes started out as a quartet known as the Primettes.

* A recent survey showed 75% of women made their bed every day, while 45% of men do so.

* About a quarter of the world still drives on the left side of the road.

* "Synesthesia" is a rare condition where the human senses are combined. Synesthetes can "see" words, "taste" colors and shapes, and "feel" flavors.

* It is estimated that around 10% of Americans have picked someone else's nose.

* In Italy, a man can be arrested if he wears a skirt in public.

* Hugh Hefner had ancestors on the Mayflower.

* At various times, Casanova was employed as a clergyman, secretary, soldier and violinist.

Mar 9, 2006

* "Spermophobia" isn't what you think. It's the fear of germs.

* The people in the famous painting American Gothic aren't husband and
wife as most people assume. The people depicted are supposed to be
father and daughter.

* Dr. Seuss wasn't a real doctor. He used the "Dr." as a joke because
his father always wanted him to get a doctorate and become a professor.

* French toast isn't French. It's Russian.

* Now you know. In truth, the "low man" on the totem pole is actually
the most important man in the tribe.

* Sweetbread isn't bread. It's a dish made of the thymus or pancreas
of an animal younger than one year old, usually piglets or calves.

* It's not "Daylight Savings Time," it's "Daylight Saving Time."

* Despite how they're commonly depicted, most barns are white, not red.

* The phrase "balls to the wall" probably doesn't refer to what you
think it refers to. It originated with pilots. It refers to the
ball-shaped grip on the end of a pilot's throttle. Pushing the
throttle (the ball) toward the wall (of the cockpit) meant to go fast.

* Hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs.

Jan 11, 2006

* The gold earrings once worn by pirates and sailors actually served a practical purpose. They covered the cost of a proper burial.

* The average duration of a male orgasm is four seconds.

* Dr. Seuss' popular book, "Green Eggs and Ham," was the result of a bet that he could not write a book using only 50 words.

* The country of Andorra has a zero percent unemployment rate.

* Sony's first product was a rice cooker.

* Sex relieves headaches. Lovemaking can release the tension that restricts blood vessels in the brain.

* The strongest earthquake on record hit Chile on May 22, 1960.

* Elvis made just one commercial during his reign. It was for Southern Maid Doughnuts.

* "Oral-B" is a combination of "oral hygiene" and the letter "b," which stands for "better."

* Lambskin and latex condoms are biodegradable, but polyurethane condoms aren't.

* Electric eels can deliver shocks up to 550 volts.

* Casanova lived out his final years as a librarian.

* On September 19, 1981, more than 300 people were eaten alive by piranhas when a ferry capsized at the Brazilian port of Obidos.

* A group of finches is called a "charm."

* Bats have sex in the air while flying.

* As early as the 14th century, Egyptians used urine tests to diagnose pregnancy.
* Men become sexually aroused nearly every time they dream.

* The Irish cure for the mumps used to involve leading the patient three times around a pigsty.

* Finland has 179,584 islands.

* One-time ruler of Egypt, Mohammed Ali, once created two infantry regiments made up entirely of one-eyed soldiers.