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.