One third of Canada is north of the Arctic Circle.
In 1932, the only four-star general in the U.S. Army was Douglas MacArthur. His salary was $10,400.00 per year. He had one aide: Major Dwight Eisenhower.
The first U.S. president to have a telephone on his desk was Herbert Hoover.
Kodak sold its first camera in 1900.
In 1900, only 14% of American homes had a bathtub in them.
In 1900, life expectancy in the United States was 47 years.
There are 32,000 wild horses running free in the United States [August 2006].
There are 1.6 million wild hogs running free in Texas. It is legal to hunt them from a helicopter [January 2009].
In 1932, Harry James, then 16 years old, approached a traveling band leader named Lawrence Welk in Beaumont, Texas, and asked Welk if he was looking for a trumpet player. Welk asked for a demonstration, and Harry James played for him. Welk just shook his head and said, "You play too loud for my band, son."
Eleanor Roosevelt's maiden name was Roosevelt. If she had been like Hilary Rodham Clinton, she would have called herself Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt. The two branches of the family (Eleanor's and Franklin's) actually pronounced the last name differently, one branch saying "ROOS-evelt" and the other saying "ROSE-evelt."
The average wage for employed persons in 1932 was $16.21 per week.
In the United States, a poll was taken of college students. 39% said they would not participate in any war, period. 33% said they would participate only if the United States were invaded. 500,000 of them signed a petition that said that if Congress declared war, they would not serve. The year? 1934.
More than 1/3 of marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online.
When a star goes "supernova," it explodes for three weeks. The brightness and power of any supernova is exactly the same as any other supernova, because the conditions which cause it are exactly the same each time. Supernovas occur approximately once every five hundred years in our universe (so far as we know).
On March 16, 1979, the movie China Syndrome opened in theaters. It was the story of a nuclear reactor that almost went into meltdown; a character in the movie said that it could destroy "an area the size of Pennsylvania." Twelve days later, on March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear facility located in Pennsylvania almost went into meltdown. Had it done so, it would have destroyed an area the size of Pennsylvania.
Left-handed people make up 15% of the general population. They constitute 30% of the inmates in mental hospitals.
70% of all Americans believe in the existence of hell. Only 10% believe that they themselves will go there when they die [January 2007].
The hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" was written by Arthur Sullivan, who was one half of the team of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Between March 2003 and June 2004, the United States shipped $12,000,000,000.00 (twelve billion dollars) in CASH to Iraq. The total weight of the money was approximately 360 tons. As of today (February 7, 2007), much of it is unaccounted for.
On February 14, 2007, 50,000 Americans proposed marriage.
The three richest people in the world have assets that exceed the combined gross domestic product of the 48 least-developed countries [November 2007].
Vincenzo Ricardo, age 70, was found dead in his home in Hampton Bays, New York. He had been dead for more than a year. He was found sitting in front of his television. The TV was still turned on. [February 2007]
30% of all the millionaires in the world live in the United States.
Susan B. Anthony (whose face now appears on a $1 coin) was a criminal. She was convicted of voting in the 1872 Presidential election. She paid a fine of $100.00.
Every day, 247 people die from infections they contracted while in an American hospital.
The average length of a marriage in America is 9.5 years.
In 2006, the median price of an existing home in America was $221,000.00.
In 2006, the annual premium for malpractice insurance for an orthopedic surgeon in Houston, Texas was $47,132.00.
In July 1967, Janet King of Berkeley, California attacked a policeman with a 12' paper effigy of Lyndon Johnson. She was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The most commonly-used password on computers is "password."
In Saudi Arabia,
a woman may not travel outside her home unless she is accompanied by a close male relative.
a woman cannot drive, and cannot obtain a driver's license.
a woman can be beaten by religious police if she doesn't wear an abaya and a veil.
a woman may not receive medical treatment without permission from a close male relative.
29,000 "myspace.com" members are registered sex offenders [July 27, 2007].
The first actor who ever played Ronald McDonald in a TV commercial was Willard Scott.
Of all the new car customers who go to a dealer asking for the "0% APR" deal that's advertised on TV, only 1% actually qualify [July 2007].
In 1800, only 3% of the population of the world lived in cities. In 2007, it was 50%.
26% of Americans don't know what we celebrate on July 4 [June 2010].
In China, a living Buddha may not reincarnate without permission from the communist government. [August 2007]
Lawrence Welk didn't speak English until he was 21 years old. His first language was German.
70% of the world's fresh water is in Antarctica.
The fortune cookie was invented in 1918 (by a German man).
Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport ("DFW") is bigger than Manhattan Island.
42% of the federal budget each year is spent on payouts for (1) Social Security, (2) Medicare, and (3) Medicaid [Feb. 2008].
Between 1967 and 1982, the American dollar lost 73% of its value. The reason: the United States government was printing worthless money. This is called inflation. It has nothing to do with any wage-price spiral; it is simply the result of the government "creating" money out of nothing.
Under Sharia [Islamic] law, witchcraft is punishable by death.
42 states have state income tax [November 2007].
The state that has the highest percentage of full-time workers who don't have any health insurance is Texas [February 2008].
Until 1973, homosexuality was listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association.
Over 26% of all adults in America have a diagnosable mental illness [November 2007]. When that number swells to 51%, those people could turn around and diagnose the other 49% as being abnormal which, statistically speaking, would be correct.
70% of all the mass of all the planets in our solar system is contained in the planet Jupiter.
10,000 years ago, there were six million humans on the earth. In 2007, there were six billion.
42% of all Americans age 85 and older have Alzheimer's Disease.
When a P-51 Mustang takes off (which doesn't happen as often as it used to), 25% of its weight is fuel. It has a range of 1,000 miles.
An F4J Phantom jet weighs 29,000 pounds "empty." It can carry an additional 30,000 pounds of bombs (for a total of 59,000 pounds flying weight).
The first movie that ever took in $100 million at the box office was Jaws.
In 1789, 50% of the residents of South Carolina were slaves.
In 1860, 14% of the residents of the United States were slaves.
600,000 Americans died in the Civil War (2% of the population at that time).
75% of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 couldn't enlist in the military even if they wanted to because of (a) physical problems, (b) a criminal record, or (c) lack of a high school diploma.
One in every 100 adults in the United States is in prison or jail [February 29, 2008].
Barry Goldwater was born in Arizona ... not the state, the territory. Arizona was not a state at the time he was born.
In one eight-year period during the Vietnam war, the United States dropped 15,000,000 bombs on North Vietnam. That averages out to one bomb every 16.82 seconds, around the clock, for eight years straight.
The US has military bases in 140 foreign countries, but has no foreign military bases within its own borders [March 2008].
30,000 humans die of rabies each year.
The last living American veteran of World War I has died. He was 110 years old. His name was Frank Buckle, and he was an ambulance driver [February 2011].
In the text of the "Book of Mormon," 25,000 words are plagiarized from the Old Testament, and 2,000 words are plagiarized from the New Testament. It contains 350 names, 100 of which are from the Bible. The expression "and it came to pass" is used over 2,000 times.
In 2006, there were 79,682 Americans who were 100 years of age or older.
In 2008, there were 84,000 people in the United States who were over the age of 100.
Half of all Americans can't name the four gospels [April 2008].
From 2003 to 2008, the Catholic church paid out more than two billion dollars in settlement money to victims of sexual abuse committed by priests.
In 1958, sixteen American states had laws against interracial marriage. The Supreme Court found this to be unconstitutional in a 1967 decision.
There is more square footage of office space in the Pentagon than in the Empire State Building.
U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland sponsored a bill to require the display of the Ten Commandments in the halls of Congress. In 2006,
Stephen Colbert asked him to name the Ten Commandments; he could name only two.
According to one poll, the worst movie of the 20th Century was John Travolta's Battlefield Earth.
In 2007, Harvard rejected 93% of all applicants.
The best-selling drug in the world is Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug [June 2008].
If you're ever on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and hear a page for "Mr. Mob," it means there's a man overboard ("MOB"). They use a code word so as not to panic the guests.
The Nazis bombed London from September 1940 until July 1941. Approximately 20% of the bombs were duds they failed to explode.
In 1940, Great Britain had many German Jewish refugees; and the British government was afraid that they would sabotage British military bases. Accordingly, 250,000 Jews who had fled Germany to avoid being herded into camps in Germany ... were herded into camps in England.
The longest landing strip/runway in the world is located at Groom Lake, Nevada ("Area 51"). It is 27,000 feet long [July 2008].
There are approximately 100,000 glaciers in Alaska.
The B-17 "Flying Fortress" has 1,550,000 parts.
Ruth Graham (wife of Billy Graham) died in 2008. Her epitaph reads "End of construction - Thank you for your patience." Billy Graham paid $165.00 for her wedding ring.
Sergei Avdeyev, a Russian cosmonaut, was in orbit for over two years. It is calculated that he actually traveled 0.2 seconds into the future.
There are 61 trees on earth for each human being.
In France, 70% of all prison inmates are Muslim [October 2008].
Continental drift is reversing. In about 200,000,000 years, there will be only one continent, consisting of all the land masses that now exist on earth, centered around Indonesia (mark your calendars).
Your odds of winning the jackpot in the California lottery are one in 18,000,000. If you drive ten miles to the store to get your ticket, your chances of being killed in a traffic accident are three times greater than the chance that you'll win the lottery [December 2008].
60% of all Egyptian women are illiterate [February 2006].
There are more Muslims living in the United States than in Afghanistan [February 2006].
In North Dakota, it is illegal for a man and a woman to live together without being married [January 2007].
Don Knotts died in February 2006. At the moment of his death, Andy Griffith was sitting with him.
Louis Braille was 15 years old when he perfected the writing system (consisting of raised dots) that we now know as "Braille." When it was brought to America, we had to add a character to the alphabet, because there was no "w" in the French language.
Pope Benedict XVI was a member of the Hitler Youth.
In the very first performance of "Macbeth," Shakespeare himself played Lady Macbeth.
Margaret Brent was the first woman in America who actually held title to property. She came to North America in 1638.
In 1873, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states can deny women the right to practice law (Brownell vs. Illinois).
Rutherford Hayes, during his presidency, applied for admission to the Missouri bar. He listed as "references" every member of Congress and every U.S. Senator. The Missouri bar sent the application back to him because he had forgotten to sign it.
U.S. airlines lose or mishandle 10,000 pieces of luggage each day [March 2006].
Arizona and Hawaii are not on daylight savings time. They don't change their clocks in April and October [April 2006].
In New Jersey and Oregon, it is illegal to operate a self-service gas station [April 2006].
The stones in the Great Pyramid of Egypt weigh a total of over 6,000,000 tons.
59% of American teenagers don't wear a watch [April 2006].
There are no tattoo parlors in Oklahoma; it is illegal in that state to give someone a permanent tattoo [April 2006].
There are more McDonald's restaurants outside the United States than there are inside the United States [April 2006].
There are more Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants outside the United States than there are inside the United States [April 2006].
In 1969, there were more KFC restaurants in the United States than there were McDonald's.
There are 800 McDonald's restaurants in China [July 2007].
In Mozambique, 16% of the adult population has AIDS [April 2006].
Of all the movies that have won an Oscar for Best Picture, "Platoon" contains the most profanity (329 instances).
When he was 11 years old, Willie Nelson wrote a song called "Hangover Blues."
The most successful Christian singer in history is Amy Grant. When she was 15, she wrote her first song and sang it for her mother. Her mother's response was, "Amy, music is not your gift."
The profit made by Exxon Mobil in the second quarter of 2006 averages out to $1,303.00 per second.
In the year 2002, Benny Hinn (evangelist/faith healer) took in $89,000,000.00 in donations. That's $243,835.62 per day, every day (including holidays and weekends). That works out to $2.82 per second (not nearly as much as Exxon Mobil, but still respectable).
One third of all fatalities in high-speed police chases are bystanders.
Malaysia sent its first astronaut into space in 2007. They held a two-day conference entitled "Islam and Life in Space" in which they addressed such questions as: When a day lasts only 90 minutes, how often does a Muslim astronaut pray? And what direction should he face? [Discover Magazine, August 2006]
The population of the entire state of Wyoming is 563,626. 93.5% of them are white [November 2010]
23% of high school graduates who try to enlist in the United States Army fail the entrance exam [December 2010].