Thursday, March 3, 2011
13 Things I Bet My Sister Doesn't Know
----- Western whiptail lizards shoot their tongues out about 700 times an hour.
----- The leading cause of death around the world for girls 15 to 19 is pregnancy and its complications.
----- There are about 20,000 volcanoes under the sea.
----- In 1990 paperboys on foot and on bikes delivered the newspaper to about 70% of home subscribers. By 2008 paperboys delivered only 13% of these newspapers. (The vast majority are now delivered by adults driving cars.)
----- 1.3 million Europeans are expected to die of cancer this year. (That's 7% fewer than in 2007.)
----- There are 3142 counties in the US. About 760 of them (about 24%) are fading away as deaths exceed births. (Virtually no US counties were fading away prior to the 1960s.)
----- It takes about 10 million mustard seeds to make one container of French's mustard.
----- At least 14% of Americans sleep with their pets. (I'm guessing most of those pets are cats and dogs and very few are hamsters or goldfish.)
----- China has 12 cities with a population above 5 million. (And I bet my sister has never heard of most of them.) That's more than any other country. (The US has exactly one city in that category.)
----- Walmart sells more strawberry-flavored Pop-Tarts when a hurricane is approaching.
----- 50% of the serious crime that occurs in Minneapolis occurs in just 6% of its area.
----- Phoenix, Arizona was founded in 1867 by a morphine addict.
----- The world produced 1.6 billion tons of steel in 2010. That was an all-time record. (It's also about 450 pounds of steel for every man, woman, and child on the planet. Where did YOUR allotment go?)
Posted by DJ at 3:57 PM