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July 31, 2008   |   Society FactID: 404
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30% of the degrees awarded in China and India are engineering degrees.

In the US, that number is only 4%.


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July 30, 2008   |   Astronomy FactID: 403
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We have a 10th planet?!

"2003 UB313" could be bigger than Pluto and is probably twice the distance from the Sun. See the fact about the relationship between days of the week and the planets.


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July 29, 2008   |   Food FactID: 402
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Taco Bell sold 3.2 billion corn and flour tortillas and 104 million pounds of cheese last year.

On average, 147 million people see a Taco Bell commercial each week -- more than half the population of America... Yo quiero taco bell!


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July 28, 2008   |   History FactID: 401
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"Wanna go to the gym?"

The ancient Greek term "gymnos" means nude, and the original olympic games were in the nude in Athens. Hence the term "gymnasium"...


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July 27, 2008   |   World FactID: 400
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6 miles off the coast of UK, you can find the only man-made country in the world -- Sealand!

Sealand was built during World War II as British outpost to defend the mainland. After being abandoned by the British, a family took possession of it in 1969 and filed all the paperwork to make this outpost a sovereign country. Sealand now has its own flag, currency, passports, and ruling Prince and Princess!


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July 26, 2008   |   Random FactID: 399
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There are four words in the English language that begin with the letters "dw".

Congrats to Zack and Chris for guessing the answer:

  • dwindle
  • dwarf
  • dwell(ing)
  • dweeb



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July 25, 2008   |   Society FactID: 398
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Two-thirds of all the men and women who have ever lived past 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today.

On a sidenote, Florida, Montana, and a few New England states seem to have more of this group of people.


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July 24, 2008   |   Random FactID: 397
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"The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.


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July 23, 2008   |   Business FactID: 396
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Home Depot is the youngest company to ever reach annual revenues of $50 billion.

Home Depot had $73.1 billion in 2004 revenue and employs over 325,000 people. Over 22 million people visit a Home Depot in any given week.


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July 22, 2008   |   Science FactID: 395
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"Special Relativity states that nothing that is moving initially slower than the speed of light can be accelerated to exceed the speed of light. This is not strictly speaking the same as the statement that nothing can travel faster than light. It is in principle possible that particles exist which move faster than light from the moment they are created.

If such particles did exist, however, Special Relativity implies that they could never be slowed down to velocities below the speed of light. The existence of such particles, called tachyons, has not been totally ruled out, but several experiments have tried, without luck to detect them. If they did exist, and they interacted with ordinary matter, it would give us the means to communicate with the past...


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July 10, 2008   |   Business FactID: 620
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Only 19% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1965 are still on the list today!


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