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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fact #136: Banks get $.44 with each debit card purchase

These "interchange fees" have long been around, yet nobody knows much about them.

Banks charge the retailer these fees with each debit card swipe. However, that $.44 charge is likely to drop soon, a change which many think will bring a cap to debit card spending to around $50. Banks will lose revenue, so they may force customers to use cash and checks more.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fact #135: One man ran 365 marathons in 365 days


49 year old Stefaan Engels of Belgium did the unthinkable when he completed his 365th marathon in 365 days just weeks ago.

26.2 x 365 = 9,563 miles

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fact #134: 1 in 7 Americans receive aid for food


Roughly 15% of all Americans receive some sort of help from the federal government to put food on the table.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fact #131: No words rhyme with silver, orange and purple


There are no words in the English dictionary that rhyme with silver, orange and purple.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fact #129: Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps


American pioneer Daniel Boone never wore a coonskin cap, although many tales have fictionalized him patriotically wearing the fur hat.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fact #128: Charlie Sheen is an Estevez




He was born Carlos Irwin Estevez, but he is better know by his stage name Charlie Sheen.

His brother Emilio Estevez is the coach of the Mighty Ducks.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fact #125: Jeremy Bernard is the first openly gay White House secretary


Recently elected White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard is moving to D.C. from Paris, where he served as a senior U.S. Ambassador to France.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fact #123: The NBA logo is Jerry West's silhouette

West Virginia's favorite son and former Laker great Jerry West is the inspiration for the NBA logo.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fact #122: The Wall Street Journal is #1 in reader income


The average Wall Street Journal reader's income is $135,470. Coming in second is Barron's, followed by The Economist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fact #121: 52% of small businesses are home based


In a recent study published by Business news Daily, 52% of all small businesses in the US are run from home.

Considered the "drivers of the American economy", small businesses employ over half the nations private workforce.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fact #119: The weather in Oklahoma changed 110 degees in 7 days


The temperature in Nowata, OK was minus 31 on Feb 10th, 2011. Seven days later, the temperature was 79 degrees.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fact #118: 7-11 is the largest retailer in the world



This week 7-11 announced that they had opened their 40,000 store, giving them the most stores worldwide out of any retailer.

7-11 currently operates in 16 countries.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fact #116: 90% of people with the last name Washington are black


It has been called "The Blackest Name in America" after the recent census found its prevelance among the African-American community.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fact #115: 30% of the alcohol in the world is homemade


About 30% of global alcohol is thought to be "unrecorded" home-brewed beer, liquor or moonshine.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fact #114: Michael Bloomberg drinks beer on ice


The mayor of New York City likes his beer really cold. The key, he says, is to have a glass full of ice, and pour small amounts of beer at a time so that the beer doesn't get watered down.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fact #108: Scorpios are the safest drivers


A recent Allstate Insurance study showed that Scorpios had the fewest car accidents last year, while Virgos had the most.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fact #107: 10% of the world is obese


Obesity is a worldwide problem. About 500 million adults are considered obese, as measured by body mass index.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fact #106: Some Valentines Day facts


3% of pet owners give their pets Valentines.

73% of Valentine's flowers ordered are by men.

Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fact #103: Credit-card interest rates are nearing an all time high, averaging 14.72%

With the recent regulations in the credit industry, companies are upping interest rates in order to make up for for lack of revenue from fees.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fact #102: Lee Corso works for a pencil company


Popular ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso works year round for Dixon Ticonderoga, the company that makes the yellow No. 2 pencil that everyone in the world has used. He is the CEO's right hand man and says he throughly enjoys working in the pencil industry when not covering college football.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fact #101: Greenland is (technically) the largest island on Earth


With 840,00 square miles of area, Greenland is considered the largest island in the world.

Australia is larger than Greenland, but is considered a continent.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Fact #99: Chocolate is made to melt in your mouth


Chocolate literally melts in your mouth because cocoa butter has a melting point just below the average human body temperature.

Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fact #98: Some NFL facts for Super Bowl Sunday


With nearly $1 billion in annual revenues, the NFL is the the world's richest professional sports league.

The Colts were the first NFL team to have cheerleaders.

It's been reported that Ray Lewis' favorite song is "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fact #97: The average Virginian has $14K in debt


In a recently published survey, Virginians were the 9th highest debtors in America, oweing a little over $14,000 on average.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fact #96: The cream in a Twinkie is not cream at all


The mysterious substance inside of a delicious Twinkie isn't really cream, it's mainly Crisco, a vegetable shortening.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fact #95: The NBA is the most diverse professional sports league


The NBA recently received an "A" in diversity from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport. There are currently 86 international players from 40 countries playing in the NBA.

To the right: Ginobili of Argentina and Parker of France

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fact #94: Miami has hosted the Super Bowl more times than anyone else




Miami has hosted the Super bowl a record 10 times. Typically, the game is played in a warm climate, however, the 2014 game was awarded to NYC.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fact #93: Nickelodeon show "Doug" was inspired by Richmond, Virginia

The locations in "Doug" are named after or inspired by Richmond and surrounding counties. Creator Jim Jenkins is from Richmond.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Fact #92: Temperature affects your appetite


People are more likely to be hungry if they are cold. The body generates heat with food intake, so when you don't eat, you are more likely to be cold and hungry.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fact #90: The harmonica is the best-selling musical instrument in the world


The harmonica, aka the mouth organ, originated in the 1800s throughout Europe. It has since become very popular.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fact #89: Tug of war was an Olympic sport


Between 1900 and 1920, tug of war was an official Olympic sport. Individual clubs, not countries, could enter the event. In the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, all three medals were won by American clubs. The last gold medal in tug of war was awarded to Great Britain, in Antwerp in 1920.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fact #88: Alaska was purchased for 2 cents an acre


Once known as "Seward's Folly", Alaska was purchased for about $7.2 Million dollars in 1867, or about 2 cents an acre.