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5/30/2015 When Does \$0 of Value Occur? An old issue of the U.S. News & World report assumes that...
3/8/2015 Walk a Mile in Your Shoes According to the American Podiatric Medicine Association,...
3/1/2015 No Dog Bites for E-Mails Consider this data for the number of postal letter carriers...
2/22/2015 Earn-A-Record: Eat A Lot of Anything Fast Consider these "glutton" records, according to...
2/15/2015 Evidence That Our World is Going in the Wrong Direction! Consider this data (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) ...
2/8/2015 Valentine's Day is Upon Us....Time to Buy a Card Fact 1: The first-known Valentine was sent in 1415 A.D. by ...
2/1/2015 Driver-Less Cars with Certainty I found this claim in a book: A Motor Vehicle Bureau h...
1/25/2015 Presidential BMI Which U.S. President was the "fattest" based on...
1/18/2015 Do You Believe This? ( Part 2 ) Consider these "claimed" facts relative to the hu...
1/11/2015 Three Ripley Claims Consider these data-based claims from Julie Mooney's Ripley...
1/4/2015 Real World Graphs Consider this opening paragraph from an article describing ...
12/14/2014 I C A UFO....U C 1? Issued on March 1, 1967, the Air Force's Project Blue Book ...
12/7/2014 Just the Facts, Please So much data exists...That is, we are surrounded by data....
11/30/2014 Eat While You Test Statistics Statistics seem to be used for anything...and if they inclu...
11/23/2014 Turkey Time Fact 1: Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksg...
11/16/2014 If The Shoe Fits, Who Needs a Formula In 1979, the mathematics education journal VECTOR published...
11/9/2014 The Race Is On....Get Ready, Set, Go! Consider these "maximum" speeds for certain anima...
10/26/2014 BINGO Mathematics Edwin Lowe, the son of an orthodox rabbi, introduced the ...
10/19/2014 Piling Up the OREO's Some interesting facts: The OREO was introduced in 1912...
10/12/2014 Fletcher's Claim: "Nature Will Castigate Those
Who Don't Masticate."
In 1895, American Horace Fletcher was denied life insuran...
10/5/2014 I Choose "Not" Consider the book Ripley's Believe It or Not! Encyclopedia ...
9/28/2014 Climbing Rum Doodle Have you read W. E. Bowman' The Ascent of Rum Doodle. Fir...
9/21/2014 The The The The The The ..... Try this experiment.... Pick up ten random books (varie...
9/14/2014 Parents Paying For Mediocrity Try to explain this puzzling data and conclusions, based ...
6/8/2014 Are You the "Viturvian Ideal"? You perhaps are familiar with Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvi...
6/1/2014 Proportional Growth? In 1928, the classic book Growth was published. Its authors...
5/25/2014 Recursive Open and Shut Case An issue of the Harpers Index contained this data: "...
5/18/2014 Recipe for a Random Essay Your Task: Given this data reflecting published word comp...
5/11/2014 Could You Have Read This at Age 7? Consider these research results from a study published (5...
5/4/2014 Why Would Mandelbrot Dispute This Data? The following chart lists the Top 10 countries based on t...
4/27/2014 Doctor, I'm Sick... People make visits to doctors for many reasons. For examp...
4/20/2014 Which Square Foot Would You Choose? Don Fabin's The Dynamics of Change made some interesting cl...
4/13/2014 The "Straightest" Line When particle linear accelerators (or colliders) are built,...
4/6/2014 Piling Aspirin Tablets on a Baseball Field Claim 1: In the United States, more than 33 billion Aspir...
3/30/2014 Do You Believe These Claims? Consider these "claimed" facts relative to the hu...
3/23/2014 Old and High Claim: People residing at higher elevations live longer t...
3/16/2014 Worth Its Weight in Gold The Shwe Dagon Pagoda was erected in the Burmese capital ...
3/9/2014 Amid Pure Pyramids The Toltec people at Cholula de Rivadabia (in central Mex...
3/2/2014 Hurry....If You Want To Visit Niagara Falls Niagara Falls...the Honeymoon capitol of the world! Locat...
2/23/2014 Ever Get That Sinking Feeling? Mexico City was built basically on a flat island in the m...
2/16/2014 A Room of Gold and Silver It is November 15, 1532...at Cajamarca, Peru. Atahualpa, ...
2/9/2014 Standing Tall: Wadlow & Jinlian Robert Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) was the...
2/2/2014 Reaching For 5-Miles? How many steps do you take in a single "average"...
1/26/2014 Cost of a Super Bowl Ad The Super Bowl occurs this weekend....an exciting time es...
1/19/2014 Pack of Pets to Pet Which country has the most pets per capita? Supposedly th...
1/12/2014 Isolation To the Max Which island do you think is the most remote in the world? ...
1/5/2014 Sports Galore That Never Bore Consider these participation sports, presented in alphabeti...
12/8/2013 Surprising Data In 1899, two people died in an automobile accident. In 1...
12/1/2013 Have You Been There...Bucket List Fodder Consider these U.S. cities, presented in alphabetical order...
11/17/2013 Any Time Left in Our Day for Life? An Old Claim (1987): By the time an average American chil...
11/10/2013 True Humor Amplified "Forsooth!" is a regular column in the journal ...
10/27/2013 The Molasses Wave Let me take you back to January 15, 1919. You are in a nort...
10/20/2013 Some Short-Sighted Predictions General David Sarnoff, then Chair of RCA, made interestiong...
10/13/2013 Floppy Disk? Punched Cards?...Change Does Happen! Some things on the Internet need to be updated. I know, som...
10/6/2013 Are These In Your Stock Portfolio? Consider these "global brands," presented in al...
9/29/2013 Why Not Esperanto? David Graddol, a British linguist, wrote the book The Fut...
9/22/2013 Thanks for the Skewing...Mark, Sammy, Arod, Ralph, Barry...! In major league baseball, fans argue and argue over statist...
9/15/2013 The Cruel Economics Of The Chicken Wing It turns out that "the cruel economics of the chicke...
9/8/2013 I Remember All But Whoomp! Consider these "singles," presented in alphabet...
6/2/2013 Falafels vs. Hamburgers Many MathNEXUS pages have been devoted to the statistics of...
5/26/2013 Give Me Some Room! The following chart lists the Top 10 cities based on thei...
5/19/2013 Have It With Fries? Many MathNEXUS pages have been devoted to the statistics of...
5/12/2013 If All Things Created Equal.... The following chart lists the Top 10 states based on thei...
5/5/2013 A Question With a Surprising (But Not-Understandable) Answer This month's issue of The Smithsonian includes an overview ...
4/28/2013 Does Your First Name End in an N? People count the strangest things. For example, Laura Watte...
4/21/2013 Pay Heed to Pay Comparisons A letter from Working America was sent on April 15, 2013......
4/14/2013 Calling All Nurses and Doctors! The Republic of San Marino is a small country surrounded by...
4/7/2013 Connecting the Pb Dots No data or tasks to share directly this time....rather, a f...
3/31/2013 Curve-Fitting the Arch The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was built as a monument to th...
3/24/2013 Greater Crater As Joe Webb would have said, these are the facts.... Ab...
3/17/2013 Random Recycling Facts: 2 + 3 = 6! Consider these random recycling facts: An estimated 80,...
3/10/2013 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 ... People have been obsessed with memorizing the digits of p...
3/3/2013 Recycling the Recyling Theme The common rule of thumb is that one ton of recycled pape...
2/24/2013 Pump Confusion A.M.M. (Bellingham) found a sign for thought (not a sign of...
2/17/2013 Time for Change is Now The Claim: Yearly deaths from firearms will exceed yearl...
2/3/2013 Rogue Sea Waves vs. Wind Speed The strength of the wind is emperically measured by the B...
1/27/2013 Reducing Smog One Car at a Time As follow-up to last week's coverage of smog problems in ...
1/20/2013 Smoke + Fog = Smog (and Other Dire Results) Currently (January 2013), the air quality in Beijing, Chi...
1/13/2013 Attention Spans And Multi-Tasking Use of Technology Susan D'Agostino, mathematics professor at Souther New Ha...
1/6/2013 Number That List #9 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
12/9/2012 Billion Candy Canes Fact: Approximately 1.76 billion candy canes ...
12/2/2012 Psi, Fuel Consumption, and Wild Rides K. L. Campbell, who works for the Firestone Tire and Ru...
11/25/2012 Number That List #7 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
11/11/2012 Did Bennett Write Right? Arnold Bennett, English novelist (1867 - 1931), once clai...
11/4/2012 Or, Do You Believe This Claim? New claims are made every day...which by definition, mean...
10/28/2012 Do You Believe This Claim? New claims are made every day...which by definition, means ...
10/21/2012 Number That List #8 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
10/14/2012 D-Cart B-4 D-Horse Consider the Headlines: Successful Schools May Help Keep ...
10/7/2012 Growing Homes Square footage of an average home in the United States: ...
9/30/2012 An E-mail Bearing Data We received this odd e-mail, bearing some data preced...
9/16/2012 Poor Shaq et al In his book Do Penguins Have Knees? (1991), David Feldm...
9/9/2012 Hot Dog Anyone? How About 68 of Them in 10 Minutes! In past Statistics explorations, the idea of food-eating ...
9/2/2012 Average Data, Mean Data, Everywhere... So much data exists...That is, we are surrounded by data......
6/3/2012 Eggs Anyone? An epic French tradition is the preparation of giant omelet...
5/27/2012 Supersize Me! "As Technology Marches on, Human Beings Supersize!&q...
5/20/2012 Number That List #6 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
5/13/2012 Statistics That Motivate Your Own Problems So much data exists...That is, we are surrounded by data....
5/6/2012 Lemon Pledge and M&M's According to Vince Staten's book Can You trust a Tomato i...
4/29/2012 The Numbers Game Replayed In 1988, Stephen Budiansky wrote about the "numbers ...
4/22/2012 Number That List #5 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
4/15/2012 Looking at Predictions with Hindsight Consider these percentages of people age 65 who are expec...
4/8/2012 Which is Smarter: Dog or Cat? A Parade Magazine article (i.e. a definitive research jou...
4/1/2012 Why No One TP's Houses Anymore! Consider the effects of inflation, using these prices fro...
3/25/2012 \$1.25 at The Most? Consider the cost of one gallon of unleaded gasoline over...
3/18/2012 Number That List #4 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
3/4/2012 Canadian Loonies for U.S. Dollars? Before cutting its copy back, the Bellingham Herald used ...
2/26/2012 To and Fro The People Used to Go Before cutting its copy back, the Bellingham Herald used ...
2/19/2012 Number That List #3 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
2/5/2012 7 Billion and Counting On October 31, 2011, the world's population reached 7 bil...
1/29/2012 Number That List #2 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
1/22/2012 Writing This Makes Me Itch... Consider this Extraordinary Info of the Day (June 6, 2009):...
1/15/2012 Correlated Causation Author Vali Chandrasekaran wrote a short visual article, en...
1/8/2012 Lego Legends Brazil has built the world's largest Lego tower at 31.19 ...
1/1/2012 The Size of a Horse Consider this formula: f(W) = (0.1)W2/3 Animal physiolog...
12/11/2011 What Would a Texas Snowman Look Like? In 1999, residents of the state of Maine built the world'...
12/4/2011 Newspaper News By trimming 1/8 inch off the width of the New York Times ...
11/27/2011 Together Don Magee and I Could Do 3,012! Don Magee, a retired school superintendent, does pushups! A...
11/13/2011 Lotsa-Bytes in a Yottabyte Numbers have sizes based on their values, such as 4 being...
11/6/2011 Have It Your Way....in Japan American food franchises are taking over Japan. More Amer...
10/30/2011 Spam Fight In a 2004 discussion of e-mail problems, Bill Gates claim...
10/23/2011 Faces of Facebook Consider these claims: Facebook has 610,736,920 member ...
10/16/2011 Number That List #1 In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell ...
10/9/2011 Hide...The Information Is Coming! Consider this claim made by Mary Flynn, Publisher of Creati...
10/2/2011 Posing Printing Papers Problems At my University, students use their ID cards to print out ...
9/25/2011 New Fingernail Record Set! Lee Redmond held the record. She decided to stop clipping a...
9/18/2011 Chocolate Anyone...or is it Everyone? The competition continues. The Grand Candy Factory, An Arme...
9/11/2011 No Cheese for This Tasty Hamburger? Many MathNEXUS pages have been devoted to the statistics ...
9/4/2011 The Mathematics of Weight Loss Research has shown that the Weight Watchers program tends...
6/5/2011 A Raindrop, a Sneeze, and... So much data exists...That is, we are surrounded by data....
5/29/2011 If Only Jordan Had Signed the Khayyam Pledge? Common Factoid Being Circulated: The average salary of al...
5/22/2011 Heavy Buzzing at Night Imbictus International makes traps to catch mosquitos. Th...
5/15/2011 Celebrate a Dog's Birthday Seven Times Each Year? On the one hand, a dog is as old as the number of years i...
5/8/2011 Say "Ok Coca Cola" 5,333 times! According to an Extraordinary Info of the Day, the averag...
5/1/2011 Measured Normality Data gathered by Leila Green, research director for the L...
4/24/2011 The Whole Hole? According to the Extraordinary Info of the Day, the dee...
4/17/2011 Texas vs. Nigeria: Let Them Eat Cake! Twenty five years ago (February 1986), Texas celebrated 1...
4/10/2011 Hmmm...M&M's 400 million M & M's are produced each day woldwide! Now,...
4/3/2011 Oddball Data Prompts New Problems and Surveys So much data exists...That is, we are surrounded by data....
3/27/2011 FORE! No, More Golf Balls Are Lost Than That... Fact 1: Using sonar and a submersible device, scientists ...
3/20/2011 The.com Ultimate.com Math.com Test.com In a 1999 survey of 25,500 standard English-language dict...
3/13/2011 Your Heart: The "Rest" of Your Life The following statistical claim was posted on-line as a...
2/27/2011 Vampires are ABO Positive! Blood donors are rare...and some are more rare than other...
2/20/2011 Surfing Math Equations The world is constantly searching for more sources of ene...
2/13/2011 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #7 In 1996, multiple claims were made regarding adult beha...
2/6/2011 You d' Judge! Is this acceptable research...? Tim Lundeen, a software ...
1/30/2011 The Population Bridge Each year, approximately 800,000 people pay the fee to ...
1/23/2011 Some Like it Hotter! Approximately a year ago, the Statistic-of-the-Week focuse...
1/16/2011 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #6 In 1996, multiple claims were made about teenage behavi...
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1/9/2011 The Ten-Day Jam Over a ten-day period, traffic built on the Beijing-Zhangji...
1/2/2011 Where Are The Three Bears When You Need Them? To celebrate the annual Highland Games in Cupar, an attempt...
12/12/2010 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #5 In 1996, odds were suggested for certain catastrophic e...
12/5/2010 Play Jar Is Em Sir Veigh The numbers from this survey are astounding....a solution...
11/28/2010 Wonder Who His Dentist Is...? Andres Gardin, age 60, is commonly known as "Coconut...
11/14/2010 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #4 In 1996, odds were suggested for the yearly risk of dyi...
11/7/2010 It's A Dog's World True or False? The following claim was made: If never ...
10/31/2010 Not Taking Sides But....! According to IRS statistics (which never lie!) reported t...
10/24/2010 After the Bubble Burst On March 10 in the year 2000, the NASDAQ peaked at 5,048....
10/17/2010 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #3 In 1996, odds were suggested for the risk of dying from...
10/10/2010 Reminds Me Of My Wedding... Lakshmi Mittal, a billionaire steel tycoon recently ranke...
10/3/2010 Five Pictures = Facebook's Privacy Statement...For Now Privacy is a big issue...or concern. A case-in-point is t...
9/26/2010 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #2 In 1996, it was claimed that the risk of an adult (over...
9/19/2010 Do These Odds Still Hold True? #1 In 1996, the following claims were made: 1 in 24: Ris...
9/12/2010 Just Travel the Line of Oil Jugs... Associated Press writers often create some useful compariso...
9/5/2010 Give Me Those Old-Time Spoonerisms! See Joe Allison, age 9, holding 16 spoons: See Joe now, ...
6/6/2010 Arod = N Mathematics Teachers The apparent escalation of baseball salaries is referred ...
5/30/2010 I C ESP Though Martin Gardner wrote very little specifically abou...
5/23/2010 Homage to My Square Cousins Will and Darlene Western square dance is a folk dance with eight dancers (...
5/16/2010 Then Dracula Said, You're Not My Type! Blood types are classifications of blood according to "...
5/9/2010 Do You Look For Free Parking? When confronted with options of either parking meters or ...
5/2/2010 Create-Your-Own-Problem! So much data exists...That is, we are surrounded by data....
4/25/2010 Hot Enought For You...Try a Naga Jolokia Older Americans are increasing their use of chili peppers...
4/18/2010 The Aging Times...They Are A-Changing... Some interesting data about life-expectancy: Average yea...
4/11/2010 A Lot of Hot Air John Cassidy is qute normal...in fact he regularly shops ...
4/4/2010 Exploding Spam The Internet version of Spam is on the increase...no surp...
3/28/2010 Egg-citing Chocolate Guylian, a Belgian chocolate maker, recently made a choco...
3/21/2010 What To Do...When Statistics Reflect Your Own Life? The following statistic was shared on a radio show...and ...
3/14/2010 Fear Statistics? Wired published a quiz regarding "fear factors"...
3/7/2010 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 ... People have been obsessed with memorizing the digits of p...
2/28/2010 Start Working at Age 16...Retire at Age 66 Suppose you work 50 years....The following list of "...
2/21/2010 Lying For a Mate In its August (2009) issue, Wired discussed the implicati...
2/14/2010 Taking the Wheel of Fortune for a Spin The television game show Wheel of Fortune has just finish...
2/7/2010 Bitz of Ritz Blitz Ritz Crackers is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, amidst...
1/31/2010 Give Me a Book Any Day Surveys about reading habits of Americans are inconsisten...
1/24/2010 Juan's Dilemma: To Pay or Not to Pay As part of his weekly commute, Juan Zamora stopped at a C...
1/17/2010 Planes, Trees, and Swallows? So much numerical data exists...That is, we are surrounde...
1/10/2010 Edible Myths? A recent article documented the amount of water needed in...
1/3/2010 Resolution: I Will Walk 50 Miles Every Month This well-intentioned resolution (aimed at retirees) for ...
12/13/2009 A Heavy Thought: Falling Snow On the average, 10 inches of snow adds 5.2 pounds to ea...
12/6/2009 Dog Owners Going To The Dogs Dog owners supposedly say the following: 87% say their...
11/29/2009 Equal Pay? In a recent issue, Parade Magazine discussed the disheart...
11/22/2009 Turkey Time Fact 1: Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksg...
11/15/2009 Henry's Dream In 1912, Henry Ford produced 168,000 automobiles. In 191...
11/8/2009 The Dunbar Number Cameron Marlow, serving as a "resident sociologist&q...
11/1/2009 Be Very Wary: To Tarry vs. Marry Harry or Larry? While browsing through old newspapers in Garner (IA), I f...
10/25/2009 Where Does Our Time Go? According to USA Today, we spend (i.e. waste) our time on...
10/18/2009 Nailing It! An average human's finger and toe nails grow at the rate ...
10/11/2009 Ah...Ah...Chew on these Facts! Consider these statistics regarding a single sneeze (or i...
10/4/2009 Tired Argument Tried Consider this dialogue from a cartoon published in The Chi...
9/27/2009 The Negative With the Positive In 1920, 9,130 people died in automobile accidents. In 1...
9/20/2009 Where's the Media Pyramid When You Need It? In its August (2009) issue, Wired noted that the average ...
9/13/2009 WARNING: Drive Slow, Given Last Year's Revenue Drop! The results of an interesting correlation study were publ...
8/30/2009 Charity Burger Re-Eaten! To begin the school year, I am reprinting a "classic&quo...
5/31/2009 SuperSize It, Please! Cargo freighters carrying containers are getting bigger an...
5/24/2009 Sum of Area of All Walmarts = Size of Manhattan? Look at this slide from an on-line presentation...and consi...
5/17/2009 I Saw It Blow! On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, being the &qu...
5/10/2009 "OneWay" To Subtract Fact 1: In 2007 (and for the past two decades), the size...
5/3/2009 Can You Feel The Ridge? Factoid On Wall In My Doctor's Office: A dime has 118 eq...
4/26/2009 Big and Bigger ... Definition 1: A googol is the number 10100, or a 1 fo...
4/19/2009 Tax Time Has Passed...But The Pain Remains Fact 1: In fiscal year 2006, the total amount of U.S. ta...
4/12/2009 Forrest Gump...This Is Your Life! On November 14, 2002, Marsh Field's, Chicago (IL), made t...
3/29/2009 Average: Mean, Median, or Mode? In 1982, the Modern Day Almanac made these claims about t...
3/22/2009 Somebody's Lying? The National Pet Owners' Survey (2007) made these claims...
3/15/2009 Surely Numbers Be(lie) Truth 84% percent of American students would rather take out t...
3/8/2009 Are the Actuaries Right? The State Farm Insurance Company provided this data about ...
3/1/2009 Around and Around She Goes...Faster, Higher... In 1884, Coney Island introduced the Switchback Railway--...
2/22/2009 Speed of Sound vs. Sound of Speed On October 14, 1922, Lt. Lester Maitland was first to fly a...
2/15/2009 A Waste of Good Chocolate? Remember: The average American eats just over 12 pounds of ...
2/1/2009 Supporting America's Chocolate Habit The average American eats just over 12 pounds of chocolat...
1/25/2009 Read A Book, Please.... Fact 1: The typical 15-to-24-year-old American spends 7 ...
1/18/2009 Math Book'em Danno! Fact 1: In the year 2006, United States publishers took ...
1/11/2009 The Contract Is For \$43,950 and Counting! The Iowa College Student Aid Commission issued a report ...
1/4/2009 And Good Riddance to 2 Anchovies Each Day Factoid: Every day 75 acres of pizza are eaten in the Un...
12/14/2008 1.2 Percent and Dropping Claim in Newspaper: The world's population will reach 7 ...
12/7/2008 Climbing The Barbie Ladder FACT: Every second, two Barbie dolls are purchased somew...
11/30/2008 Fact? or Fiction? I know the last thing most want to think about is eating ...
11/23/2008 Think Turkey Fact 1: Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksg...
11/16/2008 Ready, Set, Move 1, Move 2, ... Ever try to solve the Rubik's Cube? If few positions look f...
11/9/2008 Body Estimates How well do you make know facts regarding aspects of your...
11/2/2008 Fall Fall Some things to think about while doing your fall raking o...
10/26/2008 Opportunities for the Few Consider this claim: "In 2005, there were only 17,00...
10/19/2008 The Savings When Going Green Consider these "before" statistical facts that ...
10/12/2008 Spending Money But Saving Trees In February, 2008, the White House decided to go paperles...
10/5/2008 Inflating Inflation Sometimes statistical facts arise that are hard to believe,...
9/28/2008 Help Solve This Problem... Consider these statistical facts: About 40% of the stu...
9/21/2008 Attention All Chickens.... To both raise its international profile and draw attention...
9/14/2008 A Lot of Hot Air In April, 2008, Andrew Dahl, age 13, of Blaine, WA, set a...
9/7/2008 Running Your Car on Wite-Out Fluid? In his New York Times column "Pogue’s Posts," D...
8/31/2008 Fermi For Me? To make the following "guesstimates," determine ...
6/15/2008 What...No Onions? About a year ago, I reviewed the Charity Burger, a world ...
6/7/2008 Hope It is Hung Right Side Up! On November 11, 2006, David Martinez, a Mexican financier, ...
6/1/2008 Build The Cat To Catch The Rat In January 2008 in Uruguay, scientists found the skull of...
5/11/2008 A Billion Here...A Billion There.... On January 1, 1816, public debt of the United States first ...
5/4/2008 Growth Spurts Alerts In the July, 2001, issue of Scientific American, we find Al...
4/27/2008 To Err Is....To Gain From It Is.... In February, 2008, Benjamin Lovell finally got in trouble. ...
4/20/2008 Careful: Stapling Paper Is Haxardous to your Health! Sometimes statistical facts arise that are hard to believe....
4/13/2008 Stop...There's a Yard Sale It's spring time...which means yard sales are springing u...
4/6/2008 The "What's in Store" Age Trivia exists everywhere and about eveything. For example...
3/30/2008 One Billion and Counting...or Is It Searching In late 2005, the one-billionth new user went online to s...
3/23/2008 And The Recommended Daily Calorie Intake Is.... Consider this table of data relating to "normal" ...
3/16/2008 The Beef Problem: Well-Done Consider this data: Total number of cattle in the U.S. i...
3/9/2008 Is Bigger Better? The size of the average new house in 1950 was 1,100 squar...
3/2/2008 Driver Distractions Delineated In Washington State, 93.5 % of all collisions are due to ...
2/24/2008 Psst...You're Being Phished....Pshaw! Phishing is the malicious attempt to use phony e-mails to...
2/17/2008 East vs. West Bloggers Harris Interactive recently did a survey of 25,000 people...
2/10/2008 A Kiss in Time Saves... According to Diet Power's Food Dictionary, a Hershey choc...
2/3/2008 Money Does Not Grow on Trees.... We have all seen the local businesses or advertisements t...
1/27/2008 Murky Mathematics Since the advent of computers, schools have tried different ...
1/20/2008 Lincoln Logs On Consider the task of e-mailing someone the text for the Dec...
1/13/2008 Can It Equal 100% 3% of your life! That's how much of your life of 75 years ...
12/30/2007 Time to Reflect The Sky Mirror, an artistic creation of Anish Kapoor, res...
12/16/2007 The Perfect Holiday Gift--A Book Two nanotechnologists at Simon Fraser University have produ...
12/9/2007 How Would You Know if You Dropped One....a Hundred? Intel's new transistors are so small that 2 million of them...
12/2/2007 Putting a Sphere into A Cubical Box Consider this photo: It is a picture of the Hayden Plane...
11/25/2007 Clawing Way to Record Lee Redmond decided to stop clipping and filing her finge...
11/18/2007 Turkey Time Fact 1: Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksg...
11/11/2007 Population Race Consider the following data for these cities in Whatcom C...
11/4/2007 Tea for 1,321,851,888 John Hodgman, resident expert on The Daily Show, asks other...
10/28/2007 Just in the Lick of Time John Hodgman, resident expert on The Daily Show, re-asks an...
10/21/2007 CAZIQUES is Worth 392 Points! Scrabble is a great game and keeps your mind active....but ...
10/14/2007 Da Vinci's Other Code Assumption: Because most bones grow at the same rate, the l...
10/7/2007 404...CRBT...GAL...L8R G8R! Consider this data, obtained from an AP-AOL survey about th...
9/30/2007 100 Year Celebration of the Marathon On April 19, 1897, the first American Marathon Race was hel...
9/23/2007 And I'm Still Working on Milli...and Mega... In Patrick Di Justo's opening words: "From trillion-fl...
9/16/2007 The Good Old Days.....Are Often Never Known The first Corn Husking National Championship Contest was he...
9/9/2007 A Sucker's Made Every... In 1908, the Racine (WI) Confectioners' Machinery Company i...
9/2/2007 Up, Up, and ...Up Consider the following facts: On May 4, 1927, Captain H...
8/26/2007 My Dad Always Said: Pull your Own Weight! Consider these claims.... [1] An elephant can pull twice...
6/17/2007 Trip for a Lifetime The United States has more than four million miles of roa...
6/10/2007 Ye Olde Amazing Number 2 The average pencil has enough led to draw a line that is ...
6/3/2007 A New Source of Alternative Energy Consider this...Lots of hurricanes occur each year....fin...
5/27/2007 Hitch a Ride Consider these two statistical facts: [1] For a spacecr...
5/20/2007 The Power of Statistics in the Wrong Hands No numerical statistics this week...rather a statistical ...
5/13/2007 Hair Today...Gone Tomorrow! A male face has between 10,000 and 30,000 whiskers, with ...
5/6/2007 Group Hug...Another Use for Circles Some records are meant to be broken. In 1999, the Guinnes...
4/29/2007 Want a 4-Second Do? Uma Jayakumar (Bombay, India) is known everywhere as the ...
4/22/2007 Warped Speed The speed of light is 669,600,000 miles per hour. On the...
4/15/2007 2 Bee or Not 2 Bee Some facts regarding the making of one pound of honey: B...
4/8/2007 Singultus Repeatititus On January 23, 2007, fifteen-year-old Jennifer Mee (St. P...
4/1/2007 The Burger Race for Food Fools The past two weeks of this web site have focused on the l...
3/25/2007 More Burger Stories Remember last week's Charity Burger, a nightmare for an u...
3/18/2007 The Charity Burger Replaces the Chessboard & Rice Problem Sounds like a nightmare on an upset stomach. Imagine a ha...
3/11/2007 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 ... People have been obsessed with memorizing the digits of p...
3/4/2007 Take This Problem With a Grain of Salt The world's oceans (97.2% of all the earth's water) conta...
2/25/2007 Be Hip...Drink Hippo Milk One pint of hippopotamus milk contains 1,600 calories. Y...
2/18/2007 Run for Time According to one research claim, if you jog for one-and-a...
2/11/2007 The Crowded Earth Population density is defined to be the number of persons...
2/4/2007 An e-Xperiment! Point your pen randomly at one of these digits of e...and h...
1/28/2007 New Twist on My Space As the United States population grows, the idea of "my...
1/21/2007 Snow = Rain? Recently, the newspaper headlines claimed that a record s...
1/14/2007 Yet Another Bowl! This photo was entered in Worth 1000's Supersize It! cont...
1/7/2007 New Car for the New Year In 1925, a new car cost an average of \$1,732. In 1981, a n...
12/31/2006 This year, I will..... Consider this "fact": 77% of the New Year’s resol...
12/17/2006 How Can This Be? Consider this statement: During an average year, more ste...
12/10/2006 "The Flu" vs. "The Wave" Consider this unusual set of "facts": Average ti...
12/3/2006 Marge Simpson, Move Over A new Guinness record was set this week in Lima, Peru....th...
11/26/2006 Slip, Slip, Slidding Away The Washington Monument sinks an average of 6 inchers ann...
11/19/2006 Fast-Fingers Ben Consider the 160-character phrase: "The razor-toothed ...
11/12/2006 The Smoking Gun on Cigarettes The data is available and quite clear: 154,761 cancer dea...
11/5/2006 Sure, Chick, We Believe You...... Factoid:On August, 1933, "Chick" Reinhart suppo...
10/29/2006 Ultimate Frisbee In 2002, Christian Sandstrom (standing on level ground) b...
10/22/2006 tap Roy Castle was well known for his speed as a tap dancer, ...
10/15/2006 Want to Calculate a Large Number? Look closely at this spot . Do you see a pile of neutrin...
10/8/2006 Those Who Laugh, Last! William Fry, Stanford University researcher, is one of th...
10/1/2006 Mandi Martin's MillenniuM Pinball Marathon A former studio recording artists, Mandi Martin set her f...
9/24/2006 The Optional vs. The Necessary Consider this table of data relating to the number of pla...
9/17/2006 Beard Heard Around the World Gary Weddle is a science teacher in Ephrata Middle School...
9/10/2006 Your Own Personal Wal-Mart in the Year.... Like them or not, Wal-Mart stores are here to stay. Consi...
9/3/2006 Waste Not.... Municiple Solid Waste (MSW) is a problem...but is it a prob...
8/27/2006 As Marshall McLuhan said, "The Medium is the Message" In 2002, the PEW Internet and American Life Project release...
6/25/2006 College: Afford or Ill-Afford? Consider this table of college costs (tuition, fees, room...
6/18/2006 Pop Tabs Revisited To continue on the last week's theme of pop tabs, student...
6/11/2006 Kepping Tabs on Tabs In Grand Mound Elementary School (Rochester, WA), student...
6/4/2006 He Must be One of My Former Seventh Graders! Factoid: Every weekday, David Givens drives 372 miles rou...
5/28/2006 Ping Pong for the Brain and Heart Factoid 1: April 13, 1979, is special because on that dat...
5/21/2006 Don't Blink! Claim: When relaxed, humans blink their eyes over 1200 time...
5/14/2006 Can Our Brains Keep Up? Knowledge is growing at an astounding rate. If it continues a...
5/7/2006 A Third Piece of Pizza? The previous two week's statistics dealt with records for t...
4/30/2006 A Second Piece of Pizza? Last week's statistic Piece of Pizza dealt with the record ...
4/23/2006 Piece of Pizza? Fact 1: Paul Revere's Pizza in Mount Pleasant (IA) current...
4/15/2006 Bunny Money Consider these interesting facts related to Easter: Americ...
4/9/2006 A Dollar Here...Another Dollar There... Accoding to Treasury Secretary John Snow, the United Stat...
4/2/2006 Say Cheese! Please.... Sonya Thomas, a 100-pound woman, won the World Grilled Ch...
3/26/2006 Bicycles Built for Two, Automobiles Built for One To accomodate Americans who are gradually growing larger, w...
3/19/2006 Happy 71st Year-Old Birthday! Invented by Richard James by accident, the Slinky was int...
3/12/2006 Approximations for PI Many different approximations for the actual value of pi ha...
3/5/2006 IQ Demise Surmise Fact 1: An average worker's functioning IQ falls ten points...
2/26/2006 The Key Fits, Mr. Mason Fact 1:The New York Times (March 4, 1996) reported a case o...
2/19/2006 doughnuts To continue on with the "weighty" theme, consider...
2/12/2006 Be Someone's Valentine! Fact 1: The first-known Valentine was sent in 1415 A.D. by ...
2/5/2006 Some Winter Olympics Mathematics Downhill skiers race down a mountainside at an average of...
1/29/2006 Weighty Data Wait! Before you eat that sandwich...Do you know that w...
1/22/2006 Cell Phone Mania Consider this table of data relating to cell phone use: ...
1/15/2006 Credit Card IQ Fact 1: In 2004 in the United States, the average credit ...
1/8/2006 To Dropout or Not to Dropout Fact 1: A high school dropout earns about \$260,000 less over ...
1/1/2006 Goodbye B.M.I. For years, B.M.I. (or Body Mass Index) has been the common in...
12/11/2005 Meany, Mediany, Modey Moe Fact 1:In the year 2005, the median age of a person in t...
12/4/2005 Paul Ehrlich, We Need You! Consider these facts taken from the U.S. Census Population ...
11/27/2005 A Pile of Corn The Given: Located in Ralston, Iowa, the conical pile of 2....
11/20/2005 Turkey Time Fact 1: Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksg...
11/13/2005 GIGO: Garbage In...Garbage Out Claim: Each day, every person in the United States genera...
11/6/2005 A Google of Cokes Claim: Every minute, people throughout the world drink a ...
10/30/2005 Odds Are... Consider these facts: 7 out of every 10 adults purchase ...
10/23/2005 Webster.con In the year 2001, someone claimed that more than 98% of t...
10/16/2005 Just the Facts, Spam Fact 1: Of all e-mail messages received, 58% are categori...
10/9/2005 A Fish Tale Twenty-five years after its first discovery on the Great Barr...
10/2/2005 Fast is Relative IBM seems to be winning the battle for the title of being...
9/25/2005 Something's Wrong? A newborn baby has 300 bones. An adult has only 206 bones. ...
9/18/2005 Perspective on Time Author John McPhee offers an interesting analogy for geologic...
9/11/2005 To Wash or Not to Wash In a phone survey conducted by researchers for the American S...
9/4/2005 Did You Know.... In 1609, the calculations for working out the orbit of Mars t...
8/28/2005 Baseball Hits A line drive in baseball travels an average of 100 yards ...
8/21/2005 Hair Loss The human head sheds an average of 68 hairs during a 24-hour ...
8/14/2005 Pianos Galore In 1909, more than 350,000 pianos were sold in the United...
8/7/2005 Brain Loss Eventually, our brain stops growing because some of our bra...
7/31/2005 Caviar for the Rich Caviar is basically fish eggs (or roe), often taken from stur...
7/24/2005 Rocket Speed Suppose we could design a rocket that would travel at t...
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