PDA

View Full Version : Interesting facts.



Big Dai
09-04-07, 03:22 PM
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have Produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it..)

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. (Now that's more like it!)

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (Wow, a walking super soaker!!)

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (In my next life, I want to be a pig.)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (That's creepy.) (I'm still not over the pig.)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour. (I wonder who will put THIS one on an exercise video???)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached To its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. (Honey, I'm home................... Oof! What the...?!)

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. (30 minutes .......... lucky pig! Can you imagine?)

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still want to be a pig in my next life...quality over quantity)

Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I was always curious to know.)

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm.....)

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. (If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (Okay, so that would be a good thing)

A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder who got the grant to figure THAT out?)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that.)

Starfish have no brains (I know some people like that too.)

Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they'll live a lot longer)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (What about that pig??)

the rock doc
09-04-07, 04:22 PM
Interesting Facts

Agriculture

People might eat oats when they're hungry, but people from Hungary don't eat oats.
What is in a name? More than 90% of people in Bhutan, Burundi and Burkina Faso are involved in agriculture.
Iceland has far more tractors per 1000 hectares of cropland than any other nation - more than twice that of the next highest country, Slovenia.
Costa Rica leads the world in per capita banana, melon and pineapple exports to the USA. Unsuprisingly, they’re also first in pesticide use.
The United States, India and China account for a third of all arable and permanent cropland in the world.
China is the textile mill of the world: it leads in cotton production, but also in cotton imports.
Australia accounts for more organic cropland than the next 36 countries combined.
Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe, and the world's largest producer of barley and total coarse grain per gdp.
Background
Peru’s national bird is the Andean cock of the rock (Rupicola peruviana).
Every year, approximatley one third of Bangledesh finds itself underwater from monsoons.
The expatriate population from Cape Verde is larger than its domestic one.
Armenia was the first nation to formally adopt Christianity, and today has one of the few Christian cultures to still sacrifice animals on Sunday.

Crime

Per capita, South Africa has the most assaults, rapes, and murders with firearms.
Two-thirds of the world's executions occur in China.
Two-thirds of the world's kidnappings occur in Colombia.
Venezuela is one of the happiest and most murderous places in the world.
Russia has almost twice as many judges and magistrates as the United States. Meanwhile, the United States has 8 times as much crime.
In the Maldives, there are more than 2 jails for every 1000 people.
One in every three Australians is a victim of crime.
Saudi diplomats have 367 unpaid parking fines in Britain.
In pure number terms, more crimes are committed in America than in any other nation. The same goes for burglaries, car thefts, rapes and assaults.
The United States puts 0.7 % of its population in Prison - a vastly higher percentage than any other nation.
India’s criminal courts acquitted over a million defendants in 1999, more than the next 48 surveyed countries combined.
Women make up more than 10% of the prison population in only six countries: Thailand, , Qatar, Paraguay, Costa Rica, and Singapore.
People trust Swedes! Swedish companies are the world’s least-likely to be perceived as paying bribes.
84% of people in Finland feel that they are at a low risk of experiencing a burglary - but just look at how many burglaries they have!
The Caribbean islands of Barbados, Saint Lucia and Grenada are all in the top 5 for the most crowded prisons in the world.
82% of people in Finland show confidence in police institutions, though only 41% of the Fins surveyed felt they could report a crime to the police.

Currency

‘Dollar’ is the most common currency name, followed by ‘franc,’ ‘pound,’ ‘dinar,’ ‘peso,’ and ‘rupee.’
Iran, Cuba, Iraq and Syria all have something in common: their currencies are fixed to the US Dollar.

Democracy

You can be imprisoned for not voting in Fiji, Chile and Egypt - at least in theory.
In the last Argentinian elections, 21% of the votes were declared invalid.
In Belgium, 55% of government ministers are female. The country’s first female parliamentarian was appointed in 1921.
In 1919, Kenya became the first African colony to give women the right to vote.
The United States allowed women to stand for election in 1788. 132 years later, women were finally allowed to vote in elections.

Economy

Israel has a GDP per capita 21 times that of the West Bank and 33 times that of the Gaza Strip.
The majority of people in most African countries live in poverty.
72% of people in Mali earn less than $1 per day.
41% world's poor people live in India.
The ten most generous countries are all in Europe.
Americans are 15% more innovative than the Japanese. But in percentage terms, the Japanese grant 3.5 times more patents.
United we stand? The United Kingdom and United States are both in the top ten for Gross Domestic Product - and for child poverty.
Three of the top ten countries for GDP per capita are island nations: Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Iceland.
France is the top destination in the world for tourists, accounting for 11 percent of all tourist arrivals worldwide.
The top ten countries for tourist destinations account for 49.6 percent of all tourist arrivals worldwide.
The number of tourists in San Marino is almost 19 times the resident population.
Iran imports more US goods than Latvia and Estonia combined.
Cuba's per capita imports from the United States are greater than Russia's.
Greenland has a higher GDP per capita than South Korea.
In 1900, 22 countries had a higher GDP per capita than Mexico. Current GDP per capita figures show that 79 countries are higher.
Education
There are 22 countries where more than half the population is illiterate. Fifteen of them are in Africa.
The women of Iceland earn two-thirds of their nation's university degrees.
More than half of Indonesia's primary school teachers are under 30 years of age .
Thinking of becoming a teacher? Head to Switzerland. Teaching salaries there start at $US 33,000.
Kids in Mali spend only 2 years in school. More than half of them start working between the ages of 10 and 14.
Teachers make up 7.8 percent of Iceland’s labor force - and they only have to teach 38 weeks per year.
Central European men don’t teach. In Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, over 75 percent of lower secondary teachers are female.

Energy

Japan has 53 working nuclear reactors and is planning to build another 12.
The top 10 countries for electricity generation using a nuclear energy source are all in Europe.
The price of gasoline in Turkmenistan is only $US 0.03 per liter. This is cheaper than in any of the OPEC (Oil Producing) countries.
Ukraine is number one in the world for per capita construction of nuclear reactors and nuclear waste generated.
Russia produces more natural gas than the next six countries combined, and has over a quarter of the world's proven gas reserves.

Environment

Japan's water has a very high dissolved oxygen concentration - but not enough to prevent drowning in the bath.
Indonesia contains the most known mammal species - and the most mammal species under threat.
The total area of Australia’s coral reefs is greater than the total area of some 130 individual countries.

Food

The average person in the United Kingdom drinks as much tea as 23 Italians.
Norwegians drink 10.7 kilograms of coffee per person each year, and also lead the globe in anxiety disorders. Time to switch to herbal tea?
Norwegians consume more than 15 times as much coffee per person as the Irish.
The average person in the United Kingdom drinks as much tea as 23 Italians.
The five countries with the highest coffee consumption are also the five countries whose citizens trust one another the most. Coincidence? Probably.
Canadians drink more fruit juice than the citizens of any other nation - more than one litre for each person, every week.
Bacon on the side: the average rate of pork consumption among the Danes is over twice as high as that of Americans.
Americans consume 10 times as many soft drinks as the Japanese
In 1960, alcohol consumption in Italy was 16.6 litres consumed per person. In 2003? 8 litres were consumed per person.
Venezuela has three times as many Subway resturants as France.

Geography

Guinea has the wettest capital on Earth, with 3.7 metres of rain a year.
Clipperton Island wins our prize for the most unusual looking country.
Only two countries in the world are doubly landlocked: Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan.
Sick of crowds? Move to Greenland! Greenlanders have 38 square kilometres of land per person.
Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country.
Think Antarctica is inhospitable? Think again - its land area is only ninety-eight percent ice. Reassuringly, the other 2% is "barren rock".
The Mall in Washington, D.C. is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City.
The four largest nations - Russia, China, USA and Canada - account for nearly a third of all land area.
Brazil takes up 47.8% of South America.
Canada lays claim to more water than any other nation.
Almost the entire Cook Islands are covered by forest.
Australia has more than 28 times the land area of New Zealand, but its coastline is not even twice as long.
Although Russia is 127 times the size of Bangladesh, its population is slightly less.

Government

Got a parking ticket in Finland? Better just pay up - it is the least corrupt nation in the world.
Members of the armed forces and the police cannot vote in the Dominican Republic.
Nauru, Tokelau and Western Sahara are the only three countries without official capital cities.
Nauru is the world's smallest independent republic, and currently processes asylum seekers for Australia.
Health
In Botswana, more than one in three adults aged 15-49 are infected with HIV/AIDS.
The average woman in New Zealand doesn't give birth until she is nearly 30 years old.
Mexican women spend 15.3% of their life in ill health.
22% of American women aged 20 gave birth while in their teens. In Switzerland and Japan, only 2% did so.
In Ethiopia, nine out of ten births occur without skilled health staff present.
The United States tops the world in plastic surgery procedures. Next comes Mexico.
Only 4% of married women in Chad are using contraceptives.
More than half of all doctors in Finland are female.
One in three Italian babies is born by caesarean section.

Identification

Libya is the only country with a single-coloured flag.
NationMaster.com is now 40 times the size of the CIA World Factbook!
Libya’s full name is the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
Nepal’s flag is the only one in the world that isn't square or rectangular.
Of the 8 countries which include the word "democratic" in their long form name, 3 are dictatorships: Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The oldest official nation-state flag in the world is the northern cross of Denmark.

Immigration

The top five countries of origin for refugees are all in Africa.
Canada is immigrant-friendly. It confers the most new citizenships per capita and per $ GDP, and the second-most new citizenships overall.
Apparently, the Federated States of Micronesia is the place to leave - and Afghanistan is the place to go.
Want to go to the United States? Try going to Albania first. Albania has more U.S visa lottery winners per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Industry

In 2002, every 1000 Swedes made a bus.
Japan leads the world in car production, producing almost 50% more cars than either Germany and the United States.
One motor vehicle is produced for every 10 people in Belgium, the highest rate in the world.

Internet

Around 80% of all livejournal users are from the United States of America.
Iceland has the most internet users per capita but there are more hosts per capita in the United States

Labor

Danish workers strike 150 times more than their German neighbours.
More than a third of the time, Icelanders don't show up for work. Perhaps that's why they're the world's happiest nation.
In Switzerland, the average person has to work for 102 minutes to buy a kilogram of beef - one of the longest times in the developed world. On the other hand, they only have work 14 hours to buy a refrigerator.
61.5% of Swedes work more than 40 hours per week, but just across the border in Norway only 15.8% of people work this long.
If you are looking for work, just go to the Falkland Islands! They have full employment and a labor shortage.
Mozambique has the most active female workforce, and the largest over the age of 65.
Over 35% of young people in Poland are unemployed.
The average Irish worker must work twice as long as the average Brit to buy a car.
Nauru, whose economy is derived almost entirely from phosphate in bird droppings, has the highest rate of unemployment in the world.

Language

Houses in English-speaking countries have the most rooms.
Looking for the linguistic capital of the world? Head to Papua New Guinea, with 715 indigenous languages.

Lifestyle

62% of Bulgarians describe themselves as either 'not very' or 'not at all' happy.
The fourteen unhappiest countries are all in Eastern Europe.
22% of New Zealanders have used cannabis.
Australians are the most likely to join charities, educational organizations, environmental groups, sports groups and unions. But only 3% join political parties.
Australians lead the world in hours worked and membership in many voluntary organizations. How do they find the energy?
In all the countries surveyed, women do more housework than men.
Norwegians rank number one in willingness to fight for their country and the most trusting people.
Very few English speakers are not proud of their country.

Media

Andorra has no unemployment, which is just as well because they have no broadcast TV channels either. What would everyone watch?
China has the most workers, so it's a good thing they've also got the most TV's.
Indians go out to the movies 3 billion times a year - much more than any other nation.
The USA has more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.
Americans and Icelanders go to the cinema 5 times a year, on average. The average Japanese person goes only once.
The United States has the most money, airports, radios and Internet Service Providers.
Malaysia has the lowest rate of cinema attendance in the world.
A three-minute local phone call in Ecuador costs 60 U.S. cents, 60 times as much as in Ukraine, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, or Uzbekistan.
Taiwan and Luxembourg are the only countries in the world where the mobile phones outnumber the people!
Leisure time: Armenia is a world leader in library members and cinemas per capita.

Military

North Korea spends most of its GDP on its military.
The United States spends more money on its military than the next 12 nations combined.
In the 1990's, nearly half of all arms exported to developing countries came from the United States of America.
If you're looking to invade someone by sea, try Canada, which has only 9000 Navy personnel guarding the longest national coastline in the world.
Bolivia has 4,500 Navy personnel - which seems like quite a lot for a landlocked country.
Israel's per capita military expenditure is the highest in the world, at over $1,400 per person. Syria, still officially at war with Israel, spends $46.51 per person on its military.
Greece spends more money on conventional military imports than any country in the world except China and India.

Mortality

Moldova has one of the smallest artillery forces in Europe, and the highest rate in the world of death by powered lawnmower. Coincidence? Surely not.
On average, more than 70 persons die of varicose veins per year per country.
If someone you know died from falling out of a tree, you’re probably Brazilian.
You are more likely to be reported as having been killed by lightning in Cuba than in any other country.

People

Andorrans live the longest, four years longer than in neighbouring France and Spain.
China's labor force stands at 706 million people, almost three times that of Europe and twice that of North and South America combined
Luxembourgers are the world's richest people - and also the most generous.
Senior gentlemen might consider a trip to Russia, where there are two women over 65 for every man.
Single guys should check out The Virgin Islands, where the women outnumber the men.
Many Americans live alone - the United States leads the world in one person households.
Looking for geniuses? Head straight to Iceland. There are more than 3 Nobel Prize Winners for every million Icelanders.
Sri Lanka has lowest divorce rate in the world - and the highest rate of female suicide.
Nearly a quarter of people in Monaco are over 65.
The United States has the world's highest marriage rate - as well as the world's highest divorce rate.
If you're Dutch or Swedish, you're among the world's most likely to end up living in a retirement home. If you're Japanese, you'll probably end up living with your children.
Of all the nations of the world, China has the most people. But there are 71 nations that are more crowded.
Most households in Europe and North America contain fewer than three people.
Like living in cities? Guadeloupe, Nauru, Monaco, Singapore, Gibraltar and Bermuda are only nations that are 100% urbanized.
There are 11 countries where the average woman has more than six children. Ten of them are in Africa.
More than half the people in Uganda are under 14 years old.

Religion

At least 9 out 10 Nigerians attend church regularly. Only 4 out of 10 Americans claim to do so.
The Jewish population in Iran is larger than Poland and Spain's combined.
India has more Catholic Priests than Ireland, Austria and Portugal combined.
Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world.
Bhutan, known as 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', is the only official Buddhist Kingdom in the world.

Sports

Russia won the first World Air Games, held in Turkey in 1997. Events included hang-gliding, sky-surfing, and ballooning.
No winter olympic medals have ever been won by African or South American countries.
Russia has twice as many chess Grandmasters as its nearest competitor, Germany.

Taxation

Don't start a company in Australia. More than 20% of the tax collected in Australia is corporate income tax.
In Denmark, more than 50% of the tax collected is personal income tax. In the Netherlands, personal income tax makes up less than 15%.
People in Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Sweden have to pay almost half their salaries in tax.
Tax makes up half of the of Gross Domestic Product in Denmark and Sweden. In Japan and the United States, it makes up less than 30%.

Transportation

Brazil is the heliport capital of the world.
American planes take-off a staggering 8.5 million times per year - almost half the number of take-offs worldwide.
More than a third of the world's airports are in the United States of America.
In Germany and Italy, every second person owns a car.
The Pitcairn Islands have the world’s shortest highway system, with only 6.4 kilometers of road. They also have the fourth-fewest main phone lines.
About one-quarter of all nations drive on the left-hand-side of the road. Most of them are former British colonies.
Train spotters should go to Australia, which has more railway per capita than anywhere else on the globe.
Thimpu Bhutan is the only world capital without traffic lights.