Oddities


In 1992 Seth Green appeared in commercials for Rally's as an obnoxious
drive-thru cashier who kept repeating the line "Cha-CHING!!" over and
over again -- this became one of the most overused catchphrases of the
90s.


Robert de Niro is the son of two painters.


There are ten times as many children in pre-school today than there were in 1964.

The 2004 earthquake that caused the tsunami contained as much energy as
all earthquakes throughout the world in the previous five
years...combined.


George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were all avid
collectors and players of marbles.  At that time, marbles were
called "small bowls" and were as popular with
adults as children.


The Federal Register (of laws) is growing by 55,000 to 70,000 pages annually.
http://news.com.com/2010-1071_3-5934150.html


Women who take frequent vacations sleep better, are more satisfied in marriage, and are less likely to be tense or depressed. http://livescience.com/humanbiology/051110_vacations.html

Iceland has a literacy rate of nearly 100 percent and
Icelanders read more books per capita than any other citizenry in the
world.

Henry Kissinger was the first honorary Harlem Globetrotter.


Fred Astaire's legs were once insured for $1,000,000.

A Turkish court fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W
on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans
use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet.  http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/25/turk.letters.reut/


Over half of Americans drink coffee everyday. http://www.physorg.com/news6067.html

A 2004 report by the California Energy Commission found that 880 to
1,300 raptors are killed at the Altamont Pass wind farm every year.
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,69177,00.html


Every year 100,000 people call the Butterball Turkey Talk line -- 800-288-8372.


Lunar soil is 30 to 60 percent glass.

34 different carpet designs and 36 hand-painted wallpapers appear in "Gone With The Wind"


In "Lord Of War", a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s was used because it was cheaper than getting prop guns.

Pixar's "The Incredibles" brought in $630 million, nearly as much as Disney's last eight animated movies. http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/09/19/business/disney.php


If there are 23 randomly selected people in a room, there is a 50-50 chance at least two of them have the same birthday.http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68893,00.html


2,600 car crash deaths per year are due to cell phone usage.

After having won the academy award for "Good Will Hunting",
Robin Williams sent Peer Augustinski (who is his standard German
dubbing voice) a little Oscar replica with a note: 'Thank you for
making me famous in Germany'. http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000245/bio


Tokyo, Japan has more telephone lines than all of Africa.

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