Thursday, December 15, 2011

Facebook Facts Fun & Interesting Trivia

You can't block CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook.Try it. You'll get an error message that says, "General Block failed error: Block failed."

4 billion daily messages are sent through the Facebook network

The average American spends more time on Facebook than Google, Yahoo, Youtube, Microsoft, Wikipedia and Amazon combined

Microsoft holds a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook

7.5 million profiles on the site are operated by users younger than 13 years old, the minimum age to have a Facebook account

Facebook's "Like" Button Used To Be The "Awesome" Button

The character limit for a Facebook status is 63,206

There are more than 800,000 developers building applications for Facebook

About 8.3 billion hours are spent on Facebook every month

Psychologists have identified a new mental health disorder called Facebook Addiction Disorder

Cancer Facts Symptoms & Interesting Trivia

The odds are 1 out of 2 (50%) that if you're a smoker who has been diagnosed with cancer, you will continue to smoke

Steve Jobs was one of the first twenty people in the world to have all of the genes of his cancer tumor as well as of his normal DNA sequenced

he first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer

The first cause of cancer was identified by British surgeon Percivall Pott, who discovered in 1775 that cancer of the scrotum was a common disease among chimney sweeps

Ulysses S. Grant finished his memoirs in 1885, a few weeks before his death from throat cancer. The book earned over $450,000 for his family after his death

Due to hunting, Tasmanian devils neared extinction at the beginning of the 20th century. Tasmanian wolves (also called tigers) became extinct in 1936. Today Tasmanian devils are endangered by a cancer called Devil Facial Tumor Disease

Every 30 seconds someone in the world dies of lung cancer

Breast cancer survivors may reduce their risk of recurrence by eating soy foods

Male firefighters who were exposed to toxic dust and smoke from the 9/11 attacks on World Trade Center have a 19 percent higher risk of getting cancer of all kinds than colleagues who were not exposed

The annual estimate for men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer is 2,140, and the number of men who will die from it is 450

Internet Facts History Surfing & Interesting Trivia

The odds are 1 out of 4 (24%) that you think the Internet can serve as a substitute for a spouse or significant other

The odds are 1 out of 8 (12.5%) that you are addicted to the Internet, risking jobs and relationships to spend more time online

15% (estimated) of internet users don't use search engines. They just type a subject, add ".com" and hope for the best

80% of all pictures on the internet are of naked women

Close to fifty percent of Internet shoppers spend over five hours a week online

The Internet was originally developed by DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - as a means to share information on defense research between involved universities and defense research facilities

By May 2009, Nielsen reported that 230 million Americans had Internet access, 93 percent had high -speed access (broadband) and digital cable and 228 million used a cell phone

In 2008, more Americans got their national and international news from the Internet than from any other medium save television, according to national survey by the Pew Research Center

By April 2009, an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide connected to the Internet, less than one-quarter of who were located in North America

More than six in ten households with Internet access have a Wi-Fi network at home

Monday, December 12, 2011

Robert Noyce Strange Facts & Trivia

Robert Noyce Biography

Robert Noyce was born on December 12 1927 in Burlington, Iowa. He died on June 3 1990 in Austin, Texas.

In 1949, Noyce received his B.A. from Grinnell College in Iowa. In 1953, he received his Ph.D. in physical electronics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert Noyce worked as a researcher for Philco Corporation until 1956, when Noyce started working for the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Palo

Bob Noyce's nickname was the "Mayor of Silicon Valley." He was one of the very first scientists to work in the area -- long before the stretch of California had earned the Silicon name -- and he ran two of the companies that had the greatest impact on the silicon industry: Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.

He also invented the integrated chip, one of the stepping stones along the way to the microprocessors in today's computers.

Noyce, the son of a preacher, grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. He was a physics major at Grinnell College, and exhibited while there an almost baffling amount of confidence. He was always the leader of the crowd.

This could turn against him occasionally -- the local farmers didn't approve of him and weren't likely to forgive quickly when he did something like steal a pig for a college luau.

The prank nearly got Noyce expelled, even though the only reason the farmer knew about it was because Noyce had confessed and offered to pay for it.

While in college, Noyce's physics professor Grant Gale got hold of two of the very first transistors ever to come out of Bell Labs. Gale showed them off to his class and Noyce was hooked.

The field was young, though, so when Noyce went to MIT in 1948 for his Ph.D., he found he knew more about transistors than many of his professors.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Walt Disney Strange Facts & Trivia

Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time

Anthea Turner, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Susan Hampshire, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Edison, Henry Winkler, Cher, Brian Conley, and Leonardo DaVinci are, or were, dyslexic

He admitted to being "scared to death" when he had to face the camera to introduce episodes of the "Disneyland" television series

At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies

Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse

A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."

Stanford University engineers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company in a Palo Alto garage with $1,538. Their first product was an audio oscillator bought by Walt Disney studios for use in the movie Fantasia

In 1933, Kenz Masaoka produced "Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka," which was the first piece of anime to use synchronized sound, following Walt Disney's talkie "Steamboat Willie" by 4 years

Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations with sixty-four

An interesting fact about Walt Disney is that he was honored by having his picture on a six-cent United States commemorative postage stamp that was issued September 11, 1968

Facts About America People Living & Trivia

If you're an American, the odds are 1 out of 40 (2.46%) that you're currently in the U.S. criminal justice system (incarcerated, on parole, or on probation

The odds are 1 out of 3 (33%) that (if you have a baby this year in America) it will be delivered by Caesarean Section

The odds are 73 out of 100 (73%) that you (as an American) favor the elimination of all nuclear weapons in the world

The odds are 1 out of 4,800 (.021%) that if you're a pregnant American woman, you will die in childbirth

The odds are 1 out of 25 (4%) that you (as an American adult) have never had sex

The odds are almost 2 out of 3 (63%) that you're rather be poor and thin than rich and fat (if you're an American woman)

The odds are 1 out of 5,898 (.01695%) that an American got sick or died in 2000-2004 from something they ate

The odds are 1 out of 32 (3.125%) that a person in America is currently being punished for a crime (behind bars, on probation, or on parole

The odds are 1 out of 825 (.1212%) that an American lives in a household that earns more than $2 million each year

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Income Tax Information Facts & Trivia

The idea of making people pay to use public toilets was introduced by the Roman emperor Vespasian, who instituted a ‘urine tax’ on public conveniences as a way of raising funds following a civil war

47% of all U.S. households owed no federal income tax in 2009

The state of Washington is one of only seven states that does not levy a personal income tax

The US Supreme Court once ruled federal income tax unconstitutional

Federal income tax was first imposed during the civil war as a temporary revenue-raising measure

The odds are 1 out of 14 (7.3%) that you contributed the $3 on your 2006 tax return to help finance presidential campaigns

A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax

The average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together

The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, there was a tax put on men's beards

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cars Facts And Interesting Trivia

History of Cars
The automobile as we know it was not invented in a single day by a single inventor. The history of the automobile reflects an evolution that took place worldwide. It is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile

The automobile as we know it was not invented in a single day by a single inventor. The history of the automobile reflects an evolution that took place worldwide. It is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile

In 1771, Cugnot drove one of his road vehicles into a stone wall, making Cugnot the first person to get into a motor vehicle accident. This was the beginning of bad luck for the inventor.

Old Engraving depicting the 1771 crash of Nicolas Joseph Cugnot's steam-powered car into a stone wall

Other Facts And Trivia
On April 4, 1974, John Massis of Belgium pulled two New York Long Island railroad passenger cars totaling 80 tons with a thick rope, with a small bit attached, using only his teeth
An average of 168 Americans die per year when their cars collide with deer

On average, fifty-one cars a year overshoot and drive into the canals of Amsterdam

On average, Americans spend five times more of their time in their cars than they do on vacation
Ferdinand Porsche, who later went on to build sports cars bearing his own name, designed the original 1936 Volkswagen