Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trivia Local Government Officials and Commumity Leaders might find of value

1. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of where they were born

2. The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska

3. The percentage of Africa considered wilderness is 28%. The percentage of wilderness in North America is considered

4. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments in the USA.

5. The Kings in a deck of playing cards each represent great historical government leaders:

    Spades - King David
    Hearts - Charlemagne
    Clubs - Alexander the Great
    Diamonds - Julius Caesar

6. Milton Bradley prints more money each day for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury prints for our economy

7. Men can generally read smaller print better than women

8. Women can generally hear better than men

10. It's impossible for a 80% of government employees to lick their elbows

11. At any given hour between 7AM and 7PM the average number of people airborne over the U.S. is 61,000

12. Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776: John Hancock and
Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed it on August 2nd; however, the last signature wasn't added until 1781 - 5 years later.

13. 74% of people reading this did not notice or catch that there was no #9 on this list

14. Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women

15. Due to strict censorship laws in the US the first married couple to ever be shown in bed together on prime time Television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

16. Laws enacted in England during the 1400’s permitted husband’s to beat their wives’ with a wooden stick no thicker than their thumb. Hence today we often refer to 'the rule of thumb'

17. 96% of people reading this list did actually scroll back up to verify there was not a #9 on this list

18. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were stuffed with staff and often secured to the bed frames by ropes. These ropes were pulled tight each night to secure the mattress and make the mattress firmer. Hence today we have a modern phrase that goes like this ...'Goodnight , sleep tight Don't let the bed bugs bite'

19. In ancient Babylon (2000BC) it was an accepted practice that for the entire month following his daughter’s nuptial, the bride's father would supply his new son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. {Mead was a form of honey beer}.  Because the calendar was lunar based this period was referred to as the honey month, which today we know as the honeymoon.

20. Before the day is over 67% of the readers of this list who work in government will try to lick their elbow to verify if they can do it. 100% of non government readers will try. 

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