Friday, December 29, 2006


This site lists the 100 things we didn’t know before 2006. So here's some trivia about 2006. The site has a related story to each of them.

Here’s my pick:

2. There are 200 million blogs which are no longer being updated, say technology analysts.

3. Urban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style" of singing, different from their rural counterparts.

7. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.

9. Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.

13. The fastest supercomputer in the UK can make 15.4 trillion calculations per second.

15. Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defence secretary in US history.

21. English is now the only "traditional" academic subject in the top 10 most popular university courses.

23. More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study.

26. Each person sends an average of 55 greetings cards per year.

28. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.

31. The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.

47. Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children, say researchers from the University of Siena.

64. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.

67. Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.

68. The egg came first.

72. Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing "less problematic behaviour" involving sex, drugs and drink.

73. George Bush's personal highlight of his presidency is catching a 7.5lb (3.4kg) perch.

84. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.

86. Six million people use TV subtitles, despite having no hearing impairment.

90. The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth's surface.

98. A "lost world" exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.

100. In the 1960s, the CIA used to watch Mission Impossible to get ideas about spying.


At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Coffee said...

Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children, say researchers from the University of Siena. ...... now who came up with this !!!!!!!

And I always knew that the egg came first :P

Nice post :)

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Fuzzylogic said...

"Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger"-
Goodbye steroids and Hello meditation:)
Nice collection!

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Usha said...

wow! am checking out every story!Thanks.

At 2:36 AM, Anonymous artnavy said...

egg came first- am stil not sure about that one- cool list
am checking out the stories anyway

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Orchid said...

How come you did not include the most scandalous one on your list? Y'know what I am talkign abt right? ;)


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