Did you Know?

---While the US has the most lawyers per capita (one for every 300 people), it is not the most litigious(unreasonably prone to go to law to settle disputes). That 'honor' goes to Germany with 123.2 law suits per 1,000. Followed by Sweden with 111.2, Israel with 96.8, Austria with 95.9, and the US with 74.5

---Approximately 75% of the items used by Americans are recylclable. Only 34% is actually recycled.

---Iraq and Egypt have the highest percentage of on-line adult web sites. The US isn't even in the top ten. https://thenextweb.com/market-intelligence/2015/03/24/who-are-the-biggest-consumers-of-online-porn/

---The #1 nation for beef consumption is Australia with 205lbs per person per year. This is followed fairly closely by the US, Israel, and Argentina.

---The US is not even in the top 30 of number of police per 100,000 people. #1 is Vatican City. Most of the top 30 are small nations or island nations. The largest 'full size' nation is Bulgaria with 693 per 100,000.

---Around 65% of the world has left hand drive cars and drives on the right side of the road while only 35% of cars are right hand drives and drive on the left side of the road.

---According to the BBC, one in six young people eat fast food twice a day.

---The longest surviving Japanese holdout from WWII was Private Teruo Nakamura, arrested on 18 December 1974 in Indonesia.

---The Krummlauf (English: "curved barrel") is a bent barrel attachment for the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle developed by Germany in World War II. The curved barrel included a periscope sighting device for shooting around corners from a safe position.

---2-3% of US gun owners own 50% of the guns. That is an average of about 8.1 guns per owner. Only in Serbia is the number higher. Please note that I am NOT against responsible gun ownership so don't send me e-mails.

---The island nation of Nauru is the most obese of all nations. Approximately 94% of the population are either obese of overweight.

---During WWII, the people responsible for the security of the Manhattan Project made one hell of a colossal mistake: they prohibited the publication of any and all scientific material concerning nuclear fission. This told everyone, including America's foes, that we were working on the bomb.

---Of the 60 major battles of the US Civil War, in 55 of them, the commanding generals of both sides were West Point graduates.

---Harriet Tubman was a spy for the Union Army. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the US Civil War.

--- There are 23 cities (13 current) that were built or rebuilt to serve as their national capitals.

---Slaves in Galveston, Texas, didn't find out about the Emancipation Proclamation until two and a half years after it happened. They found out on June 19, which is now celebrated by Black Americans as Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation.

---The Holman Projector was an anti-aircraft weapon used by the Royal Navy during World War II, primarily between early 1940 and late 1941. A number of models were produced during the war years, but all worked on the principle of a pneumatic mortar, using compressed air or high pressure steam to fire an explosive projectile at enemy aircraft.

---Nationally, Pew found that about 26 percent of American farmworkers are undocumented immigrants. In some states (Nevada, Idaho and Washington), it is over 40%.

---There was a fourteenth American colony, called Franklin, they seceded from North Carolina, but Congress wouldn’t allow them to join the Union so they became an independent republic for a few years, before being absorbed into Tennessee.

---There are three city-states in the modern world: Vatican City, Monaco, and Singapore.

---Approximately 20% of colonial settlers remained loyal to the King.

---When the war against the British started in 1775, the major aim was not independence but autonomy within the British Empire.

---During WWII, only 15% of the material designated for the war was used in the Pacific. The rest was sent to Europe or used for training and defense.

---The Liberty engine was completely modular allowing it to be built as an inline four, V-8, inline 6, or V-12.

---During WWII, more men  in the 8th Air Force were killed than those in the USMC.

---According to the last US census, 20 million Americans live in trailers/mobile homes. Not surprisingly, the majority of owners are in the lower income levels or are retirees who don't need all the space.  https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24135022

---According to statistics from the FBI, in the US, unarmed people killed by police are more likely to be minorities. For more info, visit this link.

---The people of Denmark consume more candy per person than any other nation at 29.5 pounds a year.

---In humans, the half-life for caffeine is anywhere from 4 to 6 hours on average, which explains why the average energy drink or coffee's effect lasts about 4 to 6 hours.

---The US built 88,000 tanks during WWII, more than any other nation.

---With this word being tossed around quite a bit in the last year or so, I thought it might be interesting to see its definition. It is up to you to see if it applies. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Cult (noun):

a a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
"the cult of St. Olaf"

---The metric system was first proposed in 1791. It was adopted by the French revolutionary assembly in 1795, and the first metric standards (a standard meter bar and kilogram bar) were adopted in 1799. There was considerable resistance to the system at first, and its use was not made compulsory in France until 1837.

---As of the end of FY 2017, the USAF's 119 F-35s had only a 55% Mission Capable rate. Those aircraft that are worse are the B-1, B-2 and F-22.

---Cats purr at a frequency of 20-140 Hz.

--- Since 1990, the U.S. Air Force fighter inventory has been cut in half and current Air Force fighter aircraft are, on average, more than 25 years old.

---An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution. For example, Russia is frequently considered an oligarchy because it is ruled by the very wealthy.

---Spanning 3,365 miles (5,415 km), US route 20 is the longest road in the United States

---The number of people living in abject poverty has fallen by approximately 137,000 a day for the last 25 years.

---In the early 1980s a Canadian couple, Bill and Barbara Curtis were convinced that a nuclear war was imminent and wanted to choose the safest place in the world to live. They researched the problem carefully and finally, late in 1981, they moved with their children, Timmy and Annette, to their chosen refuge, the Falkland Islands, where they felt sure they would be safe from war. Argentine troops invaded just 6 months later.

---Olives are soaked in lye to remove the bitter taste of raw olives.

---A total of 126 squadrons served with Bomber Command. Of these, 32 of these were officially non-British units: 15 RCAF squadrons, eight RAAF squadrons, four Polish squadrons, two French squadrons, two RNZAF/"New Zealand" squadrons, and one Czechoslovakian squadron.

---Scientists came up with a semi conclusive study that suggests we have 7 people in this world who look exactly like us. The chances of us meeting one of them is 1 in 87,500 or 0.00001143%.

---The two nations with their capital cities the closest to each other are Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 20 km.

---No matter where you stand on the matter, all travelers can agree that more pitch and fewer seats in the aircraft is better. American Airlines is doing the opposite by installing more seats and reducing legroom in its 737-800s. The first AA 172-seat Boeing 737-800 has just entered service, with 12 more seats than the other 737-800s in the fleet. The aircraft registered as N979AN returned to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from AA’s maintenance base in Tulsa (TUL) on Sunday May 13, ready to start flying revenue services after cabin modifications.

---When John Lennon and Paul McCarthy started writing songs, they could neither read or write music. They simply memorized the songs. Later their work was transcribed by George Martin.

---Homeopathic medicine was made up by one man, a guy named Samuel Hahnemann. In the late 1700s, he came up with the idea that “like cures like”—that is, any chemical that caused difficulty breathing would cure diseases that make it hard to breathe, or any chemical that causes hives would cure hives. He rejected the germ theory of disease. To him, disease is not caused by viruses or bacteria, it’s caused by substances he called “miasms,” strange cloud-like things that drift through your body. He also believed that the more you dilute something, the stronger it gets, because when you add water to something the water absorbs the “essence” of it. 

---Tokyo, by definition, is a prefecture/state only. There is no such a thing called Tokyo City, although its metropolitan nature makes it look like one. Tokyo prefecture itself comprises 23 wards, 26 cities, 1 commandery, 3 towns, and 1 village, non of them is called "Tokyo".

---As soon as you have bought a diamond, it is worth up to 70% less. Imagine you’ve just bought  a diamond for £5,000 – as soon as you have taken it out of the shop its worth has fallen to £2,000 or less. This is because of the tremendous mark-up made on each stone and the fact that diamonds aren’t nearly as rare as we have been led to believe. In addition, the jeweller has no incentive to buy back your diamond if they are supplied with their diamonds on a consignment basis. In black and white terms, ordinary mined diamonds have absolutely no investment value whatsoever. The valuation you receive is for insurance purposes only. One reason for this is that the deBeers company has basically a monopoly on diamonds so not only determines how many are to be released but sets the prices as well.