Did you Know?

---From 1702 to 1708 the colonial governor of New York was a transvestite named Edward Hyde who publicly wore women’s clothing imported from France.

---The Plymouth Pilgrims sought to create a society where all items produced were put into a state-owned commonhouse, all buildings were owned by the state and everyone’s resources were distributed equally among the community. In other words, the pilgrims were proto-communists.

---In 2014, there were 2.3 million black people in America's jails. In 1860, there were 3.9 million slaves.

---The original reason for cutting a cross in brussel sprouts was not to help them cook faster, but to release the satanic spirits held within.

---In the first part of the 20th century, some doctors believed that failure to feed a baby or feeding the baby too much/at irregular times would make the baby a Communist.

---The least common eye color is amber and is most often seen in South America and Asia.

---According to the Pew Research Center, in the US, those who are more likely to vote all the time in an election are white, male, married, aged 50-64, make $75,000 or more a year, are college graduates, and attend religious services weekly or more.   

---2% of the world's population have green eyes.

---Of the approximately 25,000,000 Soviets who died during WWII, 13,000,000 were civilians.

 ---In the US, about 40% of the food produced is wasted. World wide that number is closer to 30%.

---With most car leases, you are only paying for the depreciation of the car over the leasing period.

---A quarter of all US rail traffic goes to or through Chicago.

---Nearly half of all cellphone calls next year (2019) will come from scammers, according to First Orion, a company that provides phone carriers and their customers caller ID and call blocking technology.

---Over 36% of American houseolds rent their homes. This is an increase of over 5% since the start of the Great Recession of 2007

--- The Tesla battery pack, which takes up the entire underside of the car from wheels to wheels, is made up of hundreds of little cells about the size of a AA battery.

--- The 'Site Map' link takes you to other articles and features in MM.

---According to the Federal Reserve, the average live of a $1 bill is 70 months.

---Even if there are no signs of rot, the industry standard is to swap out tires before they hit 10 years old, and some tire companies recommend replacement as early as six years after manufacture.

---The manufacturer who makes more tires than anyone else, approximately 318 million a year, is Lego. For those you put on your car, that would be Bridgestone.  

---In most developed countries, bank to bank transfers are common and are free or at least very low cost. Not in the US where bank to bank transfer fees can easily be $35-$40.00.

---The US Army was quite impressed with the German MG42 when it was first encountered during World War 2. So much so that it contracted with an American firm to reverse-engineer the MG42, re-chambered to fire the US standard 30.06 round. The idea was that American MG42s might replace the BAR and M-1919 machine guns then used by the US Army. Two prototypes were built, given the designation T24. When the weapons were test fired the first time each one fired a single round, then failed to cycle. With the war nearing its end the project was abruptly terminated before the cause for the error was found and corrected.

---European banks don't normally have drive through tellers. You want to bank, you park your car and go inside.

---After WWII ended, American Private CV Bertucci was so enraged that he didn’t get to fight that he took up a gun and started slaughtering German POWs in a Utah camp where he was guarding them. Nine German prisoners were killed and more than 20 were wounded. Bertucci was one of only three Americans ever tried for killing German PoWs during WW2

---In the US at least, gasoline tanker trucks don’t make their rounds going from station to station dropping 1,000 gallons here and 5,000 gallons there - every run is to order, and is a complete dump of the contents of the truck, which refuels dry for the next run.

—When the US entered WWI and the government imposed a draft (called “Selective Service”) to raise an army (which, at the outset of the war, was one of the smallest in the world), 67,000 men registered as “Conscientious Objectors,” and refused to fight, although they often served in non-combatant roles. An additional 3,000,000 men refused to register for the draft.

---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.