Thought Chuck: December 9, 2010

WHITE LINES EDITION Annual cocaine consumption in the UK totals nearly 38 tons per year, more than any other European nation.

Thought Chuck: December 7, 2010

LIFE OF THE PARTY EDITION George Washington is the only U.S. president who was not affiliated with a political party during his entire presidency.

Thought Chuck: December 2, 2010 [BOOK WEEK 2!]

“WORDS, WORDS, WORDS” EDITION A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio sold at auction in 2006 garnered a record-breaking $6.85 million. featured image credit:...

Thought Chuck: November 30, 2010

“THE GOOD BOOK” EDITION The most recent sale of a complete Gutenberg Bible took place in 1978, with the volume fetching $2.2 million. featured image credit [Jerome's Epistle to Paulinus]: Rodrigo...

Thought Chuck: Happy Thankgiving! [Black Friday Eve]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING/BLACK FRIDAY EVE EDITION In the United States Visa cards are swiped approximately 5,340 times per minute between Thanksgiving and Christmas. featured image credit: John Lambert...

Thought Chuck: November 23, 2010

(BIRD’S) EYE OF THE BEHOLDER EDITION An ostrich’s eye is larger than its brain. featured image credit:...

Thought Chuck: November 18, 2010

UGLY AMERICANS (THREE FACES OF EVE) EDITION According to clinical research the majority of diagnoses of dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as ”multiple personality disorder”) occur in North America, particularly in the United...

Thought Chuck: November 16, 2010

TURKISH DELIGHT EDITION When founded in 1983 the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” was recognized by only...

Thought Chuck: November 9, 2010

POLISH JOKE EDITION The adoption of the Polish Constitution in 1791 caused a war the following year that resulted in Poland losing all of its territories and ceasing to exist as a...

Thought Chuck: November 4, 2010

“SLOW DOWN, YOU MOVE TOO FAST” EDITION The first speeding ticket was issued in New Hampshire in 1895 to a man going...

Thought Chuck: November 2, 2010

“THE HILLS ARE ALIVE” THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Baroness Maria Von Trapp actually has a brief cameo in the film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and can be seen during the song “I Have Confidence” sung by Julie...

Thought Chuck: September 16, 2010

YOUTH ON THE CUTTING EDGE EDITION According to a recent news estimate one in six Australian teenagers carries a knife for...

Thought Chuck: September 14, 2010

BLACK LUNG EDITION An average of 13 people die every day in the Chinese coal pits, compared to 30 people per year in ones located in the...

Thought Chuck: September 9, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron BRAINS VERSUS BRAWN EDITION The human brain uses approximately 20 times as much energy as the equivalent amount of...

Thought Chuck: September 07, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “HAIL, KNIGHT OF THE WOEFUL COUNTENANCE” EDITION The Cuban government distributed free copies of Don Quixote following Fidel Castro’s ascent to...

Thought Chuck: September 9, 2009 [FaN Favorites]

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, FaN! YOU’RE IN THE TOP 6%! EDITION According to an estimate in Harper’s Weekly, 94% of all blogs worldwide have not been updated in the last 4...

Thought Chuck: July 14 2009 [FaN Favorites]

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron TIME’S A-WASTING EDITION According to a recent Dow Jones report, Americans spent 4.2 billion hours stuck in traffic during 2007 — which equates to one full work week per person. Photo Credit: Kathy...

Thought Chuck: July 30, 2009

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron RAINBOW COALITION EDITION According to a Yale University study, the smell of Crayola crayons is more recognizable for adults than the smells of either cheese and bleach. Photo Credit: Chris...

Thought Chuck: September 10, 2009 [FaN Favorites]

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HEALTH CARE DEBATE EDITION According to a recent study, the average hospital stay in Japan is approximately 36 days.

Thought Chuck: August 19, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “TERRIBLE” MASTERPIECE EDITION 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney animated features in which both parents of the main character(s) are present and do not die during the course of the...

Thought Chuck: August 17, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “UGLY AMERICANS” EDITION Approximately 4.5 million people visit the Sydney Opera House each year, which is more than twice the number of annual visitors to the White...

Thought Chuck: July 13, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron WORLD CUP EDITION The first goal of the World Cup finals was scored in 1930 by Frenchman Lucien Laurent against...

Thought Chuck: April 8, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “REMEMBER TO TITHE” EDITION The average weekly allowance of a People’s Temple member during the 1970’s was...

Thought Chuck: April 6, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “A (GOOD FRI)DAY AT THE RACES” EDITION There is no horse racing on Good Friday in the United...

Thought Chuck: April 1, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT” EDITION California boasts the world’s largest crop of...

Thought Chuck: March 30, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron DISEASE OF THE WEEK EDITION The English word for the ailment “gout” is also the French word for “taste.” Current Mood Photo Credit: Phillip...

Thought Chuck: March 18, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron G.L.O.W. EDITION In 1876 Nell Saunders defeated Rose Harland in the first U.S. women’s boxing match and was awarded a silver butter dish as a...

Thought Chuck: March 16, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron FLY GIRLS EDITION Civilian women volunteering to be pilots during WWII were required to come fully-trained whereas men seeking to be pilots and trained from...

Thought Chuck: March 9, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “AND THE WINNER IS…” EDITION Each Oscar statuette is hand crafted and takes 12 people 20 hours to complete; if a statuette does not meet strict quality guidelines it is immediately cut in half and melted...

Thought Chuck: March 04, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron BEGINNER’S LUCK EDITION It took actor Rock Hudson 38 takes to successfully deliver his one & only line in his film debut, Warner Bros.’ Fighter...

Thought Chuck: March 2, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SPECIAL THREE-PART “BYE-BYE” WINTER OLYMPICS EDITION Tug-of-war became an official event at the second modern Olympic Games in 1900 but was withdrawn following the 1920 Games. The word “mogul” comes from the Austrian word...

Thought Chuck: February 23, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron DOWN UNDER EDITION Only two countries (Australia and New Zealand) south of the equator have ever won medals at the Olympic Winter...

Thought Chuck: February 18, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “GO FOR GOLD” EDITION According to police estimates over 100 gangs fight for turf and sell drugs on the streets of Vancouver.

Thought Chuck: February 11, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “CONQUERING LIMBS” EDITION The Colossus of Rhodes stood for only 56 years until an earthquake in 226 BC toppled it, but the pieces remained on the ground for over 800 years afterward and became a well-known tourist attraction in the...

Thought Chuck: February 9, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron TOTAL RECALL EDITION According to the BBC World Service Toyota may be force to recall more cars than it sold in...

Thought Chuck: February 2, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE” EDITION According to a recent estimate, approximately 85% of China’s population cannot afford to buy a home.

Thought Chuck: January 28, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “IN THIS STYLE 10/6” EDITION The price of the Mad Hatter’s hat (£0.525 in 1865) adjusted for inflation would be roughly £40.55...

Thought Chuck: January 26, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS” EDITION Contemporary Sunni Islam forbids pictorial depictions of the prophet Muhammad.

Thought Chuck: January 21, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “TWEET TWEET” EDITION 25 of the 27 states that have outlawed texting while driving  allow Twitter to provide traffic updates to drivers’ cell...

Thought Chuck: January 19, 2010

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “OKIE FANOKIE” EDITION Crocodiles are color blind.

Thought Chuck: Wherefore Art Thou Party?

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “…AND PARTY EV-E-RY DAY” EDITION According to a story on This American Life, 75% of the Pennsylvania State University student body drinks during the...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Christmas Eve

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron IT’S A WRAP THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Roughly 4 million tons of trash are generated annually at Christmas time from wrapping paper and shopping bags.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for December 22

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “…AND A PATRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE” EDITION According to PNC Financial Services, the cost of buying all 364 gifts listed in the “12 Days of Christmas” would be...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for December 15

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “CLICK HERE” EDITION According to a recent story in Daily Variety, adults aged 45-54 spend more time online than any other age group – approximately seven hours per...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Dec. 8

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron BAD SANTA EDITION According to the website pre-employ.com, approximately 7% of mall Santa applicants are discovered to have criminal...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for December 3rd

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “HER NAME IS RIO” EDITION Police in Rio de Janeiro killed more than 1,100 people last year.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for December 1

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron 8MM EDITION Life magazine purchased all rights to Abraham Zapruder’s film of the JFK assassination for a total of $150,000, roughly $1 million in today’s...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for November 24

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SUNSHINE STATE EDITION Of the 109 juveniles serving life terms in prison for non-homicide offenses in the United States, 70% are in...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for November 19
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One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for November 19

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “CRIME DOESN’T PAY” EDITION According to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the murder of the Clutter family by Perry Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock netted the killers approximately...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for November 17

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “TEAR DOWN THIS WALL” EDITION During construction of the Berlin Wall, soldiers were posted in front of the site and instructed to shoot anyone who attempted to...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for November 3rd

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD EDITION All Saints Day gained prominence in the 9th century when Byzantine Emperor Leo VI dedicated a church to “All Saints” in the hopes that his late wife (who had been denied beautification) would at some point in the...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 29

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron TOUGH AS NAILS EDITION Toenails grow approximately 4 times slower than fingernails.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 27

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH” EDITION According to a recent survey by the School Nutrition Association, the average free lunch costs about $2.92 to make, yet the government contributes only...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 22

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “AS LONG AS WERE GANGING UP ON OHIO” EDITION The shortest street in the world – McKinley Street, located in Bellefontaine, Ohio – measures just 17 feet. Today’s Mood Photo Credit: Jerez del...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 20

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron FRESHMAN FIFTEEN EDITION In 2007, around 15 percent of college students reported having been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, which is a 10 percent increase since...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 15

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “COME ON, BABY, LIGHT MY FIRE” EDITION Purchases by women make up 90% of the nearly $2 billion-a-year candle industry.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 8

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “IF YOU HUM A FEW BARS…” EDITION Late Night with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer in unable to sight-read music.   Today’s Mood Photo Credit:...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for October 6

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN” EDITION According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1.2 million women hunt in America, which accounts for 9 percent of the total hunting...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Oct. 1

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SWEET & SOUR EDITION A taste bud lives on average approximately 10 days before dying and being replaced by a new one.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Sept. 29

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron JETLAG EDITION I woke up in Pennsylvania, flew 3,000 miles in 12 hours and just got off a plane with only 2 hours sleep. I don’t have any thoughts at the...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for September 23

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SHADOWS & FOG EDITION A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Sept. 22

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron KNIT ONE, PURL ONE EDITION It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season on the island of Jersey.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Sept. 17

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “FERRIS BUELLER, YOU’RE MY HERO” EDITION According to the Community Strategy Center, in 2008 LA County issued approximately 12,000 tickets to students for truancy, with first time offenses costing...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Sept. 15

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “WHAT’S YOUR POISON?” EDITION A 2006 survey carried out by Mongolia’s Ministry of Health & the World Health Organization found that 22 percent of Mongolian men and 5 percent of Mongolian women are dependent on alcohol (rates three times higher than...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Sept. 10

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HEALTH CARE DEBATE EDITION According to a recent study, the average hospital stay in Japan is approximately 36...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for Sept. 9

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, FaN! YOU’RE IN THE TOP 6%! EDITION According to an estimate in Harper’s Weekly, 94% of all blogs worldwide have not been updated in the last 4...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for September 1

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron QUALITY OF MERCY EDITION If all the skin on an adult human were stripped away and placed on a scale, it would weigh approximately 6...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for August 27

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron LITTLE BUNNY FOO-FOO EDITION In Tuscumbia, Alabama, it is illegal for more than eight rabbits to reside on the same block.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for August 26

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “I RAN IN A STORE IN IRAN” EDITION Confessions to political crimes (either actual or forced) are often broadcast on public television in...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for August 18

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE EDITION Since 1980, paper output & waste has increased by approximately 60%. Photo Credit:...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for August 13 (about August...

. Proof of Nerd Id by Charles Cron “BYE BYE BLACKBIRD” EDITION August 12, referred to as the “Glorious Twelfth” in England, marks the traditional start of the grouse shooting season in the UK. Photo Credit: Steve...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for August 11

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HELTER SKELTER EDITION Contrary to Charles Manson’s belief, “helter skelter” is British slang for a spiraling amusement park slide. Photo Credit: Neil...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for August 4

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SHONUFF! EDITON The “Treaty of Amity and Commerce” signed by the U.S. and Japan on July 29, 1858 further opened Japan to trade with the West but effectively ended the control of the Shogun. Photo Credit:...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for July 28

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SMOKE IF YOU GOT ‘EM EDITION Eggplant is richer in nicotine than any other edible plant, with a concentration of 100 ng/g (or 0.01 mg/100g), a negligible amount compared to passive smoking. Photo Credit: PJ...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for July 23

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron CHASING THE DRAGON EDITION According to an English study done in 2000, traces of cocaine were found on 99% of all UK bank notes. Photo Credit:...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for July 16

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron LA VIE EN ROSÉ EDITION According to a recent study alcohol consumption in France has declined nearly 50% during the last 40 years. Photo Credit: Let Ideas...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for July 14

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron TIME’S A-WASTING EDITION According to a recent Dow Jones report, Americans spent 4.2 billion hours stuck in traffic during 2007 — which equates to one full work week per person. Photo Credit: Kathy...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for July 7

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT” EDITION It is against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas.

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for July 2

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron USDA CHOICE EDITION Americans consume more than 15 million tons of steak each year, more than any other nation of the world. Photo Credit: Roadside...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 30

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron LIKE A STURGEON EDITION All the sturgeon caught in British waters are considered property of the Queen. Photo Credit: Vearl...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 25

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron CART BEFORE THE HORSE EDITION The screwdriver was invented before the screw. Photo Credit: Jack...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 18

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “I DO” EDITION The average age that American males currently marry at is approximately 28; the average age for American females is 27. Montage Credit: m...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 16

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron AN APPLE A DAY EDITION The share of bankruptcies due to medical bills rose by 50 percent from 2001 to 2007, and 75 percent of those bankruptcies occurred for people actually covered by health insurance. Photo Credit: Let Ideas...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 11

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron MOBY DICK EDITION It is against Oklahoma state law to hunt...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 9

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE” EDITION During the last 3,500 years the entire world has been at peace only 8 percent of the time. Photo Credit: Carol...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 4

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron OMG LOL EDITION According to one estimate, the average number of texts sent or received by an American teen in any given month is 1,956. Photo by Kamyar...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for June 2

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron 1.3 BILLION PEOPLE CAN’T BE WRONG EDITION Due to its enormous population, China boasts more English-speaking citizens than in the United States. Illustration Credit: Nod...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for May 28

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SAY CHEESE EDITION The word “paparrazi” is an eponym originating from the 1960 Fellini film La Dolce Vita, wherein one of the characters is a newspaper photographer named...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for May 26

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron WE DON’T TORTURE EDITION The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has a gift shop. Photo by David...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for May 21

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron LUNCH MONEY EDITION The USDA allows salsa to be counted as a vegetable in public school lunches provided the amount per serving is more than 2 tablespoons.   Photo by Sean...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for May 19

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron SUMMA CUM LAUDE EDITION According to Harper’s Weekly, an estimated 70% of college seniors will graduate this year without having secured a job.   Photo by Derek...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for May 14

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron PINK FLAMINGOS EDITION The brightness of a flamingo’s feathers is directly proportionate to the amount of beta carotene and bacteria in the bird’s diet. Photo by Orbital...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for May 12

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?” EDITION There are 239 different ways in which change can be made for a dollar. Dollar by Thomas...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 30

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HERCULES THE BEAR EDITION A grizzly bear can crush a bowling ball with its jaws. flickr.com photo credit:...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 23

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron DIRTY DOZEN EDITION Of the twelve apostles, the only one to die of natural causes was St....

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 22

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron COLUMBINE REDUX EDITION Theories suggest that the massacre at Columbine High School occurred as a commemoration of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which was itself timed to coincide with the anniversary of the end of...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 16

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron “DEATH AND TAXES” EDITION April 15th is always remembered as “Tax Day,” but it’s also been a bad day for many other reasons throughout the years, including: 1632 – Swedes under the leadership of Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire in...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 14

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HEY JUDE EDITION In the Bible, the Gospel of Matthew and the Acts of the Apostles contain contradictory versions of Judas’ death.   . flickr.com photo credit: Sacred...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 9

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET? EDITION Every American bank note is covered with animal glue and can be folded approximately 4,000 times before tearing. . flickr.com photo credit: Vaguely...

One More Thing Before We Go: Thought Chuck for April 7

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron EN GARDE! EDITION Dueling is considered legal in Paraguay provided both parties are listed as blood donors. . Pirate vs. Ninja credit: Andrew...