“THERE GOES THE JUDGE…” [Thought Chuck]

Jimmy Carter is the only U.S. president to have completed at least one full term in office without making a nomination to the Supreme Court during his presidency.

“WITH A BANJO ON MY KNEE” [Thought Chuck]

Alabama uniquely observes Presidents Day as “Washington and Jefferson Day” even though Thomas Jefferson’s birthday is on April 13th.

“DEATH AND TAXES (LONG LIVE THE KING)” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Behavorial Insights Team of the British goverment 90% of UK citizens pay their annual income taxes on time.

ROCKY ROAD (UK EDITION) [Thought Chuck]

Before becoming involved in politics Margaret Thatcher was a research chemist for J. Lyons and Co. developing an emulsifier for ice cream.

“ONLY THE LITTLE PEOPLE…” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., one quarter of the 100 highest-paid American CEOs earned more than their employees paid in taxes in 2010.

“FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED” [Thought Chuck]

Harry Reems (true name Herbert Streicher) became the first and, to date, only actor to have charges brought against him by the U.S. federal government for appearing in a movie, specifically the 1972 seminal porn feature DEEP THROAT. [Editor's note: And, he kind of looked like Steve Martin in...

“THE BEE’S KNEES” [Thought Chuck]

More than 80% of the worlds almonds are grown in California, and it requires approx. 75% of the U.S.’ population of bees to pollenate the crop annually.

“MEAN STREETS” [Thought Chuck]

Approximately 82% of the homicides committed in Chicago last year occured outdoors.

“CHANNEL SURFING USA” [Thought Chuck]

According to recent ACNielsen research the average American television viewer watches programming on only 17 channels.

“AN APPLE A DAY” [Thought Chuck]

According to a January 2012 Gallup poll the chance a U.S. worker is of normal weight and without a chronic health problem is 1 in 7.

“MY (SO-CALLED) LIFE AS A DOG” [Thought Chuck]

According to Digital UK the average British dog watches 50 minutes of television each day.

“WORD TO YOUR MOTHER” [Thought Chuck]

According to a Pew Research study the percentage of Americans who say the Bible should be taken literally has fallen in Gallup polls from an average of about 38% of the public in the late 1970s and early 1980s to an average of 31% since that time.

“YUM-YUM FUN” [Thought Chuck]

In 2011 the Department of Homeland Security paid a total of $6,279 on Sno-Cone machines in Michigan.

“I’D RATHER HAVE A BOTTLE IN FRONT OF ME” [Thought C...

According to Tokyo’s Kirin Institute of Food & Lifestyle, China ranks number one in global beer producers by volume, ahead of the United States which is ranked second.

Worst of 2012: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: One of the nice things about getting rid of cable this fall was that I didn’t end up watching many shows I disliked, as I was too busy marathoning all the good stuff, like DAMAGES (Netflix), FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Netflix), and MISFITS (Hulu). But before I let go of our...

Best of 2012: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Oh, I had a hard time with choosing a best TV show this year. I usually pick comedies, and in 2012, we had a couple that I really love: THE MINDY PROJECT‘s Mindy Kaling feels like my spirit animal, and the zany alien show, THE NEIGHBORS, makes me feel like I’m back...

Worst of 2012: Songs …. [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: Well, I’m not sure how this happened, but Fun., a group that received lots of love on our Best of list, is my pick for Worst song of the year. At first I only didn’t particularly like WE ARE YOUNG, but then I started loathing it, with its 20s hipster sensibility and...

Best of 2012: Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Man, this was a tough year to decide a favorite song. The stuff on Top 40 radio was banging, with hits like LIGHTS by Ellie Goulding, N*GGAS IN PARIS by Jay-Z and Kanye West, WIDE AWAKE by Katy Perry, BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) by Pink,  and FEEL SO CLOSE by Calvin Harris, all...

Resolved: 2012 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: I’ve been struggling with my New Year’s resolution all month, mainly because I have no idea what my year will really look like with the arrival of twins, most likely this January. In the end, I decided to resolve to be kind and patient with myself and others, while I...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times 2012 [FaN Remembers]

Ernessa says: Well, since I’m writing this half-prone in a hospital bed, you’ve probably guessed already that being on bed rest since the week after Thanksgiving (6 weeks so far, with two clocked in the hospital) has absolutely been my least favorite moment of the year. However,...

Best of 2012: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I don’t want to say, bedrest is a b-word, but I haven’t gotten to see nearly as much Oscar far as I usually do around this time of the year, including the much-buzzed-about DJANGO UNCHAINED. I think that’s why for the first time ever, I’m picking an...

Worst of 2012: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: As FaN and its writers get older, I find this and the resolution question are the ones that gets answered the least on our end-of-the-year survey. And I know answering this question was particularly hard for me this year. I just don’t death march through books like I used...

WAR ON CHRISTMAS 1.0 – Thought Chuck [Nerdy Holidays]

In 1659 the celebration of Christmas was outlawed by the Puritans in Boston and was not revoked until 1681, however Christmas celebrations did not become fashionable in the region until the mid-19th century.

SHIFTING DEMOGRAPHICS (THANKSGIVING EDITION) [Thought Chuck]

The Plymouth Thanksgiving feast lasted three days and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.

“NO THANKS” [Thought Chuck]

“Un-Thanksgiving Day,” or The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, has been held on Thanksgiving annually since 1975 to commemorate the Red Power Movement’s 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island.

“CALL ME MAYBE” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project in Washington 13% of cell phone owners have admitted to pretending to be on the phone to avoid talking to someone in person.

LADIES FIRST (PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES EDITION) [Thought Chuck]

The League of Women Voters sponsored all Presidential general election debates until withdrawing in 1988 due to what it perceived as “the hoodwinking of the American public” and in fear that the “two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American...

“NOW HIRING, INQUIRE WITHIN” [Thought Chuck]

John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson and Chester A. Arthur all served their entire terms as President of the United States without having a Vice President.

“BIGGER ISN’T BETTER” [Thought Chuck]

The smallest island with a country status is Pitcairn located in Polynesia and measuring just 1.75 square miles (4.53 sq km).

“IN THE BEGINNING” [Thought Chuck]

According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken actually came before the egg.

“MEET THE PARENTS” [Thought Chuck]

According to some researchers the Aztecs sacrificed one out of every five children born during 15th Century Mexico.

MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

According to a study by Oxford scholars Bent Flyvbjerg and Allison Stewart each Olympics has overrun its initial cost estimate by an average of 179%.

“OH, CANADA!” [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

It took Montreal 30 years to pay off the debt incurred from hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics after the city overspent its initial cost estimate by 796%.

“SAY WHAT?!” [Thought Chuck Goes for the Gold]

As of July 15, 2012 Olympic athletes are banned from promoting any brand, product, or service on Twitter.

“CAUSE I’M A WOMAN! W-O-M-A-N!” [Thought Chuck Goes ...

Synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are currently the only two Olympic events in which male athletes may not compete.

COLD SHOULDER EDITION [Thought Chuck Goes For the Gold]

Figure skating and ice hockey were featured during the Summer Olympics prior to the inaugural 1924 Winter Olympics held in Chamonix, France.

“ALL OR NOTHING” [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

Australia, Great Britain and Switzerland are the only countries to send a team to every modern Olympic Games since their inception in 1896.

“BIG DOPE” [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

One of the first instances of the use of performance-enhancing drugs during the modern Olympics occured at the 1904 games held in St. Louis when it was discovered marathon winner Thomas Hicks [middle] had been given strychnine and brandy by his coach.

“FIRST AMONG EQUALS” [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

The current 3-medal format was introduced during the 1904 Olympics held in St. Louis. Prior to that a silver medal was awarded for first place and a bronze medal awarded for second place.

“GOLD STANDARD” [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

Every Olympic gold medal must contain at least six grams of pure gold.

“SAFETY FIRST” [Thought Chuck Goes For Gold]

A Note from Ernessa: We know you love our One More Thing feature, but instead of re-running those for this BEST OF cycle, we’re bringing you special all-new, Olympic-themed Thought Chucks. That’s how much we love the Games. U! S! A! Approximately 150,000 condoms will be...

“YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG” [Thought Chuck]

In 1986 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY was the first computer-colorized film released by Ted Turner.

“ALIEN NATION” [Thought Chuck]

According to a recent study by National Geographic 65% of Americans believe President Obama would be more equipped to deal with an alien invasion than a President Romney.

“TOUCHA-TOUCHA-TOUCHA-TOUCH ME!” [Thought Chuck]

There are approximately 45 miles of nerves in the skin of an average human.

“THERE GOES MY BABY” [Thought Chuck]

According to a recent Carnegie Mellon University study approximately 10.2% of children under the age of 18 have had their indentities stolen, 51 times higher than the 0.2% rate for adults in the same population. [photo...

“A DISH SERVED BEST WHEN COLD” [Thought Chuck]

Marvel’s film of THE AVENGERS has accounted for 38% of all ticket sales occurring in the second quarter of 2012.

“TAKE TWO PILLS & CALL ME IN THE MORNING” [Thought Ch...

According to a 2010 survey conducted by SUNY Upstate Medical Center 55% of bypass-machine doctors admitted to talking on their cell phones during heart surgery.

“AN OFFER HE CAN’T REFUSE” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Italian SOS Impresa Group the Mafia is currrently Italy’s largest lending institution.

AMERICAN WOMAN [Thought Chuck]

Louisa Johnson, wife of President John Quincy Adams, was the only First Lady born outside of the United States.

“TAKE A PENNY, LEAVE A PENNY” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C., 72% of political ad spending during the 2010 elections would have been prohibited before Citizens United     mood image...

“RUB A DUB, DUB” Edition [Thought Chuck]

The U.S.S. Iowa is the only battleship in the world equipped with a bathtub (installed for use by Franklin D. Roosevelt during WWII).

“LOVELY SPAM! WONDERFUL SPAM!” [Thought Chuck]

According to research conducted in 2009 by Symantec nearly 9 out of every 10 emails sent daily are spam.

“DOLLARS & SENSE” [Thought Chuck]

According to research done at Harvard University a typical person’s financial deision-making abilities peak at age 53.3.

“AND BABY MAKES THREE (NOSTRILS)” [Thought Chuck]

According to a 2011 Guardian Media study, the chance of a U.K. diaper-changing table containing trace amounts of cocaine is 9 in 10.

“LOT FULL” [Thought Chuck]

According to Arizona State University research there are an estimated three parking spaces per car in the United States.

“LATTER DAYS” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life only 1% of the world’s Christians lived in sub-Saharan Africa in 1912, whereas today nearly 24% do.

“(NOT SO) GOOD FRIDAY” [Thought Chuck]

Crucifixion was first introduced in Japan during the Sengoku period (1467-1573) and was periodically used as a form of punishment through World War II.

ONE HIT WONDER [Thought Chuck]

“It’s a Small World” is the only Disney song never to have been copyrighted.

DEAD LETTER [Thought Chuck]

According to the U.S. Postal Service 89% of its expenses go toward labor costs.   Today’s Woman Nerd of the Day: Marie...

“HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW” [Thought Chuck (Valentine's Da...

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast of Saint Valentine on February 14th was removed from the General Roman Calendar by Pope Paul VI due to lack of formal information on Saint Valentine’s life. featured image credit: St. Valentine Kneeling in Supplication...

“GRAND OLD PARTY” Edition [Thought Chuck]

According to The New York Times 71% of the current U.S. debt was accumulated during Republican presidential terms.

“ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY SOUP” Edition [Thought Chuck]

Wildlife trade is currently the second-largest illegal trade in the world following the drug trade.

DRUGSTORE COWBOY Edition [Thought Chuck]

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration armed robberies of pharmacies have increased by 81% since 2006. featured image...

FOR OUR TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIC READERS [Thought Chuck]

The maximum number of Friday the 13th’s that can fall in a calendar year is three, with 2012 being the latest year in which this will actually occur.

“GOING DUTCH” Edition [Thought Chuck]

According to research in the newly published “Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex,” the teen pregnancy rate in United States is four times higher than in Netherlands, partly due to the fact that 6 out of 10 Dutch women are on “the pill” at the time...

“DON’T DROP THE BALL” [THOUGHT CHUCK]

t is believed eunuchs were employed as high ranking advisors to emperors in China since they were incapable of having children and thus not tempted to seize power in order to start their own dynasties.

“GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR” [Thought Chuck]

According to the annual Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education more than 700,000 foreign students came to the U.S. to study last year, a record high for U.S. colleges and universities. featured image...

“DAY OF INFAMY” [Thought Chuck]

A Gallup poll taken just before the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor found that 52% of Americans expected war with Japan “some time in the near future,” while 27% did...

JUST DESSERTS [Thought Chuck]

Libby’s pumpkin pie filling is not actually pumpkin but another kind of squash called a Dickinson for which Libby’s bought all the rights and has developed its own version called “Libby Select No. 12.” featured image...

“RISING TIDE” Edition [Thought Chuck]

According to Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, every time the price of oil increases by $1 a barrel the U.S. military’s costs increase by $31 million. featured image credit:...

“NIÑA, PINTA & SANTA MARIA” Edition [Thought Chuck]

Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota are the only three U.S. states that do not recognize Columbus Day at all.

“I’D RATHER HAVE A BOTTLE IN FRONT OF ME” [Thought Chuck]

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association there are 4.7 million barrels of bourbon and other whiskeys currently aging in Kentucky, outnumbering the state’s population of 4.3 million. featured image credit;...

“FINDERS KEEPERS” [Thought Chuck]

Until reaching agreement with Peru in 2007 Yale University retained the first artifacts of Machu Picchu excavated by Hiram Bingham under the argument that the country did not have the infrastructure or proper conditions to take care of them. featured image credit:...

“PLEASE, NO TALKING” [Thought Chuck]

The Paramount release WINGS is the only silent film to have won a Best Picture Academy...

Brevity is the Soul of Wit Edition [Thought Chuck]

Richard Nixon’s letter to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger officially resigning the Presidency of the United States was only one sentence long.

Thought Chuck: “THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESSR...

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: According to the National Association of Theatre Owners a movie ticket purchased for the avergae price of $1.65 in 1971 would cost $9.20 in today’s dollars if adjusted according to the general inflation rate, higher than the actual current industry average price of...

Thought Chuck: Humble Beginnings Edition [BOOK WEEK]

Hugh Hefner assembled the first issue of Playboy on the kitchen table in his Chicago apartment in 1953 at a cost of $600.

Thought Chuck: FISH TALE Edition

According to the ocean advocacy group Oceana 84% of seafood in the U.S. is imported annually and of that amount only 2% is inspected. featured image credit: Nemo’s great...

Thought Chuck: COLD HARD CASH Edition

Iceland is the smallest country in the world to have its own independent currency.

Thought Chuck: “Irish Eyes Are Smiling” Edition

Queen Elizabeth II’s trip to Ireland two weeks was the first visit to that country by a British monarch since George V’s in 1911.

Thought Chuck: “BLOW, WINDS, AND CRACK YOUR CHEEKS” Editio...

Tornadoes have been observed on every continent except Antarctica, however the vast majority occur in the “Tornado Alley” region of the United...

Thought Chuck: Birthday Suit Edition

The dress Marilyn Monroe wore during her rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung to President John F. Kennedy sold at auction in 1999 for $1.26 million.

Thought Chuck: ROYAL WEDDING (“MEET THE PARENTS”-STYLE) ED...

Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, betrothed to Frederick, Prince of Wales, was so nervous upon meeting the royal family for the first time that she vomited upon her future mother-in-law, Queen Caroline. featured image credit:...

Thought Chuck: “Soft Kitty” Edition [April 28, 2011]

According to NPR the average person will spend approximately one year of their lifetime being sick in bed.

Thought Chuck: “Wake Up, Sleepy-Head” Edition [April 26, 2...

According to Dr. Charles Czeisler of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School a pilot falls asleep unintentionally during one out of every 10 transatlantic flights. featured image credit: Fly For...

Thought Chuck: “Shot Heard Round the World” Edition [April...

During the “First Battle of Fort Sumer” on April 12, 1851 Confederate batteries fired for 34 straight hours on the...

Thought Chuck: “There You Go Again” Edition [April 12, 2011]

In response to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life by John Hinckley ABC temporarily renamed the lead character of The Greatest American Hero from “Ralph Hinkley” to “Ralph...

Thought Chuck: Detroit Rock City Edition [April 7, 2011]

According to the 2010 census Detroit lost a quarter of its population since 2000, which calculates out to 1 person every 22 minutes. featured image credit:...

Thought Chuck: “Black Gold, Texas Tea” Edition [April 5, 2...

Despite the overwhelming publicity at the time the Exxon Valdez disaster does not rank in the top 20 largest oil spills in terms of volume of oil released.

Thought Chuck: Power to the People Edition [March 29, 2011]

The China Syndrome, which was theatrically released in the United States twelve days before the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown, became a box office hit largley because of the...

Thought Chuck: Fat Tuesday Edition — 2 Weeks Later

According to a 2010 study Louisiana’s adult obesity rate is the 8th highest in the nation at 28.9 percent; the state also has the 7th highest rate of overweight youths, ages 10-17, at 35.9 percent. featured image credit: Editor...

Thought Chuck: Luck of the Irish Edition

Blue (rather than green) was the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day. featured image credit: David’s...

Thought Chuck: “Et Tu, Brute” Edition [Ides of March]

The autopsy report of Julius Caesar by the Roman historian Suetonius is the first recorded post-mortem in history. featured image: Karl Urban as Julius...

Thought Chuck: “Walk Like An Egyptian” Edition

According to NPR an estimated 1/3 of Egypt’s population is under the age of 18 and 2/3 under the age of 35. featured image credit:...

Thought Chuck: December 16, 2010

THOUGHT OF THE DAY (OF INFAMY) Though generally remembered by many as an air strike, the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese included a simultaneous assault by 5 Japanese submarines. featured image credit:...

Thought Chuck: December 14, 2010

“ANCHORS AWEIGH” EDITION According to the US Coast Guard the number of supposed disappearances in the so-called “Bermuda Triangle” is insignificant compared to number of vessels & airfact that pass through the region on a regular basis. featured image credit: TW...

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...