Did you know that most toilets flush in E-flat? Or that American Airlines once saved $40,000 by removing a single olive from each salad served in first class? Well, now you will with this clever, fun, and occasionally shocking compendium of facts from around the world.
Organized into witty categories, including “Battle of the Sexes: Facts About Men and Women” and “The Past Is a Foreign Country: Facts About History,” You Are One-third Daffodil contains hundreds of weird and wacky facts, including:
*In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits.
*The most expensive age of your life is thirty-four.
*Cuba will lift its ban on toasters in 2010.
*Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair.
*The “zip” of zip code stands for “zone improvement plan.”
*Counting up from zero, and excluding the word “and,” the first number to contain the letter “a” is one thousand.
*There are an estimated 10,000 trillion ants on earth–roughly 1.6 million ants for each person. Their combined weight is equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.
*In the Second World War, every Italian soldier in North Africa carried his own personal espresso machine.
So go ahead, become the office Einstein (though did you know Einstein didn’t learn to read until he was ten?) or the cocktail party trivia star with You Are One-third Daffodil . The words “did you know?” will never sound the same again!
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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You Are One-Third Daffodil
Facts About Birth and Babies
At birth, most babies cry at C or C-sharp.
—FINANCIAL TIMES, JULY 31, 2003
At a rough estimate, each newly conceived human has around three hundred harmful genetic mutations. —EDGE.ORG
The “happiness boost” that men gain from a firstborn son is 75 percent larger than from a firstborn daughter. Second and third children don’t contribute to the happiness of either parent.
—PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, APRIL 12, 2007
Every day, 44,000 babies are born in China—roughly the population of Canterbury.
Most babies in Britain are conceived without the conscious consent of the father.
—INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH
Sixty percent of newborn babies in India would be in intensive care if born in California.
—STATE OF THE WORLD 2000
A boy born in Russia in 2004 had a lower life expectancy than one born in Bangladesh.
—THE NEW YORKER, OCTOBER 11, 2004
In 2006, for the first time, more French children were born out of wedlock than to married parents.
—REUTERS, JANUARY 15, 2008
Hong Kong’s fertility rate—1.02 children per woman—is the second lowest in the world. The rate in Macau is 0.91
—CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
In Berlin, 20 percent more babies were born in March 2007—nine months after the World Cup—than in March 2006. —FINANCIAL TIMES, JUNE 9, 2007
American women are 70 percent more lik...