Tuesday, July 31, 2007

You really oughta know this stuff

Excerpts from
The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide by Cameron Tuttle

One in six adults has agreed to having sex because they were just too embarrassed to say no.

A Harvard Medical School study suggests that women who drink at least 2 cups of coffee a day are less likely to commit suicide or get into fatal automobile accidents. However, other studies indicate that caffeine impairs a woman’s fertility.

Any adult has a 1 in 33 chance of losing his/her job in the upcoming year.

If you urinate when swimming in a South American river, you may encounter the candiru. Drawn to warmth, this tiny fish is known to follow a stream of urine to its source, swim inside the body, and flare its barbed fins. It will remain firmly embedded in the flesh until surgically removed.

Every year, close to 200 exercisers fall victim to metal seat posts when the seats on their stationary bikes collapse.

This year, more than 5000 people will injure themselves playing pool.

Approximately 2,000 Americans are poisoned to death by motor-vehicle exhaust every year. Because of higher emission-control standards, it now takes 3 times longer to poison yourself with carbon monoxide.

About 65% of all new marriages will end in divorce or separation.

Passengers who don’t move around during a flight are more susceptible to deep-vein thromvbosis - blood clots. Lower levels of oxygen and low humidity inside the airplane’s cabin make blood stickier and more likely to clot. Cardiovascular problems are the #1 cause of death during air travel.

The people who screen baggage at airport security checkpoints get only 8 hours of instruction in the classroom and 4 hours of on-the-job training. Even so, security guards daily find at least 8 Americans attempting to board a plane with a firearm or explosives.

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