1. Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world?

2. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

when it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

3. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

4. Banging your head against a wall uses an average of 900 calories an hour.

5. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

6. The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

7. “I am .” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

8. The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

9. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

10. Feb 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

11. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

12. Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

13. Every time you lick a stamp,you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

14. Cat’s urine glows under a black light.

15. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

16. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

17. Babies are born without knee caps.They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

18. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

19. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

20. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

21. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

22. One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30’s lobbied against hemp farmers they saw it as competition.

23. You know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

24. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

25. There are 2 credit cards for every person in the US.

26. The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

27. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

28. If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

29. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds,dogs only have about ten.

30. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

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By Paul McDougall

Booming demand for Internet services combined with insufficient infrastructure investment could leave the Web vulnerable to brown outs within three years, a study released Tuesday predicted.

Research said Internet providers need to invest from $42 billion to $55 billion — or 60% to 70% more than current plans call for — to stave off interruptions to the digital economy that could happen if the ‘Net bogs down. “The next Google, YouTube, or Amazon might not arise” if the situation isn’t fixed, Nemertes said.

The problem, the group said, is that bandwidth usage is outpacing infrastructure build outs. While core fiber and switching/routing technology “will scale nicely,” Internet access resources could soon be overwhelmed in three to five years, Nemertes said.

The trouble could be particularly acute in North America, the researchers said.

“Rather like osteoporosis, the underinvestment in infrastructure will painlessly and invisibly leach competitiveness out of the economy,” said Nemertes.

Nemertes conceded that its study, in many ways, represents a best guess at what’s happening with the Web. “The Internet is almost opaque to serious researchers, even those with the necessary technical skills, integrity and desire,” said the group.

That’s because commercial Internet providers closely guard information about usage and technology roadmaps. “Carriers and content providers refuse to reveal their inner workings,” said Nemertes, adding that it’s understandable that service providers are reluctant to reveal data that might undermine their competitiveness or compromise user privacy.

Nonetheless, “we conclude by urging content and service providers to cooperate with researchers in sharing data,” said the study’s authors. Nemertes also said Congress should consider tax credits to spur Internet providers to add more broadband capacity.

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