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  • Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.

  • On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

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

  • In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

  • The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.

  • The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

  • In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.

  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honeymonth" or what we know today as the "honeymoon."

  • "Minding your p's and q's" comes from early typesetting. The letters are in reverse making it very easy to confuse the two.

  • Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice.