Category Archives: Five Fact Friday

Five Fact Friday #8

Five random facts for Friday:

If the National Basketball Association (NBA) is not able to hold its playoffs this year it will be the first time that the NBA Finals have not been played since the league’s inception in 1946. – Wikipedia

Over 54,000 Slazenger tennis balls are used each year for The Wimbledon Championships. Since the tournament was not held in 2020 there’s no word on if the balls were returned to the wild 😉 – Wimbledon Debenture Holders

The largest ball of string on record is one 4.03m (13ft 2.5in) in diameter and 12.65m (41ft 6in) in circumference, amassed by J.C. Payne of Valley View, Texas, USA between 1989 and 1992. – Source: Guinness Book of World Records

In 2016 beer brewers in the United States produced 221 million hectoliters of beer, which is a lot but not as much as China’s 381 million hectoliters.  – Source: Statista.com

The Pan American Highway is the longest road in the world. It stretches from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Edmonton, Canada. – Source: ListSurge

Five Fact Friday #7

Five random facts for Friday and posted on Saturday this time around:

Mother’s Day is (normally) the busiest day of the year. – National Restaurant Association via Town & Country

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France on May 5, 1862 in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but has involved into a commemoration of Mexican culture in the United States. (It’s also a great excuse to drink tequila). – Source: History.com

According to the American Kennel Club the most popular dog breed is the Labrador Retriever. The 192nd most popular, of 192 total, are Sloughis. – Source: American Kennel Club

Paid circulation of daily newspapers in the United States was 62,766,000 in 1985 and 28,554,000 in 2018 – Source: Statista.com

In 1999 the average American man over the age of 20 was 69.2 inches tall (just over 5’9″), weighed 189.4 pounds and had a waist size of 39 inches. In 2016 those numbers had changed to 69.1 inches, 197.9 pounds and 40.2 inches. For American women the 1999 numbers were 63.8 inches (almost 5’4″), 163.8 pounds and 36.3 inches and in 2016 they were 63.7 inches, 170.6 pounds and 38.6 inches.
So if you do the math in less than 20 years adult American men are essentially the same height on average, but are 4.5% heavier and have an average waist size that is 3% bigger. American women are also essentially the same height, are 4.15% heavier and have an average waist size that is 6.3% bigger. – Source: CDC

Five Fact Friday #6

Five random facts for Friday and posted on Saturday this time around:

The most popular baby names in the United States in 1966 were Lisa and Michael. Celeste, my wife’s name, was 356th most popular. Why do I bring this up? Well, it’s a certain someone’s birthday next week and she was born in 1966. – Source: BabyCenter.com (for the baby name ranking, not my wife’s birthday).

The daily US movie box office sales for March 19, 2020 (day 79 of the year and last day the movie theaters were open during COVID-19 crisis) were $143,641. On day 79 in 2019, March 20 (a Wednesday) sales were $8,995,950. – Source: BoxOfficeMojo

In North Carolina twice as many adults identified as Atheist (2%) than did as Mormon (1%), Jewish (1%) or Orthodox Christian (1%) . – Source: Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Study

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. 402 years later Celeste Lowder was born on April 23, 1966. – Source FamousBirthdays.com

On April 18, 2020 the average price of regular gas in the United States was $1.821/gallon, down from $2.836 on the same date in 2019. The highest average price ever recorded in the US was $4.114 on July 17, 2008. – Source: AAA

Five Fact Friday #5

Five random facts for Friday and posted on Saturday this time around:

Alcohol sales were up 55% the week ending March 21. – Source Axios via my mom.

Thanks in part to the cancellation of March Madness there is a glut of chicken wings. The price has tanked from $2/lb during the Super Bowl to $1.09 in April, 2020. – Source Marketplace

The state sport of Maryland is jousting. – Source Futility Closet

In 2017, according to the National Confectioners Association, 16 billion jelly beans were bought and consumed by the American people. – Source HelloGiggles

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2016 there were 5.6 million employer firms and 99.7% employed fewer than 500 people, 98.2% employed fewer than 100 people and 89% employed fewer than 20 people. – Source Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Five Fact Friday #3

Five random facts for this Friday:

jetBlue has 264 aircraft in its fleet – Source: Planespotters.net

New York City’s 14 wastewater treatment plants treat 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day – Source: New York City Environmental Protection

In 1985 a first class stamp was 22 cents, which is the equivalent of 54 cents today (currently a first class stamp costs 50 cents). – Source: Kiplinger.com

As of 2017 there were approximately 500 zoos and aquariums in America (no mention on whether or not the US Congress was included in that count) – Source: WhyAnimalsDoTheThing.com

There are 195 countries in the world. 193 are member states of the United Nations and two, The Holy See and the State of Palestine, that are non-member observer states – Source: Worldometer

Five Fact Friday

Five random facts for this Friday:

North Carolina ranks 1st in the US for women representation in the tech sector – females make up 35.5% of the workforce – Source: Business North Carolina, March 2020

There are 4,319,768,895 more people on Earth than when I was born in 1966. – Source: Life Stats, which is a fun site to play with.

When you lose weight fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine or sweat. – Source: Universal-Sci

Deaf moths absorb up to 85% of incoming sound energy from bats to help evade them. – Source: PhysOrg via BookofJoe

As of 2015, 62.7% of Americans live in cities, but those cities only comprise 3.5% of the country’s land area. – Source – US Census