Category Archives: Five Fact Friday

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: (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

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:

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:

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:

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