Saturday, August 31, 2013

How much Americans spend on Fireworks on 4th Of July?


Economic hardship probably doesn't determine Americans spending on Fireworks. Yes, thats right, we spend crazy amount of money for fireworks on 4th of July. ! here are some very recent stats:
  • In 2012, Americans spent $645 million on consumer  fireworks alone!
  • In 2011 it was little more, $649 million

However, if you think about aggregate spending on fireworks in different celebrations or events and 4th of July, the amount might go up to billion dollars!

4th of July, 2013

Source: "How Much Do Americans Spend on Fireworks?" Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2013. <http://www.today.com/video/today/48060037>.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

How Many Spoken Languages In The World?


So far, yes, the reason I started my sentence with “So far” because languages is something that develop over long long years; there are might be other languages in some cultures or tribes that are being used already  but we couldn’t get a chance to find out.
  • As of now,  approximately 6900 – 7000 different spoken languages in the world! Surprisingly, less than 100000  people use 90% of these languages.
  • In Asia, there are 2200 languages found in Asia, 260 in Europe
  • Papua New Guinea for instance, boasts no less than 832 different languages!
What are the world’s most spoken languages? 
  • Well, the most widely spoken languages by number of native speakers and as a second language are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German and French.

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  Source: "Languages Of The World-Interesting Facts About Languages." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/guide/languages.shtml>.


Monday, August 19, 2013

World First Commercial Cellular Phone



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These days our smartphones are so light and integrated with cutting edge technology, which made it extremely easy to use! Have you ever wondered how was the first commercial portable mobile phone look like? Well, I have some some information to share with you… here you go: 

Fact: 
Pioneer of First Cellphone, Martin Cooper, who was also a person ever to make phone calls using portable cellular phone in April, 1973.
Weight: 2 Pounds!
Cost: $3995 in 1984 and $1000 in 1991
First Available to The Public: The world's first commercial handheld cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X phone, received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on September 21, 1983.

             



                       
Source: "A GLIMPSE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT MOTOROLA." What Better Way to Discover Motorola's Heritage than by Exploring the Stories behind Some of Our Biggest Innovations? N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2013. <http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/about-motorola-us/About_Motorola-History-Timeline/About_Motorola-History-Timeline.html>.
Greene, Bob. "38 Years Ago He Made the First Cell Phone Call." CNN. Cable News Network, 03 Apr. 2011. Web. 20 Aug. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/01/greene.first.cellphone.call/index.html>.



How Many People Use Cell Phone All Around the World?

Cellphone is one of the greatest inventions in human history not to mention these tiny devices bringing the whole world into your palm. I won’t go over what cellphones are capable of doing these days because that might be very boring to read since billion of us using cellphones everyday. However, I will give you couple facts about cellphone that you probably don't know yet..Here you go:
FACT:
We have 7 billion people on earth and 6 billion own cellphones!! By the way only 4.5 billion people have access to working toilets, which is disappointing

                       


                         
Source: "Deputy UN Chief Calls for Urgent Action to Tackle Global Sanitation Crisis." UN News Center. UN, 21 Mar. 2013. Web. 19 Aug. 2013.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

U.S President to be writing Greek and Latin Simultaneously


Right before reading this fact, I actually tried it by myself since I am a bilingual but I had a hard time writing couple letters from both alphabets. 

FACT: The 20th, U.S President James A. Garfield (1881) who was able to write Greek and Latin simultaneously!! 
Wait! That's not all..
FACT: President James A. Garfield was the first president who used two languages -- English and German in his presidential campaign


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 Source: "James Abraham Garfield." Poptus Presidents Of The United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2013. 

U.S President Who was a Self-Educated Tailor


I don't know how many of you have tailoring skills, probably some of you do. As far as I know tailoring is something that doesn't come easily without learning or get trained from somebody else. I am excited to share a piece of information that might blow your mind!!.. 
FACT: Andrew Johnson (The 17th U.S President,1865 - 1869) was only U.S President who was self-educated tailor. He would make his own cloths and for those who were in his cabinet!!!


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Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Most-Used Smartphone app in The World


Google Maps app is the world most used smartphone app!!! According to GlobalWebIndex, 54% of world's smartphone owners used Google's navigation app in the second quarter of 2013.

Look at the interesting stat!
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You will find more statistics at Statista




Source: Richer, Felix. "Google Maps Is the Most-Used Smartphone App in the World." N.p., 08 Aug. 2013. Web. 10 Aug. 2013. <http://www.statista.com/topics/1002/mobile-app-usage/chart/1345/top-10-smartphone-apps-in-q2-2013/>.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How Many People Ride On NYC Subway Annually?



According to MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) 1.665 billion* Subway ride in New York City annually, which is 7th among the world's subway system.


Annual Subway Ridership*
1.
Tokyo
3.102 billion
2.
Seoul
2.518 billion
3.
Beijing
2.460 billion
4.
Moscow
2.389 billion
5.
Shanghai
2.276 billion
6.
Guangzhou
1.825 billion
7.
New York City
1.665 billion
8.
Mexico City
1.609 billion
9.
Paris
1.524 billion
10.
Hong Kong
1.444 billion


Source: *MTA, . N.p.. Web. 8 Aug 2013. <http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ffsubway.htm>.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Great Facts About Air Force One


 Get Some Facts About Air Force One!

So.. I am curious knowing some facts about U.S Air Force One, which is also called “ Flying White House.” Lets check out some facts  about Air Force One!,

Base: Air Force one’s home base is located in Suitland, Maryland.

How big is it? It is about 6 stories high, 231 feet, and 10 inch long

Wing size/Span: More than 195 feet!

Number of Seats: only 70    

Number of Crews: 26
How Speedy? O yes, it is speedy; it flies at 630 miles per hour, which close to supersonic speed

Defense System: “Infrared-missile and radar-jamming technology, along with a host of other top-secret aerial defenses and electronic countermeasures”

Everything else: “Executive suite for the president; 2 fully functional kitchens with a full-scale electric range that can churn out 100 meals at a time
Workstations: fax and copy machines; broadband Internet access; satellite video, dozens of secure phone lines, soundproof-able conference room”


Related Video of Air Force One, Check it out!
 
                                         
Source: Inside Air Force One. [Internet]. 2013. The History Channel website. Available from: http://www.history.com/topics/inside-air-force-one [Accessed 3 Aug 2013]

How many words are there in English?

Unfortunately, there's no exact count of the number of words in the English language because languages are flexible and expanding.