Have you ever been to a party where inevitably someone speaks with self-ordained authority on a subject and you are so amazed that you’re spellbound? Maybe even inhibited that you don’t know as much as this person?
Have you ever gone to a party and had nothing to say to break the ice beyond, “Some weather we’re having,” or “Hey, how about those Yankees?” It makes you want to just sit in a corner and people watch.
Well, I’m going to help you. From time to time, I’m going to supply you with some surefire eyebrow raisers. Facts certain to break the ice. Today, I have three topics to choose from. Enjoy these tidbits courtesy of our friends at Tripod.com.
Over 2,500 left-handed people die a year from products made for right-handed people. (Proof positive that sometimes the left hand really doesn't know what the right hand is doing)
It’s estimated that at any time, 7% of the world’s population is drunk. (I think I need a drink)
Along those lines, 1.5 million Americans are charged with DUI’s each year. (I guess a lot of you are getting that drink)
It takes about 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s worth of footballs. (And here I thought it was the pig skin ball they used)
Average life span of a major league baseball is 7 pitches. (Only one if you were a pitcher for the 1973 Red Sox – or as their announcer use to say, “Hey Mr. Umpire, get yourself a new ball because that one is gone!”)
Golfers use an estimated $800 million dollars of golf balls a year. (That’s a lot of “Fore’s”)
An adult lion can mate up to 50 times a day. (Imagine, and that’s without Viagra?)
Ten thousand birds a year die by smashing into windows. (Twice as many humans starve to death trying to live on the current SNAP food stamps budget)
A woodpecker can peck up to 20 times per second. (That’s some pecker)
So now you’re armed and ready to become the life of the party. Go out there and knock ‘em dead. Oh, and speaking of dead, only one person in two billion will live to be 116. So look around you. If you’re in an intimate setting of two billion or more, it’s possible it’s you.