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122%

You know things can’t be right when prescription painkiller overdoses among college-age youth went up 122% between 1999 to 2008.

31,000

The number of scientists who have signed a petition denying that man is responsible for global warming.

$63 Billion

Insomnia costs the average American worker 11.3 days, or $2,280 in lost productivity each year. That adds up to $63.2 billion (and 252.7 workdays) for the whole country.

‘Expected: Child’

Facebook validates expecting mothers by letting them announce their pregnancy. “Perhaps the new category was also a reaction to parents-to-be creating unsanctioned Facebook pages for their unborn children.”

Apple

According to the U.S. Treasury, Uncle Sam closed the day of business on July 27 with $73.768 billion in total operating balance. Apple, on the other hand, reported in its June earnings statement that it has $76.156 billion in cash and securities.

Spanx and Pillow Pets

2 simple ideas that made $100million: One night, Sara Blakely cut off the bottom off her pantyhose and the idea of Spanx was born. The idea for Pillow Pets dawned on Jennifer Telfer after watching her young sons smash down their stuffed animals in order to sleep on them like a pillow. Click to see 7 more.

Darwin Awards

Honoring (posthumously, of course) those who have removed themselves from the gene pool in the most spectacular or humiliating manner; people who have died in the silliest way ever, thus doing humanity a favour by making sure their genes don’t get passed on!

$153.6M

The amount JPMorgan has agreed to pay to settle civil fraud charges that it misled buyers of complex mortgage investments just as the housing market was collapsing.

Dudeism

“Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism. An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.”

www.iplanking.com

Visit this site to witness the craze of planking which involves taking photos of people lying face down, their arms by their sides, in strange locations, and posting the pictures.

20% : 400-500

Your brain accounts for about 20% of your total energy requirements; that’s an average of 400-500 calories a day, but varies according to how hard your brain is working.

SWEATPANTS…

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.” -Karl Lagerfeld (Thanks SAL)

$1bn

Elizabeth Taylor died leaving behind enough money to buy a pyramid or three of her own with personal riches estimated at up to $1bn (£625m).

5, 5, 5

This year, July and Otober have 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays- this happens only every 823 years and the years are known as ‘Moneybags’! The proverb goes that if you send this (page) to eight good friends, money will appear in the next 4 days as explained in Chinese feng-shui.

£5,000

Rihanna paid £5,000 a minute; $500,000 (£312,000) for an hour-long performance in Florida.

£100bn

The UK government has called in leading business figures to help it crack down on “sick-note Britain”, which costs the economy an estimated £100bn a year.