Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mark Di Vincenzo Strikes Again!

aiYour Pinkie Is More Powerful Than Your Thumb: And 333 Other Surprising Facts That Will Make You Wealthier, Healthier and Smarter Than Everyone ElseMark Di Vincenzo’s newest book – “Your Pinkie Is More Powerful Than Your Thumb”
The book is chocked full of fun and interesting facts. Here are just a few…

Why are hospitals so worried about neckties?
Neckties, regardless of who wears them, are rarely cleaned, and doctors’ ties, which are more likely to be bombarded with bacteria from sneezes, can unknowingly spread disease to patients. The British Medical Association recommends doctors avoid wearing neckties and other “functionless” clothes that can serve “as superbugs.” The American Medical Association may consider a similar resolution after it compiles more scientific evidence. Those who want doctors to shed their neckties point to a 2004 study of ties worn by employees of New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in which half of the doctors’ ties contained germs that could cause illnesses. Only 10 percent of the neckties worn by hospital security guards carried similar germs.

Go to fullsize imageWhat's the most common word used by death-row inmates during their last-words speeches?
Love, by far. Love was said 630 times, followed by thanks (243 times), sorry (211), God (175), death (132), Lord (130), life (126), peace (95), Jesus and mom (both 86), pray (80), warden (74), kill (69), ready (65), innocent (45), Allah (41), heaven (40), 20 (closure), fear (14), regret (12), deserve (10), guilty (7), hell (6), not guilty (4) and afraid (1).

What's the most anyone ever paid for a chair?
$28.3 million. At an auction in Paris in 2009, someone paid that much for a chair made around 1918 by Irish artist Eileen Gray, who mostly lived in Paris. The $28.3-million, leather and wooden armchair -- part of the estate of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner -- also holds the record for the most anyone has ever paid for a piece of 20-century decorative art, which looks just like a leather and wooden armchair. It sold for 10 times its auction estimate. Christie’s, the auction house, sold catalogs for $400 – each.


Everyone says comparing apples and oranges is the wrong thing to do, but which one is more nutritious?
Oranges – barely. An apple has fewer calories (57) than an orange (85) and less sugar (11.3 grams vs. 16.8 grams for an orange), but an orange has more fiber (4.3 grams) than an apple (2.6 grams) and way more vitamin C (96 milligrams vs. five for an apple). This would seem like a tie, but oranges show up more often on lists of so-called “super foods,” which dieticians and nutritionists say are most nutritious.


How about this one: “The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, but what creature still refuses to cross the border?”
  Want to know the answer? I know I do and Mark knew it too. Being the evil genius that he is, he knew I’d buy the book to find out… Curse you Di Vincenzo!!!


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Mark after
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