Today I learned about the idea of the Good Country Index: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organizations. This has been active since 2014 goodcountry.org/index/res…
The ratio between the index finger and the ring finger is affected by testosterone in the womb. People with longer ring fingers are more likely to be masculine, aggressive, have autism, have longer penises (if they're male) and be lesbians (if they're female). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Silent film star Harold Lloyd performed his stunts in the 1923 film Safety Last! effectively one-handed due to losing his right thumb and index finger while holding a bomb for publicity pictures four years earlier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The American Public Power Association has a β€˜Squirrel Index’ data tracker to track squirrel attacks on electrical power systems. They found that the two peak periods of highest squirrel activity are May-June and October-November. publicpower.org/blog/defe…
In 2016, Wall St hedge funds uncovered a scandal in the Georgia Chicken Index, and may have uncovered price fixing by Big Chicken npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
It is rare to have hair growing from the mid section of your index finger. udel.edu/~mcdonald/mythdi…
Today I learned of Aarne-Thompson–Uther Index, a catalogue of folktale types used in folklore studies, dividing tales into sections with an AT number for each entry, with the same tale type number referred to by its central motif or the variant folktales of that type, and related tales were grouped together en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
The United States ranked 1st in six out of eight categories in a recent Oct 2019 Global Health Security Index measuring health security. It also ranked 2nd (behind the UK) in terms of rapid epidemic response and mitigation. ghsindex.org/wp-content/u…
[] About the "Chapwood Index" which seeks to expose problems with consumer price index. By using a more updated "basket of goods" and showing fluctuations by geographical area. chapwoodindex.com/
Today I learned of the H - Index. A ranking of scientific authors and scholars according to productivity and citation impact of publications. It also takes into account things like obtaining the Nobel prize, being a research fellow or holding a high position at a university. Albert Einstein has an H index of 44 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-i…
Norway is 1st in the world in BOTH its Gini Index AND its Human Development Index en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
$30,000 in 1964 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $248,476.45 in 2019, a difference of $218,476.45 over 54 years. The 1964 inflation rate was 1.31%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 728.25% higher than average prices in 1964 in2013dollars.com/
The Dow Jones Industrial Average will continually rise and break new records because the Dow ignores inflation and is heavily curated, meaning underperforming companies are periodically removed from the index and replaced by companies that are performing better. finance.yahoo.com/news/do…
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In 1896, General Electric was one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly formed Dow Jones Industrial Average, where it remained a part of the index for 122 years until June 26, 2018, when the stock was removed from the index and replaced with Walgreens Boots Alliance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Learning can help heal traumatic brain injuries. In a study, participants assigned to a strategic thinking class saw their "depression index" reduced by almost a third, and nearly 60% of the treatment group transitioned from severe to "minimal" depressive symptoms vs. a control group freethink.com/articles/me…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
After being stung by the Warrior Wasp, sting pain index creator Justin Schmidt described the pain as, "torture, you are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Warren Buffett won a $1 million dollar bet against a hedge fund, he bet that a simple index fund (S&P 500) would outperform a collection of hedge funds over the course of 10 years. He donated the money to charity. fortune.com/2017/12/30/wa…
Today I learned about the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale created by Justin Schmidt to classify the pain caused by the stings of various insects sciencefriday.com/segment…
Use of that the Pointer finger (πŸ‘‰πŸ‘† ) symbol in writing dates back to the 12th century and is known as an "index" or "manicule" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Today I learned of the MUI, or Men's Underwear Index, an unconventional economic indicator championed by former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. It measures how well the economy is doing based on the sales of men’s underwear. investopedia.com/terms/m/…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
In 1846, Eremina desertorum, a snail, was collected and glued to a museum index card, presumed dead. 4 years later, the specimen was being looked at with warm water, when it suddenly awoke and looked around to see what was going on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ere…
Rounding errors resulted in a 25pts loss per month of the index of the Vancouver Stock Exchange en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
If you're kidnapped and given the choice of which finger will be removed, the pinky should be your last choice. Your thumb and pinky are the two most opposable digits and form the basis of your grip. The index finger of your non-dominant hand is the best choice. businessinsider.com.au/if…
The healthiest nation in the world is.....Spain. It took the top spot on the Bloomberg 2019 Healthiest Country Index, followed by Italy and then Iceland. (The US was number 35 on the list.) bloomberg.com/news/articl…
The entomologist Justin O. Schmidt created the ''Schmidt sting pain index''. This scale rates the pain from stings of ants, wasps and bees. While getting stung by a warrior wasp, he told to himself: ''Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?''. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Half of India’s population (600 mn people) face high to extreme water stress - 75% households do not have drinking water on-premise; 84% rural households do not have piped water access; 70% of water is contaminated. India currently ranks 120 among 122 in the water quality index madrascourier.com/environ…
Botswana has had a continuous democracy since independence from the commonwealth in 1966, and scores highest on the Human Development Index in Sub-Saharan Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
The Tarantula Hawk is a Spider Wasp which hunts Tarantulas. They have the highest rating (4) on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The pain is described as "blinding, fierce, and shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has been dropped into your bubble bath." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, Causing a volcanic winter & a massive famine around the world. To this day it is the most powerful recorded eruption ever. It rated VEI 7 on the Volcano explosivity index, it is widely known as "The Year without a summer" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
Today I learned about the Roud Folk Song Index: a database of around 250,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
Rwanda ranks #5 in the World Economic Forum's gender equality index. A strong sense of fairness arose after the 1994 genocide and has dominated culture and policy ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned about the big mac index, a way of measuring purchasing power between countries through big Mac prices, published by the economist yearly since 1986. investopedia.com/ask/answ…
A very nearsighted person can see more or less normally underwater because of the faulty refractive index of the eye is negated by the waters refractive index en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
The middle finger has been used as a derogatory gesture for at least 2400 years, with the middle finger representing a phallus and the ring and index fingers representing testicles. bbc.com/news/magazine-169…
All 10 countries with β€œdemocratic” in their names aren’t recognized as β€˜full democracies’ by the Democracy index petervojtek.github.io/diy…
President Ronald Reagan had a stack of index cards with one-liner jokes on them. He kept it in his desk in the Oval Office, and would insert the lines into speeches to help them go over well. youtube.com/watch?v=HA7sP…
Today I learned of the Kardashian index, which compares the discrepancy between a scientists social media profile and number of academic citations theinformationalturn.net/…
Milk has a higher rating on the hydration index than water blog.priceplow.com/hydrat…
The pain caused by the Bullet Ant's sting is reported to be greater than that of any other hymenopteran, and is ranked as the most painful according to the Schmidt sting pain index, given a "4+" rating, above the tarantula hawk wasp and Synoeca (warrior wasp). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The Global Peace Index (GPI) measures the relative position of nations' and regions' peacefulness. Top 10 in order: Iceland, NZ, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Czech, Slovenia, Canada, Switzerland, and Ireland & Japan (tied for #10). United States is 114 out of 163. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
Human races do not exist taxonomically. A fixation index of 0.25 is required for a species to have various sub-species. Humans have a fixation index of 0.11, less than half of the required criteria of genetic diversity needed for the existence of sub-species or races. youtu.be/teyvcs2S4mI?t=8m…
In China they can count to ten using just one hand using a type of sign that everyone uses. 6 is the western 'hang loose' gesture. 7 a snake head, 8 a finger gun, nine an index finger hook and 10 a cross or closed fist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Chines…
The state of Kerala has the highest Human Development Index , the highest literacy rate, the highest life expectancy, and the highest sex ratio in India en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
Today I learned about the H-index, an index used to measure the proficiency of a scientist by taking into account the number of journal articles they have written in conjunction with the number of times their work has been cited. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-i…
Today I learned of the concealed shoe index. For hundreds of years, people hid a shoe in their houses during construction for good luck or to ward off evil spirits. The Northampton Museum in England created the concealed shoe index, and there are approximately 1,900 finds on the index today. ripleys.com/weird-news/co…
Today I learned of the Big Mac Index, which helps explain purchasing power parity to the layman. You compare the price of a Big Mac in one country to the price in another to determine if exchange rates are overvalued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Today I learned about the Henley Passport Index - a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. Japan is top and Somalia is last. henleypassportindex.com/a…
All the McDonalds in Argentina were forced to sell the Big Mac at an artificially low price to hide inflation, and to manipulate the country's performance on the Big Mac index en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Economists use a 'Big Mac Index' to compare the relative purchasing power of different currencies, in terms of how much money one has to pay for a Big Mac en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Pope Paul VI rescinded the publication of the 'Index Librorum Prohibitorum' (List of Prohibited Books) on June 14, 1966 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The V-sign which is made with the index and middle fingers originally came about from Winston Churchill, it was meant to signal Β¨VictoryΒ¨ during war times. The sign was later embraced by counterrevolutionist in the US during the Vietnam war to signal peace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_s…
Today I learned about the schmidt sting pain index, a pain scale rating the relative pain caused by different hymenopteran stings, including ants, bees and wasps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned of the Big Mac Index which is used as an indicator of the purchasing power for many countries statista.com/statistics/2…
Today I learned that a guy named Justin Schmidt created the pain index for bug stings and bites by getting stung and bit on purpose by tons of bugs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
The "Body Mass Index" (BMI) was never intended to be applied to individuals but continues to be used as such because it is, "quicker, easier, and cheaper." menshealth.com/weight-los…
Legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt received first- and second-degree burns on his left hand when he was 18 and was told he would never be able to play guitar again, but by sheer will he taught himself to play using only his thumb, index and middle finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dja…
Today I learned of The Waffle House Index, An Informal Scale Used By The United States Government To Determine Severity of Storms Based on Opening/Closing of Waffle Houses popsci.com/article/scienc…
The proper way to eat caviar is off the back of your hand, between your index finger and thumb. The reasoning is to avoid passing along bacteria by the palm of the hand, and to avoid unwanted flavor coming from a spoon. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
The Body Mass Index (BMI) was created for a social statistics experiment, and was never intended to be an indicator of health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Today I learned of the Big Mac Index, a survey that uses the price of a Big Mac and exchange rates to compare the Purchasing Power Parity between countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre the Shanghai Price Index fell 64.89 points - the date of the massacre. China blocked searches for the stock index, stocks in general and even 'today' nytimes.com/2012/06/05/wo…
In the list of rarely-used punctuation marksβ€”amid the interrobang (β€½), hedera (❧), lozenge (β—Š), and asterism (⁂)β€”the manicule is a pointedly unique symbol. It takes the form of a hand with an outstretched index figure, gesturing towards a particularly pertinent piece of text. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Professional climber Tommy Caldwell accidentally lost an index finger with a table saw in 2001. Doctors were able to reattach the severed finger, but Caldwell subsequently had it removed so as not to hinder his climbing career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned of the Popsicle Index, a quality of life measurement based on the percentage of parents who feel that their child can safely walk to the nearest store and buy a Popsicle by themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Today I learned of the Gunning fog index - a measure of a texts readability. It uses a piece of writing's average number of words/sentence and number of large words to determine how many years of formal education an average person would need to understand it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
When first released, in 1985, the original Nintendo Entertainment System cost $199 for the least expensive bundle. The consumer price index approximates this to be equivalent to approximately $425 USD in 2012. classicgaming.gamespy.com…
The Misery Index is a metric to determine how the average citizen is doing by combining seasonally adjusted unemployment rate and the annual inflation rate. High unemployment + high inflation = misery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The Index Librorum Prohibitorum was a list of Publications deemed heretical. The aim of the list was to protect the faith and morals of the faithful by preventing the reading of culturally, theologically and politically disruptive books britannica.com/topic/Inde…
There is a group of Union Territory islands in India with little economic inequality and the poverty index is low. Tourists need a permit to visit the islands and foreign nationals are not permitted to visit certain islands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
In the Economist's 2016 "Democracy Index by Country", the United States came in 21st in the World en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
In 1999, it took Google 1 MONTH to crawl and build an index of about 50 million pages. On the contrary, the same task was accomplished in less than 1 MINUTE a just over a decade after! readwrite.com/2012/02/29/…
A $1 investment in the S&P 500 stock index on Jan. 1, 1966 to Dec. 31, 2015 and reinvested all dividends you would have $102.17. Over 102 times your original investment. fool.com/investing/genera…
The Schmidt sting pain index, a scale that ranks how painful insect bites are, was created by Justin Schmidt, an American entomologist who subjected himself to over 1000 stings from insects. sciencealert.com/these-ar…
The Seychelles, an island country which has the highest Human Development Index in Africa, is an "essentially matriarchal" society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sey…
In 2009 One of Google's programmers was adding websites to the malware registry when he accidentally entered "/" instead of a full URL causing the search engine to block off every website in its index including Google's own pages for 55 minutes. cracked.com/article_19519…
There is a Kardashian index for scientists that indicate if a scientist has an overblown public profile without significant scientific contribution. biomedcentral.com/content…
Jasmine rice has a higher Glycemic Index than pure glucose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI), and other life measures. wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanfo…
The United States dropped from 17th to 47th place, in the Press Freedom Index since 2002. en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=…
A researcher has ranked and described the pain of 78 stinging insects after being stung by each one. The index is called the "Schmidt Sting Pain Index". atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The stings from the tarantula hawk, bullet ant, and the warrior wasp are considered Pain Level 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
There is an actual index for perceived national corruption...and the US doesn't even make the top 20 (least corrupt) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
A bug researcher named Schmidt volunteered to be stung by insects, no matter the pain, and created the "Schmidt Sting Pain Index" even describing the sensations much like a wine taster scienceblogs.com/retrospe…
Today I learned that, according to the Beer Price Index, the cheapest city in the world for beer is Krakow, Poland. goeuro.com/beer-price-ind…
Nauru is the most overweight country in the world by body mass index with 97% of men and 93% of women considered overweight or obese. Nauru also has the world's highest level of type two diabetes with more than 40% of the population affected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
Whirlpool is the only major appliance company to have gotten a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, which benchmarks policies related to LGBT equality, for over 10 years prnewswire.com/news-relea…
According to the World Giving Index, the joint top most charitable nations in the world are the United States... and Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Charles Dow calculated his first average purely of industrial stocks on May 26, 1896, creating what is now known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Of the original 12 industrials, only General Electric currently remains part of that index. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
The Vatican's index of forbidden books (Index Librorum Prohibitorum, active from 1559-1966) banned the bible itself, or more specifically different versions and translations of it. Martin Luther was contained twice, both under both 'M' and 'L' and it even banned some works written by popes. welt.de/kultur/article155…
There is a correlation between sexual promiscuity and the length of your ring finger compared to the length of your index finger menshealth.com/sex-women/…
β€˜Human’ is a surname. The U.S census data shows a ranking #17725 in 1990 and #15845 in 2000 for Human surnames on the Popularity index. pbs.org/pov/apps/thesweet…
On the UN Human Development Index, the United States outranks the UK, New Zealand, and Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
The USA has been ranked the 2nd most generous country in the world in 2015 by the World Giving Index - Canada was 4th and the UK was 6th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
When the global food price index rises above 210 worldwide riots breakout. motherboard.vice.com/blog…
The UV index was invented by three Environment Canada scientists in 1992, making Canada the first country to measure the strength of UV rays. The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the index in 1994, making it a global standard. The UV index celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. ec.gc.ca/media_archive/pr…

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