The survey results, and Interesting Trivia.

Hello Everyone!

First of all, sorry that this mailing is rather big.  The survey results are
on the top, with a small autobiography in the middle, while the bottom
contains today's humour.  Well, not actually humour, but some REALLY
interesting facts!

Anyway, on with the survey results...

Out of 1300 people on the list at the time, 421 people responded to the
survey. (32% of the total) [ By the way, the list currently stands at 1610! ]

The average age seems to be 30, with 57% being male, and 43% female.  The
youngest person on the list is 11 years old, while the oldest is 75.  

A breakdown by age is as follows:

         Age    Frequency
        10-19       74     ###############
        20-29      150     ##############################
        30-39       62     ############
        40-49       46     #########
        50-59       20     ####
        60-69       11     ##
        70-79        5     #
        (Each # represents 5 people)

It seems that 33% are married, 41% are students, and 5% are married students.  

45 people responded to "What is the meaning of life?" with "42"!  Those of
you who don't understand this should get hold of "The Hitchhikers Guide to
the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.  The answers I received for this question were
very, how can I say, interesting and informative!  One response I got was
"To find something you are good at and annoy the hell out of people by
continuously doing it!".  I think my friends would unanimously agree on that!

It seems that 13 people were offended over some joke or other.  I try to
pick jokes which I think won't offend anyone, but as someone pointed out:
"Something is bound to offend someone"

About the list rating, the average seems to be a rating of 3.9.  Let's see
how much I can improve on that by the next survey!

153 people (36%) said that they WILL vote for me if I run for president.  

Counting the number of people you forward my mail to, it seems that my mail
makes its way to 2328 people!!  That's only from the 421 people who
responded to the survey.  So, each person forwards my mail to an average of
5.5 people.  Since there are over 1600 people directly on the list, with a
bit of math we can theorize that the list goes out to at least 10,000 people
in a minimum of 35 countries!!!

A breakdown by country per the e-mail address is as follows:

Total number of people on list: 1610
com:               641 | edu:                474 | gov:                   21
mil:                19 | net:                208 | org:                   39
Argentina (ar):      1 | Australia (au):      32 | Austria (at):           1
Belgium (be):        2 | Belize (bz):          1 | Canada (ca):           19
Costa Rica (cr):     1 | Czech Republic (cz):  1 | Denmark (dk):           1
Estonia (ee):        2 | France (fr):          5 | Germany (de):           9
Guatemala (gt):      1 | India (in):           8 | Iran (ir):              5
Ireland (ie):        1 | Israel (il):         13 | Japan (jp):             4
Kazakhstan (kz):     1 | Malasia (my):         2 | Mexico (mx):            2
Netherlands (nl):    1 | New Zealand (nz):    16 | Pakistan (pk):          2
Philippines (ph):    5 | Poland (pl):          1 | Republic of Korea (kr): 1
Singapore (sg):      5 | South Africa (za):   11 | Sri Lanka (lk):         7
Sweden (se):         4 | Turkey (tr):          1 | United Kingdom (uk):   16
United States (us): 24 | United Arab Emirates (ae): 2

Ok.  That's about it.  But something else, first...

Quite a few people wanted to know more about me.  Well, this is to satisfy
those people, and any others as well!

My full name is Roshan Nalindra Sembacuttiaratchy (Even I'm having trouble
pronouncing that! :).  I was born in West Germany in 1977, then came to Sri
Lanka in '84.  Since it's been over 12 years that I came to Sri Lanka, I've
naturally forgotten some German.  I can still make out spoken and written
German, but speaking it may be a problem!  I've traveled a bit, and have
been to Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Malaysia, Netherlands,
Singapore and the United Kingdom.  

There are quite a few things which I'm interested/involved in...

My first love, as many of you might have deduced, is computers!  One thing I
can't imagine is life without a computer! :)  I've been involved with
computers for the past 8 years.  Started with an XT, and currently am on a

Besides computers, I LOVE reading!  I mostly like science fiction,
thrillers, and mystery.  And yes, I HAVE read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy"!  If I get hold of a good book, making me let go is a VERY hard
task!! :)

Something else I like is playing the piano and organ.  I admit I'm not that
good (I think my neighbors will vouch for that!), but I enjoy it!

I also collect stamps, first day covers and souvenir sheets.  It used to be
my father's collection, which he has passed on to me.

I'm also involved in helping my father with the pen-pal club he has.  

Magic and mystery is another thing I'm interested in.  It's not professional
magic, just magic to perform before my friends.  

Going along the lines of mystery, riddles and jokes (what else?) is another
of my fascinations!  

I worked for a short time for Sri Lanka's first Internet Service Provider.
That's how I was first exposed to the wonders of E-mail and Internet! [ BTW,
check out the Sri Lankan web site at ]

Currently, I'm doing a B.Sc. Degree in Information Systems.  It's a four
year course, and I've just finished the first year with flying colors!
We're on a three month vacation right now.  Classes are scheduled to start
in mid-November.  

This list was officially started with around 30 addresses in January.
Earlier,  I used to just forward mail to the various people I knew.  Then I
tagged on the subscription signature which you all are very familiar with,
and BANG, the list has been growing ever since!  It passed the 500 mark in
May, the 1000 mark in July, and as of this evening stands at 1610!!

I think that's about all the (boring?) news about me.  And now we return you
to your regularly scheduled humour mailing...


                           Interesting Trivia

Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more
like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom. 
The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will
be about three statute miles away. 
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English
Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.  The only
other word with the same amount of letters is its plural,
Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest
Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los
Angeles de Porciuncula." 
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. 
An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda
movie "Barbarella. 
Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.
Ben and Jerry's sends the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers
to use as feed.  Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor:  Mint Oreo. 
The company providing the liability insurance for the Republican National
Convention in San Diego is the same firm that insured the maiden voyage of
the RMS Titanic.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin
John Wilkes Booth...and whose shame created the expression for ignominy,
"His name is Mudd." 
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II
killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. 
Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's
Maiden name was Betty Jean McBricker. 
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die, they need gravity to
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop
and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life." 
It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.  The frog
throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth.
Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and
then swallows the stomach back down again. 
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode
past their king.  This custom has become the modern military salute. 
Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with
"Midnight Cowboy."  Her entire role lasted only six minutes. 
Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous
transatlantic flight.
Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he
had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk. 
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the
air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air,
the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has
all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. 
Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on
the never-aired pilot show.  His first name was Willy.  The skipper's real
name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the
first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck. 
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII.  If captured, they
could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape. 
The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap
formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float.  Customers wrote and
told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since. 
Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has
about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the
twentieth floor.  It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to
realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.  (This correction
results in a falling position which maximizes the force coefficient of air
resistance, and thus decreasing the cat's velocity.JFS) 
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise
it will digest itself. 
The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the
background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are actually
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated
that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb. 
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon
features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie. 
'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. 
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby
daughter, Ruth. 
Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex. 
To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its
eyeballs-- it will let you go instantly.
Reindeer like to eat bananas.
A group of unicorns is called a blessing. 
Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink." 
A group of frogs is called an army.
A group of rhinos is called a crash. 
A group of kangaroos is called a mob. 
A group of whales is called a pod.
A group of geese is called a gaggle. 
A group of ravens is called a murder. 
A group of officers is called a mess.
A group of larks is called an exaltation. 
A group of owls is called a parliament.
Physicist Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as quarks
for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster Mark!" 
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie. 
The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were
filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe.  A
tight sleep was a comfortable sleep. 
>From the Humour Net (

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