A poll of 3,000 Americans yielded the following top five fears:
1. Speaking before a group. 41 percent
2. Heights. 32 percent
3. Insects and bugs. 22 percent
4. Financial problems. 22 percent
5. Deep water. 22 percent
- What percentage of New Yorkers in 1930 were members of immigrant families? Seventy-five percent of the population of New Yorkers in 1930 consisted of foreigners and their children. Italians and Eastern European Jews were the largest groups.
- Who said, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing”? Thomas Jefferson said, "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing", writing from Paris on hearing of Shays's Rebellion, an uprising of poor farmers against the Massachusetts state government in 1786.…
- Who said, “What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar”? "What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar" was uttered by Thomas R. Marshall, vice-president under Woodrow Wilson (1913-21), in response to a senator's long speech about the country's needs.
- In what Alexander Pope poem is reference made to “damning with faint praise”? In the "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot" (1735), reference is made to "damning with faint praise". In the satiric poem, Alexander Pope wrote: "Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,/And, without sneering, teach…
- Do American women still earn less money than American men? Yes folks, American women still earn less money than American men. In 1988, the median weekly earnings of full-time female workers in all occupations were 70.2 percent of male workers' earnings.
- How many American casualties were suffered in the American Revolution? Unofficial studies of field reports indicate that about 4,500 men died in battle and over 6,000 were wounded in the American Revolution. Illness also took a large but indeterminate number. At Valley Forge,…