STATISTIC of the DAY
Thursday, April 17
 
  Record for most text messages exhanged by two people in one month: 

217,000
From March 7 to April 6, 2009, Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, of Pennsylvania exchanged 217,000 text messages.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 4/22/2009

 
   
PLAY THE GAME!
Department of Thoughtful Economic Analysis
 
 
GOVERNMENT: Constitution
  Time between the 27th Amendment being approved by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and its introduction into the U.S. Constitution : 

203 years
Amending the Constitution requires first that the proposed Amendment be approved by 2/3 majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate, followed by ratification from 38 states. What is now the 27th Amendment -- the provision limiting Congress' ability to vote itself an immediate pay raise -- was originally passed by both houses of Congress in 1789, but did not get ratified until 1992, when Michigan became the 38th state to approve the amendment.
Source: Washington Post, 5/15/1992

 
   
TECHNOLOGY: Computers
  Amount John Shepard won for having America's oldest working P.C.: 

$15,000
Shepard won $15,000 worth for his Altair 8800b purchased in 1976, which he was still using in 1999.
Source: Computer News , 8/23/1999