STATISTIC of the DAY
Friday, October 31
 
  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
 
 
ENTERTAINMENT: Gambling
  Number of American states that prohibited lotteries as of May 2009: 

7
Including, of all places, Nevada, although a bill to legalize lotteries was introduced in the Nevada senate in April 2009.
Source: New York Times, 4/25/2009

 
   
ANIMALS: Whales
  Only radio station in the world which continuously broadcasts the sounds of whales singing: 

ORCA-FM (88.5, Vancouver)
Operated by the Vancouver Aquarium, the station operates a microphone 100 feet below the surface at Robson Bight, an inlet near Vancouver Island frequented by killer whales.
Source: Chatanooga Times, 10/28/1998