Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

September 18, 2010 11:56 AM

This and That

The words “race car” spelled backwards spell “race car.” The word “eat” is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move it to the last, spells the past tense, “ate.”

On June 27, 1967, there was one, and now there are 2,149,510 of them. The reference is to ATM machines. The most northerly ATM is located at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway; the most southerly at McMurdo Station, Antarctica; the highest in Nagehu County, Tibet; the lowest at Eiu Bokek on the Dead Sea, in a grocery store.

For the first time, in the 2008-09 academic year, more women (28,962) than men (28,469) earned doctorates. While male faculty members on average earn about $17,000 per year more than women faculty members, starting salaries for beginning faculty are roughly gender equal.

Approval of labor unions is at 52%, up a bit from the historical low point of 48% a year ago. [Gallup 8/10]

More people know the name of the Commander of US forces in Afghanistan (55%) than the name of the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (28%).

Return to Home Page