Most of the world’s cases of malaria and deaths from the disease occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Source: World Health Organization
Honey is 80 percent sugars and 20 percent water. Source: Department of Agriculture
Honeybees are herbivores — but they can turn to cannibalism when stressed. Source: Department of Agriculture
The Library of Congress was created on this day in 1800, when President John Adams approved spending $5,000 for “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.” [...]
A worker honey bee’s brain is only a cubic millimeter in size, but it has the densest neuropile tissue of any animal. Source: Department of Agriculture
Today is Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, the same year the Environmental Protection Agency was created by President Nixon. Source: EPA
The largest recorded lobster, caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1934, weighed 44.4 pounds and was at least 100 years old, according to scientists. Source: National Geographic
The two largest religious affiliations in the U.S. are Evangelical Protestant (26.3 percent of adults say they belong to churches in that group) and Catholic (23.9 percent). Source: Pew Forum [...]
Q: How is President-elect Obama paying for his transition?
A: Obama’s transition is being financed with $5.3 million in public funds provided by Congress, supplemented by another $6.7 million that his team hopes to raise from individuals in donations not exceeding $5,000 each.
Q: How can one get inauguration tickets?
A: Tickets to watch the swearing-in can be requested through the Washington, D.C., offices of an individual’s representative or senators. But you’ll need some luck to score one.