A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

May 24, 2009

The youngest driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 was 22-year-old Troy Ruttman in 1952. The oldest was Al Unser, who was nearly 48 when he won in 1987.
Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 23, 2009

Every day, 144,000 vehicles cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
Source: PBS.org

May 22, 2009

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born today in 1859.
Source: The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 21, 2009

Nearly 41 percent of U.S. teenagers aged 16 to 17 report having tried marijuana at least once, and 6 percent say they have tried cocaine.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics

May 20, 2009

As one of the world’s largest office buildings, The Pentagon has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York.
Source: The Pentagon

May 19, 2009

Despite 17.5 miles of corridors it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the Pentagon.
Source: The Pentagon

May 18, 2009

In 2007, nearly four in ten (39.7 percent) of all births were to unmarried women, more than double the proportion in 1980 (18.4 percent).
Source: National Center for Health Statistics

May 17, 2009

From the 1990 Census to the 2000 Census, the percentage of Americans who said they worked from home went up 0.3 percent.
Source: Census Bureau

May 16, 2009

From the 1990 Census to the 2000 Census, there was little change in the transportation Americans used to get to work: The percentage who drove alone went up 2.5 percent, and those using public transportation went down 0.5 percent.
Source: Census Bureau

May 15, 2009

Cherrapunji Assam, India, has amassed several world records for precipitation. In two years, 1860 and 1861, it recorded 1,605.05 inches.
Source: NOAA