The least deadly day of the week to drive is Monday.

August 16th, 2010. Tags: , , , , .

Here’s a round up of the deadliest times and places to drive based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (data is from 2008 or an average of the most recent three years) and from The Daily Beast, which recently compiled information on the most dangerous highways.

Most deadly days of the year to drive:

1. June 10
2. June 16
3. July 4
5. July 15
6. June 17

Noteworthy finding: Nine of the top ten deadliest days to drive are in late spring and summer.

Least deadly days of the year to drive:

1. December 25
2. February 27
3. March 20
4. January 24
5. January 15

Most deadly days of the week to drive:

1. Saturday
2. Sunday
3. Friday
4. Thursday
5. Tuesday
6. Wednesday
7. Monday

Noteworthy finding: You are 53% more likely to be in a fatal crash on Saturday than you are on Monday.

Most deadly times of day to drive:

1. 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
3. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
5. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Least deadly times of day to drive:

1. 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.
2. 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
3. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
4. 3 a.m. to 4 a.m.
5. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Noteworthy finding: There is a 52% drop in fatalities from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. and between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Most deadly Interstate highways:

1. I-95, Florida
2. I-76, New Jersey
3. I-4, Florida
4. I-15, California
5. I-10, California

Most deadly atmospheric conditions:
1. Rain
2. Snow/Blowing snow
3. Fog, smog, smoke
4. Sleet/hail
5. Crosswinds
Over half of all fatal crashes in 2008 took place in rural areas.
60% of fatal crashes were one-car accidents.

In 2008 74.5% of all fatal accidents occurred on two-lane roads. Check on fatalities along roads you drive with SafeRoadMaps.org’s marvelous new interactive map to crash data.

Fatal car accidents are down 15% from the peak in 2005, while fatal motorcycle accidents are up by 13% in the same time period.

For more wild facts about fatal accidents, go to plaintruth.com.

Tuna fish can swim 40 miles in a single day.

August 13th, 2010. Tags: , , , , .

Tuna are considered epipelagic-to-midwater fish, inhabiting the upper and middle layers of ocean water, to a depth of 1,600 feet or more (500 m), depending on size and species. They are found in oceans the world over, except in polar seas. They roam long distances, following extensive north-south and even transoceanic migration patterns. Scientists and international organizations have tracked these patterns by the use of tagging. Fish tagged in the Bahamas have been recovered in Norway and even Uruguay. Others tagged in the Northeast have appeared off the coast of Europe. Tagged bluefin tuna have been known to travel over 4,800 miles (7,700 km) across the Atlantic in just 119 days—an average, assuming the fish swam in a straight line, of over 40 miles (65 km) per day. While yellowfin tuna seem to make less extensive journeys–most have been recaptured within 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of tagging–they have been known to travel over 3,100 miles (5,000 km).

For more wild facts about tuna, go to seagrant.gso.uri.edu

The deadliest day of the week to drive is Saturday.

August 7th, 2010. Tags: , , , , , .

Here’s a round up of the deadliest times and places to drive based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (data is from 2008 or an average of the most recent three years) and from The Daily Beast, which recently compiled information on the most dangerous highways.

Most deadly days of the year to drive:

1. June 10
2. June 16
3. July 4
5. July 15
6. June 17

Noteworthy finding: Nine of the top ten deadliest days to drive are in late spring and summer.

Least deadly days of the year to drive:

1. December 25
2. February 27
3. March 20
4. January 24
5. January 15

Most deadly days of the week to drive:

1. Saturday
2. Sunday
3. Friday
4. Thursday
5. Tuesday
6. Wednesday
7. Monday

Noteworthy finding: You are 53% more likely to be in a fatal crash on Saturday than you are on Monday.

Most deadly times of day to drive:

1. 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
3. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
5. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Least deadly times of day to drive:

1. 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.
2. 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
3. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
4. 3 a.m. to 4 a.m.
5. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Noteworthy finding: There is a 52% drop in fatalities from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. and between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Most deadly Interstate highways:

1. I-95, Florida
2. I-76, New Jersey
3. I-4, Florida
4. I-15, California
5. I-10, California

Most deadly atmospheric conditions:
1. Rain
2. Snow/Blowing snow
3. Fog, smog, smoke
4. Sleet/hail
5. Crosswinds
Over half of all fatal crashes in 2008 took place in rural areas.
60% of fatal crashes were one-car accidents.

In 2008 74.5% of all fatal accidents occurred on two-lane roads. Check on fatalities along roads you drive with SafeRoadMaps.org’s marvelous new interactive map to crash data.

Fatal car accidents are down 15% from the peak in 2005, while fatal motorcycle accidents are up by 13% in the same time period.

For more wild facts about fatal accidents, go to plaintruth.com.

A year on Venus takes 225 Earth days.

June 28th, 2010. Tags: , , , , , .

Venus rotates VERY slowly. Each day on Venus takes 243 Earth days. A year on Venus takes 224.7 Earth days. It takes 224.7 Earth days for Venus to orbit the sun once. The same side of Venus always faces Earth when the Earth and Venus are closest together.

For more wild facts about Venus, go to enchantedlearning.com.