Olympics Venues

September 24, 2008

Which nations have hosted the most Olympics games? The USA has hosted four Summer Games and four Winter games. Second highest is France, with three Winter Games and two Summer games. A total of 12 nations have hosted at least two Games, and Russia will become the 13th when they host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Here’s a table of nations that have hosted at least two Games.

Nation Total Summer Winter
USA 8 4 4
France 5 2 3
Germany 3 2 1
Italy 3 1 2
Japan 3 1 2
United Kingdom 2 2* 0
Canada 2 1 1**
Australia 2 2 0
Austria 2 0 2
Greece 2 2 0
Norway 2 0 2
Switzerland 2 0 2

*The United Kingdom is hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
**Canada is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Summer Venues and Winter Venues can be found on the iWeblists website.

Presidential Election “Firsts”

September 9, 2008

Of course everyone knows that Barak Obama is the first African American Presidential nominee from a major party, and that Sarah Palin is the first female Vice Presidential nominee from the Republican party.

There are some other interesting facts. While not firsts, they haven’t happened in a long time. For example, this is the first election since 1952 that the existing President or Vice President wasn’t running for election. In 1952, Eisenhower ran against Stevenson. During that election, Truman was President and Alben Barkley was Vice President. Since then, the existing President or Vice President was always a nominee. Here are more details about Presidential Tickets.

Another “recent first” is that the last time a current Senator was elected President – which will almost surely happen in 2008 – was back in 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected President.

Since 1900, the Democratic Party has won 12 Presidential Elections and the Republican Party has won 15.

Energy – U.S. Electricity Production

September 1, 2008

I often hear the belief that U.S. electricity production is dependent on foreign oil. In fact, oil currently produces only 1.6% percent of U.S electricity, as can be seen on the U.S. Government’s Energy Information Administration web site.

As the site shows, coal accounts for 49% of electricity production. Of course coal power plants, in their present form, produce an enormous amount of carbon dioxide, and are therefore a big contributor to global warming.

On the other hand, if the concern is freeing the U.S. from dependency on foreign oil, substituting electricity for oil will help. So electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-powered cars would all help to wean us from foreign oil.

Here are some worldwide energy facts involving production and consumption of oil and natural gas.