Fun Facts

It’s been a while, but here is your latest batch of ‘fun’ facts:

Even though Russia has the world’s largest reserves of natural gas, a third of the country’s households are not connected to gas pipelines.
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36170117

America now has nearly 5 PR people for every reporter, double the rate from a decade ago.
http://muckrack.com/daily/2016/04/14/america-now-has-nearly-5-pr-people-for-every-reporter-double-the-rate-from-a-decade-ago/

In 2006, 49% of pregnancies were unintended.
http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/

GPS devices sold in USA stop working if they reach an altitude of 60,000 feet or a speed of 515 m/s to prevent them from being used as missile guides.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System#Restrictions_on_civilian_use

America’s student-loan debt grows $2,726 every second.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/every-second-americans-get-buried-under-another-3055-in-student-loan-debt-2015-06-10

The Eiffel tower weighs less than the cylindrical column of air that it sits in.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-eiffel-tower-isnt-very-heavy.html

In its first three decades, the Soviet Union urbanized at about the same rate as China since 1978.
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/05/soviet-union-fact-of-the-day.html

Nearly one in six young men (between the ages of 18-34) in the U.S. were either jobless or incarcerated in 2014.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/09/cbo-nearly-1-6-young-men-u-s-jobless-incarcerated/

American toddlers have shot 23 people this year.
http://boingboing.net/2016/05/09/american-toddlers-have-shot-23.html

Netflix cuts out over 6 days of commercials from your life per year, compared to cable TV.
http://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-subscribers-save-160-hours-of-commercials-compared-to-cable-2016-5

In April, commercial bankruptcies were up 32 percent on a year over year basis, and Chapter 11 filings were up 67 percent on a year over year basis.
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/11-signs-that-the-u-s-economy-is-rapidly-deteriorating-even-as-the-stock-market-soars

If 10% of US Smokers Quit, $63 Billion Would be Saved in the US Alone.
http://sciencenewsjournal.com/10-smokers-quit-63-billion-saved/

Beyoncé “Empower Women” clothing range is made by ‘sweat shop labourers on £4.30 a day’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/15/beyonc-clothing-range-is-made-by-sweat-shop-labourers-on-430-a-d/

When Michael Foot was put in charge of a nuclear disarmament committee, The Times reportedly announced the news with the headline “Foot Heads Arms Body.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Foot#Resignation

The American Native American population has recently approached the pre-Columbian population.
http://www.samuelwbennett.com/native-and-white-american-population-past-to-present/

1/3 of All Cash is Owned by 5 US Tech Companies
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/05/20/third-cash-owned-5-us-companies/84640704/

The Chinese government fabricates nearly 490 million social media posts every year.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36343744

The cost of “Prometheus” movie budget would be enough to keep the search for real extraterrestrial life going for 52 years.
https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4ke0xq/til_that_the_cost_of_prometheus_movie_budget/

The largest private landowners in the USA own more land than some states
http://i.imgur.com/lYgqLan.png

Depression, anxiety and aggression are found in 20% of Russian teenagers; the Western average is no higher than 5%. Suicidal thoughts come into the minds of 45% of Russian girls and 27% of young men.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36379815

In the 1990s murder coverage increased more than 500 percent in the U.S. — even as homicide rates dropped more than 40 percent.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/whats-working-all-the-news_b_6603924.html?section=india

The number of cars registered in the U.S. doubled between 1914 and 1916, reaching 3.4 million (compared to 188 million in 2014).
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/20/this-1916-guide-shows-what-the-first-road-trips-were-like/

An estimated 900 Jehovah’s Witness followers die every year as a result of refusing blood transfusions.
http://www.krev.info/library/pocetumrti.pdf

Even if all non-violent drug offenders were released from federal and state prisons, the United States would still have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/releasing-drug-offenders-wont-end-mass-incarceration/

More than 28,000 people have disappeared in Mexico in the decade since the country began its war on drugs
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/28000-People-Missing-in-Mexico-in-the-last-Decade-Report-20160702-0018.html

The average American woman now weighs as much as the average 1960s man.

The average American is 33 pounds heavier than the average Frenchman, 40 pounds heavier than the average Japanese citizen, and a whopping 70 pounds heavier than the average citizen of Bangladesh.

Together, the world’s adult human beings added up to 287 million tons of biomass in 2005. If every country had the same weight distribution as the U.S., the world would be 58 million tons fatter, an increase of 20 percent.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/06/12/look-at-how-much-weight-weve-gained-since-the-1960s/

The latest federal count, conducted in January 2015, placed the number of homeless people in the US at 564,708. That’s almost as many people who live in the entire state of Wyoming.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/09/homelessness-us-election-2016-san-francisco-voting

70 percent of all Indian motel owners — or a third of all motel owners in America — are named Patel
www.nytimes.com/1999/07/04/magazine/a-patel-motel-cartel.html?pagewanted=all

We would only need 0.7 earths if every country used resources like India. We would need 5.4 if everyone lived like Australia.
http://qz.com/753603/as-of-today-we-have-used-up-all-the-earths-resources-for-2016/

Though the Empire State Building is less than half the height of the Burj Kalifa, it weighs two-thirds as much.
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160808-will-the-skyscrapers-outlast-the-pyramids

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