Fun Facts

Vegetarianism is such an old concept that up until 1850, vegetarians were called Pythagorean because the cult of Pythagoras was entirely vegetarian.
https://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/evolution-vegetarianism/

Rio averages 24 shootouts per day. Large hours-long gun battles often don’t even make the headlines.
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/16/brazil-bullets-guns-ammunition-analysis/

A Quarter of the World’s Pigs Died Last Year in China
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/01/links-1-4-2020.html

Indian housewives hold 11% of the world’s gold. This is more than the reserves of USA, IMF, Switzerland, and Germany put together.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n8278

The World’s 500 Richest People Increased Their Wealth by $1.2 Trillion in 2019
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/worlds-500-richest-upped-wealth-by-usd1-2-trillion-in-2019.html

CEOs make more in first week of January than average salary
https://theconversation.com/ceos-make-more-in-first-week-of-january-than-average-salary-pay-ratios-are-the-solution-128950

Meth use is up sixfold, and fentanyl use has quadrupled in U.S. in last 6 years.
https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2020/01/03/Meth-use-up-sixfold-fentanyl-use-quadrupled-in-US-in-last-6-years/1971578072114/

More and more Americans are drinking themselves to death. A new study finds there were around 72,000 alcohol-related deaths among people over the age of 16 in 2017—more than double the number of similar deaths recorded two decades earlier.
https://gizmodo.com/alcohol-is-killing-more-americans-than-ever-1840862638

The number of Americans drinking themselves to death has more than doubled over the last two decades
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-number-of-americans-drinking-themselves-to-death-has-more-than-doubled-2020-01-08?mod=mw_latestnews

The US suicide rate has risen 40% over 17 years, with blue-collar workers at highest risk.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/us-suicide-rates-rise-40percent-over-17-years-with-blue-collar-workers-at-highest-risk-cdc-finds.html

The healthcare industry’s bureaucratic administrative costs set Americans back $812 billion in 2017, or just under $2,500 per person.

34 percent of all U.S. costs related to ‘doctor visits, hospitals, long-term care and health insurance’ essentially came from paperwork.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akwgvz/us-healthcare-industry-creating-an-endless-shitstorm-of-money-grubbing-bureaucracy-and-paperwork-study-finds

An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household’s healthcare costs.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/19/barbaric-8-million-americans-have-been-forced-start-crowdfunding-campaigns-cover

The poorest 20% of Americans spend a third of their income on health care.
https://www.salon.com/test/2020/01/27/among-poorest-20-percent-of-americans-one-third-of-income-goes-to-health-care-study/

1990’s most obese state (Mississippi) had at the time a lower rate of obesity than what the least obese state (Colorado) had by 2010
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/us-obesity-trends-map/

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides, resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the United States between 2001 and 2016.
https://nyulangone.org/news/flame-retardants-pesticides-overtake-heavy-metals-biggest-contributors-iq-loss

The number of drug-associated deaths in 2016 was 2.2 times bigger than previously recorded, adding more than 60,000 deaths onto the currently accepted figure.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3a8bd9/opioid-crisis-death-toll-twice-as-high

New hospital-based data show that homelessness is increasing, despite official estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that state a substantial decrease in homelessness. HUD’s numbers, which are the primary driver of public policy, may be seriously flawed.
https://today.uic.edu/new-hospital-based-data-contradicts-hud-estimates-on-homelessness

The share of job vacancies requiring a bachelor’s degree increased by more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2019, with faster growth in professional occupations and high-wage cities.
https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/01/credentialism-run-amok.html

US drinking water is a “toxic soup” of “forever chemicals.”
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/22/us-drinking-water-is-a-toxic.html

Humanity Has Killed 83% of All Wild Mammals and Half of All Plants.
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/humans-destroyed-83-of-wildlife-report/

In 2019, more Americans went to the library than to the movies.
https://lithub.com/in-2019-more-americans-went-to-the-library-than-to-the-movies-yes-really/

Roughly a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2020/02/americans-who-havent-read-book-in-past.html

America sacrificed 3.7 million jobs as a result of US-China trade deficits since China joined the WTO in 2001, with 3/4 of the losses taking place in manufacturing positions.
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/01/us-loses-nearly-4-million-jobs-to-china-since-wto-entry.html

Wisconsin has lost 818 dairy farms, or 10% of its dairy farms. In the last decade, the state has lost 44% of the farms.
https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/darvin-bentlage-new-u-s–canada-mexico-trade-accord/article_4f4d98f6-a5eb-537b-9451-0d4a41e1406c.html

Thirty percent of student debtors are enrolled in Income-driven repayment plans
https://www.condemnedtodebt.org/2020/02/urban-institute-thirty-percent-of.html

US student debt is larger than the whole economy of Belgium
https://journalistcorner.news/2020/02/21/student-debt-in-the-us-is-1-5trn-what-are-the-democratic-candidates-plans/

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