Fun Facts

It’s the final edition of fun facts!

The world’s top 10% of income earners are responsible for between 25 and 43% of environmental impact. In contrast, the world’s bottom 10% income earners exert only around 3–5% of environmental impact.

The wealthiest 0.54%, about 40 million people, are responsible for 14% of lifestyle-related greenhouse gas emissions, while the bottom 50% of income earners, almost 4 billion people, only emit around 10%.

The Labor Day Graph That Says It All (David Sirota)

US adults will spend approximately 44 years of their life staring at screens.

Less than 20 percent of human disease is genetically determined; the rest is triggered by the environment we live in.

An infant in its first year consumes two and a half times as many calories, drinks five times as much water, and breathes three times as much air per pound of body weight as an adult. Neurologically, 90 percent of lifetime development occurs by age 4.

There are eight parking lots for every car, covering 30 percent of our cities and collectively taking up as much space as the state of West Virginia.

Minimum wage workers cannot afford rent in any U.S. state

Cities have existed during a mere 3% of the estimated 300,000-year existence of our species.

Pre-ground coffee contains ground-up cockroaches.,the%2034%2Dminute%20mark

About 13% of people tell 10 lies per day.

Up to the late 1950s, investors earned more income from stocks than bonds.

Earth has a surprisingly small amount of water compared to other planets in the solar system.

Pandemic exploited to further transfer wealth from the poor to the rich from ABoringDystopia

Despite the rising climate change-fueled wildfire risks, Arizona spends far more on its prisons and law enforcement apparatus than it does on direct costs of firefighting.

Apple now has $193.82 billion cash on hand. Or about $25 per person on the planet.

Five of the largest US tech companies – Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, and Microsoft – have market valuations equivalent to about 30% of nation’s GDP, almost double what they were at the end of 2018.

Flash Gordon was only created because King Features couldn’t get the rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars. Years later, George Lucas would write and direct Star Wars only because he couldn’t get the filming rights to Flash Gordon. John Carter of Mars was eventually made into a feature film years later, which was one of the biggest Box Office flops ever.

The average human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads.

In Europe, 1 in 8 deaths are linked to pollution.

By June of 2019, guns in the hands of ordinary Americans had caused more casualties than the Allies suffered in Normandy in the first month of a campaign that consumed the military strength of five nations.

The number of Americans who gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020 was more than double the figure for all of 2019, in which a mere 2,072 citizens cut ties to the US. The recent wave of renunciations has made the first quarter of 2020 the highest on record, with 2020’s second quarter taking the number-two spot.

Using current data storage densities, the number of bits produced per year and the size of a bit compared to the size of an atom, at a rate of 50% annual growth, the number of bits would equal the number of atoms on Earth in approximately 150 years.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

CEO compensation surged 14% in 2019 to $21.3 million: CEOs now earn 320 times as much as a typical worker

Laos is the most heavily bombed nation in history, with the US secretly dropping an average of 8 bombs a minute for 9 years during the Vietnam war.

US Tech Stocks Are Now Worth More Than the Entire European Stock Market

One in four young adults say they’ve seriously contemplated suicide in last 30 days.

Active shooter drills in schools have become a $2.7 billion industry, and new research shows they have almost no value in keeping kids safe and are responsible for an increase in mental health problems for kids, especially younger ones.

Human activity has wiped out about two-thirds of the global wildlife population in just over four decades.

Jumps are classified by what kind of foot transfer happens. You hop on one foot, you leap from one foot to the other. Jumping is two feet to two feet. Assemble is jumping from two feet but landing on one, and Sissonne is jumping from one foot and landing on two.

6 thoughts on “Fun Facts

  1. First time poster here. I really have enjoyed reading the content of your current and old hipcrime blog.

    “Less than 20 percent of human disease is genetically determined; the rest is triggered by the environment we live in.”

    I think you forgot to list the source. I am really interested in this. Could you please add it.

    In addition, please keep on writing. I have learned a lot from reading your blog.

  2. Thanks for the clarification. The article was really interesting. I have my own experience with harmful building material. I live in Germany. The university, where I studied, was built in the 1960s with a prefabricated construction method (in German “Plattenbauweise”). They used a lot of Asbestos and chlorinated diphenyls (PCB) for the construction. I do not want to know how the health of the University personell was influenced by these harmful materials. During my time as a PhD student, they at least did a lot of renovation of the buildings to remove the Asbestos. I am not sure about the PCB. The University did at least measurements to determine the amount of PCB traces in the air. I remember that our meeting room was especially contaminated being eight times higher than what was considered safe for a pregnant woman.

    1. Also related to the theme of self-induced illnesses: my wife struggled a long time with hay fewer. One year ago, we have moved from a larger city in Germany (around 350000 residents) to a more rural area (city has around 20000 residents) located right next to a famous low mountain range (the Harz). This summer, her allergic reaction was more or less non-existant. This makes me wonder, if these allergic reactions are triggered by plant pollen that are contaminated with man made pollution, but this is pure speculation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.