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%.
https://www.treehugger.com/the-world-s-richest-10-emit-up-to-43-of-the-carbon-5070110

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

US adults will spend approximately 44 years of their life staring at screens.
https://nypost.com/2020/06/03/average-american-destroys-their-vision-by-staring-at-screens-for-this-many-hours-a-year/

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.
https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14413-continuing-education-materials-toxicity

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Akm7ik-H_7U&feature=youtu.be

Minimum wage workers cannot afford rent in any U.S. state
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/14/minimum-wage-workers-cannot-afford-rent-in-any-us-state.html

Cities have existed during a mere 3% of the estimated 300,000-year existence of our species.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02070-5

Pre-ground coffee contains ground-up cockroaches.
https://www.treehugger.com/are-there-ground-up-cockroaches-in-your-coffee-4868650#:~:text=This%20happens%20with%20coffee%20because,the%2034%2Dminute%20mark

About 13% of people tell 10 lies per day.
https://psychnewsdaily.com/about-13-percent-of-people-are-pathological-liars/

Up to the late 1950s, investors earned more income from stocks than bonds.
https://theirrelevantinvestor.com/2020/07/22/the-light-of-history/

Earth has a surprisingly small amount of water compared to other planets in the solar system.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2020/07/water-in-solar-system.html

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.
https://www.drillednews.com/post/as-climate-change-burns-arizona-state-has-more-inmate-firefighters-than-employees

Apple now has $193.82 billion cash on hand. Or about $25 per person on the planet.
https://twitter.com/TheStalwart/status/1288946070488317959

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.
https://twitter.com/lisaabramowicz1/status/1288404914385952768

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.
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200804-flash-gordon-an-erotic-sci-fi-extravaganza

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.
https://sciencenotes.org/elements-in-the-human-body-and-what-they-do/

In Europe, 1 in 8 deaths are linked to pollution.
https://www.dw.com/en/in-europe-1-in-8-deaths-linked-to-pollution-report/a-54847902

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.
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/covid-19-end-of-american-era-wade-davis-1038206/

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.
https://www.rt.com/usa/497650-americans-give-up-citizenship-record/

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.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/aiop-dco080620.php

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.
https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

CEO compensation surged 14% in 2019 to $21.3 million: CEOs now earn 320 times as much as a typical worker
https://www.epi.org/publication/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.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37286520

US Tech Stocks Are Now Worth More Than the Entire European Stock Market
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/28/us-tech-stocks-are-now-worth-more-than-the-entire-european-stock-market.html

One in four young adults say they’ve seriously contemplated suicide in last 30 days.
https://theintercept.com/2020/08/28/the-social-fabric-of-the-u-s-is-fraying-severely-if-not-unravelling/

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.
https://twitter.com/freedlander/status/1301634865226547200

Human activity has wiped out about two-thirds of the global wildlife population in just over four decades.
https://www.treehugger.com/world-s-wildlife-population-fell-by-68-in-less-than-50-years-5077561

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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping#Classification

Fun Facts

It’s time for a summer edition of fun facts!

The highest paid athlete of all time was a Roman charioteer; if he had lived today he would have been worth $15 billion.
https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/01/18/the-highest-paid-athlete-of-all-time-was-a-roman-charioteer-if-he-had-lived-today-he-would-have-been-worth-15-billion/

Air pollution is responsible for shortening people’s lives worldwide on a scale far greater than wars and other forms of violence, parasitic and vector-born diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and smoking.
https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/The-world-faces-an-air-pollution-pandemic

California loses up to $1 billion in crops each year because of air pollution.
https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/16/21181725/air-pollution-california-crops-agriculture-1-billion

By 2010, 43,600 jobs had been lost or displaced in Michigan – and about 700,000 in the United States – due to the rise in the trade deficit with Mexico alone since NAFTA was enacted in 1994.
https://www.citizen.org/article/michigan-job-loss-during-the-nafta-wto-period/

Distribution of Household Wealth in the U.S. since 1989 (Federal Reserve)

As of December 2016, more than 129 million Americans have only one option for broadband internet service in their area – equating to about 40 percent of the country.
https://sites.psu.edu/netneutrality/2018/02/28/the-internet-monopoly/

The average consumer throws away 60 percent of clothing within a year of purchase.
https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-fashion/we-throw-away-far-too-much-clothing.html

TIL there are more payday loan stores in the US than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s.
https://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/page1-econ/2019/04/10/fast-cash-and-payday-loans

‘Idiot’ once specifically referred to somebody with the mental age of a 2 year old. ‘Imbecile’ referred to somebody with the mental age of a 3 to 7 year old, and ‘Moron’ referred to somebody with the mental age of a 7 to10 year old.
https://eugenicsarchive.ca/discover/tree/53480acd132156674b0002c3

If cows were a country, they would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.

Three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic.

There are fewer American farmers today than there were during the Civil War, despite America’s population being nearly 11 times greater.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/opinion/coronavirus-meat-vegetarianism.html

5 Companies own 80% of all stock in S&P 500 listed companies.
https://www.reddit.com/r/LateStageImperialism/comments/cbftd4/monopoly_the_deathknell_of_capitalism/

France’s longest border is with Brazil.
https://www.indexmundi.com/france/land_boundaries.html

Rudolph Hass, the man who grew and patented the original Hass avocado tree, didn’t make very much money despite its success as most people bought one single tree and then grew vast orchards from cuttings. He only made $5000 from his patent, and remained a postman his entire life.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hass_avocado#History

The largest ancient pyramid in the world is buried inside a mountain in modern-day Mexico underneath a church.
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160812-the-giant-pyramid-hidden-inside-a-mountain

There is an inverse correlation between the amount of money spent on a wedding, and how long the marriage lasts. The more people spend on the ceremony, the more likely the couple will get divorced.
https://www.insider.com/study-couples-who-spend-more-on-weddings-more-likely-to-get-divorced-2018-7

As of 2018, there are 6 PR people for every journalist. Much of the change is attributed the 45% loss of newspaper employees from 2008 to 2017. Additionally the current median income of PR professions is $61,150 in comparison to journalists $46,270.
https://muckrack.com/blog/2018/09/06/there-are-now-more-than-6-pr-pros-for-every-journalist

Brazil has nearly 60,000 murders a year, more than the US, Canada, Australia, all of Europe, China, and many Asian countries combined.
metrocosm.com/homicides-brazil-vs-world/