Thursday, December 6, 2007


Number of Americans without health insurance: 47 million

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought at Breeds Hill (Boston, American Revolutionary War)

Number of birds kept by the "Bird Man of Alcatraz" during his incarceration: 0

There are enough active credit cards in the U.S. for every woman, man and child to have two

Percent of Americans surveyed in 2004 who stated Benjamin Franklin was the first president of the United States: 10% (54% identified George Washington)

According to the World Health Organization, the number of children that die as a direct result of poverty worldwide each year: 11 million (note: the WHO defines "child" as a person 5 years of age or younger)

The top 200 corporations in the world are enjoying sales that are growing at a faster rate than overall global economic activity -- these sales represent 25.7% of the world's economic activity while these same top 200 corporations employ just 0.78% of the global workforce (5% of all the workforce employed within the top 200 corporations are employed by Wal-Mart alone, making it the largest private employer in the world)

Of the top 200 corporations in the world, 41% are American and of these 35% do not pay taxes or actually get rebates from the government in the form of tax breaks and subsidies (Texaco, Pepsi, Chevron, Wal-Mart, Worldcom, and General Motors are examples)

Less than 1% of world debt is owed by the developing nations of the "third world" -- total debt of the 41 poorest nations is $200 billion -- total debt of U.S.: $5,000 billion (France: $750 billion; Belgium: $250 billion; Japan: $2,000 billion; former Eastern Bloc countries: $465 billion)

Non-Chinese corporate logo most recognized by Chinese people in China: KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Of America's 15 top-rated hospitals, 6 have fastfood chains in their lobbies and family/visitor waiting areas

When offered a new pen to write with, 98% of Americans will write their own name

Most likely day of the week to be murdered in the United States.: Saturday, at about 11 p.m. (Friday is the most likely day worldwide, also around 11 p.m. local time)

The two states with the least stringent gun control laws, Maine and Vermont, have the lowest homicide rates in the U.S.

In the U.S. there are about 500 prison inmates per 100,000 residents of the general population, but about 4,600 black male prison inmates per 100,000 black males of the general population (and about 1,800 Latino/Hispanic male inmates and 709 white male inmates)

The 7-Eleven Extreme Gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach

A hardboiled egg will spin, while an uncooked egg will not

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