Monday, June 1, 2009


In the United States, a divorce is granted every 13 seconds -- nearly 50% of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce (the U.S. divorce rate is 5 per 1,000 marriages)

Chance that an American lives within 50 miles of where they grew up: 50%

After age 35, the average person loses 7,000 brain cells a day

Length of your nose: Same as your thumb

Number of chemicals added to a typical loaf of bread sold in U.S. grocery stores that are not listed on the label: 27

The number of U.S. college students studying Latin is three times greater than the number who are studying Arabic

40% of guests in your home will peek in your medicine cabinet -- 60% will look behind the shower curtain

42% of Americans read their horoscope daily

7% of Americans do not know the first 5 words of their national anthem ("The Star-Spangled Banner")

California has a higher population than Canada

Number of millionaires in the United States: More than 2 million (most are women)

44% of Americans reuse aluminum foil

54% of Americans identify as Protestant, 22% as Catholic -- 60% of Americans cannot name 5 of the Ten Commandments from the Bible, and 25% cannot name the first book of the Bible

12.3% of Americans surveyed admitted to having smoked marijuana in the past year

The U.S. ranks first among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • rapes (nearly twice the rate per capita than second-ranked South Africa)
  • total crime (nearly four times the rate of second-ranked Germany)
  • education (average years of schooling)
  • oil consumption
  • number of McDonald's restaurants
  • divorce rate
  • Summer Olympic medals

The U.S. ranks second among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • child poverty
  • exports
  • tourist arrivals
  • coal consumption
  • abortions
  • television owners
  • military tanks

The U.S. ranks third among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • executions
  • marijuana use
  • armed forces personnel
  • Catholics
  • Winter Olympic medals

The U.S. ranks last among all industrialized nations in the following categories:
  • commitment to foreign aid (foreign aid has dropped each year since 1976)
  • spending per student in secondary school
  • wine consumption
  • age at first marriage (both men and women)
  • software piracy

Sum of all numbers on a Roulette wheel: 666

In 2008, for car manufacturer General Motors the cost of providing health coverage for its employees exceeded the amount the company spent on steel

Most common languages used on the Internet: English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Finish, Czech, Danish, Russian, Malay

Number of people born both deaf and blind each year in the U.S.: 70,000

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