Sunday, December 27, 2015

Fun Facts

It's the last fun facts of 2015!

8% of the world’s financial wealth – some $7.6 trillion – is hidden in places like Switzerland, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Singapore, and Luxembourg. That is more wealth than is owned by the poorer half of the world’s 7.4 billion people.
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/tax-havens-costs-of-hidden-wealth-by-j--bradford-delong-and-michael-m--delong-2015-09

Every minute, someone gets arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/09/28/every-minute-someone-gets-arrested-for-marijuana-possession-in-the-u-s/

Alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-americans-alcohol-deaths-20151222-story.html

The average American golf course uses 312,000 gallons of water per day.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91363837?a

The "traditional" engagement ring is not traditional at all. Before World War II, only 10% of proposals involved diamond engagement rings; that number skyrocketed to 80% by 1990.
http://time.com/money/4069874/engagement-rings-diamond-moissanite-alternatives/?xid=tcoshare

Football has roughly 11 minutes of actual play time.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704281204575002852055561406

Plastic played a large role in the war effort, used in everything from military vehicles to radar insulation, which really sparked the industry. Petroleum companies built plants to turn crude oil into plastic...When the war ended, the industry faced a glut,that was cured by creating all kinds of new uses for the material.
http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/26-not-so-fantastic-facts-about-plastic.html

The head of the world chess federation, ...Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: “...is best known for his belief in aliens — he has repeatedly recounted an instance when he was abducted in 1997 by “people in yellow spacesuits”
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2015/11/we-truly-live-in-an-insane-world.html

Almost 2/3 of American Families Couldn't Afford a Single Pill of a Life-Saving Drug.

One in Four Americans Suffer Mental Illness; Mental Health Facilities Cut by 90%.

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/5-depressing-signs-america-just-isnt-country-it-used-be

In 2013 it was estimated that in property terms London's top 10 boroughs were worth more than all of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales combined. London's housing stock is worth as much as Brazil's annual GDP

[London] generates 22% of UK GDP despite accounting for only 12.5% of the UK population.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-248d9ac7-9784-4769-936a-8d3b435857a8

Until about 1400 there were more Christians in Asia than there were in Europe.
http://tankmagazine.com/issue-65/talk/peter-frankopan

71% of Americans surveyed believe the many shootings and other acts of mass violence in we've seen in 2015 are now a permanent part of life in our country.
http://boingboing.net/2015/12/14/poll-71-believe-mass-shootin.html

Suicide is the second-most common cause of death for Americans between 15 and 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Across all ages, it is the 10th-most common cause of death, and caused 1.6 percent of all deaths in 2012...Gun deaths are mostly suicides.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/09/upshot/gun-deaths-are-mostly-suicides.html

Gun shop owners across the US have reported a marked increase in interest in their products over the holidays. In November, the FBI ran more than 2.2m gun background checks, a 24% increase from last year. Gun background checks hit a new record on Black Friday, when 185,345 were processed by the FBI.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/24/gun-sales-christmas-holiday-shopping-industry-boom

93 Of The Poorest 100 Counties In America Are In "Red" States.
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/21/republican-poverty-93-of-the-poorest-100-counties-in-america-are-in-red-states/

Nearly half of America's youth say that the "American Dream" is dead.
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-12-10/nearly-half-of-youth-say-american-dream-is-dead-harvard-poll?platform=hootsuite

98 percent...of reduction of global poverty, calculated using the poverty line $1 per person per day, was due to China...without China, global inequality would have been broadly  constant over the past 25 years, and in effect its 2011 level would have been higher than in 1988. With China, however, global inequality has decreased.
http://glineq.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-ambivalent-role-of-china-in-global_89.html

The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/24/upshot/24up-family.html

United States law bans the trading of futures contracts on onions.In 1955, two onion traders cornered the onion futures market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The resulting regulatory actions led to the passing of the Onion futures Act on August 28, 1958. As of 2015, it remains in effect.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onion_Futures_Act

3 comments:

  1. Fun facts, indeed. I'll admit, I want to buy a .357 mag, you can load any load from "X-Ring rubber bullets" for practice to full on defense loads.

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  2. I love your blog, and the one or two times a week I check it and find new stuff makes me feel soooo good. As I know I'm not alone in watching the collapse.

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    1. Pass the popcorn...It's hard to believe we can go much further down this path, that's for sure.

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