Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fun Facts

"CEO pay over the last 35 years grew by ONE THOUSAND percent while worker pay increased by...ten. CEO pay also increased at 2x stocks. Nonsensical. Even if CEOs were responsible for 100% of share price gains (no), still hugely overvalued."

A typical worker today is almost 60 percent more productive than a worker was 25 years ago but has seen only half of that productivity growth translate into higher compensation.

Only 15% of 18-29-year-olds believe that America is the "greatest country in the world", according to Pew, down from 27% in 2011.

[T]he CEO of Walmart earns more in an hour than his employees will earn in a year.

Bay Area residents earn less, pay lots more for homes & have fewer jobs vs [the] dot-com boom.

Across the United States, hospital shootings are now a monthly occurrence.

The US Averages One Mass Shooting Per Day in 2015.

Someone's gotten shot in [Rochester, New York] every 32 hours this summer.

Nearly $1 in every $5 spent in the United States by 2024 will be on health care.

No other country [besides the United States] has 14 healthcare professionals in the top 20 of highest paying occupations.

[Five percent] of the US population will be imprisoned at some point.

[B]reathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day.

The top 1% of America owns 50% of investment assets (stocks, bonds, mutual funds). The poorest half of America owns just [0].5% of the investments.The poorest Americans do come out ahead in one statistic: the bottom 90% of America owns 73% of the debt.

More than half of Americans have gone 12 months without a vacation.

In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every [A]merican adult every 4 hours for 1 month.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population & consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs.

The New York metropolis has 12 million fewer people than Tokyo, yet it uses more energy in total: the equivalent of one oil supertanker every 1.5 days

In June China sold $1 billion per day more to the U.S. than it purchased.

Hustling ain't easy: 30% of entrepreneurs are depressed v. 7% of the general population.

...[T]here are five times as many empty homes as there are homeless people.

An estimated 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient, and it is likely that in vitamin A deficient areas a substantial proportion of pregnant women [are] vitamin A deficient.

About 2.3 billion people have been hooked up to reliable water supplies since 1990, but 748 million still live without access. At the same time, water tables are drying up in many places.

In 2013, euthanasia accounted for one of every 28 deaths in the Netherlands.

More people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years...The death toll in truck-involved crashes rose 17 percent from 2009 to 2013.

By the time the first European university was established in Bologna in 1088, Nalanda [University in India] had been providing higher education to thousands of students from Asian countries for more than six hundred years.
[F]or every grain of sand on every beach on Earth, there are 10,000 stars out there.

1 comment:

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