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  • 1. Some Pondering Facts…
  • 2. 1 in every 3,400 people in the US is an Elvis impersonator. Ref: Prospect (UK).
  • 3. 1 in every 32 people in America is in prison. Ref: Daily Times (Pakistan).
  • 4. According to the General Social Survey (US) there has been a 300% increase in the number of Americans that have absolutely nobody to talk to about their problems. Ref: American Sociological Review (US).
  • 5. By the year 2025 people aged over 60 will outnumber those aged under 25 in the UK. Ref: Daily Telegraph (UK).
  • 6. Between 2001 and 2005, China accounted for 50% of all global economic growth . Ref: The Sunday Times (UK).
  • 7. 90% of men that have walked on the moon were once Boy Scouts. Ref: Prospect (UK).
  • 8. Sharks kill around 10 people each year. Falling coconuts kill roughly 150. Ref: George Burgess, University of Florida (US).
  • 9. According to an Australian survey, 63% of people feel that they are overloaded with information and 40% have difficulty remembering more than 3 phone numbers. Ref: Daily Telegraph (Aus).
  • 10. There are 500,000 semi-automatic machine guns in private hands in Switzerland. Ref: Prospect (UK).
  • 11. 31% of teenagers in America think they’ll be famous some day. Ref: Psychology Today (US).
  • 12. A survey in the UK says that 63% of girls aged 15-19 think that being a glamour model is the ideal profession. Ref: Sydney Morning Herald (Aus).
  • 13. In the mid 1950s 9% of adults were single in the US. The figure is now 44% Ref: Innovation Watch (US).
  • 14. In 1998 there were roughly 12 pro-terrorism websites worldwide. Last year there were roughly 4,700. Ref: Harpers (US).
  • 15. Australians spend more than 3 hours every day watching television but only 12 minutes talking to their partner. Ref: Sydney Morning Herald (AUS).
  • 16. There are almost as many Chinese learning English in China as there are people who can speak English living in the US, UK and Canada combined. Ref: Financial Times (UK).
  • 17. 92% of teenage girls in the UK are unhappy with their bodies and teenagers living in urban areas are the least happy according to a study by University College London. In London only 6% of teenage girls are happy with their body compared with 14% in Yorkshire. Ref: Bliss (UK).
  • 18. In China there are more households that own a DVD player than have running hot water. Ref: The Guardian (UK).
  • 19. To make a cotton T-Shirt requires 27,000 litres of water. Ref: The Guardian (UK).
  • 20. 90% of all scientists and engineers with PhDs will live in Asia by 2010. Ref: Purdue University (US).
  • 21. In 2008 an average PC was 32,000 times more powerful and 12 times less expensive than an average PC in 1981. Ref: A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali
  • 22. 10% of people in the US say that they would be happy to have an internet access device planted directly inside their brain. Ref: Harper’s (US).
  • 23. There are currently 1.5 billion devices (approximately) connected to the Internet. By 2012 there are expected to be 14 billion. Ref: Forrester Research (US).
  • 24. It’s estimated that in the US 16 million barrels of oil are used every year to produce bottled water containers. Ref: Harper’s (US).
  • 25. China has 21% of the world’s population but only 1.8% of the world’s oil supply. Ref: Eurasia Group (US).
  • 26. A typical avatar in Second Life consumes the same amount of electricity each year as an average Brazilian in real life. Ref: Rough Type (US).
  • 27. 630 million people live within 10km (6 miles) of the sea worldwide. Ref: Economist (UK).
  • 28. 5% of waste generated worldwide is electrical goods. Ref: Sunday Times (UK).
  • 29. Of the 120,000 blogs created daily, 50% are about the same subject - the writer. Ref: Esquire (US).
  • 30. All South Korean police stations now have cyber crime units to deal with online violence and bullying. Ref: BBC (UK).
  • 31. Five of the top ten best-selling novels sold in Japan during 2007 started life as cell-phone stories (i.e. digital downloads to mobile phones). Ref: South China Morning Post (China).
  • 32. 52% of Korean infants aged 3-5 regularly use the Internet, spending on average 4 hours every week online. Ref: Korean Herald (Korea).
  • 33. Almost 80% of 16-18 year olds in the US cannot name the 4 largest TV networks in the US (NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox). Ref: CNN (US).
  • 34. In 2008 the average American spent more on lottery tickets than books. Ref: Iconoculture (US).
  • 35. The Web uses 5% of global electricity. Ref: Kevin Kelly.
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