## Statistics Trivia

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Although Japan and Zimbabwe have almost the same land area, it would take the population of 11.5 Zimbabwes to equal the population of one Japan.

Although people tend to think that having themselves photographed or filmed immortalizes them in some way, most estimates say that over 50% of the movies made before 1950 have not survived to this day. About 25% of movies made in the 1920s and less than 15% of films made from 1910 to 1920 have survived.

Although the official language of India is Hindi, there are 14 regional languages that are officially recognized for conducting national affairs. In addition, there are approximately 170 other languages and over 500 dialects. Of the Indian population of over 548 million, only about 134 million understand Hindi.

Although the United States has just 5 percent of the world's population, it has most of the world's lawyers at 70 percent. The American Bar Association has estimated that by 2000, the United States will have one million lawyers.

American teenagers bet as much as \$1 billion a year, and about 7 percent of adolescents under 18 may be addicted to gambling, studies show.

Americans buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year.

A recent survey reveals that one in four Americans "believe in" astrology, up from 18 percent in 1988. One third (33 percent) of those in the 18- to 29-year-old bracket believe, to some extent, that horoscopes and the stars influence and predict events in their lives. Only 18 percent of those 60 years or older put much credence in astrology.

A report issued by the International Labor Organization in 1996 said Asia has the greatest number of children working, at 45 million. Africa is second, with 24 million.

A scientist at Michigan State University has calculated that the production of a single hen egg requires about 120 gallons of water, a loaf of bread requires 300 gallons, and a pound of beef, 3,500 gallons.

A sizable oak tree, during the typical growing season, gives off 28,000 gallons of moisture.

A stack of \$1 dollar bills one-mile high would be worth more than \$14 million dollars.

A study by researcher Frank Hu and the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who snore are at an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

A study of New York marathoners a few years ago found that their divorce rate – male and female – was twice the national average. Persons that engage in solitary endurance sports are the ones most likely to be compulsive exercisers – for example, joggers, long-distance swimmers, weight-lifters, and cross-country skiers. Occasionally, devotees of these activities set unrealistic, ambitious goals and then drive themselves mercilessly to reach them.

A survey revealed that 87 percent of snowmobilers in Maine are males. Snowmobiling added \$226 million to the state's economy in 1996.

A ten-gallon hat holds 3/4 gallon or 3 quarts.

A typical lightning bolt is only two to four inches wide, but two miles long.

Americans consume about 138 billion cups of coffee a year.

Americans pay over \$30,000 in federal, state and local taxes every second.

Americans produce an average of four pounds of garbage per person each day.

Americans spend about four times as much each year on pet food than on baby food.