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Percentage by which the average American household's stock portfolio underperforms the market: 1.44 (1)

Percentage by which portfolios of corporate insiders outperform the market, on average: about 5

Percentage by which stock portfolios of U.S. Senators outperform the market: 12 (2)

 

Number of theatres in which the third movie in the Left Behind series was shown on opening night: 0

Number of churches in which it was shown: 3,200

Number of churches in 1981 that attracted more than 2,000 people per week: less than 50

Number today: more than 1,200 (3)

 

Percentage by which people with “above average” looks earn more money than average: 5

Percentage by which people with “below average” looks earn less money than average: 9 (4)

 

Height of the average American male: 5'9”

Height of the average Fortune 500 corporate CEO: 6'

Percentage of Fortune 500 CEOs 6'2” or taller: 30

Percentage of all American men 6'2” or taller: 3.9 (5)

 

Percentage increase in worker productivity in the non-farm business sector in the third quarter of 2005: 4.7

Percentage decrease in real hourly compensation for the same workers: 1.4 (6)

 

Projected total cost of the Iraq war, according to a January 2006 study: about $2 trillion

Pre-war cost estimate, which was rejected at the time by a White House economic advisor as being “very, very high”: $200 billion (7)

 

Number of states in which there is only one facility that provides abortions: 3

Number of doctors residing in South Dakota who perform abortions: 0

Number of days per week when women can receive abortions at South Dakota's lone abortion facility: 1 (8)

 

Amount for which competitors in the Visit Scotland Adventure Triathlon were insured against an attack by the Loch Ness Monster: £1 million (9)

 

Number of hybrid taxis introduced to New York City's taxi fleet in November 2005: 6

Total number of taxis in the New York fleet: about 13,000

Number of years in which New York officials hope to have converted the city's entire fleet: 5 (10)

 

Number of federal economic and tax benefits and protections afforded to legally married couples that are not available to same-sex or other “unorthodox” couples: 1,138 (11)

 

Percentage of U.S. adolescents ages 10-14 who have tried smoking: 10

Percentage of that group who did so because they saw smoking in movies: 38 (12)

 

Number of US subscribers to broadband internet access in 1995: 0

Number in 2003: 25.1 million

Number worldwide in 1995: 0

Number in 2003: 91.1 million (13)

 

Percentage of Americans in 1996 who accessed the internet for news and political information: 20 (14)

Percentage of Americans in 2004 who did so: 51 (15)

 

Amount of a grant awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to the State of Kentucky to keep terrorists from using Bingo and other forms of “charitable gaming” to raise money: 36,300 (16)

 

(1)Source: Brad M. Barber and Terrance Odean, “Trading Is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors,” The Journal of Finance, April 2000.
(2)Source: Ziobrowsi et al, “Abnormal Returns from the Common Stock Investments of the United States Senate,” as reported in “Senators' Stocks Beat the Market by 12 Percent,” The New York Times, February 24, 2004.
(3)Source: “Coming Soon to a Church Near You,” The Washington Post, October 21, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/20/AR2005102002186_pf.html
(4)Source: Biddle, Jeff E. and Hamermesh, Daniel S. “Beauty, Productivity, and Discrimination: Lawyers' Looks and Lucre.” Journal of Labor Economics, January 1998, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 172-201.
(5)Source: Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2005.
(6)Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Productivity and Costs, Third Quarter 2005, Revised,” December 6, 2005, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/prod2.nr0.htm
(7)Source: “War Costs Could Top $2 Trillion,” Reuters, January 10, 2005, http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=fundLaunches&storyID=2006-01-10T012256Z_01_YUE003941_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ-COST.xml)
(8)Source: Evelyn Nieves, “S.D. Makes Abortion Rare Through Laws And Stigma,” The Washington Post, December 27, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/26/AR2005122600747.html
(9)Source: “Athletes insured against Loch Ness monster attack,” Mail & Guardian, July 5 2005, http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=244548&area=/breaking_news/other_news/
(10)Source: “Ford Unveils Mini-fleet of Hybrid NY Taxis,” Reuters, http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/301682/ford_unveils_minifleet_of_hybrid_ny_taxis/
(11)Source: General Accounting Office report, “1,138 Federal Benefits Denied to Same-Sex Couples,” August 17, 2004, http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/GAOBenefits.pdf
(12)Source: “Movies heavily shape teen smoking, study shows,” Reuters, November 7, 2005, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=1287531
(13)Source: International Telecommunications Union (ITU), “World Telecommunications Indicators 2004,” 2004, http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publications/world/world.html
(14)Source: “Caught in the Net: What to Make of User Estimates?” The Public Perspective, June/July 1996
(15)Source: Gallup Organization poll on December 5-8, 2004, as reported by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/Roperweb/pom/StateId/CgVCKuwRLBu-FyjMc3puKP6q0O68s-VlNf/HAHTpage/Summary_Link?qstn_id=1613255)
(16)Source: John Cheves, “Keeping Bingo Halls Safe From Terrorists,” Lexington Herald-Leader, October 24, 2005, http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/12981881.htm

 

 

 

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