The Page That Counts :: Summer 2002

Cost of 7.9 liters of oxygen: $29
Value of a 50-year-old red cedar's oxygen output per year: $3 million
Value of a 50-year-old red cedar for timber: $2,700 1
Number of women out of 4,341 top corporate executives in the United States: 171 2 Percentage of top female executives in corporate America who have children: 22 Percentage of top male executives who have children: 70 3
Number of hot dogs eaten annually at US major league baseball games: 26,500,000 Number of hot dogs that Americans will eat during the fourth of July weekend: 155,000,000
That Americans eat annually: 20,000,000,000 (about 69 per person) 4
Approximate population worldwide: 6 billion
Years it would take to reduce the population to one billion through a one-child-per-family plan: 100 5
Number of computers that become obsolete each year in the US: 14-20 million Equivalent amount of gold ore and waste needed to match the gold extracted from US electronic scrap in 1998: 2 million metric tons
Estimated value of precious metal recovered from US electronic scrap in 1998: $3,600,000 6
Number of eyes per worker honeybee: 3 simple and 2 compound
Number of lenses in a bee's compound eye: 6,900
Focal range for a bee: 1-1/2 feet 7
Percent increase from 1990-2000 in the average American worker's wages: 37
In corporate profits: 114
In the S&P 500: 300
In CEO pay (salary, bonuses, cashed-in stock options, long-term compensation, and perks): 571 8
US aid to Israel in 2001: $3,200 million
US annual aid to Egypt: $2,000 million
To the Palestinian Authority: $100 million 9
Percent of US budget that goes to foreign aid: 1
Rank of US in aid giving as percent of GNP among top 21 developed nations: 21 10 Letters in the longest one-syllable English words: 9 (screeched, scratched, scrounged, etc.)
In the longest English word containing no letter more than once: 15 (uncopyrightable)
In the longest word currently listed in Oxford dictionaries: 45 (pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis) 11

1. Kooragang Wetlands Rehabilitation Project, (AUS$1=US$0.54)  2. Too Much, Vol. 7, No.2, Fall 2001, p11, citing Business Week 3. Business Week Online, 4. National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, 5. BC Naturalist, Spring 2001, p7  6. US Geological Survey, factsheet/fs060-01 7. and 8. United for a Fair Economy, 9. Washington Report on Mideast Affairs, 010201/0101015.html10. “The US should be more generous,” by Kevin Danaher and Jason Mink, Progressive Media Project, 3/19/02, http://  Also Washington Post, 2/12/02, “US urged to double overseas aid,” by Peter Slevin, pA06 11.
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