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The Page That Counts: Spring 2011

Facts that tell a story… Amount of real money Jon Jacobs received for virtual online real estate: $635,000. Average price of a home in the U.S.: $170,600.
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Animation by Alex Clark.

Virtual property photo by Sitearm Madonna

Photo by Sitearm Madonna

 Amount of real money Jon Jacobs received in November 2010 for virtual real estate in the online Entropia Universe: $635,000 [1]

The average price of a home in the United States in November 2010: $170,600 [2]

Distance in inches you must keep an iPhone from your body to ensure the amount of radio frequency energy is below FCC exposure guidelines: 5/8 [3]

Talking on cell phone photo by Christopher

Photo by Christopher

Percentage increase in the likelihood of brain tumor on the side of the head preferred for cell phone use in people who have used cell phones for at least 10 years: 200 [4]

Percentage of cell phone owners ages 18 to 29 who have used their phone to look up health or medical information: 29 [5]

Number of beer bottles used to construct the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Buddhist temple in Thailand: 1,000,000 [6]

Women leaders photo by Afghan Kabul

Photo by Afghan Kabul

Of the eight most highly ranked leadership qualities, number of qualities survey respondents listed as truer of women: 5 [7]

Number of qualities respondents said were truer of men: 1

Percentage of respondents who said women make better leaders than men: 6

Percentage of respondents who said men make better leaders than women: 21

Afghanistan map photo by Elice Feliz

Photo by Elyce Feliz

Number of U.S. private military contractors who died in war zones during the first six months of 2010: 250  [8]

Number of U.S. soldiers who died in war zones during the first six months of 2010: 235

Average weight in grams of a male bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), the smallest known bird: 1.95 [9]

Weight in grams of a dime: 2.268 [10]

Skyscraper photo by BW Jones

Photo by BW Jones

Percentage of voters who think the current regulations controlling the influence of large corporations on legislation are working well: 5

Percentage of voters who support the passage of a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case: 79 [11]

Average number of ingredients found in fragrance products that were not listed on the label: 14 [12]

Percentage of those chemicals that have not been tested for safety: 66

Percentage of all Americans who say they are satisfied with the school system: 45 [13]

Farmer photo courtesy of America Backroom

Percentage of American parents who grade their own child’s school with an “A” or a “B”: 76

Percentage of farmers in the United States who did not collect subsidy payments in 2007: 62 [14]

Percentage of subsidies collected by ten percent of farms from 1995-2009: 74

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Money photo by Steve Wampler
Winter 2010

Number of billionaires in the world: 1,011; Percentage of billionaires living in the U.S.: 40; Number of U.S. billionaires and near-billionaires pledging at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity: 40


parisienne carrots photo by Susy Morris

Fall 2010

Total jobs worldwide in the renewable energy sector in 2008: 2.3 million; Total number of Wal-Mart employees worldwide: 2.1 million ...



1. Jon Jacobs, from

2. Price of a home, from the Wall Street Journal.

3. iPhone, from Apple.

4. Brain tumor, from Science Direct.

5. Health information from PEW Research.

6. Beer bottles, from Reuters.

7. Leadership survey from PEW Research.

8. Contractor deaths, from ProPublica.

9. Hummingbird: Guinness Book of World Records 2010

10.  Dime, from the U.S. Mint.

11. Citizens United, from Free Speech for People.

12. Chemicals, from the Environmental Working Group.

13. Schools, from Gallup.

14 Farm subsidies, from the Environmental Working Group.


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