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The Page That Counts :: Winter 2000

Number of wrongful criminal convictions that occur annually in the US: approximately 10,000

Number of people in the US since 1900 who have been executed and were later found innocent: 20 (1)

 

Number of people in the world who have never made a telephone call: 2 out of 3 (2)

 

Weight of Ford Motors' newest sport utility vehicle, the Excursion: 8,500 lbs.

Miles per gallon the Excursion gets: 12 (3)

 

Percentage of women who line the toilet seat with either paper seat covers

  or toilet paper before using it: 48% (4)

Your chance of being injured by a toilet seat sometime in your life: 1 in 6,500 (5)

 

Percentage of US mothers who prefer to hug or kiss their children to demonstrate affection: 61%

Percentage who prefer to buy them gifts to demonstrate affection: 15% (6)

 

Number of landmines in the world for every 20 children: 1 (7)

 

Number of UK laws that make it illegal to hospitalize a prisoner if it doesn't result in improvement: 1

Number of years convicted murderer and paranoid schizophrenic Noel Ruddle was incarcerated in a mental hospital before being released under this law: 8

Number of prisoners presently serving out their terms in UK mental hospitals who have

mental illnesses similar to Ruddle's: 2,000 (8)

 

Percentage of US couples ages 18–29 who share a toothbrush: 26%

Percentage who share underwear: 13% (9)

 

Number of hours of training baggage screeners at airport security checkpoints receive

before being put to work: 12

Number of Americans who attempt to board a plane with a firearm or explosives per day: at least 8 (10)

 

Number of pounds by which Americans could reduce Santa's snacking by putting

one less cookie on his plate this year: 2 million

Number of Christmas cards sold in the US each year: 2.65 billion

Percent more trash Americans throw away during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than at any other time of the year: 25% (11)

 

Annual cost per US child of the extra packaging on Kellogg's “breakfast in a box” cereals, which include a plastic bowl and spoon: $402.23

Amount of preparation time the extra packaging will save consumers: one second (12)

 

Sources: 1. Rizvi, Haider. “From Cell Block to Hollywood: ‘Hurricane Carter' Calls for Justice Reforms,” American News Service, 16 September 1999. 2. Harper's, cited by InterAction, Washington, DC, 1999. 3. The Center for a New American Dream, “The Good, the Bad, and the Truly Ridiculous,” Enough!, Summer 1999. 4. The Portland Oregonian, cited in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 30 March 1999. 5. Tuttle, Cameron. The Paranoid's Pocket Guide. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1997. 6. Seeds of Simplicity, “Kids and Moms Prefer the Simple Things,” Seeds & Circles, Spring 1999. 7. “Conflict: the Bare Facts,” Earth Focus, No. 8, 1999. 8. Shepherd, Chuck, “News of the Weird,” Universal Press Syndicate, 17 September 1999. 9. The Portland Oregonian, cited in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 30 March 1999. 10. Tuttle, Cameron, The Paranoid's Pocket Guide. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1997. 11. Lilienfeld, Robert, “The ULS Yuletide Party Guide,” Use Less Stuff Report, November/December 1998. 12. The Center for a New American Dream, “The Good, the Bad, and the Truly Ridiculous,” Enough!, Summer 1999.

 

 

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