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The Page That Counts :: Spring 1999

Percentage of Fortune 1000 senior executives in a recent Volchok Consulting survey able to explain what a modem is: 23%
Percentage of sixth graders surveyed able to explain what a modem is: 93% 
Percentage of CEOs surveyed who thought the Internet was controlled by Microsoft: 23%
Percentage of sixth graders surveyed who knew that no one owns the Internet: 98%  1
Number of different fruit scents available for the “aromatic bra” – sold by the French company Neyret: 5 2
Number of documents a non-filtered Internet search engine produced for “Dr. Seuss”:  2,653
Number of documents for “Dr. Seuss” produced by Net Shepherd's Family Search engine, which filters out Web sites that are “inappropriate and/or objectionable to the average user families”: 8  3
Pounds of beef the average American consumes per year: 260
Pounds of beef the average Bangladeshi consumes per year: 6.5 4
Number of seconds after the Big Bang when physicists believe the Planck epoch, or beginning
of time, occured: 10-43  5

Number of mentions of homelessness in Washington Post headlines in 1990: 149
Number of mentions of homelessness in Washington Post headlines in 1995: 45
Number of mentions of homelessness in Washington Post headlines in 1998: 17 6
Amount the average 29 year-old, college educated woman will lose during her lifetime because of the wage gap between men and women: $990,000 7

Percentage of employees in a Pepperidge Farm study who felt their productivity and creativity increased after enjoying chocolate chunk cookies and a glass of milk: 88%
Percentage who agreed that the cookies and milk made them feel more relaxed: 84%
Percentage who agreed that the cookies put people they work with in a better mood: 58% 8

Amount of money Microsoft Corporation makes per day: $34 million
Amount of money sub-Saharan Africa pays each day in debt service
(interest and capital repayments): $34 million 9

Year the Animal Damage Control branch of the US Department of Agriculture was established: 1931
Amount the ADC spends in the west per year on lethal predator control: $10 million
Number of coyotes the ADC killed in the west to protect sheep and cattle: 80,000 10

Sources: 1. Rethinking Schools, vol. 12, no. 4, summer 1998. 2. Shepherd, Chuck. “News of the Weird,” Universal Press Syndicate. August 14, 1998. 3. Barbara Miner, Ed. Classroom Crusades: Responding to the Religious Right's Agenda for Public Schools. Milwaukee: Rethinking Schools Ltd., 1998. 4. Annan, Kofi, United Nations Development Report, cited in The New York Times, 27 September 1998. 5.Henderson, Dierdre, “99 Facts on Time,” The Seattle Times, 29 December 1998. 6. The Progressive Review, no. 105, XX MONTH XXXX. 7. AFL-CIO Equal Pay Web site. 8. Dorr Research Corporation Pepperidge Farm Study, cited in AQP In Box, November 1998. 9. “Key Facts and Stats on the Debt Burden,” The Guardian, 12 May 1998. 10. Friederici, Peter, “When Control Means Kill,” Orion Afield, Winter 1998/99.
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