The Page That Counts :: Summer 2000

Percentage of Americans who would be comfortable buying a used car from George W. Bush: 39%
Percentage of Americans who would be comfortable buying a used car from Al Gore: 34% 1
Number of days a cockroach can live without its head before starving to death: 9 2
Number of acres of US land covered by lawns: 20,000,000
Number of hours of lawn mowing it takes to produce the same amount of emissions as driving a car 50 hours: 1 3
Amount of waste rock removed to make an average pair of wedding bands: 360 cubic feet 4
Amount of money a 238-acre farm nets per acre: $56
Amount of money a 6,709-acre farm nets per acre: $12 5
Amount of support presidential candidate Ralph Nader has received in the new Zogby poll: 5.7%
Amount of support presidential candidate Pat Buchanan has received: 3.6%
Percentage of Americans who identify with a party other than Republican or Democrat: 38%
Number of political parties included by the Commission on Presidential Debates: 2
Amount donated by sponsor Anheuser-Busch to the presidential debate this year: $500,000 6
Number of muscles in a cat's ear: 32
Memory span of a goldfish: 3 seconds
Life span of a dragonfly: 24 hours 7
Percentage of total US energy utilization accounted for by air conditioners: 17%
Percentage of total carbon dioxide emitted by electricity generation: 35%
Number of degrees an air conditioner can be turned up if used with a ceiling fan: 9 8
Number of protestors one highly trained, highly armed
Washington, DC, police officer can handle: 2.86  9
Percentage of full-time, salaried Americans who work 50 or more hours per week: 37%
Average number of vacation days received per year in the US: 13
Average number of vacation days received per year in Japan: 25
Number of Japanese deaths per year attributable to overwork: 10,000 10
Number of children living and working on the streets in the developing world: 100,000,000
Percentage of 143 street children surveyed in Guatemala who had been sexually abused: 100%
Percentage of girls whose first sexual experience was with one of her parents: 64%
Percentage who admitted to contracting a sexually transmitted disease: 93%
Percentage who used contraceptives: 0 11

Sources: 1), cited by Sam Smith, Undernews, April 19, 2000 2) 3) Grist Magazine, 4) Grist Magazine, 5) Land Stewardship Letter, Vol. 17 No. 6, December 1999.6) Jeff Cohen, “Nader, Buchanan, and the Debates,”, April 16, 2000. 7) 8) John Ryan, Seven Wonders: Everyday Things For  A Healthier Planet , Sierra Club Books, 1999 9) Washington, DC, Police Department. 10) Smith, Sam, Undernews, February 7, 2000; James Lardner, “World-class Workaholics,” U.S. News &World Report , December 13, 1999. 11) Casa Allianza,

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