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Percent of 18- to 24-year-old college students who say they are likely to vote in 2004: 86

Percent of college students who describe themselves as Independents: 41 (1)

Number of active-duty U.S. military personnel: 1,384,812 (2)

Percent of active-duty U.S. military who are non-white: 37.5 (3)

Percent of Americans who are non-white: 22.9 (4)

Number of non-U.S. citizens serving in the active-duty U.S. military: 38,000 (5)

Age at which people typically become more conscientious and agreeable, according to British researchers: 30 (6)

Percent of Americans who work more than 50 hours a week: 40

Number of weeks of legally required paid vacation in European countries: 4 to 5
In Japan: 2
In the United States: 0 (7)

Value, over 20 years, of the tax breaks offered by Washington state to entice the Boeing Company's new 7E7 plant: $3.2 billion (8)

Number of workers who will be hired at the 7E7 plant: 1,200 (9)

Number of Washington state workers laid off by Boeing since September 11, 2001: 17,727 (10)

Number of miles Indy the cat traveled on I-70 while clinging to the undercarriage of an 18-wheel truck: 400 (11)

Number of weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq as of July 1, 2003: 0

Percent of Americans who believed that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq as of July 1, 2003: 23 (12)

The maximum amount the New Zealand government proposes to tax a cow per year because its flatulence contributes to global warming: $0.72

Annual cost to the average New Zealand farmer of the proposed tax on livestock flatulence: $300

Percent livestock contribute to New Zealand's total greenhouse gas production: 50 (13)

Value of the largest legal crop grown in the U.S. each year (corn): $19 billion

Value of the marijuana crop grown in the U.S. each year: $21 billion

Estimated number of Americans who grow marijuana for a living: 100,000-200,000 (14)

Number of countries in which women constitute at least 30% of the government: 11
Number of those in Africa: 2

Percent of U.S. Congress members who are women: 12 (15)

Percent increase in American Civil Liberties Union membership since September 11, 2001: 30 (16)

1. Harvard University-Institute of Politics, “Campus Kids, the New Swing Voter,” 2003, 2. Department of Defense, 3. “Who's Really Fighting the War?,” Chicago Sun-Times, 4. 2000 Census,;_id=D&qr;_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_DP1&_lang=en 5. NCM On-Line, “On Latino Minds - Non-Citizen Soldiers in the Line of Fire,” 6. Scientific American, July 2003, citing Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, May 2003 7. Joe Robinson, “Washington to Nation: Drop Dead on the Job,”, June 20, 2003 8. “Tax Break for Boeing Proposed,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 10, 2003 9. “Boeing Expects jet to Taxi in at Half the Cost,” USA Today, June 18, 2003 10. “Boeing Layoffs may go Higher,” Seattle Times, June 20, 2003 11. “400 miles to Graceland,” Cat Fancy, August 2003 12. Program on International Policy Attitudes, “Americans on Iraq: WMDs, Links to Al Qaeda, Reconstruction,” July 1, 2003, 13. “Livestock Burp Tax Sticks in Throats,” The New Zealand Herald, June 20, 2003 14. ”With Pot and Porn Outstripping Corn: America's Black Market Economy is Flying High,” The Guardian, May 2, 2003 15. United Nations Development Fund for Women, “Progress of the World's Women 2002: Volume 2: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals,” May 2003 16. “ACLU Cites Concerns over Ashcroft for Membership Boost,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 11, 2003 <
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