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The Page That Counts: Summer 2013

Years it took for the human population to grow from 1 billion to 2 billion: 123. Years it took to grow from 6 billion to 7 billion: 12

The Page that Counts Numbers

Percentage of religious people in five Arab countries who believe women should have the right to initiate divorce: 69

Percentage of nonreligious people in those countries who believe women should have the right to initiate divorce: 46 [1]


Number of the top 250 Internet Movie Database movies that pass the “Bechdel Test” by including at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than men: 66

Number that have fewer than two named female characters: 47 [2]


Points scored for “quixotry,” the highest scoring word in Scrabble history: 365 [3]


Total firearm homicides in the U.S. in 2010: 11,078

Total firearm suicides in the U.S. in 2010: 19,392 [4]


Percentage of e-book readers who have not borrowed an e-book from a library: 90

Percentage of those who were not aware they could do so: 52 [5]


Total hours U.S. adults spent watching TV in 2008: 200 billion

Total estimated hours contributors spent creating all the entries in Wikipedia as of 2008: 0.1 billion [6]


Years it took for the human population to grow from 1 billion to 2 billion: 123 [7]

Years it took to grow from 6 billion to 7 billion: 12 [8]


Number of wild American bald eagle breeding pairs in the lower 48 states in 1963: 487

Number in 2006: 9,789

Year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided there were too many bald eagles to be worth counting anymore: 2006 [9]


Number of construction jobs TransCanada estimates the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will create: 9,000 [10]

Number the U.S. Department of State estimates it will create: 3,500

Number of permanent jobs the U.S. Department of State estimates it will create: 35 [11]


Pounds of toilet paper the average Chinese used in 2008: 0.5

Pounds the average European used: 17

Pounds the average American used: 50

Sheets of toilet paper the average American used per day: 57 [12]


This article was compiled for Love and the Apocalypse, the Summer 2013 issue of YES! Magazine.

Citations:

1. Arab Women and Men See Eye to Eye on Religion's Role in Law Gallup. June 2012

2. “Bechdel Test Movie List,” BechdelTest.com, 2010.

3. Scrabble Sets the Score, Scrabble News, December, 2010.

4. “Deaths: Final Data for 2010,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 1, 2010.

5. “Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits,” Pew Research Center, October 23, 2012.

6. Gin, Television, and Cognitive Surplus, A talk by Clay Shirky, Edge: The Third Culture, 2008. Also personal communication, March 1, 2013.

7. World Population.” Worldometers.info. 2013.

8. “World Population Surpasses 7 billion.” Population Reference Bureau. October 2011. 

9. “Bald Eagle Breeding Pairs 1990 – 2006 US Fish and Wildlife Service. Oct. 2012

10. “Jobs and Economic Benefit.” TransCanada. 2012. http://keystone-xl.com/about/jobs-and-economic-benefits/

11. “Keystone XL Project Executive Summary.” US Department of State. March 2013

12. RISI, Inc., 2008, as cited in Noelle Robbins, “Not a Square to Spare,” Earth Island Journal, Autumn 2010.

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