The Page That Counts :: Fall 2005

Number of people on the U.S. “no-fly” list in September 2004: 19,000

Number of people on the list in April 2005: 31,000(1)


Number of times Senator Ted Kennedy was stopped and questioned at airports in March 2004 because  his name appeared on the list: 5(2)


Percent of American children expelled from school before they reach kindergarten: 6.67(3)


Average annual health care costs of an elderly person with income under $10,000/year: $14,692

Average annual health care costs of an elderly person with income over $30,000/year: $8,855(4)


Average amount each American spends on health care each year: $4,887

Average amount each Canadian spends on health care each year: $2,702(5)


Number of the 44 attempted gun purchases by people on the FBI terrorist watch list that the FBI failed to prevent last year: 35(6)


Number of interstate highways in Hawaii: 4

Number in Puerto Rico: 3(7)


Percent of Americans who say they do not follow international news because they lack background knowledge: 65

Percent of Americans who say they do not follow international news because there is too much war and violence: 42(8)


Percent of National Guard and reservists who could not be deployed last year because they had serious dental problems: 20

Percent of National Guard members without dental insurance: 40(9)


Number of U.S. newborns named Lexus since 2000: 1,495

The name's popularity rank: 792(10)


Shrinking of glaciers in the Alps each year since 1970: 1%

Years until the Alpine glaciers melt completely, if summers continue to be hot and dry: 50

Size of the blanket that a Swiss ski resort is using to try to save its glacier: 3–4,000 square meters(11)


Number of peer-reviewed articles on climate change published in scientific journals between 1993 and 2003 that disputed the reality of human-caused global warming: 0(12)


Number of American medical schools, out of 126 surveyed, that required students to take a course on death and dying before graduation: 4(13)


Miles per gallon that the Toyota Prius hybrid gets, city/highway: 60/51

Miles per gallon that the Ford Escape hybrid gets: 36/31

Miles per gallon that the Chevy Silverado hybrid gets: 18/21(14)


Percent increase in sales of the Prius over the last year: 21.3(15)


Number of times a moose rang a family's doorbell in Buvikåsen, Norway, before giving up: 2(16)


1. Brian Bennett, “Air Safety: Extending the No-Fly Zone,” Time, April 25, 2005,,10987,1050224,00.html. 2. Sara Kehaulani Goo, “Sen. Kennedy Flagged by No-Fly List,” The Washington Post, August 20, 2004, 3. Yale Child Study Center, “Pre-K Students Expelled at More than Three Times the Rate of K-12 Students,” May 17, 2005, 4. The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, “Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-Being,” .html#Indicator%2029. 5. Paul Krugman, “America's Failing Health,” The New York Times, August 27, 2004, 6. United

States Government Accountability Office, “Gun Control and Terrorism: FBI Could Better Manage Gun-Related Background Checks Involving Terrorist Watch List Records,” January 2005 7. U.S. Department of Transportation, “Interstates in Hawaii:

Are we Crazy???” May 7, 2005, 8. Pew Research Center, “Public's News Habits Little Changed by September 11,”

June 9, 2002, 9. The Associated Press, “Dental Problems Take a Bite Out of Deployment,” The

Navy Times, May 23, 2005, 10. Social Security Online, “Most Popular 1000 Names of the 2000s

through 2004,” 11. Reuters, “Swiss Put Glacier Under Wraps to Slow Ice Melt,”

thenews/newsdesk/L10260973.htm. 12. Naomi Oreskes, “Undeniable Global Warming,” The Washington Post, December 26, 2004,

wp-dyn/articles/A26065-2004Dec25.html. 13. Karen Orloff Kaplan  and Christopher Lukas, Staying In Charge: Practical Plans for the End of Your Life

(New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2004), p.13. 14. U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, “New Hybrid Vehicles Increase

Gas-Saving Options for Consumers” 15. The Auto Channel, “Toyota USA Reports April 2005 Best-Ever Sales

Month,” May 3, 2005,  16. Aftenposten, Norway, Norwegian News in English, “Moose

Rings Twice,” March 4, 2005,