The Page That Counts :: Spring 2002

American teenage birthrate in 1957: 96 births/1,000 woman aged 15–19
American teenage birthrate in 2000: 48.7 births/1,000
Dutch teenage birthrate in 1996: 5.6 births/1,0001
Frequency of use of the word “like” in standard American English conversation: once in every 110 words2
Weight a 10-lb earthworm colony will reach in 2 years under ideal growing conditions: 4,000 lbs3
Estimated number of Americans who biked to work at least once per week in 2000: 3.2 million
Percentage increase since 1985: 100%4
Percentage of Americans surveyed who say they talk with their immediate neighbors once a year or less: 13%
Those who say they talk with their immediate neighbors just about every day: 22%5
Estimated population of bald eagles in the continental US in the 1960s: 500 nesting pairs
In the 1990s: 5,000 nesting pairs6
Number of children lacking health coverage:
United Kingdom: 0 (including noncitizens)
Japan: 0
USA:  10,600,000 (in 1996)7
1996 military budget of the UK:  $39,500,000,000
1996 military budget of Japan: $37,500,000,000
1996 US military budget:  $282,000,000,0008
Winning speed of garden snail, Archie, in the 1995 World Snail Racing Championships: 13 inches in 2 minutes9
Recorded speed of a giant squid moving by ‘jet propulsion': 23 mph10
Enron profits in 2000: $979,000,00011
Amount Enron spent on congressional lobbying, 1999–2000: $3,500,000
Amount Enron paid in income taxes in 1999 and 2000: $012
Percentage increase in annual sales of antidepressants in the US between 1999 and 2000: 21%13

Sources: 1. National Vital Statistics Reports, vol. 49, no. 10, Sept. 25, 2001 2.  Longman Language Review, 3. The Compost Research Page, 4. City of Seattle website: 5. The Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 6. American Eagle Foundation, 7. Earth Island Journal, spring 2001, p13 and US Dept. of Commerce Census Brief 8. 9. Guinness Book of World Records, 1998, Stamford, CT, Guinness, 1997:144, cited at 10. National Aquarium in Baltimore: 11. Enron 2000 annuals/2000/ 12. The New York Times, January 17, 2002 “Enron avoided income taxes in 4 of 5 years” by David Cay Johnston 13. The Trends Research Institute, The Trends Journal, summer 2001, Life Extension Foundation, May 21, 2001.
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