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The Page That Counts :: Winter 2004

Number of Americans living below the official poverty line ($19,000 for a family of four) in 2002: 34.6 million (1)

Number of public middle school students in Broward County, Florida, who mistakenly failed the year due to a computer error: 6,559 (2)

Percent of the world's population that relies on herbs as its primary form of medicine: 80 (3)

Number of people worldwide who do not have access to clean water: 1.2 billion (4)

Number of glasses of tap water you can drink for the same price as a six-pack of soda: over 4,000 (5)

Percent drop in property and violent crimes in the U.S. over the last decade: 50 (6)

Number of commercials the average U.S. child sees a day: 5 (7)

The value of parents' purchases influenced by their children in the 1960s: $5 billion (7)

The value in 1997: $188 billion (7)

Percent of U.S. kids who say friends and family are much more important than the things money can buy: 90 (8)

Increase in number of Americans from 2000 to 2002 who are driving alone to work: 2.1 million (9)

Tons of vegetation that a large swarm of desert locusts can consume in one day: 20,000 (10)

Length of Target Corporation's annual meeting on May 21, 2003: 15 minutes (11)

Target CEO Robert Ulrich's estimated hourly wage: $9,134 (12)

Average Target employee's hourly wage: $8 (12)

Percent increase in Ulrich's bonus between 2001 and 2002: 24.3 (13)

Percent Target stock fell during 2002: 36 (13)

Percent of Democrats who have tattoos: 18 (14)

Republicans: 14 (14)

Percent of Americans who do not have tattoos who think people with tattoos are less intelligent: 31 (14)

Percent of Americans who say having a tattoo makes them feel sexier: 34 (14)

Net flow of money every year from the poorest to the richest countries: $48 billion (15)

Value of annual aid loans and grants to the poorest countries: $32 billion(15)

Estimated number of soccer balls the U.S. government sent Iraq this summer to help “bring life back to normal”: 60,000(16)

Percent of NPR/PBS listeners and viewers who hold at least one of three misperceptions about the war in Iraq, including the incorrect belief that world opinion favored the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq: 23 (17)

Percent of Fox News Channel viewers who hold at least one of these three misperceptions: 80(17)

 

1. 2002 Census, www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty02.html 2. News of the Weird, week of September 7, 2003, citing Miami Herald, June 30, 2003, www.newsoftheweird.com 3. “Good Medicine,” Orion, July/August 2003, citing the World Health Organization 4. National Wild and Scenic River Systems, “River and Water Facts,” www.nps.gov/rivers/waterfacts.html 5. Brita, “Water Facts,” www.brita.com/index.html 6. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 25, 2003, citing the U.S. Department of Justice 7. The Center For A New American Dream, www.newdream.org/campaign/kids/facts.html 8. Enough! A Quarterly Report on Consumption, Quality of Life and the Environment, Spring 2003, citing Center for a New American Dream February 2003 study by Widmeyer Communications 9. 2002 Census, www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/Profiles/Chg/2002/0002/index.htm 10. High Tech Productions, “Fun Science Facts You Didn't Know,” www.hightechscience.org/funfacts.htm 11. Business Ethics, Summer 2003, citing Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 22, 2003 12. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789, www.youareworthmore.org/displayarticle50.html 13. The Business Journal, April 14, 2003, www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2003/04/14/daily5.html 14. Health News Digest, “A Third of Americans With Tattoos Say They Make Them Feel More Sexy,” www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/hlth_tattoos-22.html 15. Common Dreams News Center, “Economic Forecast Gloomy for Poor, Says Alternative Outlook,” citing Real World Economic Outlook 2003, www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0919-03.htm 16. Harper's, September 2003, citing Major League Soccer 17. Asia Times Online, “We Report, You Get it Wrong,” www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EJ04Ak01.htm

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