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The U.S. Just Surpassed the Number of Breweries We Had in 1873

And 26 other facts you should probably know.

Aug 16, 2016

The watts of electrical current drawn by a charging phone: 3.68 1

Watts drawn by a fully-charged phone that is still connected to an outlet: 2.24

Watts drawn when a charger is left connected to an outlet: 0.26

Percent chance of being bitten by a venomous snake in the United States: .00002 2

Percent chance of being struck by lightning in the United States: .00008 3

Percent chance of a woman in the U.S. experiencing physical violence by an intimate partner: 33 4

Percentage of non-white speaking-role characters in 2014’s top 100 films: 27 5

Percentage of minority Hollywood writers in 2014: 12 6

Minority percentage of U.S. population: 38 7

Percentage of waste Germany recycles and composts: 65 8

Percentage of waste South Korea recycles and composts: 59

Percentage of waste the United States recycles and composts: 35

Estimated net migration of Mexicans into the United States, 1995–2000: +2,270,000 9

Estimated net migration of Mexicans into the United States, 2009–2014: -140,000

Number of U.S. breweries in 1873: 4,131 10

Number in 1932: 0

Number in 1985: 110

Number in 2015: 4,269

Average price of a Big Mac (U.S. dollars) in Switzerland: $6.44 11

Average price in the United States: $4.93

Average price in Turkey: $3.41

Average price in Peru: $2.93

Average price in India: $1.90

Average price in Venezuela (though the Big Mac is temporarily off the menu due to a bread shortage): $0.66 12

Global median percentage of people who believe it is important that religion is able to be practiced freely in their country: 74 13

Global median percentage who believe it is important that women have the same rights as men in their country: 65

Global median percentage who believe it is important to have freedom of speech without state censorship in their country: 56

1. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2. University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
3. National Weather Service
4. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
5. USC Annenberg
6. Writers Guild of America, West
7. United States Census Bureau
8. OECD Publishing
9. Pew Research Center
10. Brewers Association
11. Statista
12. International Business Times
13. Pew Research Center

Liza Bayless
Liza Bayless is a former editorial intern at YES!
Kate Stringer
Kate Stringer is a senior writer and digital producer at The 74 Media and a former editorial intern at YES!