The Page That Counts :: Spring 2007


Magnifying Glass
Number of U.S. documents classified as secret in 2001:

7.8 million

Number classified in 2005:

14.2 million

Cost to taxpayers for the U.S. government

to classify 14.2 million documents: $7.7 billion [1]




Victoria's Dirty Secret advertisement

Number of catalogs Victoria's Secret sends out per year: 365 million
Number of virgin trees used per year for the paper in the catalogs: 74,885
Number of protests the Victoria's Dirty Secret group
has staged since 2004: 600 [2]
Number of years it took activists and the company to reach an agreement on environmental stewardship: 2 [3]



Percentage of greenhouse gases the world's air traffic was responsible for in 1992:


Percentage of greenhouse gases air traffic is estimated to be responsible for today: 10 [4]


Amount Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airways invested in 2006 to make a new ultraclean fuel for jets, cars, and trucks: $1 billion [5


Percentage rate of U.S. personal savings in 2006: -1.4 [6]
Percentage rate of U.S. personal savings in 1933: -1.5
Number of full years in which the U.S. personal savings rate has dipped below zero: 3
Highest percentage rate of U.S. personal savings (1974): 10.7 [7]
Total amount of U.S. consumer debt for 2006: $2.16 trillion [8]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Year in which women's rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton omitted “obey” from her marriage vows: 1840
Year the first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY: 1848
Year Susan B. Anthony was arrested for attempting to vote: 1872
Year the 19th Amendment was ratified, allowing women the right to vote in federal elections: 1920 [9]

Amount of money spent per year worldwide on bottled water: $100 billion
Amount per year needed to meet the United Nations' goal of giving everyone access to drinkable water by 2015: $11.3 billion [10]

Number of days U.S. troops fought in World War II: 1,347
Number of days U.S. troops fought in the Iraq War by Nov. 30, 2006 : 1,348 [11]

Amma giving a hug

Number of times diners at a Puerto Rican café touched each other per hour: 180
Number of times diners at a British café touched each other: 0 [12]
Number of hours per day spiritual leader Amma has been known to spend dispensing random hugs in her attempt to calm the world's stresses: 20 [13]


  1. Information Security Oversight Office, 2005 Report to The President, May, 25, 2006,

  2. Victoria's Dirty Secret, “Press Room,” ”Campaign Timeline,” from Oct. 14, 2004 to Dec. 6, 2006,

  3. ForestEthics, “ForestEthics and Limited Brands (Victoria's Secret) Reach Landmark Agreement on Environmental Stewardship (US release),” Dec. 16, 2006,

  4. Atmosfair, “The higher the altitude, the greater the impact on the climate,” Nov. 15, 2006,

  5. Carleen Hawn, “Branson's Next Big Bet,” Business 2.0: The best business ideas in the world,” October 2, 2006,

  6. Rex Nutting, “Fed's big worry gets revised away: Slower wage growth means less inflation, but also less growth,”,ANov. 29, 2006,

  7. U.S. General Accounting Office, “National Savings, Answers to Key Questions,” June 2001,

  8. Associated Press, “Americans Have Negative Savings Rate: Consumer Credit Grows in 2005 At Slowest Pace in 13 Years,” Feb. 7, 2006, CBS NEWS,

  9., “Women's History Month: Timeline,” The History Channel Magazine, Nov. 2006,

  10. United Nations, “Fact sheet on water and sanitation,” International Decade for Action, Water For Life, 2005-2015,

  11. Michael Moore, “Cut and Run, the Only Brave Thing to Do… a letter from Michael Moore,” Nov. 29, 2006,

  12. Adam Lusher, “It's a tight squeeze as British reserve meets the cuddle party,” Oct. 15, 2006, Daily Telegraph,

  13. Associated Press, “Spiritual Leader Visits N.Y.,” July 10, 2001,


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