Numbers Numbers

21 Oct

In a list kinda mood – From Harper’s

Percentage change in Chief Justice John Roberts’s approval rating among Republicans since his 2005 confirmation : –60
Among Democrats : +54
Ratio of the value of Obama contributions to Romney contributions among education workers : 6 to 1
Among for-profit education workers : 1 to 4
Percentage of Americans who viewed college as a good financial investment in 2008 : 81
Who do today : 57
Portion of college students who reported experiencing “phantom” cell phone vibrations in a July study : 9/10
Date on which Grum, a Russian spambot, was taken offline : 7/18/2012
Percentage of the world’s spam for which Grum was responsible at its peak : 17
Portion of Russians who believe that “most people can succeed if they are willing to work hard” : 1/3
Of Americans who do : 3/4
Percentage change since 2007 in the portion of Spaniards who believe people are better off in a free market economy : –30
In the portion of Americans who do : –4
Percentage increase since 1990 in the share of U.S. men who say they “worry about their weight” : 95
Portion of adults worldwide who don’t meet World Health Organization standards for physical activity : 1/3
Estimated number of deaths caused by physical inactivity each year : 5,300,000
Percentage by which the Defense Department’s health care spending is projected to increase in the next two decades : 81
Estimated percentage of its current health care spending allocated for mental health : 5
Chance that a death among U.S. service members is a suicide : 1 in 5
Among military-age members of the general population : 1 in 20
Portion of service members who are under the age of 25 : 1/3
Of those who commit suicide who are : 1/2
Chance an American child lives in a family headed by a single mother : 1 in 4
Portion of new U.S. jobs since 2009 that have gone to men : 4/5
Percentage by which sales of convertibles increase when the temperature is at least 20 degrees warmer than average : 8.5
Percentage of the continental United States that experienced drought conditions this summer : 60
Last year in which the number was that high : 1954
Portion of the 2012 U.S. corn crop in “poor” or “very poor” condition, according to the USDA : 1/2
Amount by which the average Canadian household is richer than the average American one : $43,232
Estimated number of billionaires worldwide : 1,226
Years it would take the average American household to spend a billion dollars : 20,786
Amount the debt-ceiling standoff cost the federal government in 2011 : $1,300,000,000
Percentage increase since 1976 in the portion of Americans living at or below half the poverty line : 100
Number of registered Pennsylvanians who may be prevented from voting by a new voter-identification law : 1,600,000
Portion of Philadelphians the law may affect : 2/5
Number of documented instances of voter-impersonation fraud in Pennsylvania history : 0
Percentage of Americans who believe Obama would handle an extraterrestrial invasion better than Romney : 65
Date on which Harry Reid said Romney “couldn’t be confirmed as a dogcatcher” if he didn’t release more tax returns : 7/12/2012
Number of years of his own tax returns Reid has made public : 0


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