Mind blowing statistics...

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  1. MarkHastings

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    Have you ever heard of a statistic that blew your mind? I forget the exact number, but the markup on diamonds is something like 300%? [​IMG]

    Others I've heard:

    - In America, 33% of the cost of every car goes to pay the workers health benefits.

    - The top 3 New York Yankees salaries are higher than some other baseball teams entire teams salary.


    Any others? I know it's hard to actually confirm these, but they are statistics I've heard.
     
  2. MarkHastings

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    I wish I knew the eact numbers, but there was an article that said if you charged like $100 on a credit card and only paid the minimum payment each month, it would take you like 40 years to pay it all off.
     
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    The best I have ever heard was that 75% of statistics are made up on the spot. [​IMG]
     
  4. Matthew Todd

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    Here's one I read today:

    For an "average" person, 87% of all self talk is negative. Like some others, that one is pretty hard to verify.

    Matt
     
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    One of the most bizarre statistics I ever heard was that 40% of all boys who grow up on farms have their first sexual experience with a farm animal.
     
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    Here's my favorite that just blows my mind ...

    The average American household with 1 or more credit card has 7-10 credit cards and over $8000 in credit card debt.
     
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    5/4 of all people never learned fractions.
     
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    Could these kids be artificialy inseminating the animals? God I hope that's what they are talking about.
     
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    There are 3 kinds of people in this world, those that can count and those that can't.
     
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    The number of Americans who have been in the military? 6% That astounds me.
     
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    100% of all people that drink water will die.
     
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    In 1977, when Elvis Presley died, there were aproximately 170 Elvis impersonators in the U.S.

    Today, just 27 years later, there are over 85,000.

    If the current trend continues, by the year 2019, one in three Americans will be employed as an Elvis impersonator.
     
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    Not sure if these are mind-blowing but they are sure fun statistics/facts nevertheless [​IMG]
    • A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 600 m.p.h.
    • The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
    • You blink about 84,000,000 times a year.
    • Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lighting than women.
    • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
    • If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
    • If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
     
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    This statistic has been completely discredited, as there are an estimated 1 million to 2 million defensive uses of firearms every year.
     
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    Nope, they're not (though I think the figure of 40% is rather high). Bestiality has been on the wane in for a long time now (probably down to greater sexual freedom of expression). However, I did once have a student come to see me who had done things to a sheep (I sent him off to a psychiatrist).

    The trouble with any figures on sexual activity is that they are prone to bias (either boasting or reticence). To give one example, a sample of people in their twenties in the 1930s revealed a very low level of pre-marital sex. When the same age cohort was sampled in the 1990s, a much higher proportion admitted to pre-marital sex when in their twenties. This means either:

    (a) only those who had pre-marital sex lived until the 1990s (wildly unlikely)
    or
    (b) the age cohort when in their twenties lied
    or
    (c) the age cohort when in their eighties lied.

    However, undoubtedly a higher proportion of the population engages in unusual sexual practices than you might suppose. E.g. in the UK it's reckoned that in any single suburban street will be at least one couple who enjoy swinging. I used to think this a ridiculous statistic until in three successive houses we lived next door or facing a couple into swinging (no, we didn't go to their parties so I can't tell you what went on).
     
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    That would most certainly fall into the category of "weapon of mass destruction". [​IMG]
     
  18. Lew Crippen

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    Another example of this is that most studies finde that men, on average have had more sexual partners (of the opposite sex) than women.

    In a closed population this is demonstrably impossible, as the conditions set down must result in an equal average number of sexual partners.

    So are the men boasting or the women reticent? Or both?
     
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    I don't understand your theory. If a man sleeps with ten different women, yet each of those women sleeps only with that man, doesn't that mean he had more sexual partners? I agree that the number of "sex acts" for men and women would be equal (assuming all hetero acts, of course) but you could certainly have a difference in number of different partners per gender.
     
  20. MikeSerrano

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    Statistics are fun... you can describe any dataset in ways that will support just about any argument.

    Death Statistics for U.S. 2001
    (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr52/nvsr52_03.pdf)

    Number of deaths: 2,416,425

    Leading causes of death:
    1. Heart disease: 700,142
    2. Cancer: 553,768
    3. Stroke: 163,538
    4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 123,013
    5. Accidents: 101,537
      a) Motor vehicle accident: 43,788
      b) Firearm accident: 802
    6. Diabetes: 71,372
    7. Influenza/Pneumonia: 62,034
    8. Alzheimer's disease: 53,852
    9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 39,480
    10. Septicemia: 32,238
    11. Suicide: 30,622
      a) Suicide with firearm: 16,869
    12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis: 27,035
    13. Homicide: 20,308
      a) Homicide with firearm: 11,348
    14. Primary hypertension and hypertensive renal disease: 19,250
    15. Pneumonitis: 17,301
    All other causes: 400,935

    Anti-gun-control Conclusions:
    • In 2001, less than 0.5% of all deaths in the U.S. were caused by assault with a firearm.
    • In 2001, you were over 50 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than by an accident with a firearm.
    • In 2001, you were nearly 50 times more likely to die from heart disease, cancer or stroke than from the abuse of firearm (assult, accident or otherwise).
    Pro-gun-control Conclusions:
    • In 2001, over half of all homicides in the U.S. were caused by gun violence.
    • In 2001, over half of all suicides in the U.S. were committed with the use of a gun.
    • In 2001, over 16,000 people died due to gun violence.
    Lies. Damned Lies. Statistics.

    -Mike
     

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