Feb 6, 2011

Interesting statistics

  • 44% of Americans will watch the Superbowl just to see the commercials (see survey here)
  • US manufacturing still tops China’s by nearly 46%. The US manufactured more goods in 2009 than Japan, Germany, the UK, and Italy combined (see article)
  • 52.5% of women in the US use vibrators (here)
  • The total literature of Iceland is under 50,000 books, which is easily scannable in 2 years by 12 people using the scribe scanners of the Internet Archive.
  • The value of all Egyptian extralegal businesses and property, rural as well as urban is 30 times greater than the market value of the companies registered on the Cairo Stock Exchange and 55 times greater than the value of foreign direct investment in Egypt since Napoleon invaded—including the financing of the Suez Canal and the Aswan Dam. (This is Hernando de Soto, an HEI alumni, writing in the WSJ (via TC)

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