--NOTHING EVER REALLY ENDS
…How are you?
…I learned a lot of miscellaneous things in the last week. Perhaps you already know this, or maybe you don’t, so here it is:
…Each year Americans adopt 2,600 children from China, 1,700 from Ethiopia, 1,000 from Russia, and 700 from South Korea.
…There have been 60 million abortions in the US in the last 12 years.
…"A lot of people think of Detroit as the armpit of America, but there are a lot of nice areas in Detroit where there's money to be made." -Nate Heaps of American Fork, Utah, who bought 290 Detroit properties for $190,000, some tax-delinquent homes selling for as little at $500 at auctions.
…The stock market is up more than 120% since the bull market began in March of 2009, yet in the five years ended in 2012, individual investors have yanked an estimated $557 billion out of US stock mutual funds while funneling $1 trillion into bonds.
…The federal debt is now $16.1 trillion, up from $11.9 trillion in 2009, and expected to rise to $17.9 trillion by 2015.
…Last year, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers made $59.8 million on and off the court. LeBron James made $57.6 million.
…The price of a 30-second Super Bowl ad is $3.8 million, up from $2.15 million ten years ago.
Volkswagen is set to launch a $10 million commercial this weekend.
…Nearly half of all college graduates from the class of 2012 are overqualified for their jobs.
In 1970, 1% of all taxi drivers in the US had bachelor degrees.
in 2010, 15% had degrees.
…Top income tax rates:
1. 50% --United Kingdom
2. 48% --Canada
3. 45% --Germany
4. 45% --France
5. 35% --USA
…Have you ever secretly read your significant other's email?
Men --84% said No
Women --81% said No
…34% of people have hidden purchases from their spouse/partner
…Do you believe in Love at First Sight?
-Currently married --58% said Yes
-In a relationship --66% said Yes
-No relationship --48% said Yes
…18 -Percentage our risk of dying of heart disease goes up for each out of TV.
…15 -Percentage of women who send themselves Valentine's flowers.
…On Valentine's Day:
44% feel warm and fuzzy about the day.
39% feel no difference. it's just like any other day.
17% silently protest and don't buy into the hype.
…2.5 --Pound a pair of C-cup breasts weigh.
…8 --Percentage of all men's plastic surgery procedures that are breast reductions.
…The amount of people living to be 100 in America is up 66% in the last 30 years.
…The US Postal Service delivers 46 billion fewer pieces of mail than it did 10 years ago.
…56% of all people remember a quarter (or less) of their dreams
…77% of all Americans have gone online to diagnose an potential illness they might have
…In the "Big East" colleges spend $102,000 per athlete and only $17,000 per student
…8 of the ten tallest buildings in the world are in China. Only one in the US
…Florida has the highest foreclosure rate in America with 1 out of every 300 home currently in foreclosure
…Over 136 million prescriptions for Vicodin are written each year in America.
47% of all American adults own a gun.
...Developed countries, ranked by life expectancy (for men):
1. Switzerland 79.33 years
2. Australia 79.27 years
3. Japan 79.20 years
4. Sweden 78.92 years
5. Italy 78.52
13. Germany 77.11 years
14. Denmark 76.13 years
15. Portugal 75.87 years
16. Finland 75.86 years
17. USA 75.64
(for women, add five years to each)
…Gun manufacturing in the US has more than doubled in the last decade
…Actor Christian Slater starred in the horror film, "Playback" which made a whopping $264 at the box office.
…The top five New Year Resolutions for 2013 were:
21% -Weight loss
14% -Improve finances
10% -Get a new job
7% -Eat healthier
…Congress has a record number of women holding office:
20 in the Senate
78 in the House