THE LIGHTER SIDE

Some Startling Statistics

  • Rank of the US among the 17 leading industrial nations with the largest percentage of their population in poverty: 1st
  • Estimated average amount Americans lose to securities fraud every hour: $1,000,000
  • Rank of employer concern regarding increasing premium cost to employees: 1st
  • Maximum income a resident of Aspen, Colorado can earn in order to be eligible for subsidized housing: $104,000
  • Tons of US chicken feet exported to China last year: 264,000
  • Rank of employer concern for assuring quality health care: 2nd
  • Price of a set of “How To Build Your Own Casket” instructions from Homemade Caskets of California: $19.50
  • Number of meteors entering the earth’s atmosphere each year that are larger than a car: 12
  • Rank of employer concern regarding increasing government regulations: 3rd
  • Number of TV sets owned by Martha Stewart: 16
  • Amount CBS is paying to Rome’s Atlante Star hotel to use its rooftop view of St. Peter’s when the Pope dies: $180,000
  • Rank of employer concern regarding rising premium cost for dependents: 4th
  • Distance from the Sphinx to the nearest Kentucky Fried Chicken, in yards: 200
  • Number of hands Newt Gingrich shook last August 22 in an attempt to set a world record for “political handshaking”: 3,609

Source:
HIU magazine, January 1999

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