Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Here's a bunch of facts I found on some playing cards. I don't know the source they came from but logically, they seem pretty reasonable.
  • 20% of the population in the developed nations consume 86% of the world's goods.
  • Russia has twice as many chess Gandmasters as its nearest competitor, Germany.
  • Canadians drink more fruit juice than the citizens of any other nation.
  • In Germany and Italy, every second person owns a car.
  • In many countries, more than 25% of the deaths are attributable to cancer.
  • Canada lays claim to more water than any other nation.
  • Red is the most popular colour used on national flags, and is found on 74% of all the flags of the world.
  • Russia has over 25% of the world's proven gas reserves.
  • 9 out of 10 Scandinavians would fight for their country.
  • Over 35% of young people in Poland are unemployed.
  • The total area of Australia's coral reefs is greater than the total area of some 130 individual countries.
  • More than a third of the world's airports are in the United States of America.
  • THe UK and USA are both in the top ten for Gross Domestic Product - and for child poverty.
  • The average person in UK drinks as much tea as 23 Italians.
  • Venezuela is the happiest and one of the most murderous places in the world.
  • 32.6% of the world's roller coasters are located in the USA.
  • Indonesia contains the most known mammal species - and them most mammal species under threat.
  • People in Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Sweden have to pay almost half their salaries in tax.
  • The women of Iceland earn two-thirds of their nation's university degrees.
  • France is the top destination in the world for tourists, accounting for 11% of all tourist arrivals worldwide.
  • As many as 90% of infants who lose their mothers in delivery will die by their first birthday.
  • The 5 countries with the highest coffee consumption are the ones whose citizens trust one another the most.
  • In Kenya, 9 out of 10 children from poor households fail to complete their basic education.
  • 82% of Americans feel safe walking in the dark. Yet more crimes happen in America than anywhere else.
  • Humans have destroyed more than 30% of the natural world since 1970.
  • If someone you know died from falling out of a tree, you're probably Brazilian.
  • Women make up more than 10% of the prison population in only 6 countries.
  • From a scale of 1 to 10, Swiss are giving their satisfaction of life and awesome 8.
  • 62% of Bulgarians describe themselves as either "not very" or "not at all" happy.
  • Without prevention efforts, 35% of children born to an HIV positive mother will become infected with HIV.
  • Danish workers strike 150 times more than their German neighbours.
  • Considering teaching as a profession? Salaries in Switzerland start at $33,000 per annum.
  • Love cities? Guadeloupe, Nauru, Monaco, Singapore, Gibralter and Bermuda are 100% urbanized.
  • Andorra has zero unemployment, and zero broadcast TV channels. Coincidence?
  • Sick of crowds? Move to Greenland! Greenlanders have 38 square kilometres of land per person.
  • Luxembourgers are the world's richest people - and the most generous.
  • The United States has the world's highest marriage rate - as well as the world's highest divorce rate.
  • Mexican women spend 15.3% of their life in ill health.
  • It is estimated that 80% of the reported global shark catch is caught by only 20 countries.
  • Almost half (44.8%) of the total number of movie goers worldwide, are from India.
  • The Mall in Washington DC is 1.4 times larger than the Vatican City.
  • Australians are the most likely to join charities, educational organisations, sports groups and unions.
  • Sri Lanka has the lowest divorce rate in the world and the highest rate of female suicide.
  • 1 out of 100 young women between the ten and twenty are starving themselves, sometimes to death.
  • 61.5% of Swedes work more than 40 hours per week.
  • The United States spends more money on its military than the next twelve nations combined.
  • More than 90% of the tiger population disappeared in the 20th century: today apporximately 5000 remain.
  • United States, followed by Mexico top the world in plastic surgery procedures.


  1. COOL! :)

    some really interesting stuff!

  2. :) And i found it in the strangest place! Thanks for going through my posts. It's still work in progress.