One that especially caught my eye was, "Of all the people in the world who have ever lived to be 65, two-thirds are alive today." I guess that makes sense given that during most of human evolution, life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short" (at least according to Thomas Hobbes). Here are a few others I like, found in this article:
- 0.3% of Saharan solar energy could power Europe.
- Only 4% of US films are made by women, compared to 25% in Iran.
- Right now, there are over half a million people traveling the world by air.
- Over 138 million people work outside their country of birth.
- There are five times more people learning English in China than there are people in England.
- The U.S. has more Spanish language newspaper readers than Latin America.
- Recycling one tin can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.