Jul 5, 2008

50 Facts that Should Change the World

Here are 50 facts worth knowing concerning our world, will they make us want to change it?

1 THE average Japanese woman can expect to live to 84; her counterpart in Botswana will die at 39.

2 BLACK men born in the US stand a one-in-three chance of going to jail. For white men the odds are one in 17.

3 ONE in five of the world's population - 1.25 billion people - is undernourished.

4 NEARLY half of British 15-year-olds have tried illegal drugs and nearly a quarter are regular cigarette smokers.

5 CHILDREN living in poverty are three times more likely to suffer mental illness than children from wealthy families.

6 EIGHTY-ONE per cent of the world's executions in 2002 took place in just three countries: China, Iran and the USA.

7 SUPERMARKETS in the UK know more about their customers than the government does. They use loyalty cards to determine your income and what your interests are.

8 EVERY cow in the EU is subsidized by £1.40 a day - three out of four Africans have less than that to live on.

9 SAME-SEX relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries. In nine - including Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia - the penalty is death.

10 EVERY hour, UK households throw away enough rubbish to fill the Royal Albert Hall.

11 THERE are 27 million slaves in the world.

12 A THIRD of the world's population is at war. In 2002, 30 countries were fighting in 37 armed conflicts - a combined population of 2.29 billion people.

13 THE UK has the second-highest rate of teen pregnancies in the developed world, behind the US. There are 30.8 births for every 1,000 teenagers. Teenage mothers are twice as likely to live in poverty.

14 ONE in five people live on less than 50p a day.

15 THERE are 44 million child laborers in India, some working 16-hour days.

16 PEOPLE in industrialized countries eat between six and seven kilograms of food additives every year. A ham sandwich can contain up to 13 E-numbers.

17 GOLFER Tiger Woods is the world's highest-paid sportsman, earning £44million a year, including £30,000 a day for wearing Nike caps - which Thai workers get £2.20 a day to make.

18 EVERY week an average 88 children are expelled from US schools for carrying a gun.

19 LAND MINES kill or maim one person every hour.

20 THERE are at least 300,000 prisoners of conscience, often held in appalling conditions, sometimes tortured, simply for peacefully expressing their own beliefs.

21 CARS kill two people every minute.

22 THE US owes the United Nations $1bn in unpaid dues. Yet it spends the same amount on its military pro gramme every 23 hours.

23 TWENTY-SIX million people voted in the 2001 UK General Election. More than 32 million votes were cast in the first series of Pop Idol.

24 IN Kenya, bribery payments make up a third of the average household budget.

25 THE world's trade in illegal drugs is estimated to be worth around £225bn - about the same as the world's pharmaceutical industry.

26 TO fly a kiwi fruit from New Zealand to the UK means five times its weight in greenhouse gases being pumped into the atmosphere.

27 MORE than 150 countries are known to use torture.

28 AMERICANS spend £5.6bn on pornography every year - the same amount their government spends on foreign aid.

29 THE average urban Briton is caught on camera 300 times a day. With 10 per cent of the world's 30 million CCTV cameras, we are the most watched nation in the world.

30 IN 2001, 13.2 million Americans and 2.5 million Britons had plastic surgery.

31 BRAZIL has more Avon ladies than members of its armed forces. Physical beauty is so highly prized that calling someone vain is a compliment.

32 EIGHTY-TWO per cent of the world's smokers live in developing countries.

33 THE world's oil reserves could be exhausted by 2040.

34 MORE than 70 per cent of the world's population has never heard a dial tone. In Africa just one in 40 people has a phone.

35 A QUARTER of the world's armed conflicts of recent years have involved a struggle for natural resources.

36 ALMOST 30 million Africans are HIV-positive. By 2050 the disease may have claimed as many as 280 million lives.

37 TEN languages die out every year.

38 MORE people die from suicide than in armed conflicts. In the past 45 years, suicide rates have grown by 60 per cent worldwide.

39 SEVEN million American women and one million American men suffer from an eating disorder.

40 THERE are 67,000 people employed in the lobbying industry in Washington DC - 125 for each member of Congress.

41 SINCE 1977, there have been 80,000 acts of violence or disruption at abortion clinics in North America.

42 THERE are 300,000 child soldiers fighting in conflicts around the world.

43 MORE people can identify the golden arches of McDonald's than the Christian cross. The same goes for the Shell oil logo, the Mercedes badge and the Olympic rings.

44 A THIRD of the world's obese people live in the developing world. Campaigners blame Western countries for dumping cheap, processed, fatty foods on poorer nations.

45 IN 2003 the US spent $379bn on its military. This was 22 times the combined military spending of the seven "rogue states" - Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

46 MORE than 12,000 women are killed in Russia every year as a result of domestic violence.

47 SIXTY-ONE per cent of British teenagers believe aliens have landed on Earth, while 39 per cent have any belief in Christianity.

48 TWO million girls and women are subjected to genital mutilation every year.

49 IN China, as a result of the preference for sons over daughters and the country's one-child-per-family law, there are 44 million fewer women than men.

50 SOME 120,000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe every year. The UN estimates the trade is worth £4bn a year.


Anonymous said...

They say like its a bad thing that Christianity is less known...

Christianity sucks. God doesn't even exist.

Anonymous said...

you really think this is the worse? damn man think about it! humanity itself could resume it no?

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's great. So many interesting facts that we already knew.

Now cough up the list of 50 things that everybody can actually do about it, or stop whining.

PS: Oh, and how is it a bad thing that only 39% of British teenagers are interested in Christianity? Have a little religious tolerance here, my dear.

Anonymous said...

The vast majority of these facts are crap.

Anonymous said...

glad I could help :)

Anonymous said...

I think 43&47 are actually a good thing - christianity is way overrated..

Rei on 11:56 AM said...

While more than a few of these seem 'iffy' the one I most doubt has to be the one about McDonalds being more well known than the Christian cross. Thats just religious propaganda. And that is also the one I care least about.

Anonymous said...

Boo fucking hoo. I hope you kill yourself.

Unknown on 2:56 PM said...

Yeah, That wasn't biased... /sarcasm

interesting though

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

who gives a fuckkk not me

Anonymous said...

Live and let live.

Anonymous said...

29 and 47 were made up

Anonymous said...

Jesus died for everyone, even those that don't believe.

Anonymous said...

looking at these facts and these comments makes me wanna gag

Anonymous said...

Christians today do more for the world, volunteer more, and are more willing to help their fellow man, so unless your Ghandi than you pissed off atheists better hold your tongue.

Anonymous said...

50 out of 23 people are bad at fractions.

Nelson on 12:46 PM said...

#6: So? You do the crime, you do the time. Sometimes "the time" is the death penalty. Sucks to be you. Maybe you shouldn't have done the crime in the first place.

#22: And many Americans wish the UN would get the hint and get the hell out of here.

#33: Doubtful, since oil has been proven just this year to be a "renewable resource". More than one research group has announced that they have isolated the bacteria responsible for turning biological waste into crude oil.

#41: And since 1973, when Roe v. Wade was ruled, there have been over 45 million acts of violence inside those same US abortion clinics.

#45: So? We end up being the policemen of the world; why shouldn't we have the best-equipped military?

Anonymous said...

Live and let die is more like it.

I like how the UK is bashing the US as much as they can. The amount of pornography purchased has more to do with consumers and is no way related to government spending.

Anonymous said...

Please no more religion-bashing. If you're comfortable with your beliefs you don't have to put down those of others.

Unknown on 4:08 PM said...

Im with you on the christianity and it sucking a bunch... but i think id rather people recognize that (at least it does have some sort of underlying positivity) than have people recognize fucking mcdonalds or oil companies who do nothing but rip us off and kill us slowly...

Anonymous said...

Christianity isnt even real or probable, so I'm not surprised.

Anonymous said...

should every child be taught about the significance of the cross? What about the other major religions in the world...or better yet lets just not force any religious symbols on children.

Anonymous said...

most of these seem exaggerated...

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm so happy that this post isn't biased! I think that it says a lot of really important stuff, but ruins it with Christian propaganda. The only way Christianity will change the world is for the worse! Look what happened when Christianity ruled in Europe! We got the Dark Ages. What does that say?

Anonymous said...

The Golden Arch vs the Cross thing makes sense. Most people in the world aren't Christian. Don't get me wrong I think McDonalds is evil but everybody has to eat but not everyone is worrying about a cross.

Anonymous said...

I think more than a couple of these are made up.
There is no way over 70% of the world has never heard a dail tone.
I quit reading after that.
You cannot convince me that the majority of this list is true.
Where's the sources?

Anonymous said...

"23 TWENTY-SIX million people voted in the 2001 UK General Election. More than 32 million votes were cast in the first series of Pop Idol."

People can only vote once in an election. With Pop Idol and other TV shows, you can vote as many times as you like.

Anonymous said...

how bout a list of 50 things you could do to change the world, rather than just listing facts and hoping it will get across to the whole world.
and christianity isnt the only religion out there you know. most of the worlds wars and conflicts are INVOLVED with religion, so as i see it religion creates a lot of problems.

Anonymous said...

I like how you bash America for owing $1b in UN dues -- I mean we only give our land in New York which is one of the most expensive in the world to the UN and we allow you international schmucks to NOT PAY your parking tickets. Without the US the UN wouldn't exist -- which would probably be a good thing considering how the UN has ZERO power whatsoever and accomplishes NOTHING

Anonymous said...

here is another interesting fact
9 out of 10 Atheists have been raped by a gorilla , therefore they dont believe in God .

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