60 Awesome Statistics That’ll Fascinate You – Part 2

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26Peanut butter

Peanut butter

About 80% of the peanut butter sold in the U.S. is creamy. Only 17% is crunchy.

27. Around 45% of couples in Hong Kong say they have given up on the idea of having children because of crowding and high housing costs. In another survey, 38% of men and 31% of women simply said they didn’t like kids.

28. More than 90% of the monarch butterfly population has vanished in the last 25 years.

29. Attaching green LED lights to nets used by small-scale fisherman can reduce the number of green sea turtle deaths by 64%, without affecting the number of fish caught.

30. Around 10-20% of Americans and a higher percent of Europeans are infected with a brain parasite (Toxoplasma gondii) from cats that makes them 2.5 times more likely to get in a car accident, changes personality traits, contributes to schizophrenia, and may cause sexual attraction to cat urine.

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31Darwin Award Winners

Darwin Award Winners

The majority of Darwin Award winners, nearly 90% are male.

32. The average NFL player’s career lasts about 3 years and nearly 80% of the NFL players go bankrupt within 3 years of retirement.

33. 40% of Cambodians suffer psychological problems as a result of the Khmer Rouge massacre that killed a third of its population between 1975 and 1979.

34. Over 20% of all calories collectively consumed by humanity are from a single food, rice.

35. 99% of vanilla-flavored products on the market, from vanilla-flavored vodka to vanilla wafers and vanilla pudding, don’t actually contain vanilla, since it is the world's second most expensive spice. Artificial vanilla essence is used instead.

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36Math Skills

Math Skills

Studies have found that a mild electric shock to a person’s brain can improve their math skills for up to 6 months. This could help treat nearly 20% of the population with moderate to severe dyscalculia (math disability).

37. On average, the center of gravity is about 3% higher in black population than whites. This partially explains why blacks are better sprinters and whites are better swimmers.

38. Inadequate handwashing contributes to nearly 50% of all food-borne illness outbreaks.

39. China accounts for 40% of tobacco consumption worldwide. About 52% of adult Chinese men smoke cigarettes.

40. When cooking in a cast-iron skillet, the amount of iron in the food may increase by 850%.

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41One-hour commute

One-hour commute

A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40% more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office.

42. Alcohol consumption in Manhattan in the week after 9/11 increased by 25% compared to the same period the year before. Tobacco consumption rose by 10%, marijuana consumption by 3.2%, and church and synagogue attendance by 20%.

43. In 1967, 75% of the North American population resided within 500 miles of Niagara Falls.

44. 99% of crocodile offspring are eaten in the first year after birth, by large fish, herons, monitor lizards, and adult crocodiles.

45. Studies have found that the brains of ultra-marathon runners shrank in size by 6% while racing a 4500 kilometers race.

46Zebrafish Genes

Zebrafish Genes

84% of genes known to be associated with human diseases have counterparts in the zebrafish.

47. A lucky 2% of people have a gene for stink-free armpits and are more likely to have dry earwax (as opposed to wet or sticky).

48. The sun makes up 99.8% of the mass in the solar system.

49. A little over 3% of the population of the small Central American nation of Belize speaks some form of German as their native language. This is due to the Mennonite farming communities in the country.

50. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, unattractive people receive 175–305% longer sentences than attractive people.


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