You know that moment when you unearth a bit of knowledge that just resonates with you? It blows your mind in all the best ways, and forevermore you will look for places to insert it into conversations around the globe?
Well, that’s how these 17 people feel about these wild statistics – they’re hard to believe, and there’s a good chance now that you’ll always remember them, too.
17. Global warming might be trouble.
80% of Australia’s population live around the coastal areas.
16. Your small dogs, on the other hand…
In the US, you are more likely to be killed by a cow than you are to be killed by a coyote.
My neighbor was legit killed when his little bull gored his thigh, hit a femoral artery and he bled out :/
15. I believe it.
You are more likely to be bitten by a stranger in New York City than by a shark anywhere else in the nation.
You are more likely to be killed by a vending machine than by a shark.
What we can learn from this is that strange vending machines in NYC should be avoided at all costs.
14. This makes me angry.
20% of produce and fruit in the usa is never sold and is left to rot
13. That’s a lot of poop.
~600,000,000,000lbs (billion pounds) of shit is shat out every day, between all humans, animals, and insects.
12. I have questions.
35 percent of all US dollars were printed in the last 12 months
11. I wonder why.
Men are about 7 times more as successful at suicide than women.
I work in an emergency call centre and spent some time answering 999 calls. I was surprised that all the threatening or attempting suicide calls were women as I know men are more likely to kill themselves statistically.
I mentioned this to an experienced call handler and she said ‘women threaten it and men just go off on their own and do it. When you get an attempted suicide and they are not breathing, it’s a man’
(For the people on the internet determined to call out every statement that isn’t 100% literally true – obviously this is a generalization)
39% of the world’s population is overweight and that number is only getting “bigger”
Edit: changed obese to overweight
9. I wish I was surprised.
The global rate for washing hands after using the toilet is under 20%, you gross f**ks.
Every time I experience this at bars/restaurants (and it’s often) I grumble about it. Seems like such an easy thing not to have to do, yet it seems to be the default.
8. Better mental health care please.
60% of people with Bipolar disorder are unemployed
20% commit suicide. 50% attempt it. 80% have suicidal thoughts.
Not to get depressing but it’s funny because it’s one of those things where, like… I genuinely can’t even imagine what life would be like without those thoughts constantly eating me away.
I can’t remember a time when they weren’t there, I remember times when they were worse and times they were better but never a time when they were completely gone.
The very idea that some people live their lives without once trying to off themselves or without even thinking about it is so weirdly foreign to me.
7. These are all terrible.
90% of child sexual abuse victims know their attacker.
20% of all sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8.
A typical pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in a lifetime.
Children living in foster care of 10x more likely to be sexually abused.
Survivors are 10 to 13 times more likely to attempt suicide.
6. These people deserve more.
More first responders and survivors have now died due to 9/11 related illnesses than the number lost at Ground Zero on the day of the attack.
The number will continue to rise because of the huge amount of health problems caused by the dust and smoke that everyone in the surrounding areas inhaled when/after the towers fell.
5. Be healthy.
For the age group 20-49, colorectal cancer was estimated to become the leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2030.
Eat your vegetables people.
4. This always blows my mind.
We are closer in time to the birth of Cleopatra than she was to the construction of the Great Pyramid.
One day someone’s going to say this and it’s not going to be true anymore but according to my very rough math, we’ve got about 500 more years till that day comes.
3. I wish this wasn’t true.
The most common cause of death for pregnant women is homicide.
That’s all kinds of messed up.
2. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.
I like the correlation between Nicholas Cage movies and drownings. Basically The more films Nicolas Cage makes, the more people drown.
1. This definitely blows my mind.
There are more combinations in a 52 deck of cards than stars in the known universe.
Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, chances are that you have put them in an order that has never been seen in the history of the universe.
I know statistics are hard to trust because they can be so easily twisted, but still. These are crazy.
Do you have one you’d love to throw out? If so, our comments are open!