
Half of the people in the world have never
placed a phone call.

Three quarters of the residences in the world
do not have phones.

The average call to a foreign country cost
eightyeight cents a minute.

Americans place five billion dollars worth
of calls to foreign countries.

Over 29 billion aspirin were taken in the U.S.
last year.

Each gallon of gas burned by a car produces
20 pounds of carbon dioxide.

240 million auto tires are thrown away each year.

The average consumption of ice cream per capita
is 16.1 pounds.

60% of UPS employees are parttime workers.

About 5% of our GNP moves by UPS each day.

A runner's feet will hit the ground 42,000
times during a marathon.

You could buy a complete Thanksgiving dinner
for 35 cents in 1940.

Woolworth stores did not sell anything costing
more than 10 cents until 1932.

Bill Gates is planning to support 288 satellites
in space to improve communications.

Each day 150,000 pieces of mail have incomplete
addresses that stop delivery.

There are 75 people responsible for finding
where the incorrectly addressed mail should be
delivered.

A postal worker has 0.4 seconds to read the
ZIP code and 0.6 seconds to key the number into
a machine that places a mailing code on an
envelope.

The Javits Center convention center has 900,000
square feet of exhibit space, 16,000 panes of
glass in its roof and employs four window washers.

The PlymouthCanton Phase III gym has 16,000
square feet of hardwood floor.

In 1869 the University of Michigan was the
first American institution of higher learning
to use a millage tax as a source of revenue.

There are 150 million cars in the United States
and the average car gives off 10,700 pounds of
pollutions each year.

An 800 square foot apartment in downtown Hong
Kong will cost you $2,000,000.

$150,000 will buy you a parking space for your
apartment in Hong Kong.

There is an apartment in Greenwich Village (NYC)
that is three stories high but only nine and a
half feet wide. It rents for $4,000 a month.

1,000 people move to Las Vegas each week and
each person will use 350 gallons of water each
day.

The common mole can tunnel under sod at the
rate of seven feet every 12 seconds.

Workers in Haiti making Disney products for
the WalMart stores earn that country's minimum
wage which is $3.00 a day for an eight hour shift.

Cleanup crews for the twomile long Champs
Elysees avenue average eight pieces of gum per
square yard that has to be removed every night.

The average undergraduate in the state of Michigan
paid $3,816 in tuition cost for the 199697 school
year, a 3.6% increase from last year.

The average monthly cost of day care in the state
of Michigan is $388 per child.

At Computer Associates, email is banned from
10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Onethird of the earth's land is desert that
receives less than 25 cm of rain during a year.

Artificial skin is now available for burn
victims and a 4 by 10 inch piece costs $1,000.

First published in FACTORIAL, a publication
of the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of
Mathematics, Vol. 29, No. 1.

Reprinted in VIRGINIA MATHEMATICS TEACHER,
Volume 24, No.2, Winter 1998.
