Friday, 29 December 2006

Poor health in the USA. 10 awful facts and an awful joke.

On average, Chileans can expect to live longer than the average American, even though GDP per person is about a quarter of America's. A Cuban male has a better chance of surviving until 65 than an American male, even though GDP per capita in the US is about eight times Cuba's.The figures suggest Americans have, on average, traded longevity for higher incomes over the past 50 years.
Copied from the Philobiblon blog.

Annual subsidy from the UK government to the British arms industry: $600 million.

Number of times that the average Briton throws away their own weight in garbage every year: 10.

Percent of reconstruction contracts paid for with Iraqi funds awarded to Iraqi companies: 2.

Amount the USA still spends on nuclear weapons every day: $96 million.

Percentage of global trade income that would be needed to eradicate poverty worldwide: 1%.

Number of US nuclear bombs lost and never recovered: 11.

Percentage of US military spending necessary to ensure all essentials for life (food, water, shelter) to everyone in the world: 10% according to the UN.

Number of countries engaged in serious conflicts that have been sold arms by the UK since 1997: 20.

Number of people who have died in wars since the end of WWII: 86 million.

Number of children who could be educated in a developing country for the cost of a jet fighter: 3 million.

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. "Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager. Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, "Sure . I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"..........
The bank manager looks back at her and says..."It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."

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