Below are some interesting “facts” that were sent to the Herald recently. I guess they’re facts, although I accept no credit nor blame for their reliability.
I must say, however, that each one was accompanied by a website where the information can be verified.
If you have a problem with any of them, contact Carol Boeddeker-Genet, who provided them to us. I’m sure she won’t mind talking to you.
Trust me; there are more. I may give you another dose in a couple of weeks.
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In more than half of all states in the United States of America, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.
It costs the U.S. government 1.8 cents to mint a penny and 9.4 cents to mint a nickel.
Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.
The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island. But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.
Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.
The city of Juneau, Alaska, is about 3,000 square miles in size. It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware .
When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10 percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.
In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number is over 40 percent.
The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8 percent. For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1 percent.
In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that were awarded that year in the United States .
According to the CDC, 34.6 percent of all men in the U.S. are obese at this point.
The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 lbs. of food each year. Meanwhile, approximately 20 percent of the garbage that goes into our landfills is food.
According to one recent survey, 81 percent of Russians now have a negative view of the United States. That is much higher than at the end of the Cold War era.
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To end on a lighter note, I give you these one-liners from Sheila Heil in this week’s “Gospel Greats” online newsletter:
• Stealing someone’s coffee is called mugging.
• Pasteurize: too far to see.
• The other day I held the door open for a clown. It was a nice jester.
• No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
• Energizer bunny arrested: charged with battery.
• Whoever invented “knock-knock” jokes should get a “no-bell” prize.
• I put my grandma on speed dial. I call that Instagram.
What’s In A Name? A man decided to call his toilet the “Jim” instead of the “John.” He said it sounds better when he tells people he goes to the Jim everyday.